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The beautiful and capable screen of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has one of the best-looking tablet screens yet, and its S Pen integrates almost seamlessly with the Android OS.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the latest entry in the Samsung's Note line of tablets and tablet phone combinations. And just with the others, the Note 8 comes with the S Pen stylus. This stylus takes a place of your finger allowing you to navigate the interface, tapping and swiping your way through. But since it's a pen instead of awkwardly picking a way of the software keyboard, you can write your search queries or e-mail messages on the screen and have the tablet translate your scrolly pros into something intelligible. It's not 100% accurate but as long as you're making an effort to write legibly, most of the time it has no real problem translating. One of the coolest things about the S Pen is that you can grab a screen shot of pretty much anything, drop it in the S Note and have your way with it. The Note 8 takes design inspiration from the Note 2. There's a menu button, a home button and a back button on the bezel. There is a 1.3 megapixel front camera and pretty decent 5 megapixel back camera. Micro USB is included as our dual speakers, a micro SD slot, headphone jack and IR blaster. The Note 8's body is thicker and a bit heavier than the iPad minis and while the mini is reinforced with an aluminum back, the Note 8 is mostly made of plastic. It's comfortable to hold, however, the face buttons are a bit too touchy and I found myself pressing them by mistake a bit too often. I think it's something I'll just have to get used to, though, after a little bit of use. Multi screen lets you run two simultaneous apps splitting screen real estate between them as you see fit. However, only a small few apps are currently compatible with this feature. There's also a Watch On Samsung's TV and movie watching software that lets you find the control movies and TV shows from your tablet on your TV or watch them on your tablet as well. The Note 8 has one of the best looking screens I've ever seen on a smaller tablet with crystal clear texts and high brightness and rich colors. Poligono games run at an acceptably playable frame rate but nothing beyond. 2D games however look gorgeous on the screen. HD video content as well benefits from the tablet's high PPI and rich colors. The Note 8 is a fine continuation of the Note line. It has a comfortable design, beautiful screen, lots of useful software features and the S Pen Stylus has even put a better use here than it was on the 10-inch version. Check out my full review for pricing info. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been the first look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.