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The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 tablet is one of the flagship devices of the Samsung range. It has proved popular throughout the world. My wife and I have each owned one for close to two years and it has proved invaluable to us as we embrace the rapid changes in technology that have occurred of late. What do we enjoy about the galaxy Note 8?
Let me do this review differently to most. I will do the review interview style, chatting with my wife, Sharon, and present to you a woman’s perspective on this popular device.
Why did you buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 8?
As a baby boomer, (note: eye sight not what it used to be) I needed a screen that I could see but I didn’t want something too large, either. I find that using the Note 8 on landscape view gives it the same view as a desktop computer, which is very helpful when studying or researching websites using the tablet. When I use the tablet portrait view, it is then on a mobile layout.
What attracted you to the Android platform that Samsung uses?
I love the changeable interface on the home screen. I am a bit of a neat freak with technology and so the ability to rearrange the apps on the device is wonderful. The Note 8 allows me to categorize my apps and keep those with a similar theme or category all together. That makes using the tablet so much easier and seamless. The ability to regularly change the background wallpaper means I can personalise the Note 8 to really make it my own.
What features and uses of the device do you use the most?
I use it for Instagram, Pinterest, trawling the Internet. I love the S Planner, S Note and S Pen features on the device. The Note 8 has been very useful in finding a good hairdresser. I can find pictures of the style I want, pin the pictures to Pinterest and then show a visual to the hairdresser. That has been an effective use of the device.
How have you used the S Note feature?
The S Note is awesome. I use it to take notes at meetings I attend. My preferred method of note-taking is by drawing mind maps. since I am a visual learner, using mind maps enables me to isolate and illustrate key points of the presentation. As ideas come to mind, I can jot these down immediately by using the S Pen to write directly onto the screen. S Note gives me all the tools I need to be effective in note-taking and making.
Describe the benefits you receive from the S Pen.
The benefits are numerous. As noted above, the S Pen is the key tool to unlock the benefits of S Note. The ability to draw and illustrate, in a variety of colors, makes my note-taking very effective. In addition, it is great to use with S Planner. S Planner allows me to schedule events, recurring bills, write memos, etc. Notifications can be switched on to provide reminders of when the house rent is due, along with utilities, car payments, and other important events.
Why would you recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 to others?
It is easy to use and very much a manageable size. It works well with my Samsung Galaxy S3 cell phone, connects easily to my husband’s Samsung phone and tablet and works wonders with my Samsung Camera. My husband will use his Galaxy Note 3 smartphone as a Wi-Fi hotspot and my tablet seamlessly connects with it. Having all our devices from the one manufacturer using the Android platform, eases the frustration of differing platforms and interfaces slowing down connectivity and ease of use. It is not expensive and very easy to get set-up for personalised use.
So that is what my wife, Sharon, feels about the Galaxy Note 8 tablet. I use my tablet differently to her but all the above-mentioned features are ones that I use and enjoy. When we are out and about, using free Wi-Fi at cafes and shopping centres, we protect our tablets with our Virtual Private Network switched on. That gives us peace of mind that our activity is not being spied on.
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