Galaxy note 10.1

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 marries an ambitious pen input and user interface to hardware that's a little tough to digest, especially when you can get better for less.

In light of the recent ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and its ongoing litigation with Apple, it'd be hard to imagine that Samsung hasn't thought twice about its tablet strategy. Continually pushing out a revamped iteration of the flop before it (see: Galaxy Tab 2 10.1) has proven to be as ineffective as it is effortless, a sign of the times that just may have given birth to Samsung's latest flagship device, the Galaxy Note 10.1. It marks a shift from "content consumption to content creation", an evolution that Samsung is banking on to finally cement its name in the tablet market.

But is the integration of the S Pen into the user experience enough for the Note to stand out in a sea of Android tablets trying to do just that? And, more important, has Samsung found a niche worth a $500 price tag? Let's find out.


The Good

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is mostly fast and fluid, a testament to its top-notch processor and 2GB of onboard RAM. It's also handsome and well-designed, taking cues from the GS3. Samsung's S Pen has evolved into a sophisticated tool with exciting potential.

The Bad

That said, the Note 10.1 feels like it may snap in half at any given moment, and its certainly one of the least-sturdy tablets on the market today. The 1200x800 display is a joke compared to its competitors, and really distracts if you're familiar with nicer screens.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is unique and stands out among a seemingly endless sea of competitors, though not always in a good way. Samsung has stepped back and reshaped its tablet strategy, now focusing on user experience rather than specs alone, and if you keep an open mind about the included S Pen, you just might find it more handy than you would have imagined. However, we believe the $500 you'll spend on a base Note 10.1 would be better spent on two Nexus 7s. However, if you've got your heart set on a full-sized tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the way to go if you want to keep from breaking the bank.

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The Galaxy Note 10.1 hardware

Galaxy Note 10.1

The Galaxy Note 10.1’s hardware is both familiar and new at once, a testament to the number of inspirations Samsung drew upon while creating its latest flagship, and that we were at Samsung's unveiling of the Note 10.1 at Mobile World Congress in February. Think Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 design with an infusion of the Galaxy S 3's polish. It's likely safe to say that one place Samsung did not find inspiration for the Note is Apple — say what you will about the ongoing dogfight between the two companies, but you’ll be hard pressed to find many similarities between this Note and the iPad.

There is a certain flimsy feel to the Galaxy Note 10.1, even more so than we’ve seen on previous Samsung tablets. The company has never been known for releasing the most sturdy products on the market, but here I’d go as far as to say that at time I was afraid I’d break the Note in half. Call me crazy, but at times the tablet feels hollow and brittle—who knows, it may be stronger than it looks, but I sure as hell wouldn’t be willing to test it.

All that aside, the Note is a truly attractive device, and might just be Samsung’s most handsome tablet to date. The brushed plastic is the same as what we’ve got in our pockets on the GS3, though the Note trades in Pebble Blue for a off-shade of grey that I would have described as Pebble Grey (missed opportunity, Samsung). I prefer the cleaner white version, but that’s just a personal preference.

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The Note's volume rocker, power button, microSD slot, and IR blaster are all housed on the tablet's top edge, while the microphone and proprietary dock port are located on the bottom edge. Both the left and right sides of the tablets are button-free, allowing you to comfortably hold the Note without fear of bumping a control. The tablet's backside contains its 5-megapixel camera. The Note is available in two storage options: 16GB for $499, and 32GB for $549.

The Note’s beauty fades when you reach the front of the tablet, which is occupied by a 10.1-inch display that looks downright dismal next to the higher-res screens we’ve been seeing more and more of. Six months ago I’d be blown away by the Note’s color clarity and viewing angles. Today, the 1200x800 resolution is distracting more than anything -- it's painfully apparent watching app icons slog by as you swipe through the homescreens. We’ve been told that Samsung stuck with the lower resolution because of compatibility issues with the Wacom digitizer, which validates the choice, but doesn’t make it any easier on the eyes.

Speaker

Flanking the display are two stereo speakers that I can confidently say produce some of the best sound I've ever heard on a tablet. They won’t replace your home audio system by any means, but for viewing video and listening to music on the go, they certainly get the job done.  Volume is surprisingly loud for the speakers’ size, and if you have the patience to putz around with Samsung’s on-board equalizer, you’ll eventually find a sound that suits just about every need. Perhaps one of the best aspects of these speakers is their placement: situated in the top left and right corners, these front-facers are nearly impossible to muffle, whether you’re laying the Note on its back, standing it up, or holding on to it in your hands.

Galaxy Note 10.1 performance

Much like the Galaxy S3, Samsung has included its 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos processor, paired with 2 gigabytes of RAM. Without having to worry about a super high-res display, these components can focus on producing impressive performance, and rest assured they don’t disappoint. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the most fluid and responsive Android tablet I’ve ever used outside of the Buttery-smooth Nexus 7. That’s a big accomplishment, considering that similarly spec’d tablets are often left stuttering and stammering without any good reason. I still found a bit of hesitation when flipping through homescreens, but that’s really the extent of my complaints -- and, again, the lower resolution is playing tricks on our eyes. Opening apps is immediate, scrolling is fluid, and web browsing is nearly flawless.

The Note performs admirably in most apps, including the graphics-intensive Photoshop Touch (more on that later). Benchmarks justify real-world performance, lifting the Note above just about every other Android-powered device on the market today. Remember, though, that that’s not to say the Note is the most powerful device on the market — always take benchmarks with a grain or five of salt.

 

The S Pen

Galaxy Note 10.1 S-Pen

The Note wouldn’t be a Note if it weren’t for the onboard secret weapon, Samsung’s S Pen. You’ve met a version of it before on the original original 5-inch Galaxy Note, but it's undergone some major reconstructive surgery. Samsung has made both subtle and obvious alterations to the technology to completely revamp the experience, and it’s apparent as soon as you put pen to paper (er, screen).

The first thing you’ll notice is the S Pen’s new shape—rather than its original rounded girth, today’s S Pen is ridged, similar to a pencil, presumably in order to prevent roll-away. Its multipurpose button has also received some texture for easier reach.

Inside, the S Pen contains no moving parts and no batteries to replace—it draws all of its power from the mothership, and relies on radio waves to communicate with the face of the Note. Thanks to the Wacom digitizer, the S Pen can take advantage of over thousands of levels of sensitivity. Not impressed? Take it for a spin--the S Pen is the most precise stylus (sorry Samsung!) I’ve ever used, and its performance can come close to being compared to a real pen and paper. Luckily, Samsung has jam-packed the Note 10.1 with software to take full advantage of its latest toy.

Also, look for several models of the S Pen to see release. They won't all be Skinny MInnies.

Software

Samsung really isn’t interested in anything I’ve said up to this point. With its launch of the Note 10.1, the company has made it clear that a unique user experience is far more valuable than spec sheets and benchmarks. As a result of its newfound focus, the Note ships with Samsung’s signature TouchWiz atop Android 4.0.4. (Jelly Bean is on its way, says Samsung.) And while this TouchWiz is nearly identical to the iteration shipping on the GS3, the Note includes some customizations and apps tailored to its S Pen.

Slide the S Pen out of its rear silo and a quick menu of five apps (ala Samsung’s quick app menu), each designed or optimized to take full advantage of the technology. Present here are S-Organizer (Samsung's standard calendar app, optimized for 10 inches), Polaris Office (which takes on a whole new level of intuition thanks to the S Pen) and Crayon Physics (a simple time waster that's a fun way to show off the Note's capabilities). In addition, the menu contains the two most important S Pen apps, S-Memo and Photoshop Touch.

S-Memo

Likely the first thing you’ll want to play around with is Samsung’ S-Memo app, a perfect way to get a feel for how the S Pen interacts with the Note. S-Memo is loaded to the brim with templates and suggestions for using the app, removing some of the pressure you might feel with a pen and a blank screen. Most were quite handy, too: whip your Note out during a meeting, for example, and dive straight into the “Meeting Notes” template, which makes your scribbles a look a bit more professional in the boardroom

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S Note is more than just a blank notebook, and includes a couple of really cool features that add some legitimacy to the Note’s functionalities. You can write a word and have it converted to text, or draw a shape and have S-Note spruce it up for you. The formula match, which will convert your doodles to mathematical formulas using Wolfram Alpha’s engine, is a taste of what kind of role the Note can play in the classroom. 

What separates Samsung’s S Memo from other note-taking apps is its palm-rejection capability, which makes writing on the Note far less aggravating than the experience on similar tablets.  In a perfect world, S-Memo and other S Pen-optimized apps would ignore your palm while it rests comfortably on the screen, paying attention only to the movements of the S Pen. This technology works about 90% of the time—while I never had trouble with my hand interfering with what I wrote, it did close the app, bring up the multitasking menu, or even open the settings on occasion.

Photoshop Touch

For the photogs out there, the $499 pricetag might sting a bit less knowing that the Note comes preloaded with an S Pen optimized version of Photoshop Touch, which delivers on its promise of a premium touch-based photo editing experience. (OK, so it only saves you $9.99. But still.)

The S Pen works beautifully here, and makes photo editing a much more personal experience. Tasks that can be cumbersome on regular old Photoshop are both simpler and more fun with the S Pen. And here’s where that pressure sensitivity really comes into play: touch ups and edits can be as precise or as broad as you’d like here, which really proves the S Pen's versatility and value.

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As useful as Photoshop Touch is on the Note, I don’t think it’ll replace the full suite, and for now may lend itself more to fun than to professional-grade performance. One reason for this limitation is the Note’s dull screen, which really takes the wind out of the sails of diving into a full-res photo. If the display’s pixelization doesn’t bother you on the Note’s basic UI, you’ll be hard pressed not to miss it while you’re knee deep in a photograph.

MultiScreen

S Pen aside, Samsung threw in some goodies for good measure, including the really cool (and perhaps equally important) “Multiscreen” feature. Samsung calls this “true multitasking”, and I might have to agree with them. Open up one of the compatible apps (Internet, Video Player, Polaris Office, Gallery, and Email), and you’ll have the opportunity to open another compatible app right beside it. Death to toggling, Samsung says, as this feature literally splits your screen in half, giving each app equal real estate. Tasks that would have taken unnecessary extra steps on any other Android device, like taking a screenshot of a webpage and pasting it into your email, are now a breeze to accomplish. It’s a bit of a drag that this functionality is only supported by a limited number of apps, as I’d love to someday play Temple Run while keeping an eye on my Twitter feed (I’m such a 24-year-old), but for now, Multiscreen’s existence itself is a promising sign of things to come.

Multiscreen

Multiscreen

Universal Remote

The Note’s got an IR blaster on board, which means that if configured correctly, it can control your home entertainment system with nothing more than a quick setup. Thankfully, Samsung included this functionality, and the included Peel smart remote app does indeed work as advertised. You’ll need to tell it what kind of equipment you have and of course you need to be within viewing distance of the device you want to control, but once configured you’ll be flicking through channels in no time. There are some bugs here, such as the channel jumping before you're even done plugging in the number, but nothing here seems like a dealbreaker, and Peel can only get better updates.

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Cameras

Camera

Let's keep this simple: don't buy a Galaxy Note 10.1 for its cameras. The technology here serves one purpose: to produce photos that lend themselves to doodling all over. While the Note 10.1 retains the GS3's camera interface, the optics here pale in comparison--take away the mustaches, hats, and bubble quotes and you'll be left with lackluster photos and video limited to 720p. The Note 10.1 is not your next camera.

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The bottom line

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The S Pen-touting Galaxy Note 10.1 will be both a blessing and a curse for Samsung. On one hand, Samsung has created a device that stands out amongst its competitors with unique features and a truly different user experience. In the same breath, the S Pen is sure to scare away folks who balk at the idea of reverting back to a stylus. I’m here to say that love or hate the S Pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 just may be the best 10-inch Android tablet on the market today.

Even if you decide to take the S Pen out and throw it in the garbage, you’ll still have a decently performing Android tablet. Samsung has finally managed to create a tablet that lives up to its promises in terms of performance and usability. The quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM deliver a smooth, powerful experience and can handle just about anything you throw their way. And if you do keep an open mind about the S Pen, you might find yourself using it in ways you never expected.

Where the Note 10.1 really stumbles, though, is the display, which is disappointing at best and abysmal at worst. If you’ll use your tablet primarily for watching movies, you’re going to look elsewhere. And if you’re the type to throw your tablet around without much consideration for its wellbeing, the Note might be a bit too delicate for your needs.

Two thousand words later, the question remains, is the Note 10.1 worth $500? My gut reaction is a mixed one, especially considering that you can buy the best Android tablet -- that'd be the Nexus 7 -- and have an extra $300 left over. I would also have an easier time justifying the price if the Note 10.1 shipped here in the U.S. with HSPA+ connectivity as it does overseas, but alas our market is limited to WiFi only (an LTE model, Samsung says, is on its way).

But with that said, the Note offers a truly  forward-thinking tablet experience that just might be unique enough, for some, to justify its $500 price tag. 

 
There are 79 comments

toukale says:

Who whould buy this POS at this point.

ECOTOX says:

not seeing really how its a POS, seems to be a pretty solid tablet in terms of specs and the accurate stylus input will fit the needs of certain people (such as myself) I dont think the 1200x800 res is really a draw back, the higher resolutions like on the iPad3 just mean lower visual effects in Games and more work for the GPU, I'd rather have this Res and crank up visual effects in Games such as NOVA 3. SoC wise this tab is a top notch android tablet, Screen wise you could get bigger resolution at reduced performance which which is a negative IMO.

NickA says:

It's not 1200x800, it's 1280x800. The reviewer has it wrong and has yet to change it.

Fugaz-Star says:

Why people keep saying this type of things without giving a reasonable review or critique? I mean, resolution? yea it's pathetic but the other features offered outweigh the negatives.
Just bc you don't have a need for a graphic pen doesn't meant no one else does. I do. And i'm really looking forward to get my hands on this baby, and one of the new Surface tablets too!

You realize this is a dream come true for those graphic artists who don't want to carry their laptop + wacom tablet + mouse + g pen + all the cords and what not around.
Yea, you probably don't get as much work done as you would on a PC, but I tell you, a million times I have found myself wishing I could have something like this for adding some progress on some of my work.

rd_nest says:

Real users like professionals, students would use Note 10.1.

Why don't you check with users over XDA: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1838739

Check the ratings and the comments, then tell me what kind of POS is that.

And there are loads of people who are moving from Asus Infinity: http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1833842

People "think" that Infinity is a speed-demon, yet they forget to test the device properly. Infinity is severely impacted by a slow-as-molasses NAND performance. Just check RL benchmark results (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1842793)

Anand Shimpi himself showed how pathetic is Infinity's NAND performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Q0Qv3m36Q

When people talk about build quality, all they check if they have a Aluminum cover. But forget about internal build quality: http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/cracking-open/asus-transformer-prime-te...

Why all the yellow tape? Quality control problems during assembly? Little metal shielding on motherboard? People easily forget about this.

Did anyone check Lisa Gade's comparison of Infinity vs Note 10.1? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y6m7ZLetMo
Start after 15:00 to check the quality control of Asus. The screen gave away. About WiFi, GPS issues of Asus -- should I say more? Asus's QC is among the worst.

What about the SoC? or RAM? and how about the NAND performance? Both SoC are comparable, but obviously Samsung is able to optimize the SoC much better as it's their own SoC. Look at browser benchmarks. Samsung is better than anyone for SunSpider or Browsermark tests. Shows that they can optimize the software compared to others. Their SunSpider values are in range of 1100-1200, browsermark ar eta over 160000. No other tablet (iPad or Android) is even near to that. I am not talking about marginal differences.

Note is the only tablet now with 2GB RAM. This is more than welcome. I hope this becomes a trend now. It's also needed for the multi-tasking capabilities of Note.

Another factor to consider is audio quality. Realtek audio codec in Asus doesn't even stand a chance against Wolfson Audio WM1811AE. And you can expect Voodoo sound from supercurio making it even better.

Asus has only 1 clear advantage - display PPI. How many reviewers have actually tested the display quality? PPI is just one part of display quality. How does the 3 screen modes work? how is lumiance? what about RGB balance or gamma values? Did they check the black levels or Nits value? how is colour accuracy?
Asus uses HannStar displays which doesn't sound to me as a very good display manufacturer.

StuartV says:

rd_nest: Thank you for that post!

ECOTOX says:

This^

Hans down some of the greatest examples of things to look for in a truely good tablet. Its part of the reason I love my HP Touchpad so much, sure it sold like crap but the build quality is fantastic IMO. This would probably be the only tablet I would go to outside of my touchpad because so far its the only one to compare in my eyes

sledgie#AC says:

Excellent post! You are correct - 2GB is the way to go. Anndrew also said he'd rather buy 2 Nexus 7' - the only problem is, they are 2 different machines. You can do HDMI over this, external storage, IR blaster, the sound on this alone is sooooo smooth. You want to watch an HD movie on the "pathertic" Samsung display, yeah well, it's the same resolution on the Nexus 7. 2 completely different beasts, but this one takes the cake. One is a tablet meant for bathroom reading . The other is a completely different tool.

Another Android site reviewed the Note and absolutely blasted it. They said that the hardware (external) was very flimsy and they were a bit harder on the S Pen as well. After seeing that review and now this review that essentially confirms that the plastic casing is horrible, I'm glad I went with the Infinity Pad. If Asus would have put 2GB of RAM in the Infinity it would be the absolute best tablet on the market hands down. Even without the 2GB of RAM, it seems to be one of the best.

knightfall says:

You're being too nice. Head on over to Android Police and check out their view on this tablet. Their headline says it all;

"Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: An Embarrassing, Lazy, Arrogant Money Grab"

I'm now very happy I decided to go with the Asus TF300T. I saved $150 and got myself one heck of a good unit. (And if I lived in the US instead of Canada, I'd have Jelly Bean to boot!)

twospirits says:

That writer is a jerk. No professional writer would create such a reader grabbing useless headline like that and then spill out comments of "I think the device cause me cancer" and then have a ending pic of the device in the trash. he doesn't know what he is talking aobut and its sad to see him trying to sway folks into thinking that his review is so true and so highly praised.

As for this review, t may be a review from his point of view., but at least it didn't have a stupid headline or comments about cancer etc, but it still leaves me wondering why is it that most if not all except one site does its review of the Note 10.1 by someone that does not know anything about its purpose or intended audience. Alot of these reviewers want us to think that they know what they are doing, but in fact alot of them do not know the technology they are reviewering nor the main reason a device is made for or its intended audience.

btw, its funny how the similarities between the 10.1 reviews are to the 5.5" reviewers. most did not like the 5.5" either and yet, it gained a big and wide (pardon the pun) audience to garner a 2nd generation being made.

To compare the Note 10.1 to any other tablet on the market like a iPad or a Transformer is ironic. Both are good devices but catered to different folks. The Note 10.1 has a Wiacom digitizer and anyone that has used one or knows about them should know that there isn't any made with a resolution over what is found in the Note 10.1. Having Samsung provide such a digitizer at such a low price of $500 when compared to a Wiacom digitizer ($999) is amazing in itself.

The S-Pen is good and unlike the stylus/pen on the Lenovo Thinkpad tablet, it does not click or clack when using it on the screen. It can also be used throughout the OS. But folks still think its like any other stylus. Still, the S-Pen will not make folks happy. it basically boils down to the same argument that folks choicing between a phone with touch keyboard or a slide out one. some like it some hate it. But again it goes back to the intended audience.

Multiview is an amazing idea, although originally I saw something similar on the Notion Ink Adam tablet with its Eden UI leaves. Still it will be not as perfect as some want but that fault lies on Google. For Android tablets to compete against Windows or any OS for that matter, it should have multiview or side by side apps, but Google does not have that embeded in the code as of yet. Samsung found a way around it, be it simulating two apps running side by side when in reality only one is one, is at least in my opinion, its a step in the right direction. Google should take note. (again pardon the pun)

The device also has something called textbooks which allows a student to download texts for school and actually be able to write notes on them. Not one reviewer has touch this. Why because they are comparing apples to oranges and they shouldn't.

As for TouchWiz, wow, we get it, alot of folks don't like it or want it, but in reality its not that bad and since Google in its infinite wisdom has yet to add multi-view code for devices using Touchwiz will have to do for the time being.
although I am sure some xda-developer would figure out how to remove some of the bloat and keep the usefulness of the S-pen intact. but alas that's for another topic.

All in all, reviews come and go and some are favorable and some are not to the person reading them, but at least review a device for its intended audience (which in this case is a student, artist, note taker, etc) and then maybe see it as what it is without having to give it a low grade by comparing it to other devices that surely can't do the same thing or intended to be.

I like reading reviews whether good or bad and then go check out the device to see if they are true and I'm sorry but this review is not what I've encountered.

TS

Crimson says:

Why does that cover picture make it look like its about an inch and half thick? LOL.

GMJeff says:

Seriously, to say that this tablet is a POS is ridiculous.

The people that buy this tablet are going to use it for what it does well, and that is the interaction of the digitizer and the S Pen.

I wanted a tablet for handwriting recognition as well as media consumption, that is why I had the Galaxy Note 5.3.

The $500 price point in my eyes is very good for what I received in the box. I paid $400 for my original 10 inch tab, and for the extra $100 I get the Wacom digitizer as well as a SD slot, the front facing stereo speakers, reduced weight and thickness for better portability, a quad core processor, 2 GB of ram and 16 GB internal storage.

The device is smooth in all functions that I need it to be, and no more touchwiz lag when I am running a live wallpaper on the home screen.

The plastic back does not bother me as all manufacturers use plastic in some way or another, other than holier than thou Cupertino.

But if I wanted an oversized iPod touch with a retina display, I would have shelled out the $800 it costs for the iPad, or in the logic of the reviewer, I could have had 4 Nexus 7's for the cost of the iPad.

Oh yeah, by the way, your beloved Nexus 7, which I had a 16 GB version of and sold to get this tablet, has a plastic back plate also. Another thing is that if the Nexus was a 10 inch tablet, do you think it would be as light as the Note 10, with all of that empty space they would have to fill up, or would they go thin and make it more breakable when dropped?

Davest says:

To each his own. Personally, I'd have grabbed one of these myself if it didn't have such a poor screen. I love the idea of having the stylus, but I ended up with a TF700 instead. There was no way I was buying a 10" tablet with the same resolution as my 4.6" phone (GNex).

EDIT: After doing some research, I found that the resolution here is the same as that on a 12" $999 monitor with Wacom tech. So, it looks like this is pretty much state of the art as far as what's available for digital art creation. Wouldn't work for me - I couldn't stand to edit my photos on something with such a low resolution - but I'm glad it's an option.

speculatrix says:

photo editors have zoom features because no one edits pixels at 1:1

senshidan says:

Honestly after going over 3 ASUS Transformer Primes and 1 Infinity I would say that, personally I wouldnt buy any other ASUS tablet; who knows maybe in the future theyll shut me up and release an amazing device with no quality control issues. Then again that is only my personal preference. Right now I have the Note 10.1 and so far its amazing; super smooth, blazing fast browsing and the multitasking features are a breath of fresh air. Now yes I agree the resolution could be so much better, and that the plastic body makes the tablet feel a little less expensive I think so far its better than my previou ASUS tablets. Im a graphic guy and love to doodle and im also a student and the note taking in this thing is the best ive seen on a tablet so far. Im still on my 30 day trial window so idk maybe illl change my mind but so far im quite loving it. I agree theres some things that could be better but overall I think this device is pretty good for a guy like me. Then again were all different. :)

People can keep talking trash about this tablet, but from an artists point of view this thing rules. The included S-Pen and Wacom Technology with "thousands" of levels of pressure sensitivity is a dream. Sure it has its short comings, but the unique features it has makes up for where it lacks IMO.

Davest says:

Even with the crappy screen?

Well the cheapest Cintiq monitor (12 inch) made by Wacom with 1024 levels of pressure sensitivity costs $999. In my opinion the screen on that is horrendous. This is a 10.1 inch for 1/2 the price, not only portable but an android tablet (which the cintiq is neither). So by todays standards the screen might be "crappy" (I wont judge because I haven't seen one in person) but for an artist compared to what is available for a professional level input device with a screen, this is a good deal.

Davest says:

Interesting...thanks for the reply. I did some searching, and sure enough the resolution on the $999 monitor you mentioned is...1280x800. I also saw that the main complaint in the Amazon comments is...low resolution.

So, it looks like this compares very favorably with other tech that's available for artists. Myself, I love the idea of having a stylus for note-taking and photo editing, but I don't draw or paint, so it's not a priority for me. I can use swype for note-taking, and I require a high-res screen for photo editing.

I'm glad to see it out there, though...maybe in a couple years the stylus tech will have improved enough to work properly with a high-res screen.

I see where you are coming from. Also I feel this article was a fair review of the product.

GMJeff says:

If a $999 monitor with wacom tech built in is the same resolution, i would have to say that it is a "fault" with wacom for having to have that resolution, but i guess you don'get to be one of the industry's best digitizer companies by making subpar hardware that no one buys.

Please forgive my tone as i find it appaling that people can't look at this screen and not see the fact that it is a tablet computer meant to be used as a tool by artists, office workers and media enthusiasts alike. I for one am happy with the resolution, as it is the same as my first gen tab 10 that i owned before this. Besides, 1280 x 800 is essentially the equivalent of a 720p HD TV, you just don't sit inches away from your tv to see the quality up close like you do with a tablet.

Also, if the resolution goes any higher, it wouldbe a waste, as the styli would have to become almost needle points, making them useless in a business situation. Higher resolution would mean larger screens to pinpoint the pixels properly on a digitizer with a stylus.

Let's see here........

A tablet with hands down the very best handwriting, drawing, sketching, and photoshopping capabilities and an artist will turn it down and go for a tablet with an HD screen that can't compare in any other way. Of course they will choose this even with the "crappy screen".

I always find it funny when one person mentions the bad screen, and so people who have never held one in their hands suddenly jump on board and tear it to shreds. Sure the resolution is low, but it wasn't designed to beat the Retina on the iPad. If all of you Android users are so obsessed with HD screens, then buy a freaking iPad.

Davest says:

I'm not just piling on...it was a legitimate question. Personally, I LOVE the idea of having a tablet with a good stylus. It's just that, for me, the main use case is photo editing, and I require a high-res screen for that. I've never held one of these tablets, but I have seen a 10", 1280x800 screen before, and it's just not going to do the job for me.

If it works for you, though, great!! I'd love to see them sell a ton of these, so that it would justify putting money into improving the tech so that next time they can combine the stylus with a high-res screen. For now, I'm just glad that this is out there...the more options that exist the better.

Okay I do apologize for my sarcasm then. I misunderstood your intent and tone.

CascadianPDX says:

LegalA, you 'get it' about the utility of the stylus. Many people flat out see zero use for it, they just don't have the artistic chops or deire. If you aren't drooling over the sketching/note taking capabilities of the Note 10.1 then why are you even bothering to review it? It isn't made for you. Move along...

mstraw9379 says:

This isn't the droid you're looking for.

mulasien says:

I made a similar comment on The Verge and got dogpiled on by the "no Retina display = absolute crap" folks, but I still stand by it:

I have an ASUS TF300 10" tablet that has the same 'crappy' resolution as this tablet. To get to the point to where I can actually see individual pixels, I have to hold the tablet so close to my eyes that they literally start to hurt. It's amazing that before the iPad 3, 1280x700 resolution was perfectly fine looking for a 10" tablet. The truth is, that it STILL looks good, however people get so wrapped up in whatever selling point Apple says is important, that they overlook everything else that actually matters in a tablet.

That being said, I'm not an artist, and a stylus is of little to no use to me and I'll be sticking with my TF300. I still believe, though, that the obsession with super-high resolutions over everything else is a bit ridiculous.

dchawk81 says:

I'm using an Infinity and it has me spoiled. My Captivate looks like crap now too. :-(

I'd love a stylus but it would have to be in addition to the keyboard, not instead of.

I would. Cause like he said, it's the best 10 inch tablet on the market today. Also, because unlike you I don't plan to watch the super bowl on this display. That's what TV's are for. This is for education, work, planning, and creativity. If you want an HD screen, you have other options. Just cause this one doesn't meet your needs doesn't mean it's a POS.

I would hate to be your friend when you invite everyone over to watch the Super Bowl on your 10 inch tablet.

DAS says:

I just picked up my Note 10.1 on Sunday, and I think it's every bit worth its $500 price tag. As an owner of the Note 5.3, the 10.1 takes electronic note taking to a whole other level.

According to Webster a tablet is: "a thin slab or one of a set of portable sheets used for writing." The Note 10.1 is all about the taking advantage and seeing the value of an electronic writing device.

Just like when the Note 5.3 was announced, people who could only see the smartphone for what it was at the time, had a difficult time thinking outside the box and seeing the possibilities and usefulness of a large screen device that allowed the user to take notes on the go. 10 million users later Samsung is ready to introduce the Note 2.

The 10.1 is the perfect device for anyone who writes for any period of time, and can appreciate the large canvas the 10.1 offers. You must remember, the 10.1 is not only about content consumption like watching movies, reading books & magazines, or browsing the web (it does all of these very well), but it's more about content creation like taking notes in meetings or at school, drawing and sketching ideas and thoughts, and signing documents.

This week I have taken the 10.1 to meetings and sat around the conference room table taking notes as fluidly on this device as anyone else who was using a pen & paper. The advantage I had was that after the meeting was over I don't have to worry about losing my notes because they are stored electronically in the cloud because I could instantly upload them to Evernote or Dropbox.

I can also, with the Note 10.1, file my handwritten notes into folders for easy filing and organization, which people who only use a paper tablet cannot do.

I discovered the advantage of using Wi-Fi direct, and can now send my handwritten notes taken on the 10.1 to my Note 5.3 for reading later on the bus or train because the smaller device is more portable.

So don't knock this device. It has a place in the market. I would say, that most of the 10 million buyers of the Note 5.3 will likely appreciate it. They may not all buy one, but I believe given a proper test drive many people will see the value.

CascadianPDX says:

One real user experience review like yours is worth 1000 "It's a POS" reviews. Thanks for taking the time to provide some perspective.

senshidan says:

Honestly the screen is not that crappy and the battery is good. At least the battery doesnt drain when on standby like on my previous ASUS tablets. I wouldnt use it for 2 or 3 days and the thing would just die; WITH the dock connected to it. This thing hasnt been charged for 3 days since i bought it and its still on.

codeda says:

I don't know. It's so light I feel like if I drop it, that it would be fine. Compared to heavier tablets where I feel their heft might shatter them. To each their own, but we love our new Note. The screen doesn't bother me unless I'm reading. Text is admittedly Meh Compared to other tabs. But I think video and games look good. And we get less stutter on it than on the Nexus 7. I'd definitely suggest it with no issues.

NickA says:

It's the same old review sites talking trash about this tablet. I'm not referring to AC, but other sites. It's so hard to get an unbiased, objective review because all the other sites are pro-iPad.

Also, anyone else getting tired of hearing about Samsung plastic? Please. They use this type of plastic in all their devices; it's nothing new. And no, it's not going to snap in half. Give me a break Anndrew.

I wouldn't say that 1280x800 is a joke, but for this price it should be 1920x1200. By the way, it's 1280x800, not 1200x800. Anyway, Samsung always has great looking displays, and this is no exception.

And to suggest two Nexus 7 devices really makes no sense. You are getting a different audience with a 7" vs. a 10.1" tablet. Not sure why you even brought up that comparison.

Those are just my opinions though. I bought this tablet last night to add to my collection of tablets and phones. This may be the first Android tablet I keep and use on a daily basis.

DAS says:

The way reviewers and such knock this tablet is the same way many of those same so-called "reviewers" knocked and made fun of the Note 5.3. Of course, right now Sammy is laughing all the way to bank.

They like to talk about it being plastic, or now the knock on this one is that the screen resolution is not as good as an iPad or other Android tablets. I say to that "so what?" You don't buy a pen and paper note pad because of how sharp the lines are on the tablet do you? The reason people will find interest in the Note 10.1 is for its superior, I mean superior, note taking and creativity value.

Just like when the Note 5.3 was introduced, there is nothing like the Note 10.1 on the market today?

StuartV says:

Some of you people are amazing! A screen that is awesome by standards from 6 months ago is not crappy or a POS today. In fact, it's very good. There may be tablet screens on the market today that are higher resolution, and/or brighter and/or easier to read in direct sunlight. But, in the grand scheme of things, those screens are only SLIGHTLY - very slightly - better.

OTOH, the Note has great performance and the lower rez screen allows it to have better performance and longer battery life than it would have with a higher rez screen. Personally, I am VERY happy Samsung went this route. I think that was the biggest mistake Apple made with the new iPad. They should have stuck with the iPad 2 rez and made the new iPad as thin or thinner than the iPad 2, but with 50% longer battery life. As it is, it has double the battery capacity and roughly the same battery life. And it's thicker than the iPad 2. Lame.

Comparing the Note to the TF or any other Android tablet that doesn't have a digitizer and knocking the Note for its price is just dumb. Yesterday, I used my Note to hand write some notes, then shared them into Evernote. Then I opened Evernote on my PC and did some different searches for words that were in my handwritten notes and Evernote FOUND THEM! And, no, I did not use the handwriting-to-text option in the note taking app. It was doing handwriting recognition! You simply cannot do that with the Transformer (in any useful fashion), so knocking the Note because it's a little more expensive is just ridiculous. The Note will do everything the TF can do, plus it can do things the TF cannot. Note > TF. Period.

And comparing it to the Nexus 7 is even more ridiculous. I would DANG sure rather watch a movie on the 10" Note screen than the 7" Nexus screen. The Note rez looks perfectly fine for watching movies. And my Note, with 32GB built in and a 64GB microSD card added will hold all my music (which the Nexus 7 cannot), PLUS a raft of movies for watching when I'm on a plane, etc..

Google didn't put an SD slot in the Nexus. They are pushing their "cloud". We all know this. But, in the days of Unlimited data plans going away, that is just bassackwards. And not having a Nexus with a least 64GB of storage (considering there's no SD slot) is even more bassackwards. I still have my unlimited data. But, if I didn't, I would absolutely be even more insistent on only buying mobile devices that can be expanded to hold as much locally as possible. Why would anybody want to pay for data just to access the content they already own?? Not to mention not being able to get to it when you're out of coverage or in poor coverage. If Google really wants their cloud to succeed, they should really lean on the cell carriers to go back to offering Unlimited data plans.

ps. Cheap plastic back cover? Really? I can't see mine through the cover I put on it - like I would on any other tablet....

senshidan says:

Couldn't agree more

dmcman73 says:

I agree, I love my Note and it's the best business tool I have. Also, people keep looking at the price tag and keep forgetting that Samsung has a Wacom digitizer built into it which gives it that pin point accuracy in writing and drawing, that aint free or cheap.

I couldn't agree more -- why are people who could care less about the features of this device bothering to review it? The Note 10.1 is not intended as solely a media consumption device like the Pad Infinity or the Acer A700 or even the iPad. The Note 10.1 is meant as a tool. You couldn't trade me 2 Nexus 7s for my Note -- even together, they can't do what the Note can (and my husband has a Nexus 7 -- it's nice, but it isn't a tool).

To those who think the price is too high -- go look at the prices of Wacom drawing tablets for your PCs (and I mean the ones without screens, even). All of the decent ones are at or near the $100 mark, brand new. So why the disdain for the extra $100 here without the higher screen res? They've given you the wacom digitizer plus the multitasking where it counts (browser, video, note taking, etc). I've spent the past year and a half with an OG Transformer and recently got the Adonit Jot stylus for it -- it holds nothing on the Note.

I totally understand people preferring the Pad Infinity over the Note especially depending on what you primarily use your tablet for, but I'm about sick of reading reviews that almost purposefully gloss over the most useful part about the Note saying "if the stylus is your thing..." Come on, people! The stylus *is* the Note's thing! If nothing else, it is exactly what sets this device apart, and you just gloss right over it like "oh yeah, just a gimmick". For me, a designer, it isn't just any gimmick -- it is one of the most useful tools I can add to my arsenal. And use it I have. I picked up my Note 10.1 on day 1, and I haven't looked back.

Build quality? Compared to my OG Transformer, the Note is far better. A metal case does not equal a higher quality build. For one, the Note creaks a lot less (if at all). For another, I don't have a bunch of light bleed at the bottom of my screen. And the s-pen feels like writing with a ball point pen. Beautiful. I've waited all year for this bad boy to come out, and now that it's here, it's everything I'd hoped it would be -- I'm just sorry to see so many sites trashing it so much, despite the fact that I think it hit its target user base right on the mark. 1280 x 800 resolution, yep, I'm OK with that, and I'll bet a lot of other people are, too.

peterallen says:

Well said. I could not agree more with this thread!

I had the TF prior and bought at least 10 different stylus's, with the best being DAGI. (10 Stylus's equals over $100 investment to find the best stylus at the time). But the Note 10.1 is 1000% better than any capacitive stylus.

Today I was able to take real notes with my Note 10.1 and that is what this tablet is all about, for me. With the Note 10.1 I am really able to go paperless.

Love my Note 10.1!
(All written with my Note 10.l and stylus.)

CascadianPDX says:

I was waiting for someone to mention that a cover negates any criticism do the plastic back. These things are slippery as hell w/o a cover. I was afraid to walk around with my iPad3 until my cover arrived. I am seriously considering selling my iPad and the fancy Jot Touch stylus so I can get a Sammy Note. I already have a 5.3 so I know the S Pen is some slick gear.

BTW, I've seen reviews touting the Photoshop app, but nada about the Adobe Ideas app... Is it included, and does it support the S Pen?

animguy says:

From everything I have read, you only get Photoshop Touch preinstalled and would have to buy Adobe Ideas. I am hoping to get a Note this week and look forward to testing both but I have been hesitant in buying Ideas because of the reviews and it only having two layers.

If I get the Note, then I'll purchase Ideas even with the poor reviews as I think the two will work great together

sledgie#AC says:

Excellent comments, StuartV. I've been waiting for this tablet since December of last year when the prime came out. Haven't had a force close yet. No random reboots, or browser ANRs. Wifi and BT work great, and together. Dual band and BT 4.0 is the way to go. I'm also happy they went with the screen. First i saw PLS TFT and i thought, oh no! They messed it up. Then i read about it and went to best buy and i swear, i don't think the Prime or Infinity were this bright (IPS+). It has a dock coming, and i think the biggest feature of all for me was that this has run every game except THD related that i had purchased previously, and blows them all away. Nova 3 looks and plays INSANE. The stock browser is so good i haven't even downloaded any others. I used this for about 14 hours the other day where the screen was on for at least 8 hours and i still had 10% remaining. I'm blown away by the brightness, battery life, and effectiveness of the S-Pen. I think Anndrew should have taken his time on this review and looked at the S-Pen and apps closer; it is a learning curve and if you aren't used to it, state that. Samsung took this to a new level of productivity - included the ports, the hardware (i rarely notice a review that really speaks of the importance of including BT 4.0 and dual bands for wifi) and didn't skimp on anything except the power cord ;-p i'll take this working quad core with 2GB ram awesomely bright screen and working kernel against anything out there. C'mon, if it was $399 everyone and their mother would be buying it and complaining it was out of stock. It's that good.

rkirmeier says:

I like the multitasking options and the pen but the the case just looks cheap (like an Archos G9) and believe me the Archos is cheap! I have an original ASUS Transformer and runs great, also have an Archos G9 and a Nook. I think the high screen resolution is over hyped. Not to say I wouldn't want a full 1080p screen on my tablet but like some had said it's a compromise. Higher resolution requires more power and higher graphics performance. I think this unit should probably have been released at $400 and a high resolution unit at $500 or $550 so those that "need" the higher resolution have the optoin. Still hung up on the case though and I think Sammy too a step backwards in design. I always considered the original Galaxy Tab 10 the benchmark in tablet design and preferred it over my Transformer but went with the transformer because of the laptop style keyboard dock. This is honestly the first Samsung phone or tablet that just does not appeal to me, physical design-wise that is.

gyroslice says:

I absolutely love my 10.1 note. I've owned the original Nook, Tab 10.1, HP Touchpad, HTC Flyer and the 5.3 Note and the Note 10.1 puts them all to shame. It is fluid with no lag or hang ups like the HC running Tab 10.1. S-note and the S-pen are changing the way I run my business. Being licensed with dozens of insurance companies I have had to keep hard copy applications for each one of these companies in a filing cabinet. Not anymore. I have imported each application into S-note and it is ready to go at an instant to fill out and have the client sign. Not to mention the split screen multi tasking for taking notes during conference calls. I would have killed to have something like this while I was in college and graduate school. Andrew dogged the screen and the build quality and I didn't find faults with either. The screen may not be as awesome as my VZW GN but it isn't a blackberry screen by any means. This thing has been awesome so far and as long as it doesn't melt or explode in the coming months I will definitely be pushing for everyone in my office to get one.

Just another reviewer that really has no knowledge of the technology they are reviewing. AC clearly has writers that only have experience with smartphones and touch screen tablets. They should only have those experienced with all kinds of active digitizers putting together a review on the Note. Most of the commentors have never used an active digitizer either, which explains their distain for the Note and love of the Transformer. How easy is it to take notes on the Transformer or the Nexus 7 without a keyboard? About the resolution, certainly we all want high resolution devices, but there aren't too many Android tablets right now with a higher resolution than the Note. Let's not forget that the iPad 2 was the king of tablets less than a year ago with a 1024x768 display and everyone thought it was magical. Please stop posting comments and releasing reviews without the relevant experience and knowledge of the technology and the product. If AC keeps putting out garbage like this they are going to lose readers!

Maybe you should actually try the Note before you condemn it. I have had mine for over three weeks and can run circles around your Transformers and Nexus 7's with speed and real work tasks. The price is fair when you consider the extra productivity features that the Note provides. If you don't need a stylus that's fine, but don't bash a product just because you don't understand the technology behind it.

sledgie#AC says:

Techgeek32, you said it all! It makes me wonder how much Asus or NVidia and HTC are paying AC. I've been at AC since the beginning, but now it sounds more and more like another tech blogger (word: blogger) who goes around saying he is the 3 biggest letters in tech. If it's a Samsung product let the people speak for the review. 10 millioin sold of Note and SGS3? And the Note was written off before it even got out the door! Take the s-pen away and what do you have? A premium tablet. Keep the s-pen and you have a VERY productive tool, although extremely plastic

3mp3ror says:

I second this. The comparison to the Nexus 7 and the Note summed up the review for me. Illogical and drenched in bias.

My Note 10.1 will not unlock this morning. Even after hard reset I have to hold the power button long enough to reboot then it works again.

Nightmare.

Anyway, this is no smoother than my i9000 on a CM10 nightly, and my i9000 has a 1Ghz CPU and 512mb RAM.

So sad.

Going to return and wait for the next gen.

That said, I do not see any "build quality" issues and I've had Toshiba, HTC, Asus and Samsung Android devices. Clearly I'd like a better display but I wonder if many folks would be bothered by 1280.

Cyrilmak says:

Get the Wifi Xoom with Jellybean and don't look back.

rap1 says:

I think this could be a very successful device if Samsung puts the marketing dollars behind it. I'm about to take on a new project and I'm wishing I had one to organize all the project activities.

xeroslash says:

I don't understand this 'flimsy, it might break, so fragile, don't touch it' stuff.

The Note 10.1 I bought is solid as a rock in my hand. I can hold any edge of this bad boy with a pinch and have no worries about it possibly breaking or snapping on me. I just don't know how anyone can says it feels "hollow and brittle" when my experience has been basically the opposite. A quality build, IMO.

And the screen size complaints? Give me a break with all the cries about resolution. I feel like some old man telling his grandchildren about nickel-a-gallon gas, but based on some of these responses I imagine most of them come from people who never experienced a 13 inch monitor the size of a couple bowling balls sitting at 640x480, but I digress.

YOU KIDS TODAY! *shakes fist as the sky*

Davest says:

Ha...it is funny, isn't it? I remember the 1/8" pixels that my TI994A pushed out to my 13" color TV, and I decided to get a TF700 instead of the Note because of its higher resolution.

xeroslash says:

Yeah, everyone has their own wants and needs when it comes to technology. My particular want/need is based around the S-Pen rather than the display, so the Note is an absolute perfect fit for me.

Davest says:

Yeah, it was SO close for me. Either way, I would have had some regrets. I still use a pen and paper for taking notes, even when I'm standing at my PC...having a good note-taking tablet would be great for me. Oh well...

StuartV says:

They say "hollow and brittle" and I say "thin and light".

I guess it all depends on whether the reviewer wants people to like the Note, or whether the reviewer wants people to ignore them in favor of other tablets.

It's too bad that this whole Mobile Nation site is essentially run by a bunch of bloggers instead of actual journalists. Otherwise, we might see reviews that leave off subjective descriptions like "hollow and brittle" and actually talked about what the actual dimensions (including weight) are versus the actual dimensions of other tablets (e.g. the TF or the iPad). And talk about actual measurements of the screen (e.g. brightness, etc.), as mentioned by another poster, instead of the subjective "this screen sucks compared to the Infinity" or equivalent.

A review by an actual person for whom a tablet with a digitizing stylus is targeted at might also be nice. Being reviewed by a bunch of people whose basis for comparison is what other tablets can do is really lame. I mean, it's like giving an SUV over for review by a bunch of sports car enthusiasts. All they want to talk about it how big and heavy it is and how poorly it handles. Of course, they don't even have enough clue to talk about all the other things that the SUV kicks butt at that their sports car can't even contemplate doing.

Most of the Note reviews have the feel of being written about by high school nerds who only know or care about their Xboxes, and their tablets are just what they use when they have to be away from their Xbox.

sledgie#AC says:

Anndrew + AC,
I'm a little disappointed because once again, there seems to be utter hatred to the only company that can compete with Apple when it comes to phones and tablets. FIrst we get the "phablet" review about the original NOTE (10 million sold), then we get the ehh review about the SGS3 (10 million sold) then we get this review about a tablet that BLOWS EVERY SMARTPHONE AND TABLET OUT OF THE WATER.
LEt's talk about screen - "disappointing at best and abysmal at worst" - are you SERIOUS? JUstify your statement, please! The brightness in nits on this is AS comparable to the infinity and prime, if not, YES, BETTER! WHy do you say it's dispapointing? 1280x800? Look at your phone, or your current tablet. UNless you have the Acer A700 or Asus TF700 Inifinity, it is the SAME RESOLUTION!

NOw, here's a little RELATIVELY unknown fact about the tf700 and the FULL HD screen you all want.
Apps and games are not optimized for it. Result? NBA Jam, Mass Effect, Asphalt 7, Asphalt 6, Real Racing, Dead Space, DRAW SOMETHING cannot be played on it! What's that you say? It's not optimized, so it can't run! You like staring at your FHD screen? Good. Since you can't even play draw something on it. Jeez.
Next - i'm blown away by how bright this Note 10.1 is. Yeah the dpi isn't high but other than 2 android tablets on the market and 1 new Ipad, what tablet is?
3rd: samsung gave us a gift, albeit expensive. 1.4 quad core exynos. 2 GB ram. BT 4!!! DUAL BAND wireless. Yeah, no more BT streams cutting out if you are on 5Ghz router over wifi. MIcrosd slot is protected and won't pop out (thanks prime).
BUt seriously, this is slow?? Play NOVA 3 on it, tell me if it's slow. Tell me what you think the framerate is on 1.4quad core with 2GB ram vs Tegra 3 with 1GB. Asphalt 7 looks killer and doesn't lag. I'm using a BT mouse vx470 and Apple BT keyboard and i have no regrets because my wifi is amazing even on 2.4Ghz. NO more connectivity problems.
There is only 3 things you can truly complain about because even if you take the S-Pen out of the equation, this is the fastest tablet on the market.
1. Samsung- King of Plastic. I do wish it felt more solid
2. Wanting to be like Apple so much they made a 2 ft cord
3. Being Samsung. Nowadays if it's a Samsung everybody says "oh the updates are slow" or "cellular radio isn't good" well guess what? Odin allows me to unlock, flash ROMS, if i mess up i can reflash (it's almost unbrickable) without having to wait for an unlocker tool or giving up my warranty. Samsung is the new Apple, their products work so well it's hard not to like them, but because they are "plasticky" people want to pick on them. The next time you think this is a slow tablet, ask the US users if they would have wanted a quad core or Alex Dobie if he wanted 2GB of ram. It ain't slow and battery is amazing (+BEST damn speakers this side of the universe)

mcleodglen says:

Not content with slamming the note 10.1 the "reviewer", if he is deserving of that title, even gets a dig in at the "glaring" problem with the S3. Funnily enough I haven't heard anybody refer to a glaring problem with this phone but him. Add to this his "surprise" at the number of Note smartphones sold and it becomes clear this reviewer is nothing more than another non tech savy attention seeker, with a fruit flavoured agenda. After all he is notoriously cynical in particular about the "me too Android tablets".Get out of the tech review business and let somebody who knows something about tech do the reviewing from now on.

redgeek says:

For the reviewer or those who have it, how integrated with the pen are apps for pdf reading and office doc editing?

As a student, I'd be interested in taking notes on my professor's lecture slides, pdfs, and docs.

I use a Windows tablet currently. But a)it's a beast b) integration is still clumsy and c) has very limited battery.

sledgie#AC says:

ezPDF works great for annotating pdfs. So does iAnnotate. Soonr Scribble can edit .doc, .ppt, .xls, although you have to be connected to internet. Theres also mantano and lecture notes.

redgeek says:

Thanks for the reply.

The one feature I haven't seen, and I would admit it is difficult, is the ability to insert space or pages in a document.

Soonr looks pretty good.

Paralex says:

Something about this feels completely off.

NickA says:

You said all right there in that sentence brother. No one agrees with the review. It's like he went to a bunch of review blogs and copy/pasted everything. Or he's just anti-Samsung. I mean, to call the display a joke? And he doesn't even get the resolution correct: it's 1280x800, not 1200x800. A typo, maybe. Or maybe the dude should have spent more time with the device so as to give it a proper review.

And notice the dude is non-existent in these comments. I writer who doesn't care what his readers think. Hmm, sounds like a freelancer who types out words as quick as he can so he can write the next $7.00 article. I know I'm being harsh, but the joke here is this review, not the display.

sledgie#AC says:

I find it ironic that for years now, when someone would ask, who makes the best display? the answer would be Samsung. Now apparently they make crap displays, or abysmal at worst

Davest says:

One thing that the review didn't mention at all is the reported feature that causes the tablet to ignore the touch of the user's hand when the stylus is in use. For those of you who have one of these - does that work well?

xeroslash says:

He does mention "palm rejection" in the review during the S-Pen section. I'd say he's pretty accurate in his findings. Although I'd up the percentage to 95% of the time :)

NickA says:

You would say he's accurate because you own a Note 10.1 and use one? And you agree with everything?

xeroslash says:

I agree with his first impressions of the palm rejection. After playing with my Note for the past week I no longer suffer the 5% palm inputs :)

I do not, however, agree with the rest of the review. This baby is fast, screen is sexy and it's rock solid.

Cyrilmak says:

I am sorry, but the Nexus 7 is not the best Android tablet. Not by a long shot. I'd take my Xoom over it any day of the week. Not only is it made better, but it uses the true Tablet interface, and not some bastardized phone UI that the original Galaxy Tab 7 employed. Granted the Tab was made pre Honeycomb, with the Nexus 7, there is just no excuse. Also, they did stick the Tegra 3 chipset in there, but that's where the hardware stops being awesome. The Xoom is the true and REAL first Jelly Bean tablet, I find that quite funny, considering it was the tablet that ushered in the first Tablet UI, and now ushers in the new Jelly Bean tablet UI. The Galaxy note is decent, but the build quality like all of Samsungs phones is crap. They seriously need to take a queue from Motorola in the hardware department when it comes to quality and build stability. My Xoom is built like a brick sh*t house, and I don't worry if I'll break it in half when I use it. I find it funny how the Galaxy Tab 2 had worse specs then the Galaxy Tab 1, at least Samsung somewhat fixed that with this new tablet. But seriously stating that the Nexus 7 is the best Android tablet is a complete and utter joke. And this comes from a die hard Android fan boy.

jimtravis says:

I do agree that the Nexus 7 is not the best Android tablet, not even close even with the great price. I have been using the Xoom daily since its introduction, and have been very pleased with the Xoom. Since the Jelly Bean upgrade, the Xoom is as smooth, and lag free as any tablet I have used including the Nexus 7, Infinity, and new iPad.

I have only had the Note 10.1 for a couple days now; however, I disagree with the negative comments based on my few days use. I have found the build quality to be fine, the screen quite nice, and it is the most lag free tablet I have used other than JB. With the future JB update, I expect the Note 10.1 to be one of the smoothest devices I will use on any platform.

The only time I notice the lack of high ppi vs the Infinity, and new iPad is with small type size like 8 point. Since I don't enjoy reading type the size of an aspirin bottle fine print, the relatively low ppi is not a significant difference when reading at the type size enjoyable for me. I find the Retina iPad to be discomforting to my eyes after extensive reading. I am not saying I am glad the Note 10.1 lacks a HD screen; however, it is not a significant issue for me although YMMV.

Of course, this comment reflects an opinion like all posts, but it is an opinion based on using all devices mentioned.

FYI Imported the Note 5.3 before it was available in the US, and it is my favorite smartphone, and would be even without the S-Pen.

jimtravis says:

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plunder says:

This could become a popular (minority user) class of device. Not necacerily just in Android.

It will take some time for the right users to find and exploit the key benefits. For this approach to really fly on Android, the pen and split screen approach needs to work a cross all apps, effectively a new version (or iteration) of the OS.

For he moment I find the TF300T fits my day to day needs quite well, at that price point. I would love a pen based system like this, but the key word there is "System". The 10.1 Note tablet is not sufficiently "evolved" yet. Perhaps we need even more processor power and an OS built to use the pen a cross all apps, before this approach is widely adopted.

dogxa says:

Hmm, this is must be a Hot device!
Got it and love it! Especially the Stylus and multitasking. The multitasking, comes handy because I dont have to switch from app to app.
And with the super PLS LCD display and 1280 x 800 resolution, the experiencereally perfect! Watching movies on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is greatly improved. Well, really enjoy it and I have got many tips and apps for my Galaxy Note from Enolsoft blog.

dogxa says:

Hmm, this is must be a Hot device!
Got it and love it! Especially the Stylus and multitasking. The multitasking, comes handy because I dont have to switch from app to app.
And with the super PLS LCD display and 1280 x 800 resolution, the experiencereally perfect! Watching movies on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is greatly improved. Well, really enjoy it and I have got many tips and apps for my Galaxy Note from Enolsoft blog.

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Robin Subedi says:

"Why note try Onda V972? Onda V972 is an Apple iPad 4th Generation Alternative. Onda V972 featuers Allwinner A31 Quad Core Chipset,8-Core GPU,the 3rd Generation 9.7 inch IPS 2048X1536 Retina Display,Android 4.1 Operating System,4K-HDMI,2GB DDR3 Ram,16GB Nand Flash and Dual Camera. Onda V972 is just half the price of Apple iPad 4th. In some perspectives,Onda V972 is same excellent as iPad 4;in some other perspective,Onda V972 surpasses iPad 4. It is selling at $249.99 from JSXL Technology.";

Taajan3000 says:

There is a large group of people who have purchased the Onda V972. Currently trying to find Dev support. Great hardware, official firmware? Sucks!!

Yes this is true. But those who are fans of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1,or love Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1,but cannot afford Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; to those who do not like tablets powered by chipsets designed and made in China; to those who only like tablets powered by chipsets designed and made by big brands, like Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm and so on; to those who are looking around for an alternative of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 or a more advanced one.

Ramos W30HD is a more advanced tablet than Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Ramos W30HD powers Samsung Exynos4412 Quad Core Chipset and Mali400 Quad Core GPU,exactly the same powerful CPU and GPU on Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Ramos W30HD features a 10.1 inch 1900X1200 pixel resolution super high definition Retina display,much better and much higher than the 1280X800 pixel resolution of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB Model: $499
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