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Mar
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The newer Samsung tablets like the Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 might have better technical hardware than the year-old Note 8.0, but they've also got some sky-high prices. If you want a good deal on a mid-size tablet with a stylus and digitizer, Groupon has a refurbished model of the Galaxy Note 8.0 for just $229.99. The deal includes free shipping, but it's only available for another five days and change.

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The Galaxy Note 8.0 was the first smaller tablet to bear the Note brand, and it was a decent (if somewhat overpriced) alternative to the Nexus 7 and other slightly smaller tablets. Highlights include 2GB of memory, an Exynos 1.6Ghz quad-core processor, and a MicroSD card slot. Some of the less impressive features res its 1280x800 screen (which hasn't aged well in light of 1080p tablets like the 2013 Nexus 7 and the G Pad 8.3), physical navigation buttons, 5MP rear camera, and Samsung's usual heavy build of TouchWiz. It also feels kind of flimsy thanks to an all-plastic frame and glossy finish. Check out our exhaustive review for more info.

Still, if you want a mid-range tablet, this is a great price - you won't find one from a major brand in the elusive 8-9" category quite so cheap. If you were to buy it brand new from Amazon you'd still pay $317 almost a year after the device's release. And if you're going that high, you might as well splurge for the LG G Pad 8.3, which has a 1080p screen, a metal body, and a Google Play Edition running KitKat.

The Groupon deal is good for the United States, but won't ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico. The refurbished tablet has a 90 day warranty. Supplies are limited, but it looks like they're selling through pretty slowly.

Source: Groupon

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://TransientTangent.com/ Blake Mitchell

    This is a decent price on a decent tablet. If you can get past the screen res, it is definitely worth the price.

  • marcusmarcus2

    I noticed a few days ago that CM11 is available for this device. Since than, I have been wanting to get it. May have to get this deal.
    http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=n5110

  • Guest

    I noticed a few days ago that CM11 is available for this. Ever since, I have been wanting to get one. May have to get this deal.

    http://download.cyanogenmod.org/?device=n5110

    • mustbepbs

      What's the point of getting a Note tablet just to put CM on it? You lose all the benefits of owning the Note.

      • marcusmarcus2

        Cyanogenmod does not appear to be available on their Tab 3 8.0 version. Plus the Note has 2GB of RAM where their Tab 3 counterpart only has 1GB of RAM. Your point of losing the Note benefits makes sense though if you are planning on using those features. I'm going to run stock for a week or 2 to see if I would actually use those features and then try CM11 on it to see if I prefer the benefits of stock or the benefits of CM11. I don't think the s-pen will be as useful for me as it is for others nor will multi window, but I want to try them to see. I can always restore back to stock if I do find them useful for me. I love having the choice of running stock or custom ROM.

        Edit: I guess they do haev a CM11 build for Tab3 8.0, but it is not official build. Still may go with the Note version though just for the extra RAM.

        Edit2: Guess the Tab3 has 1.5GB RAM but it is only a Dual Core 1.5GHz processor. Also looks like the battery lasts a little longer in the Note version.

      • Nathan Starr

        You don't lose all the benefits; many third party softwares take advantage of the spen on after market ROMs. I love the spen and use often on LectureNotes and ezPDF.

        • mustbepbs

          You don't get multiwindow. That's huge for some people, including me. That's 75% of the reason I bought the Note 10.1 2014.

          • Nathan Starr

            True, I have a phone Note and a Note 8. So, I'm not missing multi window like you would on a 10.

          • marcusmarcus2

            The custom rom OmniRom has multi window for the Note 8.0
            http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2569099

            And you don't need a Note device to use multi window in stock android. My Galaxy S3 had multiwindow in stock and my mother's Tab 3 8.0 has multiwindow in stock android. So I would not consider multiwindow a benifit of Note devices.

          • mustbepbs

            Multiwindow in OmniRom isn't even close to what you can do with Multiwindow on the Note 10.1 2014. You can't even change the size on the fly with OmniRom, nor can you make presets of two apps. It's not even as easy as it is with TW.

          • marcusmarcus2

            True it is not quite as easy as on Samsung Stock Android and you cannot resize. But it is not difficult on OmniRom and you can use it with any app unlike select apps on Samsung Stock Android. But I guess my main point was you made reference to benifits of owning a Note and said multiwindow was 75% of the reason you got a Note, yet multiwindow is not a Note Benifit. It is a Samsung Stock Android Benifit. My Galaxy S3 had multiwindow stock from Samsung. Galaxy Tab3 8.0 has multiwindow. I guess I don't see the benifits of having a Note that I would lose by installing CM11 if S-Pen still works as Nathan Starr says and MultiWindow is technically not a benifit of a Note device if non-Note devices have it.

          • mustbepbs

            If you have root (which I'm sure you will if you're looking into custom ROMs), you can put any app into multiwindow on stock.

            Who cares if the multiwindow isn't a "Note benefit"? Note's still have more features in multiwindow than the Tab Pro or Galaxy S lines, like being able to drag and drop between the two windows with stuff you outline with the S-Pen.

          • marcusmarcus2

            I don't care if it is a note benefit, but you said there are note benefits than used the multiwindow as one of them. That is all I was pointing out.

            I think the extra RAM, better processor, and higher resolution of the note 8.0 vs the tab3 8.0 is enough reason for me to get the note version. I like to use full screen versions of apps and it is super easy to copy something from one app and use the app switcher built into Android to switch to another app and paste it. But that is the great thing about Android, the choices. If you like the drag and drop between 2 apps sharing the screen, great! If I like to switch between full screen apps and paste, great!

            You made it sound like I would be losing a ton of note only features but did not elaborate. Then the one feature you mentioned (multiwindow) is not a note specific feature. Then you pointed out the drag and drop in multiview, which is cool and useful for some i am sure, but I don't think I would use so I don't think I would miss it.
            You said "You lose all the benefits of owning the Note", I guess I am curious what all these so called note benefits are that cyanogenmod does not have, could you please elaborate a bit more maybe?

          • mustbepbs

            If you're too lazy to go read a review about the specific features of the Note Pro 12.2 and Note 10.1 2014, why should I bother to list them? Go do your own damn research.

            I don't know why you're making such a big deal about my "75%" comment. You said something about putting CM on a Note, I said you lose features, you start pulling out other devices that aren't even part of your original topic, and then you start comparing features to custom ROMs that are half baked and not even close to being as fully featured.

            Just because I said that it was a large part of the reason I bought a Note, doesn't mean it's Note specific. It just means that it was a large factor in my decision to buy a Note, not a Tab Pro. Just get over it, mate.

          • marcusmarcus2

            Let me try and explain. You mentioned "You lose all the benefits of owning the Note" which makes it sound like you are talking about features specific to note devices. It is not specific to notes and that is why I pulled out the other devices. If that is not what you meant, please clarify.I mentioned omni rom which is based on Cyanogenmod and is very well developed and certanly not half baked and I brought that up to show you it is possible to get multiwindow on custom roms.

            You are the one that provided your opinion about all the benefits of the Note you lose by installing cyanogenmod, That make it your responsibility to prove that opinion with facts. That is why you should bother to list them. If you're too lazy to backup your opinion with facts, don't bother giving them and don't expect others to do your work.

            If I don't see the benefits of stock rom, then Cyanogenmod is for me. If you don't see the benefits of custom roms, then stock rom is for you. Both are fine, get over it. I really am interested in experiencing all aspects of all roms to see what works best for me including stock and custom roms. If you really know some features I may have overlooked (which I have looked and don't see anything I would miss) then please go ahead and list them. I would love to hear facts and not just opinions from you.

          • waraji

            You really talked that one to death.

            ("Note Benifit" vs "It is a Samsung Stock Android Benifit.")

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    "Limited time only: 5 days 15:15:15"

    Not sure if waited on purpose to take screenshot (someone has OCD here ;), or purely coincidental.

  • mustbepbs

    I really hope Samsung makes a second generation Note 8. It desperately needs it.

  • WhoaManWtF

    Rocking a Mali400 on a larger screen than the Note 2.... that is not going to perform very well with games that is for sure. You'd be better off performance wise with a 2013 Nexus, unless you really want that pen..

    • F. K.

      I've never had a problem with any games I've run on mine.

      • WhoaManWtF

        I just know it is the same GPU that is in the Note 2, and that one had a lot of negative reviews on 3d performance... In comparison it is also the same GPU in the Galaxy S2

  • Uday

    It has a rather poor battery life compared to most of its competition(7 hours)

    • Somedude

      ipad mini retina has a lot more than 7 hours....

    • F. K.

      I have a Note 8.0 and consistently get a day to a day and a half. I don't know where you got 7 hours.

  • jamesfuston

    This is a great deal, but I'm still pretty floored that they dropped the price on the LG G pad 8.3 when they introduced the Verizon LTE version. $300 for an LTE 8.3 tablet with those specs is an awesome price.

  • Mystery Man

    so they won't make a 8.0 2014 edition :(