I have been using the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 I received from Staples for this post (full disclosure at the end of post) for the last few months and I’m convinced this 8-inch tablet is perfect for both work and home use. My family has found many uses for this tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 at Staples

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Specs

Before I get into those uses, let me tell you a bit about the specs.

  • 8.0″ TFT Display WXGA (1280 x 800)
  • 16GB Memory (space to store your files & apps)
  • 1.6GHz Quad-Core
  • Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean
  • 2GB RAM (more RAM means faster tablet)
  • microSD™ Card Slot (Up to 64GB)
  • Camera 5MP Rear + 1.3 MP Front
  • Bluetooth® 4.0 (LE), WiFi, Built-in Infrared Blaster (Smart Remote)
  • Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • S Pen

Weighs less than a pound at .73 oz and is .3 inches in height which makes it a thin and light tablet. Easy for me to hold with either 1 or 2 hands and I have small hands.

samsung galaxy note 8 thin & light

Galaxy Note 8 Uses

The more obvious uses are to read your email, read books, surf the internet, take photos and video conferencing…all of which the Note 8 does very well. But we also used the Note 8 for watching movies, playing games, digital scrapbooking, making birthday cards and blogging.

working on the samsung galaxy note 8 from staples

The best part of the Galaxy Note 8 tablet is the S Pen. When I’m reading ebooks in PDF format, I like to use the S Pen to take notes just like I would on paper, but I’m saving paper. The pen makes highlighting in apps a lot easier (and more fun.)

My daughter loves to use the S Pen for drawing and making cards.

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She worked on a birthday card for her brother and we easily printed it right from the tablet directly to our printer.

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We didn’t need to download or upload or anything. Just make and print!

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Bright Screen

I love the bright screen on the Galaxy Note 8. Photos and movies look really good on the screen and I found the bright screen made it easier to read books. The first thing everyone says when they look at the Note 8 is, “WOW, look at that bright screen.”

This photo is a bit dark, but I didn’t want to adjust the brightness at all so you could get a feel for how bright the screen is.

bright screen on galaxy note 8 tablet

Working on the Galaxy Note 8

I take the Note 8 everywhere with me. It’s always in my purse, on my nightstand, in the kitchen or on my desk. I can easily check my schedule, create lists, edit photos, take photos or videos, check my social media and check email. I have created documents using Polaris Office which comes installed on the tablet.

In May, I took the Note 8 with me to Mom 2.0 and I was able to record audio from a few of the sessions and I also used the S Pen to write down notes. When using the S Pen to write, it feels like a real pen and is accurate most of the time when converting my handwriting into typed words.

The Note 8 is similar to the other tablets and phones in the Samsung Galaxy family with many of the same apps.

watching movies on the Note 8

Final Thoughts

I wasn’t sure how I was going to like the 8-inch size tablet because I’m used to the bigger tablets. I fell in love with the smaller size because it is more portable, but yet it didn’t limit me in any way. I found it easier to hold especially when using the S Pen and holding the tablet in one hand. If you are looking for an all-around great tablet for both work and home use, definitely look at the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.

Disclosure: I received the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 from Staples in exchange for this review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are 100% my own.

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