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Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note 8.0 in pocket size debate

Under: Mobile Phones, Samsung, Tablet PC
By:Gary | February 26th, 2013

The release of the original Samsung Galaxy Note back in 2011 saw the birth of the phablet device which has been growing ever popular in recent times. The current model from Samsung continues to lead the way and today we are looking at the Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note 8.0, with big pockets needed.

You may think this is bit of a strange comparison as one is basically a large sized smartphone and the other a tablet PC, but the Galaxy Note 8.0 can also make calls just like a normal smartphone.

Display
The Galaxy Note 2 features a 5.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1280 x 720, while the larger Note has an 8-inch display with the same resolution, but with a lower 189ppi pixel density compared to the 266ppi of the Note 2.

Processor and Power
Under the hood the two devices share the same quad core processor that is clocked at 1.6GHz along with 2GB of RAM.

Storage
The Galaxy Note 2 comes in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB storage options with the ability to expand this further by another 64GB via a microSD card, while the new kid on the block comes in either 32GB or 64GB options that again has the same expansion options as the Note 2.

Camera
The Note 2 comes equipped with an 8-megapixel rear facing shooter while around the front is a 1.9-megapixel unit, while the Note 8.0 has a 5-megapixel unit on the back with a 1.3-megapixel front facer.

Dimensions
Obviously this is where the biggest difference will be with the Note 8.0 measuring in at 210.8mm x 135.9mm x 7.95 mm and weighing 338grams, which compares to the Note 2 at 151.1mm x 80.5mm x 9.4mm and 183 grams.

Battery
Owners of the Galaxy Note 2 have praised its battery life from the 3,100 mAh unit, while the larger Note uses a 4,600 mAh battery pack.

The use of smaller sized tablet PCs is growing and it’s not just down to price as holding a 10-inch device for a length of time can become tiresome, and the Note 8.0 also adds the option of being able to make phone calls as well.

There will be many though that are not bothered about making calls from a tablet PC especially the size of 8-inches, as you may feel pretty silly walking down the road with the Galaxy Note 8.0 held to your ear. Tablet PCs with a call option may become a growing trend though as Asus officially announced the FonePad yesterday.

Do you see the point of having calling features on a tablet PC?

Galaxy Note 2 vs Galaxy Note 8.0, big pockets needed

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  • stephend

    I could tempted if the specs were the same or better, but not if they are worse.
    I don’t get why they drop the specs, eg. The camera, I would have like to have a higher res screen as well.

  • LittlePixels

    Agreed, stephend. I want to love this, as I’ve been wanting a phone of this size ever since buying my Note 2. I’d love to be able to carry just one gadget, instead of both a phone and a tablet. Why would I buy something with slightly *lesser* specs than my current phone, though? Bad move, Samsung. Oh, and I wish people would stop talking about how ridiculous this would look held up against your head. I’ve used a bluetooth headset for many years now, and I haven’t held a phone to my head since about 2005.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimmy.drew.7 JImmy Drew

    I have to agree, I would be interested if the specs were higher on the 8 but since they
    are not I will stick with my Note 2 I want more real-estate but also higher specs. I guess I’ll wait for the Note 2. I don’t feel weird at all holding the Note 2 to my head while making a call…give us more battery life and just a little faster processor and leave us alone for a couple of years.

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