My neighbor picked one up and it would not stop asking him to "register" the tablet with Samsung. Samsung's servers were down for days so for me it was not a shock as he told me it was nice and all but after 3 days he worried that Samsung's penchant for tying the tablet use to their servers was one miss along with the fact they couldn't get it registered in days.
The Asus model of software looks to be more forgiving.
I've been looking into the best computer setup at college, and have settled on building a PC and pairing it with a tablet for notes/in-class needs. Originally, I was looking into a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) but budget constraints have pushed me to the 8 inch class. The Asus VivoTab Note 8 caught my eye, but during its transition from rumors to reality the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has dropped below it in price, especially if I was to take the refurbished route.
First, am I making a mistake in assuming that an 8 inch tablet will be adequate for notes and my in-class needs? I only have experience with my aged iPad 2 and I'm not sure how much the smaller screen would affect me.
Second, seeing as the tablets are fairly similar except for OS and app ecosystem, would it even be worth it to get a tablet with Windows? As long as I can back up and transfer my notes to my desktop, I ought to be okay, unless I'm overlooking something important.
Lastly (thanks for muddling through), are there other tablets in this price range with a Wacom or other suitable digitizer I have overlooked? Or if you believe a step up would be the best choice, what tablets would you recommend? My budget could stretch slightly, depending on scholarships and such.