Top 10 peripherals for your GALAXY Note 8.0
1st Jul 2013 | 15:44
The best add-ons for Samsung's ultimate tablet
The Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is the ultimate device for media on the go, messaging all your friends, editing documents and running apps side by side through the clever Multi Window function.
But what about accessories? There's a wealth of choice when it comes to adding to your awesome tablet – so we've run down the best ten add-ons to make the most of your GALAXY Note 8.0.
1. Samsung GALAXY Bluetooth Keyboard
The GALAXY Note 8.0 has a large and expansive screen, and the on-screen keyboard is clear and accurate. But there's no doubting that there are times when you want physical keys to speed up your typing, which is where the Samsung GALAXY Bluetooth Keyboard comes in.
It's an ultra slim device at 6mm, which makes it really portable; and connects using Bluetooth 3.0 to easily connect with your Note 8.0. It's also enabled with GALAXY hotkeys to use as shortcuts when navigating your phone or tablet's features.
2. AllShare Cast Wireless Hub
The high def WXGA screen of your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 is great for all manner of media – but it's still awesome to stream things up to a larger screen for the home movie experience or for a music medley the whole family cam enjoy.
With that in mind, the AllShare Cast Wireless Hub is perfect for bringing the media you've bought or rented from the fully stocked Samsung Hub to life on the big screen. This discreet box will sit under your TV and stream content over the ultra-quick Wi-Fi Direct connection.
3. MHL 2.0 HDTV Smart Adapter
What if you want a wired connection to your TV or projector at work? Samsung's MHL 2.0 HDTV Smart Adapter supports HD signals up to 1080p, so you'll always get the full effect of whatever you want to show on screen.
Connect directly to your MHL-enabled GALAXY Note 8.0 Micro USB input to create an HDMI docking station, and then throw in an HDMI cable to easily connect to a home theatre or monitor.
4. GALAXY Note 8.0 Book Cover
Want to protect your GALAXY Note 8.0 in the most stylish way possible? Then you need the Book Cover, a specially designed case for your new tablet that brings both protection and functionality.
Slim and lightweight, the Book Cover will automatically wake and sleep your Note 8.0 when you open and close the protective cover. It offers easy access to all the connection ports on the Note 8.0 too, meaning you won't have to remove to charge or plug in a pair of headphones.
It also allows you to prop up the tablet to type or watch movies without having to hold the device – great if you want to combine it with the GALAXY Bluetooth Keyboard!
5. 32GB microSD Card
The Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 features a large amount of internal storage, but everyone always wants a little more. To that end, Samsung has added in a microSD card slot, allowing you to expand the space for movies, games and more to your heart's content.
Exactly why a 32GB microSD card is such a must.
With outstanding shock resistance, as well as being waterproof (even in seawater!) you can be sure that the data you store on this removable card will keep on going no matter what you do with it – and we all like to feel like our date is secure, right?
6. S Pen with Eraser
The S Pen is undoubtedly one of the greatest features of the Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0, as it allows users to write, draw, sketch and annotate a wide range of apps and documents.
And in true Samsung style, there's the chance to take things further and make the S Pen even more intuitive: by incorporating an eraser into the mix. Situated at the end of the pen, just like you'd find on a pencil, the eraser will automatically scrub out any errors you may have brought to your artistic masterpiece, saving you time and effort when you're in the flow.
It also packs a great shortcut for switching between pen and paintbrush modes, so you'll be able to get even faster thanks to the advanced S Pen.
7. GALAXY Note 8.0 invisibleSHIELD
Want to protect the screen on your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0 from scratches? With the invisibleSHIELD from ZAGG, you'll be getting advanced technology that does just that.
But it's not just the same old rigid protector you'll see on other phones or tablets; this is made out of malleable stuff that will form around your screen and still keep it safe from all manner of knocks and bumps.
In fact, it's even the stuff they line helicopter blades with, and comes in both front and rear options, which makes it perfect for not adding unnecessary bulk to your device.
8. Refined Sound Earbuds - EHS71
Want superb sound and style in one discreet set of earbuds? With Samsung's Refined Sound EHS71 Earbuds headset you've got the best of everything in one place, combining superb sound for your music and movies with a powerful microphone to allow you to chat hands free.
Aluminium enclosures provide both strong sound and iconic design, which means that you'll be proud to stick these in your ears. And with great sound reproduction, you know you'll be getting the best out of your GALAXY Note 8.0.
9. HM3300 Bluetooth Headset - HM-3300
Want the best from a Bluetooth headset, allowing you to make easy calls using your Samsung GALAXY Note 8.0? This HM3300 Bluetooth wireless earpiece is packed with awesome features, such as NFC connection for instant pairing and HD Voice compatibility for crystal clear conversations with the people that matter.
The inline rechargeable battery boasts 4 hours of talk time, 4 hours of music streaming and up to 140 hours of standby time per charge cycle, so you won't need to worry about running out of juice on the go either!
10. Streamport Universal
The tablet is one of the main places to store a majority of your music these days, so the ability to connect it to a home audio system is crucial for many users.
Bayan Audio is a new British start-up, with the company recently releasing a cracking little mobile-friendly product to let you properly enjoy your mobile tunes on your home hi-fi, called the Streamport Universal: using NFC you can pair your GALAXY Note 8.0 with the small box and using a simple 3.5mm jack connection (or RCA Audio if you're so inclined) you can be wirelessly streaming your audio to your surround sound system in seconds, and with aptX support you'll get amazing quality too, without having to worry about losing any of the fantastic sound from your tablet.