The Note 8.0's S Pen stylus is its claim to fame, but does it make the tablet worth $400?
Differentiation is something that trips up a lot of smartphones and tablets—how does your small, black, rectangular slab of plastic and glass stack up against my small, black, rectangular slab of plastic and glass? Samsung's Galaxy Note lineup has always had an easy answer to this question: all of the phones and tablets in the family have included a stylus and digitizer to go along with their capacitive touchscreens.
We spent some time with the latest Note, an 8-inch tablet, at this year's Mobile World Congress and came away more impressed by it than we were by the Note 10.1. That was before we heard about the price, though—the Galaxy Note 8.0 starts at $399, which is $70 more than Apple's iPad mini and twice as much as the cheapest Nexus 7.
The Note 8.0's stylus and software has quite a few useful features that its competition lacks, but the price is difficult to swallow. We'll try to figure out whether the Note's features justify their cost.