Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8.0 is going to hit America’s shores tomorrow and it’s going to cost $399. It isn’t the model that Europeans will be getting, the one with a SIM card slot and the ability to make phone calls; Americans will be stuck with the WiFi only variant. The guys at PocketNow made a video review of the device, which I’ve embedded below.
Now please do me a favor and don’t buy it. That price tag is beyond absurd. For $350, that’s $50 less, you can buy yourself a cellular enabled Nexus 7. And hey, if you want a larger tablet, $399 will buy you the Nexus 10. But to be perfectly frank, I don’t recommend either of those devices.
If you’re thinking about dropping $400 on a tablet, that means you have enough money to buy an iPad. Yes, this is an Android site, but even I wouldn’t recommend an Android tablet to a normal human being. Having an Android phone is one thing, and I use my Galaxy Note II extensively, but when it comes to tablets there really is nothing that can stand up to the iPad yet.
Google is going to announce a new Nexus 7 at Google I/O next month, and the rumors say it’ll start shipping in June or July. It’ll have a faster processor and a better screen, but you know what? Apple will likely announce a similar upgrade to the iPad mini during roughly the same time.
Friends don’t let friends buy Android tablets.