Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review - HotHardware

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review

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Just over a year ago, Samsung broadened its Note portfolio to not only include phones, but tablets as well. The company saw a need to introduce a slate that catered to working professionals, power users, and those who need more content creation capabilities -- hence, the  Galaxy Note 10.1 with the S Pen was born. In the ever-challenging world of product naming and differentiation, Samsung decided on quite the mouthful for the Note 10.1's successor. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is perhaps awkwardly named, but it's shipping in a market where work-capable tablets are certainly generating a lot of buzz.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

Microsoft's own Surface 2 line just shipped, and the company is hoping to right the wrongs of the original. Samsung wants to slot into that category, competitively offering up a powerful, versatile slate that's relatively affordable given its capabilities. The new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition also has a few unique features: compatibility with Samsung's Galaxy Gear smart watch, a super high resolution 2560X1600 display, and a leather-like rear cover that adds style in a product category that's growing increasingly ho-hum. Let's take a look at what makes this tablet tick.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (WiFi)
Specifications & Features
Processor
  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Processor
Display 
  • 10.1" (2560x1600) Super Clear LCD
OS 
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) + Samsung TouchWiz
Camera
  • Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
  • Sub(Front): 2 Megapixel Camera
Video 
  • Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
  • Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
  • Playback/ Recording: 1080p Full HD@30fps, 720p HD@30fps
Audio 
  • Codec: MP3, Vorbis, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB),
  • MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
  • Music Player with SoundAlive
  • 3.5mm Ear Jack
Enterprise Solutions 
  • Exchange ActiveSync
  • On-Device Encryption
  • Cisco VPN(Virtual Private Network)
  • uniper Junos Pulse VPN
Sensors 
  • Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope
Connectivity 
  • Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)
  • AllShare Play / AllShare Cast
  • Kies / Samsung Kies air
  • USB 2.0 Host, Samsung
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct
  • Wi-Fi Bonding
Memory 
  • 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
  • microSD (up to 64GB)
Battery 
  • Standard battery, Li-ion 8,220mAh
Value-added Features 
  • S Pen Experience (6.5mm S Pen, S Note, S Planner etc.)
  • Multi Screen
  • Adobe Photoshop Touch
  • Pop up play
  • Smart Stay
  • Samsung TouchWiz
  • Video Wall
  • Samsung Apps
  • Samsung Hub
  • Readers Hub*/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub*Samsung S Suggest (App recommendation service)
  • Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
  • Google Mobile Services
  • Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps,
  • Syncing with Google Calendar, Google Search, Google +Polaris office
  • A-GPS(3G version)
  • S-GPS(WiFi version)
  • Glonass
Form Factor 
  • Dimension : 9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches
  • Weight : 547 grams

Pricing

     


     

    On paper, there's no reason to doubt the Note 10.1 2014 Edition's power with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 SoC at the heart of the device. Android 4.3 is on-board and Samsung has tossed a heavy coat of its own TouchWiz interface on there in order to best take advantage of the included stylus; pardon us, S Pen. To date, no tablet maker has completely nailed the concept of a work-capable slate. Is the Note 10.1 2014 Edition the one to do it? We'll discuss precisely that in the pages ahead.

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    Looks like the software just isn't up to par. If they had made a 10.1RT, it might have been a killer device.

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    Speaking of "not up to par", are you really recommending Windows RT? The failed tablet OS that nobody wants? The one that was pulled from store shelves almost as quickly as the MIcrosoft Kin phone?? As nearly every tech site in the world has already stated, there is no compelling reason for a consumer to choose a Windows RT tablet over the more-mature and more-secure offerings running Android and iOS. Plus, the app ecosystem of Windows RT is laughably sad, not even in the same league as Android and iOS.

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    Android tablets have 60.8% of 2013 market share.

    http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24461613

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    I love it 

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    Absolutely gorgeous. The stylus pen makes it that much better.

    Overall.........I want it!!!!!!!!!

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    So does Digital Compass mean GPS?

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    get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It is sooooo much better than the nexus 10 or nexus 7 which I also had. I play highend games, read comics and books and also used to draw and paint and I love it. Bloatware and lag? No lag that I can see and I thrash that machine. The bloatware makes this machine so much more user friendly than the nexus 10 and 7. It's the little things you don't even think about that make the samsung tablet much more fun to use.

    Can't praise it enough, more than met my expectations which were very high because I had been researching every tablet for the last six months

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    20140208 – My fried shaji is planning to buy a new phone. I told him the regarding the region lock on Samsung NoteIII. He could not belive it.

    20140201- Visited my friend Babu at AlKhobar . He was planning to buy a Note3. I advised him Not to buy Note3 since it might not work when he go on vacation.to india

    20140129- Advised my Pakistani friend no to buy Note3 Since it might not work with his PAK Sim card..

    20140119-Successfully managed to persuade a canadian in my office to ditch his plan of buying note3 and he bought iphones for him and his wife. See my horror story.

    If your are planning to buy a new Samsung phone, please read.

    Just give a warning to people tempted to buy android. Other phones dont have this kind of Automatic Network Lock.

    If you Buy the Flagship Android Phone Samsung NoteIII and insert a sim card, You will be automatically locked to that network. It locks the phone without any warning. You will realise this lock only when you try to insert another sim card. I bought this phone and travelled to another country . I tried to use another sim card and the phone will not allow. I am forced to pay roaming fees.

    Dear Samsung,

    I purchased this phone Samsung Note 3 4G from Danube Hypermarket in Riyad. I was thinking I could use this when I go on vacation. I spent 3 days to fully customise all the settings and loaded all my data onto this phone including Google authenticator. After reaching India, I inserted my new SIM in India hoping I could enjoy the vacation with my note3, but to my surprise It is asking for SIM Network Unlock pin. I paid the full amount in cash hoping the phone is not locked to a provider and I can use any SIM or Network As I Like. SIM or Network Lock was not mentioned anywhere on the package. A quick google search revealed that you will be tied to the Network of the First SIM card you insert till you change your phone. Some people in US managed to unlock it with help of their network provider. Frustrated, I gave this phone to Samsung authorized service center at kattappana, KERALA, INDIA. They demanded 2500 rupees to unlock. Since it is very important, I agreed to it. They reset my phone to factory settings. and tried many things. Even after wasting my full day and losing all my settings and data, they could not unlock it. So even after spending 2199 riyals, this thing is essentially a paper weight. I never expected a Microsoft like attitude from you. Please fire that cr*p head who advised you to install such a lock on the Phone.

    The Samsung India online customer care is also c*ap. They are saying it is a 4G phone and India’s 3G network is not compatible. When they escalated the issue to the next level, they are saying they cannot help me because this phone is not made in india. Its Hardware and software are from some alien country so they cannot fix it.

    I will not again repeat this mistake of buying a samsung phone. but

    please send me the network unlock pin for this one .

    The imie number is 35750xxxx241973

    The Sim currently working is 00966509337689 prepaid SIM from Saudi telecom company (STC)

    I am trying to use Airtel Prepaid SIM 00919995398720 from Airtel India.

    HOPING FOR A POSITIVE OUTCOME

    DOMINIC SIMON

    00919995398720

    See the reply from Samsung

    In response to your query regarding “Warranty Issue” Samsung note (4G), we would like to inform you that Samsung India does not provides the warranty for the warranty for out of India Products.

    However, as per the mentioned query regarding "Country Lock" in your Samsung mobile model GT-P9005, we would like to inform you that every country has different power technology. India worked on AC power technology as per hardware manufacture”

    What a Bxxl Sh*t

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