Jelly Bean seemed to stick around longer than other versions of Android. While most previous iterations were content to move along with each point release, Jelly Bean stuck around for 4.1, 4.2, and 4.3. It took quite a while for KitKat to arrive, and for some people, that wait has been longer than others.
If you purchased an AT&T Galaxy Note 8 back when it launched in 2013, you probably didn't think you would be stuck with Jelly Bean for this long. But it's true, Samsung has only just now gotten around to announcing its Android 4.4.2 update for the 8-inch tablet. Read More
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.
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. Read More
The Galaxy Note 8.0 is a pretty capable tablet, though it does have several drawbacks. While the painfully low 1280 by 800 display can't be helped, its default software configuration is far less immutable. If TouchWiz just grinds your gears, you will be happy to know that CyanogenMod nightlies are now available for both the 3G (GT-N5100) and WiFi-only (GT-N5110) versions of the tablet. Sure, anyone who installs them now may be sacrificing stability and other functionality, but that's the price some are willing to pay for stock Android and quicker access to updates.
Both downloads hover between 160 - 170 MB in size. Read More
Christmas is coming a little early this year – Staples has a coupon that gets you $50 off any tablet over $149. That means you can get a solid deal on several great Android slates.
Amazon subsidiary Woot.com has taken the wraps off another one of its big tablet sales. This promotion isn't like their normal "one deal a day" operations - the prices will be good until November 1st at 9AM Central, though the individual listings are still limited by stock. The good deals are on refurbished Samsung and Asus hardware, though some of the dirt-cheap tablets you might see in the discount aisle are also there.
Before you ask, yes, there's a Nexus available. Samsung's Nexus 10 32GB is available for $329.99 refurbished, a solid $170 off the retail price. Other highlights include the Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700T) refurbished for $299.99 (technically $200 off, though you can get new ones for a lot cheaper than retail), the generally well-received Galaxy Note 8.0 for $289.99 refurbished with a bonus book cover in white and brown ($110 off, book cover is a $50 value), and the Transformer Pad TF300 refurbished with a keyboard for $279.99 ($270 off the combined retail price). Read More
If the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is too rich for your blood, you're in good company. Woot.com is here to alleviate your conflicting desires for a "premium" Samsung tablet at a not-so-premium price. The service has put various models of the older Galaxy Note 10.1, the Galaxy Note 8.0, and the Galaxy Tab 2 on sale. They're all refurbished, but come with significant discounts.
The best deal of the lot is probably the Galaxy Note 8.0 (16GB), which can be had by itself for $279.99. That's a full $130 off the price of a new, non-refurbished unit. You can also get a bundle with a tablet pouch for $289.99 or with an 8GB MicroSD card for $299.99. Read More
It's been nine months to the day since Android 4.2 was announced, and just under four months since Samsung's first non-Nexus 4.2 devices started hitting the shelves. But apparently it takes at least that long to make sure that every non-touch gesture and gyroscopic scrolling function works with a new version of Android. Case in point: both the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi (GT-P3110) in the UK and the Galaxy Note 8.0 3G (GT-N5100) in Germany are just now getting updated, according to SamMobile.
Screenshot taken by XDA poster Aaron_Knowles
The 4.2.2 update for Samsung's tablets has been kind of sporadic. Read More
One of the biggest complaints about Samsung's latter tablet lines (aside from the plastic builds, outdated specifications, lack of storage, and oh yeah the freakin' smartphone buttons) is that they're too expensive when compared to similar Android tablets. Sammy is hoping to alleviate at least a few of these complaints with some pack-in deals for the Galaxy Note 8.0, Galaxy Tab 3 (all versions), and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition. These rewards can be redeemed by registering your new tablet on Samsung's promotional perks page.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 fares the best, which makes sense, since it's the most premium of the tablets. Read More
Samsung seems to be on a bit of an update spree lately, trying to get its devices up to speed on Android 4.2. This time it's the LTE Galaxy Note 8.0 and the somewhat older Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 3G. Attacking the system update button like an enraged jungle cat won't do any good, folks. These updates are rolling out in stages.
The Note 8.0 update is starting in the UK, with expansions to more countries soon. The update clocks in at a whopping 1.3GB, and is being hosted various places online if you want to skip to the head of the line. Read More
While we were collaborating on the Galaxy Note 8.0 review, Cameron and I wondered what the "sweet spot" for pricing on this tablet would be. This is it: at $300, the Galaxy Note 8.0 becomes an easy recommendation rather than an exercise in compromises (especially if you're looking for a Goldilocks mid-sized screen). eBay has Samsung's latest stylus-oriented tablet for $299.99, assuming that you're OK with a manufacturer refurbished model. Shipping to the US is free, and you may not have to pay sales tax unless you live in New Jersey.
The Galaxy Note 8.0 features some pretty respectable hardware, most of it in common with the older Note 10.1: A 1.6Ghz Exynos quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a MicroSD card slot, and a 5MP rear camera (sans flash). Read More