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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Review

Posted: August 28, 2012
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Review
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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a 10" Android tablet running on a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM with Samsung's S-Pen stylus and multi-screen software. Matt Mira and Michael Ian Black take a closer look at the $500 device on Gadget Pr0n.

What You Need To Know

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is basically a Galaxy Tab but with a stylus.
  • We were a big fan of the Galaxy Tab 7.7 design but unfortunately, the Note 10.1 doesn't look anything like that.
  • The design just didn't really wow us: the back is all plastic, which probably makes it lighter.
  • There's a micro SD card slot on the top.
  • There are cameras but we took one picture, which solidified our theory that all tablet cameras are worthless.
  • The LCD screen quality is pretty good with a 1280x800 resolution.
  • We expected more from a tablet of this size, especially one that is stylus based.
  • The other Android tablets at this price point have 1080p screens now, too.
  • The text was pretty crisp and the viewing angle was good.
  • The Galaxy Note phone had a super AMOLED screen so we expected something better on this.
  • The S Pen is different than the iPad styluses that are gaining traction right now.
  • An iPad stylus is essentially fooling the device into think it's your finger.
  • The S Pen is designed specifically for this screen and system.
  • That said, we weren't blown away by it.
  • When you pull out the stylus, the tablet immediately pulls up the supported S Pen apps, like S-Note.
  • There's a good sensitivity to it and for the most part, the handwriting recognition worked.
  • There's a serious lack of S Pen supported apps.
  • This tablet has a lot of fast hardware on it, like a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM.
  • It also runs on Android's Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 OS.
  • There's a lot of Touch Wiz on it, which is Samsung's skin, which feels like it's hogging a lot of the hardware because this is not as fast as it should be.
  • The Android lag was very prominent on here, which is something that went away with the Nexus 7 tablet running Jelly Bean 4.1.
  • Hopefully, this tablet will get the 4.1 update for the speed bump that it needs.
  • The feature that allows you to run two apps at the same time didn't work so great.
  • This was only enabled for a few apps.
  • In theory, this is a cool feature but it slows down the apps so much that we think it's almost useless.

Price

  • $499

Rating

  • 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • We think the S Pen works pretty well and there's a lot of promise for a tablet like this.
  • This is Samsung's first swing at a device like this and we hope they improve.
  • For now, you get a pretty good tablet with a stylus.

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