The Note 8 and the Ativ tablet are two relatively new products launched by Samsung in the tablet market in the recent past. However, the two products have faltered and failed in the market numerous times, leading to many industry experts questioning Samsung’s tactics and strategies in releasing these expensive new-age devices, while compromising on their ease-of-use.
Samsung’s continuous experimentation with the sizes and shapes of its devices has also not won the company much favor from its customers, who are looking for other options to fulfill their tablet needs.
So what exactly went wrong with the Note 8 and Samsung Ativ?
A Look At The Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 is massive in size, and is aiming to be their big player in a market where slowly phones and tablets are beginning to merge. Equipped with an Exynos Quad 1.6 GHz processor and a decent 2 GB of RAM, the Note 8 doesn’t fare badly when it comes to its configuration. With its specs in place, the phablet is ultimately let down by its design.
The downside here is the size of the phone, especially if it is used as one. The 8 inch long body is cumbersome to properly get hold of, and in public view, looks just plain ridiculous. Users should definitely consider buying a decent Bluetooth headset, for using such a huge phone during day-to-day activities would look quite silly.
The qualities and the positives of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 come to view if it is seen as a tablet. In the tablet market, the Galaxy Note 8 mainly competes with the iPad Mini in terms of the display and the PLS technology.
The typical all-plastic frame from Samsung does not seem cheap from any angle whatsoever, and there are barely any creaks. There have also been no noticeable hesitations among reviewers in terms of the phone’s responsiveness. So all in all, although Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 impresses as a tablet, it does not work the same magic as a phone.
A Look At The Samsung Ativ Tab
Top draw specifications and a good build form the core of the Samsung Ativ Tab, which is one of the first tablets to use Windows RT, the mobile version of Windows 8, which is designed for the battery oriented life of a tablet. The Samsung Ativ Tab is pretty expensive when compared to its nearest rivals in the tablet market like Microsoft’s Surface RT, which is much cheaper.
As far as first impressions go, the Samsung Ativ Tab impresses with its sleek dimensions. The dual core processor which runs at 1.5 GHz and the 2 GB physical memory are sure to impress the users who’re looking for performers when it comes to tablets. The 10.1 inch display stutters a bit, but manages to fare better than the Microsoft Surface display, in spite of the jagged edges that can be pointed out.
The rear 5 megapixel camera and the front snapper that operates at 1.9 megapixels make up the camera department. The battery of the tablet is quite lasting too, when compared to the others in its league
Despite the notable positives of the tablet, it has to be pointed out that most of the features offered by the Samsung Ativ tab have become industry standards now for tablets, and therefore are not that new. In this case, it has to be said that the price is the primary negative. Windows RT as an operating system is quite flawed. The layout of the OS is substandard to say the least, and not the most touch-friendly either.
The bottomline here is that Windows RT is the only new feature to be introduced by the Samsung Ativ Tab, which is disappointing for a tablet that looks so promising initially.
Samsung’s Move To Shut Down Production
The production of the Samsung Ativ Tab and other Windows RT tablets manufactured by Samsung will be halted completely very soon in Europe.
The two primary reasons for this shutdown that’s about to occur are primarily the price of these RT tablets and the flawed operating system itself. Windows RT does not support many existing Windows applications, and fails a great deal in terms of compatibility.
Although industry experts have time and again trounced Samsung’s strategy for the tablet market, the company’s move of shutting down further production is a step in the right direction technologically. By paying more attention to detail and design (and better technology to boot), Samsung can bounce back and disrupt the market like it managed to with the Galaxy series of smartphones. What the company will do next is a question that largely remains unanswered.