Looking for an 8-inch tablet that takes and makes calls and also lets you take notes at the same time? Then you can't beat Multi Window on the GALAXY Note 8.0.
There are loads of reasons you should check out the new Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0, not least because it comes with a cutting edge S Pen, a large and expansive WXGA display and a neat form factor.
But it can also supercharge your life in a number of other ways, such as allowing easy task management on the go with the unique Multi Window feature; read on to see how easy it is to get the most of the cutting-edge tablet.
Simple to activate
One of the tricky things on most tablets is making sure that you can actually make use of the cutting-edge features on offer, with multiple key presses the name of the game to do the most facile of tasks.
With the Note 8.0 all you need to do is hold the back key and you'll have instant access to the portal of Multi Window apps, which you can drag and drop into the main windows as you like to give instant access to more information and entertainment.
Take notes easily
One of the main reasons we all need to multitask from time to time is to be able to send information from one app to another. On some smartphones this involves a convoluted process of opening an app, closing it down then copying the information to another one.
With S Note and Multi Window, you can open a plethora of apps, be it email, the internet or a chat pop-up, and using the advanced S Pen copy the information down using your own handwriting without needing to open and shut different programs.
What if you need to change the way things are running on the GALAXY Note 8.0 on the go? Say you've got your chat window open and you're idly browsing around Google Maps – and your friend sends you a funny picture to look at?
You don't need to worry about moving the divider up and down to see it; just hit the switch window tab and the two apps will swap sizes seamlessly so you can see what's being sent instantly.
Map and tap
Mapping on the move is one of the best things you can do on the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0, as the large screen makes it easy to see where you've been or where you're going.
But if you need to check directions, be it from the internet browser or an email, you can have both open at once meaning it's simple to see where you're going and verify it's the right place. And if you use the S Pen's Easy Clip function, you can even drag and drop a picture of the destination right into the messaging window to show chums where to go!
We've all been there, waiting for that pivotal email to come along so you can respond right away. But instead of sitting there waiting for the missive to land, you can use Multi Window to chat with friends, play a whole host of games or just flick through the internet instead of jabbing at the refresh button.
And don't forget you can do this in landscape or portrait, giving you the space to move through your messages when you need to.
With Multi Window, the choice is yours over how you use it. So if it's a case of not wanting to have the whole email application open, just drag the central bar and you can make either app bigger, making it easier to browse the web while you wait for the boss to respond to the report you just sent – or get the confirmation on where you're meeting for dinner tonight.
There are loads of great apps that work with Multi Window, and the two pre-installed chat options offer an excellent way to communicate and multi-task at the same time. Chat On allows you to chat across a wide variety of mediums, as well as being able to use the windows to choose files to send across to friends.
Hangouts, Google's own chat service, works in the same way but with a less rich interface if you're just after the chance to hang out and share some thoughts with friends on the go.
But both can sit there unobtrusively while you get on with the main task at hand so you can be in touch with friends and work at the same time.
Third party planning
Samsung has made a whole host of its own apps available for Multi Window, but there are loads more out there thanks to Samsung Apps and the Google Play Store. The likes of popular MX Player, PowerAMP and ANDChat are all Multi Window enabled, enhancing the power of your new favourite tablet.
This means that you'll always have access to music and movies, productivity tools, IM clients and more as you spend more time with your GALAXY Note 8.0 – so see what the future holds with the Multi Window function on your brand new and next-generation tablet!
Find the perfect picture
One of the great things about the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is the ability to talk on the tablet while doing other things – this means you can be chatting to a friend about your latest ski trip and want to send them some pictures of how amazing it all looked.
Don't worry about having to end the call – you can open up the gallery while chatting and the email client too, so you can whizz the snaps you want to boast about over without having to miss a beat!
One of the best things about Multi Window is the ability to share things with the people that matter through a variety of mediums. We've already talked through the excellent chatting options on the Note 8.0, but what about social networks?
With Multi Window it couldn't be easier to send pictures, links and videos up to your social networks, as all you need to do is open the window, choose the file to upload and you can keep browsing your friends' status updates while you do it too!