The best review of the latest Samsung 8 inchers yet. I must have skimmed over this from my first visit and only fully read your review now. Probably because it was in pole position and did not have running comments or discussions. (Funny how the brain works, or mine anyway!)
I have not bought a tablet to date. I need to buy a MiFi dongle first. I am afraid to spend money for 2-3 weeks yet; car trouble.
Currently the Note 8 is £280.00 and the Tab 3 8" is £259.00 so the Note 8 now seems a better deal (from £329.00 ish). I had a (different) small stylus on my previous old phone, so that aspect also appeals.
I have tried and handled them in JLS. I have smallish hands but I could live with either. As you say the Note 8 is wider but easier to grip with two fingers. The Note has quad core and a little more ram, that's true too. The Tab3 8" is more than sufficient for all though; same screen, smaller and newer. The 8gb, lower spec Tab 3 7" is over £100.00 cheaper though.
The Note 8 should presumably get the 4.2.2 upgrade soon for multi - window and having apps on the SD card if true. Thanks for this info! I have a 14 month old Galaxy S2 ! running 4.1.2 now, but I find it too small now and will need reading glasses soon, so a change to a tablet and a simpler phone is on the cards. I can store apps on the SD on 4.1.2, but it is a phone.
I would also welcome your and other tablet users' comments on using tablets out of house. I mean how do you use wifi. In London the availability of free Cloud WiFi is diminishing and seems to be hijacked by BT wifi signals demanding exorbitant fees and ripping off tourists. So some users will have some free BT usage on some networks, or frequent expensive establishments with great wifi. Elsewise some can tether to their phones data, or my only current option is to buy a mifi dongle for my home pcs 3g+ data supply (10gb allowance). I think I can also tether to my Talkmobile phone but would have to pay for more data.
Sorry if I seem to have hijacked your review with this subject. I just can't stop writing.
A very useful review and info on the Tab3 8". Thanks, Tony.