The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a 4G tablet in need of a price cut Video
The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a 4G tablet in need of a price cut Video Transcript
-The Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 was released earlier this year. And now, AT&T has picked up its cellular model for U.S. release. However, unlike the foreign version, you still won't be able to use it as a phone. The AT&T version of the Note 8 is physically the same as the Wi-Fi version. It has the same light comfortable design and the S-pen stylus is just as capable. Check out the First Look video for the Wi-Fi only version of the Note 8 for more details on just what those capabilities are. The interface has all of the shortcuts and the huge collection of software features you'd expect like reading mode, multi window, and smart stay where display turns off, but the camera doesn't detect your eyes. You can also get data usage info straight from the settings menu and set mobile data limits. 4G coverage in San Francisco was about typical for AT&T, which is to say usually fine, spotty in certain areas, and downright nonexistent in others. Download speeds were fast as long as the signal was strong. Your mileage of course will vary depending on where you live. Performance is on par with the Wi-Fi only version with a really colorful, sharp screen, smooth navigation performance, great 2D games performance, and fine 3D games performance. My biggest issue with the Wi-Fi only version of Note 8 was its price and that continues to be a concern here. The AT&T version of the Note 8 costs $500 for 16 gigabytes of storage off contact. That's about $100 more than the Wi-Fi only version. If you sign up for a 2-year contract, you can get one for $400, the same price as the Wi-Fi only version. Not exactly what I'd refer to as a deal. However, everything that made the Note 8 such a good tablet the first time around is still here. Just even more expensive now. For more information, check out my full review at cnet.com. I'm Eric Franklin and this has been a First Look at AT&T's version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.
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Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (AT&T) Review
The good: The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a comfortably-designed tablet with a an excellently implemented stylus interface. Its myriad software features are both useful and unique.
The bad: Off- and on-contract prices are too high and as good as the stylus is, I'd still rather use my fingers for most tasks. Gaming performance is a step back from the latest and greatest 2013 tablets.
The bottom line: The AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a quality tablet, but the Nexus 7 offers contract-free 4G LTE support with better performance at a much better price.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (AT&T) Specs
Part number: 6098A
- Product Basic Spec