Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Tablet Review

It’s getting a bit difficult to keep up with Samsung’s smart devices. It seems that the Korean corporation is producing a new device every few days. In fact, this particular device – the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – will be seeing an overhaul a little later this year. But that doesn’t mean that the current Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is obsolete… far from it, in fact. To tell the truth, it really is a powerhouse of a tablet and hopefully the new and improved version won’t see this one disappearing from the market too soon.

With each new iteration, Samsung have provided more and more powerful devices. This time around the Note 10.1 features – aside from the obvious 10.1 inch screen, which is beautifully crisp and clear – a powerful 1.4 GHz CPU, backed up by a generous (in terms of tablets) 2GB of RAM. What that comes down to is a device that is responsive and capable of effortlessly running multiple tasks at a time; exactly what one needs in the form of a tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

But this isn’t just a tablet – it’s a Note. That means that it comes equipped with an S-Pen, the stylus peripheral that is used with the smaller Note “phablet” and any other note device. The S-Pen is a matter of taste, really; while the Note 10.1 doesn’t eschew direct finger contact to make its touch-screen function, the S-Pen is a good option for those that want to avoid cleaning finger marks off of their tablet every fifteen seconds. But is a less tactile experience, and one that seems a bit more serious. Still, it’s only an option here – the user isn’t forced into either option, which adds a nice element of choice.

On either side of the screen is a speaker, which delivers surprisingly good sound, all things considered, and a front facing camera is situated above it. The main camera is on the back, of course, and weighs in at a slightly lightweight 5 megapixels. It can record full HD video, though, which is always a bonus.

The model we looked at came equipped with a rather roomy 32GB of on-board storage, which can be expanded thanks to the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot. This can handle up to 64GB of extra storage data, via the removable card.

In terms of performance, the Galaxy Note 10.1 delivers exactly what one would expect from it. It’s quick and stable, making use of the very popular Android OS. The question that arises, though, is whether it’s the right device for you. That is something that every individual needs to answer. With a broader bezel than older models, the Note 10.1 is a fairly large and heavy device. If you don’t mind the larger dimensions, it’s a great option.

Verdict:

Although it’s big, those that don’t mind a bit of extra bulk will find lots to love about the Note 10.1.

Manufacturer: Samsung

Distributer: Samsung

Online: www.samsung.co.za

Tech Specs:

  • S-Pen Technology
  • 1.4GHz CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • 10.1 inch screen
  • 5mp camera
  • Android OS

Pros

  • S-Pen
  • Great screen
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Bulky