- Exceptional performance
- S Pen and S Apps practicality
- Solid build and modern and elegant design
- Long-lasting battery
- Insufficiently high screen resolution (and pixel density)
- Proprietary 30-pin connector
- Just average photograph and video quality
On the whole, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an eye-catching device for anyone looking for a quality Android tablet.
Samsung continues its string of impressive Android tablets with the Galaxy Note 10.1, a 10-inch device that sports a Samsung Exynos quad-core processor, Android OS 4.0.1 Ice Cream Sandwich (with the option to upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean), a pleasant design, and Samsung’s signature S Pen stylus. A 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, headphone jack, a micro SIM slot and a microSD slot round out this quality tablet’s design features.
An initial peak at the device may at first resemble Samsung’s previous Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet, but then again that’s not an entirely terrible thing. While conceding that it looks very much like its predecessor, TabletPCReview notes that this is a “modern, powerful, and convincing” piece of technology. It improves over the Tab 2 10.1 by being lighter (600 grams) and slimmer around the edges than ever before, allowing Samsung to keep up with, if not surpass the ever-improving build qualities of today’s tablet market.
Of course, a pretty looking device won’t mean much if it doesn’t have quality performance under the hood to support it. Thankfully, though, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has power in spades due to its 1.4 GHz Exynos 4 quad-core chip and Mali-400MP graphic processor. Anyone familiar with Samsung’s popular Galaxy S III may recognize the Exynos 4 name, since it’s the same chip that powers that smartphone. That’s a very good thing, in case you were wondering. Add onto that a sizable 2GB of RAM and you have what’s quite possibly the fastest tablet out there today.
But perhaps the most recognizable feature — or rather, accessory — to come loaded with the Note 10.1 is its S Pen stylus. TPCR mentions that the pen feels quite “natural when held in hand” with its smooth, rectangular build with rounded edges. The S Pen allows for much more responsive touchscreen control when compared to a simple finger or two, providing a precise app and web navigation experience. There’s even a handful of S Apps crafter specifically for the pen, like S Memo for note taking or S Planner for calendar usage.
It has a handful of notable flaws — including its non-Gorilla Glass 800 x 1200 display that, while solid, is far less attractive than its 10-inch competitors, and its lack of a microUSB slot — and it may not be worth the price if you don’t plan on getting much mileage out of the S Pen, but on the whole, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an eye-catching device for anyone looking for a quality Android tablet. As TPCR notes: “The conclusion is clear — this is an excellent tablet, one of the best offered at the moment…but there is still room for improvement.”