For the past 2 months, I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 Tablet. I have never really been a Apple ‘fan girl’, plus my computers at home and work are all Windows and I have an Android phone, so when I began looking at tablets, it seemed like a natural choice.
What really attracted me is that I carry a notebook EVERYWHERE I go around campus, so I figured if I get a tablet, I want it to be it’s replacement. By allowing users to write on it, as well as type, the Note 8 can act as a combination of a notebook, planner, e mailer, etc.
Currently, my residence buildings don’t have Wi-fi; however we are planning on upgrading the system this summer, meaning that at most I might have to suffer a few months of having to sync the tablet to share info between locations, and wouldn’t be able to check my e-mail on it, but in the grand scheme of things, that seemed minor (or I could just wait a few months for the 3G version to come out).
Beyond all the bells and whistles, the other attractive piece was the price point of this unit, rumoured at being lower than the iPad mini, it’s main competitor, which is priced at $329.99 for the Wi-fi only version. Of course, now that the product is actually about to be launched, I look it up online and find the price to be $429.99 for the Wi-fi only version. Needless to say, I am not a happy camper.
Now I have to try and balance the want for a new toy with the value of the product itself, and see whether I can justify the cost. Right now I’m leaning toward thinking that it likely isn’t worth it, but we shall see what summer brings.