iPad Tried the Samsung Galaxy Note 8....

eddiexhart

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That's right! I went out to best buy and got me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
All my friends and family told me I went to the dark side.
Can I just say after 3 weeks of having it.. I just got back from Best Buy and returned the Note and purchased a Geek Squad Certified iPad Air 16 GB Slate for $403.00 :eek:
I cannot believe I went to the dark side but I do have to say the note is only for those that utilize the S-Pen. Otherwise, the TouchWiz system was its downfall.
I can't believe how amazingly awesome the Air feels and how fast it is.
I love it! Lol sorry I had to share my story. :rolleyes:;):D
 
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Robster3

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That's right! I went out to best buy and got me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
All my friends and family told me I went to the dark side.
Can I just say after 3 weeks of having it.. I just got back from Best Buy and returned the Note and purchased a Geek Squad Certified iPad Air 16 GB Slate for $403.00 :eek:
I cannot believe I went to the dark side but I do have to say the note is only for those that utilize the S-Pen. Otherwise, the TouchWiz system was its downfall.
I can't believe how amazingly awesome the Air feels and how fast it is.
I love it! Lol sorry I had to share my story. :rolleyes:;):D
What is wrong with touchwiz? everyone seems to complain about it?
 

eddiexhart

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What is wrong with touchwiz? everyone seems to complain about it?
It was just so glitchy. It was cool have the multi-window support but it was pointless because it was only useful when using the apps that supported it. But with TouchWiz I constantly found it either freezing up or not showing up like the side bar kept disappearing..

Like I said, a great device but just wasn't for me.
 

BGBUXA

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Me too!

I was in the same boat as you man! I did the same thing I purchased the note 8.0 and just exchanged it for the new iPad mini with retina lol it just didn't feel right I truly dislike android
 

Dmunjal

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That's right! I went out to best buy and got me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
All my friends and family told me I went to the dark side.
Can I just say after 3 weeks of having it.. I just got back from Best Buy and returned the Note and purchased a Geek Squad Certified iPad Air 16 GB Slate for $403.00 :eek:
I cannot believe I went to the dark side but I do have to say the note is only for those that utilize the S-Pen. Otherwise, the TouchWiz system was its downfall.
I can't believe how amazingly awesome the Air feels and how fast it is.
I love it! Lol sorry I had to share my story. :rolleyes:;):D
Why did you look at the Note 8.0? That's a year old and compares to the first generation Mini. You should check out the Tab Pro 8.4 that just came out and at Best Buy now. Same price as the iPad Mini Retina with much better specs.

http://www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_tab_pro_8_4-review-1042p12.php
 

Fruit Cake

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You don't need to use touch wiz. I have the phone note 2 and think touch wiz and I use go launcher
 

Macman45

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I had an N7 , and my issue was only the screen size, and the fact that I couldn't integrate it into my all Apple system. The device itself was good for the money, and a buddy now has it. I just got too used to a larger, retina screen.

I had no real issues with Android, but until they ALL get together and decide on one unified OS then IOS is going to come out ahead every time. If they do ever release one single OS with unified updates, then they have a good chance of being in the game. Some of the Android based devices are quite nice, and are competitively priced too.
 

Racineur

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Tab 3 for now. Maxed iPad in a few months.

I'm a Mac fan, Macboy, Mac Zealot, call it what you want but I bought a Tab 3 8inch two weeks ago instead of an iPad mini that I found too expensive and could not afford for now. I must say I'm not totally disappointed with my Android experience. The small Tab is zippy, no reboots needed all the time and all the progs and widgets work. when they don't, that's mostly because the service is not available where I am (Montréal). I'm keeping it. Cons: a pain to synch with my iMac 27, so much customization it becomes a joke or even dangerous since one can do real damage if not properly informed, GUI is not respected by all the apps and widgets (icons are a mess in shape and forms and colors, last letter of the name on the second line in portrait mode but not in landscape, things like this.) and you can (I do) feel trapped inside Google universe whis is not very intuitive and very intrusive. Add to that the Samsung apps that do the same job as Google's and you have a little mess. Coming from OSX, it's a pain. But honestly, the Tab does the job rather OK. So I've started saving for my next tablet which will be an iPad that I hope to be the next generation coming this year and I will have it with 128 go. Nothing less may it cost 1000$.
 

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I think iOS/OSX integration really makes the iPad a great tablet, yet with that said. The Galaxy Note 8 isn't a bad tablet. I think android has come a long way but its not for everyone.

I think the iPad has more to offer, but YMMV
 

s2mikey

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I think iOS/OSX integration really makes the iPad a great tablet, yet with that said. The Galaxy Note 8 isn't a bad tablet. I think android has come a long way but its not for everyone.

I think the iPad has more to offer, but YMMV
None of the other tablets are really bad, they just aren't as good. The total experience seems to always end up better on iPads. Sure, apple does some irritating things and they always will. But overall, my tablets will always be from apple unless something changes within the android ecosystem.
 

charlituna

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It was just so glitchy. It was cool have the multi-window support but it was pointless because it was only useful when using the apps that supported it.
That to me is a major fail. If you are going to have something like Touch Wiz it should be at the core level where it works with all apps. Not be something apps have to support or not.
 

macfacts

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It was just so glitchy. It was cool have the multi-window support but it was pointless because it was only useful when using the apps that supported it. But with TouchWiz I constantly found it either freezing up or not showing up like the side bar kept disappearing..

Like I said, a great device but just wasn't for me.
The shortcut key to show/hide the multi-window side bar is to hold the "back" key. Maybe you were doing that.
 

sixrom

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What is wrong with touchwiz? everyone seems to complain about it?
Nothing's wrong with it. But it's very fashionable to use it as one reason to bash Android. TouchWiz is no different than others, it's a matter of personal preferences. Today's TouchWiz is greatly improved over that of a few generations ago. Yet those who bash it have most likely never used it.

Personally I like TouchWiz as it's implemented on my Note 3.

Conversely I also use a pure Android Nexus 5 and 7. Each have their strengths.

If Apple comes through as the rumors suggest and finally ships an iPhone with a modern size display I'll buy one to replace my diminutive iPhone 5S.

My iPad Air is a nice upgrade over the iPad 4 I was using.
 

Zeiss

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Haha, I did the same thing with the Note 3 phone. Bloody awful, lasted 3 weeks, sold it on eBay and bought the 5s. Most things took longer, android was a real pain, and samsung hardware is built like crap compared to apple. Lesson learnt, never again!
 

rowspaxe

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the biggest problem with touch wiz is that they named "touch wiz" Honestly--what were they thinking. The note 8 pro looks pretty good actually--and I am interested in the note pro 12.2. I like ipads--but the lack of pen support sucks. Also--it is fine that multitasking only works with key apps--it would be great if it only worked with the browser and Snote. Samsung is about 2 years away from really putting it together...I really dont believe apple can innovate anymore
 

eddiexhart

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Like I said, the Note isn't for everyone.
It was a really cool tablet with such great features like the pen but at the end of the day, the expirence wasn't that great. Not having that much dedicated applications for the tablet itself was lacked a positive expirence.
Yes the iPad Air is truly a remarkable device, but of course like all products, we wish that it some other things like better pen support, etc.
I'm so far very happy with the Air.
It finally feels like an expensive luxury tablet.
 

iosuser

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A bit OT. I was at Best Buy earlier and played with the new Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. As usual when I test this stuff at the store, I pull up theverge.com. It took at least 20 seconds before it came up, every single time. Hopped over to the Pro 12, same thing, using either Chrome or the AOSP browsers. Browsing is generally very laggy, but I can't believe it totally choked on the verge.

I just tried it (the full site, not mobile site) on my iPhone and rMini (and Dell Venue 8 Pro and Sony Xperia Tablet Z for good measure). All but the Sony came right up. The Sony took about 10 seconds but still way faster than those new Tab Pros.
 

C. Robert

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I tried the android thing in 2010 and ran from it like there was no tomorrow. I don't care how many anti apple commercials you have, once you get that crap home its just a bad experience.
 

mpayne2k

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I liken the Android v. iOS experience to a Corvette v. Lamborghini expereience.

In this case the Android tablet being a Corvette. Sure it may look decent, gets good track times and can run well, but at the end of the day, it is just a Chevy. An iPad, on the other hand, is an ICON, a Lamborghini of tablets that will run laps around the Android lot in the end because of its fine tuned engineering and the ecosystem of apps that "just work."

I have a Nexus 7 (2013) and when I try and use it as a full fledge tablet as I would on an iPad the thing gets bogged down and the battery lasts 3.5 to maybe 5 hours. On my Air, anything I throw at it will yield me more than 10 hours guaranteed.

As much as google has made progress on their own app ecosystem, the tablet experience is still fracture and it is left up to the individual to manage the tablet so as not to bog down the system processes.

I've dialed back my use of the Nexus 7 to specific content like watching video, netflix, music and don't mess with much else. This yields a better experience and I can regularly get 7 hours of use out of it...it is specialized and I enjoy it for that. My iPad Air on the other hand can do just about anything, so it is my main attraction.
 

goshindoman

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That's right! I went out to best buy and got me a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0
All my friends and family told me I went to the dark side.
Can I just say after 3 weeks of having it.. I just got back from Best Buy and returned the Note and purchased a Geek Squad Certified iPad Air 16 GB Slate for $403.00 :eek:
I cannot believe I went to the dark side but I do have to say the note is only for those that utilize the S-Pen. Otherwise, the TouchWiz system was its downfall.
I can't believe how amazingly awesome the Air feels and how fast it is.
I love it! Lol sorry I had to share my story. :rolleyes:;):D
This is fun. As a long term user of Android and now a present owner of the Note 8 we at Android forums say the same thing about changing to the dark side if we buy IOS devices :D

Apple and Android are both superb systems and will both have their detractors and devotees. I buy what fits my needs.
I guess that makes me a techno slut? :p
Will be keeping my Note 8 as it serves my purposes BUT just purchased the iPhone SE to use with the Oppo HA-2-SE DAC-Amp as the USB-C on the Note 8 etc doesn't 'play nicely' with the Oppo. The Note 8 charges the Oppo not the other way around thus depleting the Notes battery and Oppo don't seem to care? Only thing to do was buy the SE and pair it with the Oppo that should fix the problem. I hope.:mad:

Ryland
 

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This is fun. As a long term user of Android and now a present owner of the Note 8 we at Android forums say the same thing about changing to the dark side if we buy IOS devices :D

Apple and Android are both superb systems and will both have their detractors and devotees. I buy what fits my needs.
I guess that makes me a techno slut? :p
Will be keeping my Note 8 as it serves my purposes BUT just purchased the iPhone SE to use with the Oppo HA-2-SE DAC-Amp as the USB-C on the Note 8 etc doesn't 'play nicely' with the Oppo. The Note 8 charges the Oppo not the other way around thus depleting the Notes battery and Oppo don't seem to care? Only thing to do was buy the SE and pair it with the Oppo that should fix the problem. I hope.:mad:

Ryland
Just to let you know, this thread is from 2014, and the Note 8.0 was the old Galaxy Note 8.0 tablet, not the new Galaxy Note 8 smartphone. :)
 
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masotime

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This is fun. As a long term user of Android and now a present owner of the Note 8 we at Android forums say the same thing about changing to the dark side if we buy IOS devices :D
Dude... what in the world possessed you to reply to a 2014 thread????
 
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