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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review:

Impressive tablet tripped up by $400 price tag




Nexus 10
8055

Nexus 7

3545

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

3303

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

2767

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

3300

3DMark GPU tests

(Longer bars indicate better performance)







Google Nexus 10
32.936.9

Google Nexus 7

15.512.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

18.48.9

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

16.37.3

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

19.18.7

3DMark CPU test

(Longer bars indicate better performance)




Samsung Galaxy Note 2
33.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

28.2

Google Nexus 10

26.2

Google Nexus 7

21.4

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

34.2

As portable devices, battery life is one of the most essential of tablet attributes. The Note 8's battery delivers a good amount of life, but fails to come close to the Nexus 7's or especially that of the iPad Mini. For details on the test methodology, check here.

TabletVideo battery life (in hours)
Samsung Galaxy Note 88.5
Apple iPad Mini12.1
Google Nexus 710.1

The 1.3-megapixel front camera features typical "only good enough for crude video chatting" quality, with washed-out colors and plenty of screen "snow." However, the 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter is fairly capable as tablet cameras go. The camera's aperture appears to be set fairly high, so it has trouble capturing enough light, but with enough ambient light in the mix, it captures more details than the iPad Mini's rear camera.

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Conclusion
The Note 8 is arguably the best Samsung tablet yet. It has a beautiful screen, and at the end of the day, I'd much rather write using a stylus than type on a tablet screen. The Nexus 7 or iPad Mini are much better bargains, but if the idea of writing out your e-mails or drawing on your tablet interests you, the Note 8 is worth a serious look.

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