Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review

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Unless you're grabbing a Nexus-branded Android product or an unlocked developer edition device, you aren't going to find a Samsung-built phone running a Google OS that doesn't have TouchWiz onboard. While the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition ships with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), it's heavily modified. In fact, it's probably the most heavily modified build of Jelly Bean that we've seen on a tablet to date, but in this particular scenario, it's justified.



We've traditionally been cheerleaders for Google's vanilla Android experience. But with the Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Samsung has had to modify the stock Android build in order to take advantage of the S Pen. For those unfamiliar, the S Pen is Samsung's intelligent stylus. It does a lot more than just write; it can be sensed while hovering above the LCD, and you can actually activate menus and swipe through galleries via gestures that are accomplished without ever touching the panel.



It honestly takes a bit of getting used to. There's definitely a gentle learning curve with the S Pen; if you aren't used to handling a tablet with a stylus, you'll have to do a bit of trial-and-error in order to figure out how to best exploit this slate's functionality. After a week of use, however, we found that the S Pen enhanced our productivity significantly, and it became our preferred input method, even over the conventional finger-tap.



An entire suite of Samsung-built programs are onboard to take advantage of the S Pen; everything from a note-taking app to an annotation app. You can use the pen to write out words that are converted to texts or e-mail messages, and you can draw on files that you receive and shoot them back with circles, notes, etc.



The most useful feature, however, has to be Multi-Window. This enables users to run two programs at the same time, with their windows side-by-side. You can slide one window over so that the other is allowed to take up more space, and vice-versa. The implementation is beautiful. You can have Chrome as well as S Note open; or perhaps your e-mail and Chrome. Not all apps support Multi-Window, but a lot of them do, and the list is growing. Being able to view and interact with two apps in two discrete windows one one screen is huge for work-minded individuals. This greatly enhanced our productivity, and we found ourselves longing for such a feature when switching back over to an iPad for comparison.



Beyond all that, there's the usual Google Play access, so all of your favorite Android apps are available here. Samsung's WatchON is also included, which enables your tablet to control your television. Unfortunately, as we found with the Note 8.0, this software still feels unpolished, and we ended up preferring our conventional TV remote.



One thing to note: there's a ton of extra software onboard and some of it, along with the devices high screen resolution, can tax the Snapdragon SoC in the Note 10.1 2014. We were actually surprised by how many stutters and hesitations we saw when flipping between apps, and simply going about our usual business. It's not constant, and as you'll see in the pages ahead, the benchmarks don't always tell the full story, since the Note 10.1 put up some really good numbers.
 

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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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