Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) review

S Aadeetya
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was seen as Android's response to the might of Apple iPad's dominance and fast-forwarding to 2014, you the get the Note 10.1 (2014) version while Apple takes the ‘Air'' route with its iPad range. So, what's changed?


What you get

With Note 10.1, one is rest assured to get top quality hardware, display with full HD capacity (Samsung's strength) and some additional features that are paramount for a on-the-go device. The tablet sports a 10.1 inch Super Clear LCD display at 2560x1600 pixels and running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS. Packed with the highly popular 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset and 3 GB RAM you get 16 GB memory expandable up to 64 GB via microSD. The tablet features an 8 MP rear with flash and 2 MP front cameras and all this power is gettable thanks to 8220 mAh battery on the unit. Also you have the added bonus of a S Pen stylus which for a 10.1 incher seems a necessity.

Design & Performance

For this price tag the Note 10.1 cannot really compromise on any feature and by the looks of it Samsung has covered every aspect that needs to be there. Starting up with the body built, you have a supremely built Note 10.1 which echos the build nature of Note-3 with its leather textured faux-pas coated body at the back and a big display covering every inch of space at the front with very thin bezel. The display offers quality which is crisp, bright and offer color reproduction of the highest quality with good viewing angles. The tablet is on the heavier side starting at 540 grams which goes up further with varied options 3G/LTE to be precise. The bundled stylus comes in handy for getting quite a lot of work done and for a tablet of this size we like its inclusion.

Unlike many big display tablets, the Note 10.1 is meant for content generation as well as consumption and making it near-perfect alternative for an iPad. That said, the size and weight makes it easy to carry in your backpacks but not that comfortable to use in hand. The cameras on iPads have been good, the ones on iPad Air are even better and with Note 10.1 Samsung is offering phone-like cameras i.e. 8 MP rear and 2 MP front. They are good but could have been better especially for this price. Inclusion of microSD slot makes it more appealing that storage confined iPads but then there is a limit to how much it can expand. The tablet comes with SIM slot for making use of faster on-the-go connectivity and we decided to give calling a miss on the tablet, like most of us might do.

In terms of battery, the big unit tries to manage all the hardware expectations rather well and for us lasted over 15 hours on single charge but sadly the charging time is quite a lot something all Galaxy devices pose.