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.


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


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


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.