Here’s a question – should you take home a Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, or wait it out for the iPad Mini 2 release date?
Check out the specs and features and chances are the newly-unveiled Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 will win over plenty of admirers. On paper, we’re talking a quad-core 1.6GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8-inch 1,280 by 800 touchscreen, Samsung’s ever-revered S-Pen for controlling the thing and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean at the helm.
But then comes the second question – why on Earth has Samsung seen fit to stick an earpiece above said 8-inch screen? Are they seriously expecting anyone to make calls with a Galaxy Note 8?
Evidence seems to state they are.
You can bang on about innovation and versatility all you want, but the decision to surgically implant a phone in the Galaxy Note 8.0 must have been one that was decided on the flip of a coin. Nobody could have possibly taken the idea seriously when Note 8 prototypes were in the testing phases and now we face a similar problem following its release date – chances are equally few buyers will be able to take it seriously on this side of the equation.
As a tablet it’s great, but to call it a Tabphone or a Phablet to use the parlance of our time is frankly ludicrous. Or in other words, Samsung’s decision to stuff a phone into the Galaxy Note 8.0 has instantly robbed it of vital credibility.
So, is it worth snapping one up, or waiting it out until the iPad Mini 2 release date?
Well, unless Samsung manages to launch the Galaxy Note 8.0 for a price of $250 or lower…fat chance…it might indeed be worth holding out. Why?
Simple – when and where the iPad Mini 2 release date does come about, it is all0but guaranteed to send the price of the existing iPad Mini down from $329 to $249, or thereabouts.
And speaking in terms of bang for buck, desirability and indeed a degree of credibility, the iPad Mini has the edge over the Galaxy Note 8.0 every time.
Would things have been different if they’ve removed the earpiece and given it a Galaxy Tab handle?
Probably…shame we’ll never know.