Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition has expandable storage, multi window, multi-tasking and digital pen features. The new edition has nearly everything that one can expect from an Android tablet.

There are many improvements such as you can have faux leather back in two colors Black and White. Other additions include Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung WatchOn, dual band WiFi 802.11 ac, front user TouchWiz and 8 mega pixel camera with LED flash. Besides Google’s standard apps such as Gmail, old webkit web browser, Chrome, Maps, Google Play Store, Gallery and email, the Note 10.1 has Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It includes S Voice, Air View, S Translator, S Note and Multi Window etc. This edition doesn’t support multi-user support.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a thin tablet with glossy plastic and metal trim. It looks good in professional environment. You can easily hold the tablet without fearing some slippery effects. The back of the device is made from faux plastic combined with stitching at corners.

On the new design Samsung has placed controls with micro USB 2.0 port. Volume rocker is sensibly placed to the top and there is slot compatible with SDXC on the side. Speakers are also aligned properly.


Note 10.1 Edition 2014 has impressive 2500 x 1600 display with great contrast. Colors appear to be more bright and balanced even on higher resolutions. These colors and contrasts are really better than Nexus 10. The device is perfect to stand against Retina iPad.

Even if you do not set the color balance, the device automatically detects and recognizes it whenever you are watching videos, looking at photos or reading anything. The reading mode helps setting the device to its best readable format. S Pen is installed in tablet that uses Wacom technology. Precise digital pen is interchangeable with other Galaxy Note pens. It supports 1,000 levels of pressure sensitivity that makes it more flexible tablet for painting and sketching. Samsung has included S Note app that recognizes handwriting and formula for notes taking.


The 2014 Galaxy Note 10.1 edition is fast with MALI T-628 graphics and 1.9 GHz quad core processor. They have added 3 gigs of RAM in the tablet. In these days Android phones and tablets have just 2 gigs; so addition of 1 gig is impressive. Device would definitely help improving performance.

There is 16 or 32 gigs of storage space available and SDXC slot is available for additional storage. Now Samsung is Android based and Android has removed that option to install apps in SD cards. Now Samsung is asking again to bring that feature back because of the games. You can use USB mice, USB flash, keyboards and portable hard drive.


The backend camera is 8 megapixel with HDR and LED flash. 8 MP is better camera for any tablet. Samsung is trying to combine features of smartphones and tablets. Now its 8MP camera is equivalent to higher end Galaxy S III. It’s not competing with LG G2, Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5s yet it’s impressive in taking shots and recording videos.

The front camera is 2 MP which is competing with available android phones in market. Using front camera users can video chat with less blocky videos.


Battery life of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is about 7 to 8 hours that includes video content. In 2014 edition Samsung has improve battery capacity from 7,000 mAH to 8,220 mAH. Its not like your smartphone that you plug in, charge and started using your device.

Tablet battery takes time to recharge. So, if your battery is down, make sure you are charging it during night hours.

Market Competition

The market competitors of Galaxy Note 10.1 are Google Nexus 10, Sony Xperia Tablet Z and iPad with Retina Display.  Google Nexus 10 has matching resolution but its CPU is not as much powerful. If you don’t like UI customization and TouchWiz, you would definitely go for Nexus 10. But Nexus 10 doesn’t have any S pen and SD card slots that cause storage issues.

At the same time Sony Xperia Tab Z is potential competitor of Galaxy Note 10.1 although its not as much thinner. It has microSD card for storage including IR blaster with AV remote. The display of the tab is 19200 x 1200 with full HD. It lacks S Pen and you have to choose whether you like TouchWiz or not
The big giant Apple is already there with Retina iPad. iPad with Retina Display has high resolution and fast graphics. Generally people would wait for iPad 5 but again it depends whether you like iOS or Android.

Of course, we can’t forget Windows tablets which are coming in 10.1 inches and 11.6 inches running Windows 8 operating system. These tablets are great competitor of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as they have enough battery and processing power to decently run the operations. With these tabs you get MS Office and Adobe Photoshop and on top of all they have digital pen.


For android lovers, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is best pick in market. However, users have other options too because Windows tabs are also popular with powerful specs and digital pen. At this point in time, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is most expensive tab available in market. But in return Samsung is giving 2560 x 1600 display along with vibrant colors. This tab has split Window for multitasking and in addition to it there is S Pen feature that helps drawing and painting. The powerful processor and additional USB slot for storage is an added advantage. It has more than average 8MP rear camera for recording and taking shots.

For 16 gig mode, Samsung has set the price of USD 549 while they are selling 32 gig model at USD 599.

Images in the post are taken from Samsung

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