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  Reply # 820009 15-May-2013 12:56
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if you are in the market to buy a tablet of this size, I think you should wait for the new nexus that Google is about to release (I think they are at least).

This tablet is good. But it is powered by a older gen processor. So unless you really like the S Pen feature in here, I would say dont get this tablet.

It is a good general all around tablet. But I feel the battery life could have been better and the processor should definitely be faster (it uses the same processor as the Galaxy S3 i think).

But I am indeed comparing it to the only tablet I had had in the past - iPad 3rd Gen.

Maybe its the software that is a bit slower (4.1.2) and an update can make things a bit faster...

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  Reply # 829103 1-Jun-2013 07:24
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So I have just picked one of these up in the Queens Birthday weekend sales. First Impressions are, I really like the s -pen, in fact I am writing this post using it. In the past I would have been using the keyboard of my Transformer. Not so keen on the Touohwiz interface, but that is only a matter of changing the launcher. I'm Just not sure what features will be mia if I use something like apex.
The main reason I wanted something smaller is I was sick of lugging my transformer in my briefcase when I was out of the office. A little bit ironic since the TF replaced a laptop. However Since the duke is really only used 6 cheek email and browse tie net I am interested to see how the smaller form factor will go.
I am disappointed so far in the IR remote I can't seem to get it to go beyond setting up a TV. It is less user friendly than the one on my HTC One, which was bad enough for me lo replace with a third party app.

Edit: Got cut off mid stream by brushing the post button! l guess the pen will take a little getting used to.




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  Reply # 829112 1-Jun-2013 09:06
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Where is it on sale?

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  Reply # 829131 1-Jun-2013 10:04
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At Noel Leeming. Even though their 20% promotion excluded Samsung tablets, for some reason their "32GB Note 8 deal" , where you get a 16 GB SD card thrown in, had the discount applied on their website. Bringing the price down from 600 to 480. Don't know if it's still there or not but I jumped at the chance when presented. Take another 5% off with Warehouse Stationery and you're laughing.




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  Reply # 829134 1-Jun-2013 10:13
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Lucky you, doesn't seem to be there any more.

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  Reply # 829209 1-Jun-2013 15:16
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tchart: Lucky you, doesn't seem to be there any more.


Oh, obviously a clerical error on their part yesterday. Glad I went in and got it when I did. Now that I've had it a day, I'm happy with what I paid for it, but I  don't believe it's worth $599. To cap it off, they didn't have any class 4 SD cards so they gave me a class 10 one instead. I am using the 32GB SD card out of my Transformer anyway so the new 16 GB one can go in my TF.




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  Reply # 829543 2-Jun-2013 10:55
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Kind of a noob question here, but the back of the Note 8.0 has a clear plastic sheet covering it with some cutouts for the Samsung logo, camera lens, etc. Is it supposed stay on or be removed? Is there a downside to leaving it on? I don't have a huge amount of experience with Samsung mobile products and how they are packaged. The device will be in a cover as soon as it arrives from HK.

Edit: I hare already ditched Touchwiz in favour of Apex as a launcher.




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  Reply # 829576 2-Jun-2013 11:47
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Ordered mine in from Hong Kong a few days ago, hopefully arrive after Queens Birthday. Got the 4G LTE version as it was the same price as the 3G only version but not sure about LTE frequency bands: LTE (800/900/1800/2600MHz). Anyone know if that's compatible with Vodafone 4G in Christchurch?
Anyway even on 3G it still should be better than my current Blackberry Playbook (dont tease me, it was free!).
How's the IR blaster, anyone had success with it?

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  Reply # 829750 2-Jun-2013 19:41
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Bought one for my wife this weekend at $479 from Noel Leeming Botany, no stock but same price if they ordewr and you pay this weekend.
Good Guys have it at $479 so asked them to price match then used some of my True Rewards and cash difference.

Case and protector and Micro SD off Ebay.com.au

Pickup Friday.

Anyway ask for a price match

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  Reply # 829755 2-Jun-2013 19:49
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Just picked one up from the good guys myself. Had to take the demo unit because I couldn't wait for stock :-) I was going to order the 3G version but at $480 I thought I'd jump. Loving it.




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  Reply # 830021 3-Jun-2013 13:58
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So I just tried the MHL cable I have for my HTC One and One X and (no surprises) it doesn't work. As I understand it, Samsung made a change to the pin-outs between the SII and Note, and the SIII and Note 2. So I'm assuming that the Note 8.0 falls into the latter category and needs the newer cable (with 11 pins?). The ones I've found on eBay are for the SIII and N2 but don't mention the N8.0.
Anyone have any experience with this?
Additionally, will the new MHL be backwards compatible with the HTC phones




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  Reply # 830050 3-Jun-2013 14:44
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Dingbatt: Kind of a noob question here, but the back of the Note 8.0 has a clear plastic sheet covering it with some cutouts for the Samsung logo, camera lens, etc. Is it supposed stay on or be removed? Is there a downside to leaving it on? I don't have a huge amount of experience with Samsung mobile products and how they are packaged. The device will be in a cover as soon as it arrives from HK.

Edit: I hare already ditched Touchwiz in favour of Apex as a launcher.

My 7.7 came with that cover.  I felt out was purely for cosmetics, keep the fingerprints of the stainless back cover. 
Eded up leaving mine on but only because it went straight into a cover. 

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  Reply # 835731 12-Jun-2013 13:08
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Happy fish now. The MHL cable l ordered arrived a few days ago and just this morning the cover arrived (both courtesy of eBay).
The cable is an 'All in One ' solution with 5 and 11 pin micro usb, usb and hdmi plugs all in the one assembly. Works perfectly on both my Note 8 and my One and One X.
As far the cover, fits well and the stand allows the Note to be used in portrait or landscape. A bonus that I wasn't aware of when I ordered it is that it turns the Note on/off when I open or close it. Is that likely to be a magnet or a proximity sensor doing that?
All that for an outlay of about $25.
Either way I can probably leave my TF 101 at home now as the Note can perform all of its duties while I am on the road, especially now I am coming to grips with using the S-pen. However I will miss the 14 hours of battery life the TF101 gives me because I seem to be able to drain the Note's supply in about 6-8 hours.




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  Reply # 1105937 10-Aug-2014 16:59
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After 12+ months I asked for this thread to be unlocked to see if any Note 8.0 owners have updated their tablets to KitKat either using the official 4.4.2 OTA or via custom ROM (any of 4.4.2-4). The model I mean is the GT-N5110.
Overseas Note 8s, most notably in the US, UK and parts of Europe have been upgraded to 4.4.2 in the past 3 months after being included in the upgrade list in February. However, some have reported problems with the S-Pen accuracy and being locked out of the SD card. To counter that are reports of improved battery life, which on the N8 at the moment is a bit woeful.
As far as any custom ROMs, has anyone got one that still retains the multiscreen and S-Pen?
There doesn't seem to be a replacement model in the wind at the moment, which I think is a shame, because I like this form factor with the S-Pen input. Updated with a better battery, faster processor and maybe a higher res screen, topped with Android L it would certainly be on my shopping list. Short of that a KK update for the existing one would be good.




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  Reply # 1106183 11-Aug-2014 09:13
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I was waiting for the note 8 replacement to materialise. I gave up when I saw the lg 8.3 g-pad for $260. The only thing lacking for me is the s-pen. Kit kat is more of a pain than anything else. It removes sd writing permission for downloaded apps. It really cripples the system. There is also no access to core system process to ascertain wakelocks for example. I wouldn't be bemoaning the lack of kitkat.

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