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 I’m a glutton for punishment. In the last two months, I’ve tried several different tablets, despite the fact that I haven’t been able to find a reasonable reason to keep the device after spending the money. While I don’t think most tablets are overpriced, it’s still quite a bit of money to shell out for a device you may not use every single day. Or, in my case, even every other day. That’s ultimately why I don’t keep them. After a few days of watching the device just sit there, unused, I always choose to return it. No reason to buy something I’m not going to use.

But, I keep trying. I keep trying because I absolutely love the idea of tablets. I keep trying because I think back to the launch of the original iPad, and the fact I used it all the time. I don’t even remember what I was doing on it, other than browsing the Internet. But since then, I just haven’t been able to find a need that a tablet fills. Everything I want to do with a tablet, I already do on my computer, or my phone.

That’s been made worse since I got my hands on Samsung’s Galaxy Note II, of course. While I was finding plenty to do with the iPhone, courtesy of apps and what not, I’ve found more to do with the Galaxy Note II. The S Pen is just too good to pass up, and the technology used for its accuracy on the Note II’s display is second-to-none, from my tests.

That makes for an overly enjoyable experience. That, and the Note II is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which means I’ve got Google Now at my fingertips, just waiting for me to use it every single day. And believe me, I do.

I still want a tablet, though. I still want to have one, because in my head I feel like it could really do some great things for my productivity. That’s in my head. I’ve done all the scenarios with other tablets. I’ve put an iPad Mini next to my laptop, opened Twitter on it, or just generally browsed the Internet while I was doing some writing. But then, I just stop doing that. I think it has something to do with the fact that I’ve gotten used to switching apps on my computer that having the app opened on another display just doesn’t “add” anything for me.

I think I’ve just been bored with the options. I think that has something to do with it, too. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’ve been using iPads when I had an iPhone, which makes me think it was just too much iOS for my own good. Running the same mobile OS on my phone that I’m running on my tablet doesn’t seem like the greatest idea ever, unless you really love the OS you’re using.

Apparently I really like Android Jelly Bean, because now that the 8-inch Samsung Galaxy Note is real, I’m chomping at the bit to get my hands on it.

I’m staring at my Galaxy Note II, with the S Pen resting on the display, and I want a Galaxy Note 8.0. Just as Anna pointed out in her article a couple days ago, the newest portable tablet from Samsung is a great idea. Why? Because the Note series of devices are a great series. While the S-brand has seen plenty of attention over the years, I think the newest Note-branded devices are some of the best in class, especially for their productivity. Especially for the productivity.

Being able to use the S Pen to interact with apps, with everything is huge in my opinion. I don’t even care that in 2013 I’m using a stylus on my phone. It works, and it works well. I love drawing on the Note II, and I know that I’d love drawing on the Note 8.0 even more. (More space!) As long as it works as well as the Note II, and thanks to Android 4.1 I have no fears that it won’t, the Note 8.0 is one of the only tablets launching this year that I can say I’m genuinely excited about.

Are you excited about the Galaxy Note 8.0? Is the size perfect for you? Or did you pick up the Note 10.1? Do you care much for an Android tablet with TouchWiz on it? Let me know!


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Randy B Hoopes Hell to the NO!
Paulo De Freitas If we get the 3G version here in South Africa... Hell Yeah!
Gabriel Sotomayor If there a wi-fi only and it's around 300-350$ yeah
Lenn Liggins Not sure, it's depends on the price.
Herwin Torres Nah, currently own a transformer prime. My next tablet will be a nexus tablet.
Matt Judd Depending on price, yes.
Paolo Zorilla I might.. Note 2 + note 8 = goodbye laptop..
William Tang In Singapore, nobody buys a Samsung Tablet! Ipads and tablets other than Samsung ONLY!
William Tang no no no! STUPID! Join Team HTC One
Cezzar Micu Nope, very happy with my Nexus 7 and Note 2 as of now
Reese Woodson Nope because I have a 4th-gen iPad and Nexus 4. So I'm good until the Galaxy S4 comes out.........
Jae Stevens Nope. I have my Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus :)
Mantas Rinkevicius I have Note II and it's enough for me.
Aj Boogie Jones Too big and it looks like there is no flash on the back or front camera...
Sum David yes, i do also love this and wanna own it
Justin Batalla Not really. It was built to perform against tablets made last year lke the Nexus 7 and the Apple iPad Mini. Which means it'll be outdated soon. Samsung's bet is its software features are what will sell more than the hardware specs. But I think they're utterly mistaken when we begin to see 1080p screens squeezed into 7" and 8" displays. Good luck Sammy.
Carmen Jessica Hhhmmm do i really need it...got my Note II and Note 10.1...nope not really...but who knows...it's tempting
Colin Hart There is no nfc so no way! !!!!!!
Mohsin Shaheer Ali http://i3.kym-cdn.com/entries/icons/original/000/007/423/untitle.JPG
Dilson Estevez Nope cheap !
Eduardo Martin If it actually doubles as a phone, I may want it. I love the idea of bigger and bigger phones and I think, for me, this is the optimal size. I do have the Note 2 and love it though.
Nathan Elcoate Yes I have a Note II and I want this!
Brandon Moran i think they waited too long to come out with this one.. everyone with a Note II probably won't see a need.. and everyone with a GS3 are 2 weeks away from seeing the GS4.. But i'm sure "Randoms" might still blindly come into the Galaxy at this point though, and for lack of knowledge, they'll probably buy it.. i'm surprised anyone still buys stuff without doing their homework nowadays..
Alexan Pvs Loo noo! noo! nooo! nooooooooooo
Mark Carruthers Nope. GS4 or Note 3
Lanh Nguyen nope...don't like the design.
Marshal Brown No... I have the note 2
Orewa Najib i rather buy note 10.1 . its easier to draw .
A-Jorge Arturo Franco Andrade noooo Dhaaaaj.......
Jake Stumbaugh Ugly its just a big note 2
Roger DeOliveira no, nexus 4, ipad mini, i dont like the plastic samsung uses...feels cheap.
Aaron Cantu nope... i got the note 2 and am completely satisfied for the next 2 years
Gregory Antonio Rosario nop im waiting for the nexus 7 2nd generation
Kenny Kraly Jr No the Note 2 is the Phone I will upgrade to this May when my contract is up with Verizon.
Rey Gonzalez Nope GS4
Derek Lombardi If I didn't already have a Note II and a Nexus 7.. maybe
Virg Prekazis i want it but cant afford




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