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    Default Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    I'm thinking about grabbing one, but I'm pretty torn.

    First of all, it isn't exactly new, but it's not exactly old either. It has the hardware to last a while it seems, but Samsung hasn't shown an eagerness for update support it seems. On the other hand, most folks (I think) are happy with the way it worked out of the box.

    I'm in it primarily for the stylus -- I'm a graduate student and I want to take handwritten notes on the tablet. I assume there are others who use it for this purpose -- how do you like it?

    Ideally, I'd be able to take notes on OneNote. Unfortunately, that's a no-go on Android. Other than the Surface Pro, I don't see any Windows options near this price range, though. The Dell Venue has an active stylus, but terrible reviews thus far. So, I'm thinking of moving on from OneNote for this purpose and looking into Android alternatives for inking.

    Of course, I don't want to do that if the wonderful Galaxy Note 8 community here at AC wouldn't advocate getting it at this point as Samsung appears to be on the cusp of releasing a new 8-incher. What say you?
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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    Have you considered - https://play.google.com/store/device...lg_g_pad&hl=en ? And just buying a 3rd party stylus?
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    I would definitely still buy one today. I'm very happy with my Note 8. I've never had a single problem with my unit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Have you considered - https://play.google.com/store/device...lg_g_pad&hl=en ? And just buying a 3rd party stylus?
    The G-Pad looks like a great tablet, but it lacks the digitizer technology that the Note 8 has. That in itself, puts them in totally different categories in my opinion. I think taking notes on the LG with a regular stylus would be like using your finger dipped in ink instead of a ballpoint pen.
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    I would certainly buy it today! I love my galaxy note 8!
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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    I in fact did buy a Galaxy Note 8 today. There just doesn't seem to be any comparable product if you're interested in having the real stylus and not a fat fingered capacitive stylus.
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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    I bought one yesterday and couldn't be happier. At $329 it seems fairly priced and I'm not at all concerned with the specs. The screen, while not retina, is plenty sharp and I find the color saturation to be more pleasing to my eye than my iPad Air. The spen is a huge bonus for me - it's world's beyond what other tablets can do.

    I also think it feels really nice in the hand and the audio is good.

    The iPad Mini retina will crush it on benchmarks, and while I don't notice any real world difference between the two, the A7 chip is clearly much much more powerful than the Exynos. Does that matter? Not to me. I even like touch wiz.

    Bottom line - I'm quite pleased with the Note 8 and think it stands up well against the current crop of tablets.

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    I had a ipad mini for about a year and wanted to return to an Android pad, one similar in size. I picked the GN8 just before C'mas and would still pick one. with my ipad I bought two stylus, each costing over ten $ and neither "wrote" for me like the stylus that came with the Note.
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    I use my GN8 everyday. I bought it in May because of the digitizer. I am a teacher and use it in the classroom for writing my notes on as well as using it at meetings and workshops.

    I use an app called Lecture Notes to organize my notes. I would highly recommend that app. One thing I like about it is you can turn off touch input in the settings. That way you can write while resting your wrist on the screen. I do have it also set so I can scroll up and down with two fingers. It makes it really easy to navigate and you never get stray marks. It also can store various pens (colors and widths). I also is the export to pdf feature to share my notes.

    One thing-if you have a tendency to write large, I would recommend looking at the nite 10.1. I watch some of my students write on it and they really can't fit that much on it.


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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    The G-Pad looks like a great tablet, but it lacks the digitizer technology that the Note 8 has. That in itself, puts them in totally different categories in my opinion. I think taking notes on the LG with a regular stylus would be like using your finger dipped in ink instead of a ballpoint pen.
    Would the Sony Z Ultra work similarly to the Note? I hate and will not own another Samsung product but like the note taking options. The Sony Z Ultra can take touch inputs from a sharp metal stylus for fine point control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zedorda View Post
    Would the Sony Z Ultra work similarly to the Note? I hate and will not own another Samsung product but like the note taking options. The Sony Z Ultra can take touch inputs from a sharp metal stylus for fine point control.
    Does the Sony have digitizer technology? The S-pen is not just a stylus. It has software and hardware backing it up. That's what sets the Note series apart.
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    Actually the Note series uses a wacom digitizer, which is made for stylus use, it isn't just marketing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hkusp40cal View Post
    Actually the Note series uses a wacom digitizer, which is made for stylus use, it isn't just marketing.
    Indeed, this is why I've been so interested. I think I'm going to make a move -- I'd rather have the ability to use an active stylus with OneNote, but Windows tablets just have not yet matured enough, at least in this price range. I love some of the other Android tablets out there, but the digitizer makes it more than just a consumption device which is key for me.
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    Have been using mine to take notes at various seminars that I go to, wouldn't like to go back to paper. Takes some getting used to but it's worth it. Highlighting and drawing diagrams with different colors is a breeze.
    Build quality is superb, and on the software side there have been no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bangkok Hound View Post
    I would definitely still buy one today. I'm very happy with my Note 8. I've never had a single problem with my unit.
    I am with you I very much like mine as well

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    My note 8 is what started me to look at android once again otherwise I would still be with Crapple. Love the stylus and wouldn't trade my note 8 or now my note 3 for any apple product.

    Actually I when I ordered the note 8, I ordered it and then cancelled the order 3 times. I was going back and forth with it and the ipad mini. Now I am also contemplating the note 10.1 2014 version.

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    I may have simply misread your post but found reference to this on the Samsung site and seems that One Note is supported on Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...office.onenote

    I also own an Acer WinRT tablet, which seemed to work well until it developed hardware problems after about 6 months. It's been in the competitive price range but is somewhat limited if you really want much more than what it offers out of the box. The Windows Store is still somewhat limited. My big issue with Win8 is how tied it is into Windows Live, XBOX Live, SkyDrive, etc. It's convenient but often seems a bit invasive.

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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    I use OneNote extensively for school. I love that I can set it up to automatically sync with all my devices. It is nice to pull up my notes on my tablet and study while on the go. But the down side to one note on Android is that I don't see a way to input handwriting or drawings like there is on Windows. Maybe I'm just missing it but that is a huge feature to me. I need to be able to write in equations and draw chemical structures.

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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    I bought my note as soon as it came out and I love it.

    Writing is great on it. But as mentioned by others you have to get used to it. Hand write recognition works pretty well (although some symbols might be an issue like "/"). Inserting images into notes creating diagrams. It is a great tool.

    multi-window functionalities is very good as well, and is very handy for some tasks (calculator and writing notes down). Plus, I am not looking for pens anymore, when I need to write somthing down, no more post it or useless papers to write down simple things. Plus, it feels comfortable when using the s pen with the tablet

    Wait for the next generation? I would say yes, although dont expect it to be cheeper.

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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    For those wondering, I did pick up the Note 8.0. I'm very fond of it, especially with the Samsung smart case. While there is a OneNote app for Android, it does not support handwriting recognition. This remains a major downside to me as OneNote is unrivaled and I am tied to Office via my work.

    This was the only 8 inch tablet with reliable active digitizer input, though. That was most important for now. However, ASUS announced a Vivotab Note 8 that runs full Windows 8.1 with free copy of MS Office, has a Wacom digitizer (same stylus tech as Samsung Note devices), and will start at $300, pretty much what I paid for this. The new Intel Atom processors are really great and are actually up to the task of running that operating system. We'll see when that hits shelves.

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    Default Re: Would you buy a GNote8 today?

    As of today no. But only because they announced the new note Pro line of tablets.

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    Not sure what the new Pro Line has to do with buying a Note 8. If I just wanted a 8inch tablet I would look at the L6 8.3 on Google play. I bought a Note 8 last week because of the digitizer. Most at what Samsung announced this week has been known for weeks.

    Samsung Will probably Come out with a Pro Note 8 in late Spring but I need a tablet Now. I am also not interested in a Small windows based tablet. I have a Surface Pro and don't find windows 8.1 that great with a digitizer. I find the Note is much easier to Navigate.

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    I just got one yesterday! Haven't had a chance to really do anything, but I also have a Note 2, so I know pretty much what to expect. Looking forward to it...the pen is king. Oh, I did do some typing on it...the keyboard in portrait mode is absolutely fantastic for me.
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    Have you looked at the NVDIA Tegra 7
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    I saw this post and just had to reply. I just bought my second Galaxy Note 8. Had one for several months along with an iPad 3 (nice but never used it, too confining), an 11 inch Lenovo Windows 8 Lynx K3011W (a very capable tablet, just too big) and later an iPad Mini (I wanted to like this, but it is a terrible device, might as well get my Palm Pilot out). I am a computer consultant and had client related reasons for having the Windows and Apple products. At the end of last year I decided to consolidate down to one and chose the new Dell Venue 8 Pro with optional stylus. Not good. Excellent tablet but the stylus is just not finished.

    I too have seen the Asus Vivotab Note 8 and it could be the ideal tablet, but after the disappointing results with the Dell I am not buying any more tablets without reading comments from satisfied users. So I am going back to the tablet I loved the most and had the best experience with. It did everything I asked it in a responsive fashion. Yes, it is only 4.2, but it works well. And as a person that uses it to take notes, I like the S Note app better than One Note (not much more, but I get a cleaner screen to take notes.) And as a owner and user of the Note 3, I can say that I and many other Note 3 users like the S Note app better on the Note 8 than the Note 3. So YES to the Galaxy Note 8.0. It is a keeper. Even if I get another Windows 8 tablet I will not likely quickly sell this one.
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