Full tablet power in a tinier package
Galaxy Note 8.0
THERE is such an abundance of Android tablets that choosing one can be most difficult (and confusing).
Samsung was the first major Android adopter, beginning with the Galaxy Tab, and followed by the Tab 2 and 3. Then there's the Galaxy Note 10.1.
And, now, the Galaxy Note 8.0.
My experience with 10-inch tablets is that they are somewhat bulky and inconvenient to lug around.
They also consume precious battery juice voraciously.
After a while, they are simply left at home and eventually fade into obsolescence.
Just as the iPad Mini is more portable and usable than its bigger brethren, the Galaxy Note 8.0 delivers the functions of the larger Galaxy Note 10.1 in a more manageable device.
It has a sharp display (1280x800) with rich colours and a powerful quad-core processor.
Unlike iOS devices, which support only MP4 video files, this tablet plays most - if not all - video formats that are common on the Internet.
OTG (on-the-go) support enables flash drives to be read.
Google's Nexus 7, by comparison, does not support OTG, not even with third-party software.
In addition to Web surfing, checking e-mail, video playback and games - functions that the Galaxy Note 8.0 excels in - users who use their Android tablet for work-related activities have access to a slate of "serious" apps in the Samsung apps and Google Play stores, including note-taking apps and ones that enable sketching with the S-Pen, which comes with the device.
Battery life seems to be decent too.
How much: $788 (Wi-Fi with LTE), $588 (Wi-Fi only)