Tablet shopping? Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will be your new BFF
By Lesley Kennedy
Sometimes, you just have to stop and wonder how we possibly made our way through life before the existence of the personal computer. Then, how did we function pre-laptop? Not being able to take your computer with you? The horror!
Next came a time we just had to lug around one of those giant, prehistoric cell phones that practically required a separate handbag just to carry the thing. Silly, now, considering the idea of not having a smartphone on you (for calls, texts, apps, music, GPS, games …) at all times will cause even technophobes to break out in a cold sweat.
So, what’s next? The tablet. Now, I was ready to fight this one; you can do all sorts of things from your phone, right? Do I really need another gadget? But, as soon as I pulled the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 from it’s box, I was hooked. Thank goodness, at just 11.68-ounces, and a petite 8.3-inch by 5.35-inch by 3.1-inch frame, the Android tablet is small and light enough to accompany me — well, pretty much everywhere.
Good thing, because tablets are popping up everywhere, too. A recent IGS survey finds more and more folks are using tablets at home and at work — for everything from email to using work-related and personal apps. Online Media Daily reports that, on average, 84 percent of tablet users North America make purchases using their device. And they’re gaining in school usage, too. In fact, eWeek reports, a third of buyers have a tablet on their back-to-school shopping list for 2013 — compared to one-fifth who plan to buy a laptop.
Of course, there are plenty of tablets on the market, but here are a few reasons I’m smitten with the Galaxy Note 8.0.
- While it’s still small, it’s a much better experience when it comes to reading, playing games and even just browsing websites than on your phone. Plus, the display is bright and sharp.
- As a mom, the front and rear facing cameras and video camera help ensure I capture all the dance performances, missing tooth photos, impromptu fashion shows and other memories as they happen. And it’s not so big that you feel like a big dork holding up a giant tablet that blocks everyone else’s view. You know who you are.
- The stylus — or S Pen — lets you write notes on the screen (even if your hand is resting on it) and my kids love using it to get their Picasso on. The S Note with Web Viewer app will even convert your handwriting to text. Polaris Office allows you stay on top of work on the go, too, with everything from PowerPoint to Excel.
- It’s an entertainment center. My family uses the wi-fi only device to read ebooks and magazines, play games and apps, stream and download movies and music. You could spend days just searching the Google Play store. Seriously. The Samsung WatchON app works as a universal remote with your TV and cable box, too.
- The Awesome Note app is my new personal assistant. To-do lists, schedules, calendars — when you have kids in school, work full time, spend weekends and evenings shuttling kids from soccer to playdates to swimming lessons — this is key.
Sold? The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is $379.99 at Samsung.com, plus you get a $25 credit to the Google Play store, three free months of Hulu Plus for new users and a year of Boingo wi-fi access for new users. Find more coupons for Samsung products here.
One more thing: If you’re shopping for a student before he or she heads back to high school or off to college this fall, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition, $349.99 (you save $100 from buying all the components separately), would make a great study buddy. It includes a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Desktop Dock and Bluetooth Keyboard for research and writing, but also serves as an entertainment hub once the homework is complete, with a 10-inch screen for watching movies and playing games. Find it at retailers including Best Buy, Walmart and Office Max, where you can receive 2.5 percent, 2 percent and 5 percent Cash Back, respectively, through ShopAtHome.com.
Plus, not having to lug a laptop around means there’s more room in those backpacks for books. Win!
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