For me, the note 8 remains the better device.
The screen on my Note 8 got cracked recently (dog nudged it off my lap) and I was interested in getting a newer, faster 8 incher. I picked up the gpad and am disappointed:
- screen: note 8 is lower resolution, but much brighter. For me, a screen that's as dim as the LG is worth much less since it's almost unusable outside.
- color balance: LG's is adjustable, but not as good as the Note to begin with or even after a lot of fiddling. Now, that one is definitely "to me," since I recognize that the Samsung screen tends to be bluer and some folks prefer warmer tones.
- performance: I use the Note 8 with Civ's kernel and it performs as well as or better than the gpad in real world use. In benchmarks, the gpad blows it out of the water but those who remember the first release of the Note software as being prone to stutter - well, the gpad does a lot of stuttering in my hands.
- infrared remote: the gpad's IR blaster is better placed but WAY less useful. LG has apprently locked down access to the IR emitter, so none of the excellent multiremote tools work. You can control a TV and a set-top box with this.
Both the IR issue and the stuttering issue can, in theory, be addressed with software updates.
From what I've read, LG is slower on them than Samsung is.
I'm distinctly underwhelmed and still prefer the gimped Note.
I want to see how the new HP 8 inch device looks.