How the GALAXY Note 8.0 is the ultimate e-reader
Tablets are almost perfect reading devices. They pack big, bright screens, plenty of reading apps as well as fast, wireless connectivity.
This means that reading on them is never less than a pleasure, with support for multiple file formats and instant access to thousands of superb downloadable books whenever you're connected to the internet.
We would even go so far as to say the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is arguably the ultimate e-reader. With a more portable form than the 10-inch tabs on the scene and a lighter, thinner body, Samsung's pre-loaded reading software and support for the wealth of reading apps Android offers, it's got it all.
GALAXY Note 8.0 design: a hand's best friend
Measuring just 7.95mm thick and weighing only 340g, the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is a hand's best friend.
After all, we all know avid readers spend hours on end with good books, so what good is a book replacement that can't be held for more than fifteen minutes without causing wrist-ache?
Above and beyond being thin and light, the Note 8.0's ergonomic curves means that sharp angles won't dig into the hand. Plus, one final bibliophile bonus, Samsung's super-portable tablet will also fit virtually anywhere a Kindle or thin paperback might. So whether it's a handbag, outer compartment of a laptop bag or backpack, or even a glove box, the Note 8.0 will stow where 10.1-inch tablets simply won't.
Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 screen
The WXGA screen on the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is also perfect for reading. With LCD screen technology, it produces crisp, pure whites and plenty of detail.
The 1280x800 resolution means its aspect ratio is slightly wider than 16:9 when held in portrait. This additional width more closely resembles a book than narrower tablets out there making for more words to a line and a far more comfortable reading experience.
Finished off with fantastic viewing angles and punchy, vibrant colours, whether you're reading a book, a comic or a web page, the Note 8.0 will look sensational.
Samsung software optimisations
Pull down the Note 8.0's notifications bar and you'll see a toggle to activate Reading mode, exclusive to the Note 8.0.
Adjusting, colour, contrast and brightness, Reading mode works with certain apps to deliver the most comfortable reading experience you can expect from a tablet.
It's worth jumping into the settings to see the apps Reading mode is compatible with. To do this, open the 'Display' sub menu within settings. You can also toggle reading mode off and on here.
To pull up a list of compatible apps, just tap the text next to the toggle.
Samsung's GALAXY Note 8.0 also comes loaded with a Samsung's own Learning Hub app, which, if you're in the mood for firing up those neurons will help you get your head around a range of subjects.
With a number of free samples to choose from not to mention plenty of content you can buy, it's a great way to learn on the go.
Google Play reading apps
Samsung's hardware and software separate the GALAXY Note 8.0 from the rest of the Android pack in terms of reading supremacy, but Google's stock reading apps are also worth a mention – bolstering the Note 8.0's e-reading appeal.
The most obvious Google reading app is Play Books. Connected to your Google account as with all the apps in this section, Play Books opens books downloaded through the Google Play Store.
Google's collection of literature is growing fast with plenty of free and paid content already on board. You can browse for books either on your phone, or using a full web browser and enjoy your library on any Android device connected to your Google account or through a web browser.
Google Play Magazines is one more app Google provides which turns your tablet into a bona fide library – this time, for slightly more frivolous reading.
Whether you're in need of catching up with the latest fashion faux pas to avoid or choosing your next digital camera, Play Magazines offers such renowned titles as Vogue through to What Digital Camera.
The interface is snappy on the Note 8.0's very capable hardware and subscriptions mean you can get magazines automatically delivered to your phone at reduced rates.
Ultimate convenience for the ultimate tablet, but we're not quite done yet.
Other reading apps
The Google Play Store is a veritable vault of e-reading apps that claim to be the dog's dinner, but there are a select few, which never disappoint.
Amazon Kindle is a classic go-to. With a brand that spans hardware and software, the Android app turns a Note 8.0 into the perfect replacement or companion for your Kindle reader.
Offering Amazon's full library of Kindle books, Kindle for Android can be used in isolation, but it's the Kindle app's Whisper Sync feature that really helps turn the app into something standout.
Whisper Sync saves the last read position of a book to your Amazon account. You can finish reading on your Note 8.0, then, for example, pick up at a later time on your Samsung GALAXY S4 from exactly where you left off. So, no more time wasted re-reading the same section of your book twice. And plenty of tech-age cool-factor!
Comic Book Guys
The apps themselves are free and come complete with some complementary reading material included, though if you want to get down and dirty with the latest superhero exploits, you'll have to buy new issues.
Reading a PDF is a piece of cake with the GALAXY Note 8.0's preinstalled Polaris office app. While PDFs historically grind Android phones and tablets to a stutter, with its powerful processor, the Note 8.0 instantly shows off perfectly formatted documents.
While Polaris should serve the PDF needs of most users, for anyone in need of PDF editing, ezPDF (£2.55) is the app for you.
Opening files quickly thanks to the Note 8.0's super speedy processor and rendering files accurately is just part of the fun. You can flick through pages with realistic page turn animations and mark-up documents with the Note's S Pen.
You can try out ezPDF Lite for plain Jane reading, and if you want to try your hand at a bit of mobile marking up you can buy the full version.
And that's why the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is the ultimate e-reader; because the hardware, software and Samsung's unique S Pen functionality come together to deliver something unique and a cut above the rest.