Good apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Good apps for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Summary: The 8-inch screen on the Note 8.0 is the perfect size to take advantage of portability while displaying lots of information. These apps work well on the Note 8.0 and should run well on other Android tablets.


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  • Wifi Analyzer

    Using the Galaxy Note 8.0 is a better experience if you have a good wi-fi network. This utility scans all networks in the area and graphically presents them to make it easy to find one with the greatest strength and less traffic.

    Free in the Play Store

  • Plume

    While the folks at Twitter have improved the official app, this client is superb on the Galaxy Note 8.0. It is fully customizable to suit every user and the multiple columns displayed in landscape is a great way to use Twitter.

    Plume supports Twitter lists and lets you add them as additional columns that can be scrolled into view when needed.

    Free on the Play Store

  • Twit.TV

    The Twit network produced by Leo Laporte has fantastic programming that covers a wide range of tech topics. Shows can be streamed live or viewed later with this app that is designed to make it easy to watch Twit.TV.

    Free in the Play Store


Topics: Mobility, Android, Apps, Samsung, Tablets

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  • Paypyrus vs. OneNote?

    Mr. Kendrick,

    How does Papyrus stack up against OneNote? Your articles and reviews have convinced me that a Windows 8 Tab (like the VivoTab you returned) with OneNote is the solution I'm looking for. Searching across handwritten notes and serious organizatoin of thoughts in pages and notebooks is vital. Does Papyrus support any of this (i.e. handwriting recognition & search)?

    Also, how have you found the battery life on the Note 8.0 with regard to note taking? I've heard it's not stellar when playing video, but for just researching, editing, and writing is it a passable all day device?

    I'm holding out for a BayTrail Windows 8 tablet right now, but I am always open to other solutions, especially when they might be less expensive.

    Thank you for your time and your reviews, which I find very helpful.
    • Kingsoft Office > Polaris Office

      I use spreadsheets on Android and Kingsoft Office has superior touch interface to Polaris especially for cut/copy/paste of cells which I do a lot.
      Makes using spreadsheets on tablets more bearable.
    • Galaxy Note 8

      I was holding out for the Galaxy Note 8 as a device to replace paper notebooks, Moleskine etc. After measuring the dimensions, I decided to get a Note 10.1 to get that extra bit of area for writing. I did and am well pleased with it so far.

      As the Note 8 will not fit into shirt or trouser pockets (I work in Africa and rarely wear a jacket), I feel I have not lost out on anything. I already have a Note 2 which has replaced my pocket Moleskine notebook. This is fine for quick and dirty notes, but less so for extended meetings.

      Up to now I have only been using S-Note, however I downloaded Papyrus last night to try out. Like other users have mentioned, I would like Folders (S-Note has these) into which one can place one or several notebooks.
      AN O'Nymous
    • have you seen Trace Drawing ?

      the app lets you trace on your photos and then paste the sketch on a different Background.
  • Battery life is good

    The battery lasts all day. I haven't run benchmarks but it gets me through the day which is my need. OneNote on Windows 8 is the best note-taking solution out there. I like Papyrus on the Note 8.0 but if I was going to take a lot of notes I'd go with OneNote.
    • Note 2?

      Hi James, wondering if you still have your Note 2 and if so, how you use them together. Thanks
    • OneNote

      I used OneNote in 2004 and for a few years after that, never understood why it was not promoted more than it was and has been,.

      Now I use Evernote as it syncs with my Windows 7 Ultrabook and two Android devices (Galaxy Note 2 and 10.1), although handwriting is not native on Evernote I believe.

      I'm not obsessed about handwriting recognition, but may experiment as I enter the second half of my seventh decade.
      AN O'Nymous
  • If the price comes down enough...

    I might consider it as a more usable replacement for my little-used Archos 80. Athough it is nominally also an 8" tablet, it is much heftier and bulkier than the Samsung, so I don't take it around with me that much. However, it only cost me $125 last year with sale pricing and hefty coupon discount. Samsung's Note 8 would have to get well under $300 to get my interest in another Android "experiment".
    • Well...

      While I can appreciate where you are coming from, I am not sure I would agree that the Samsung Note - particularly the newest version that Mr. Kendrick is referring to here - could be described as "another Android experiment". It is quite a well-developed device and from what Mr. Kendrick reports, it is quite stable too. If I was not already invested in two tablets (Surface RT + Nexus 10), I would have seriously considered the Note 8.0 principally for the S-pen.
      • Personal Experiment -

        I have tried out well over a dozen Android tablets, and half a dozen phones, in the last 2 years or so as part of my "experiments" in finding my ultimate portable computing platform. I have also dabbled in PDA/HPC's (Palm, Handspring, Zaurus, Jornada 6x0/72x), UMPC's, Tablets (as in Fujitsu Sytlistics from over 10 years ago), netbooks, and Fujitsu "P" Lifebooks (deluxe "netbooks" before the term was coined), etc. So, yes, an experiment for me to see what suits my modus computus ;-}

  • Love the size of this tablet

    If only the Nexus 7 was a Nexus 8! Love the size of this tablet and iPad Mini. Sevens are a tad too small whereas my Nexus 10 is just too big. I'm freakin' Goldilocks here.
    • 7 > 8

      I prefer 7" screen to 8".
      had a trial with the note 8 and while it's awesome, the one thing it can't do is fit nicely in a pocket. Like the iPad mini, it is a hand carry kind of tablet rather than a pocketable, like a Nexus 7. If I have to hand carry, then I may as well lug my Asus Transformer and have a keyboard, mousepad, dual SD cards and 15 hour battery life and be able to use it as a USB charger to charge up my phone if need arises. I don't often wear a coat with a big enough pocket so the 8 inchers aren't quite pocketable for me on a daily basis.
      Note 7 please Samsung? pretty please! with cherry on top!