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.