Samsung stands alone in its quest to deliver ever y i maginable screen size, form factor and f lavour of mobile device. A phone the size of a Japanese automobile? No problem. Want a tablet small enough to fit in a dental cavity? They’ve got you covered. And everything in-between – all thrown at the wall to see what sticks. In the case of the Galaxy Note 8 there’s a lot that does cling to the perimeter of sensibility, surprisingly, which is probably why this device has found a niche of dedicated followers.
The Note 8 is ostensibly an Android tablet at that awkward size somewhere between the more regular 7” tablets like the iPad Mini and the larger 10” affairs like the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Its proportions seem like a strange design decision, until The best tablet available for hand-written notes and pen art. you actually start to write and draw on the thing.
This is where the Note 8 is unlike other tablets. As with all Galaxy Note devices in the range, it ships with a very finepointed, pressure-sensitive pen stylus for handwriting and drawing. Unlike the fat-tipped rubber monstrosities that you have to contend with on other devices, the stylus on Samsung’s Note devices are small and accurate.
It’s remarkable how useful the stylus is when you start using the Note for doodling in meetings and annotating slides and other images. It’s also possible to sync up your stylus-created stuff with Evernote – the online note service of which I am an acolyte. It’s like the Note 8 was made for
R6 000 Evernote fans.
Quite simply, Samsung’s Note devices have no competition when it comes to being able to write, draw and sketch on a touchscreen.
Whether or not you need a tablet with this kind of functionality is really up to you, however. I found it novel at first, but
An iPad and a fat, rubber stylus.