Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Samsung has finally released the long awaited Galaxy Note 10.1 to the public. Compared to its hybrid smartphone/tablet older brother, the Note 10.1 is a full-fledged tablet offering.

About the Galaxy Note 10.1

The Note 10.1 comes in a choice of two colors, White and Deep Grey. It measures at 7.1 by 10.3-inches and is 0.35-inches thick. It weighs 1.31-pounds. Around the tablet is the array of ports and buttons.

On the bottom you will find the dock port and on the top there is the volume rocker, power button, headphone jack and microSD slot. There is also an IR port for using the Note as a remote control. There is a 1.9-megapixel camera on the front and on the rear, there is a 5-megapixel one.

There is also an alcove to house the S-Pen so it is invisible when not in use.

The 10.1-inch TFT LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 by 800. A lot of new technology has gone into the display to facilitate the flawless use of the included pressure sensitive stylus, which Samsung has dubbed the S-Pen.

Powering the Note 10.1 is the Exynos 4, a 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor. The Note comes in 16 and 32GB sizes with 2 GB of RAM. It features Android 4.0.4, Ice Cream Sandwich, out of the box and will most likely make the upgrade to 4.1, Jelly Bean sometime soon.

What Customers Say

Generally, people who have purchased the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 have been happy with it. Most of the appeal comes from it being a smoothly implemented version of Android on a tablet, but a lot of praise is due to the stylus and the features that take advantage of the S-Pen specifically.

Many have expressed disappointment at the screen resolution as many of today’s 10″ tablets have a higher screen resolution than 1280 by 800. Despite the display’s low resolution, customers like the ability to use the tablet as a digital notebook and that more than make up for it.

They feel the included S-Pen and associated features are what makes the Note 10.1 an excellent piece of equipment.

Compared to the Galaxy Tab2 10.1

Previously, a comparison between a Galaxy Tab and a Galaxy Note would have been easy. Now, offering two different Samsung Galaxy 10.1-inch tablets may confuse some. The Tab 2 is both slimmer and lighter than the Note, but not by much.

The biggest difference between the two is the Tab’s slower, dual-core processor compared to the Note’s faster quad-core. The Tab also has 1 GB of RAM compared to the Note’s 2. The Note also has higher megapixel cameras.

Pros

  • A 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM make this a quick and responsive tablet.
  • The S-Pen is much more than a stylus. Although the Note works well without it, it is specifically designed with the S-Pen in mind.
  • The multiscreen function allows for a myriad of multitasking options. The ability to run one app while simultaneously taking notes or running another app right alongside is a great feature.

Cons

  • The screen’s resolution leaves a lot to be desired. With so many new tablet offerings appearing with high-resolution screens, it’s a little disappointing that this one didn’t join that crowd.
  • The plastic body of the Note may turn some people off. It is not something that should turn anyone away from the Note, but many may not appreciate the plastic feel.
  • The 8-hour battery life of the Note may seem disappointing to many. Especially when there are tablet’s out there that have 10+ hours of battery life.