Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review - HotHardware

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Quad Core Tablet Review

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Performance Analysis: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the highest-performing Android-based tablet we have tested to date. In all but two tests, the Galaxy Note 10.1 bested every other tablet we’ve tested, occasionally by wide margins. Web browsing and JavaScript performance in particular were very strong, although graphics performance was also very good and trailed Apple’s A5 and NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 in only two instances.

Battery performance was excellent on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as well. Despite being powered by a quad-core SoC that clearly outperformed competing tablets, the Note 10.1 also offered the best battery life of any Android-based tablet we’ve ever tested. Getting a full day out of the Galaxy Note 10.1 with light to moderate use should be no problem and stand-by time is exceptional. The Galaxy Note 10.1 can sit for days with minimal effect on its battery.


The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 

Our experience with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was mostly positive. Samsung has done some very good things with the Galaxy Note 10.1, which unfortunately had some unwanted side effects. On the plus side, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an excellent performer, in terms of a speed and responsiveness and battery life. The device offers a smooth user experience, apps are quick to load, web browsing is very good, and battery life is well above average. The combination of a fast, quad-core SoC and 2GB of memory in the Galaxy Note 10.1 result in a high-performing device that competes or surpasses the best Android tablets currently available.

The front-mounted speakers on the Galaxy Note 10.1 also offer some of the best sound we’ve heard in a tablet. When consuming content on a tablet, you’ll most likely be holding the device in landscape mode, at arm’s length. In that configuration, the Galaxy Note 10.1 projects sounds directly at your ears, which results in a better audio experience versus tablets that project sound from the sides or back. The front-mounted speakers, however, also forced Samsung to wrap the metal bezel on the Galaxy Note 10.1 around the front of the device, which has a side effect of placing a raised seam under your fingers. It’s not a huge issue, but versus the perfectly flat and smooth surfaces of other tablets, holding onto a raised seam detracts from the experience slightly.

The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is also a point of consideration. The image quality is great, with good viewing angles, brightness, contrast, and color saturation, but the 1280x800 resolution is somewhat of a disappointment in light of the 1920x1200 and 2048x1536 resolutions offered by the Asus Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T and latest Apple iPad.

The 16GB Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 we’ve shown you here retails for $499, which puts it right in-line with many other high-end Android-tablets in its class. Although priced on par with competitive offerings, there are trade-offs with the Galaxy Note 10.1. If you’re shopping for a tablet in this price range, you’ll have to ask yourself what’s more important: display resolution or Samsung’s proprietary features. If the S-Pen, Multi Screen tech, excellent battery life and performance, and front facing speakers outweigh the drawbacks of its 1280x800 screen, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a great device and it's for you. If, however, Samsung’s S-Pen and other differentiating features aren’t particularly interesting to you, the same money can get you a similarly performing tablet with a much higher resolutions screen.

Ultimately though, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is another solid product from Samsung that’s worthy of consideration and it shows that the company is actively trying to advance the tablet form factor with innovative features designed to enhance productivity and user experience.  Samsung should be commended for their innovation, even if the end result may be less than perfect.

 

  • Fastest Andoid Tablet We've Tested To Date
  • Excellent Battery Life
  • S-Pen Support
  • Optmized Version of Photoshop Included
  • Great Speakers
  • Relatively Low-Res Screen In This Price Segment
  • Multi Screen Only Works With Certain Apps

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I like this thing.

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That bad boy looks nice :) quad core gpu and quad core cpu bundled up with 2gb is a good idea from samsung. Most of the tablets I've seen only have like 1gb of ram and a fairly basic cpu and gpu.

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Pretty powerfull. Its nice looking too.

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Good review. I have this tablet and your impressions are almost spot on except the comment about the bezel being uncomfortable to hold. I actually found it more comfortable than any tablet ive used.

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I really, really want this tablet, but they dropped the ball with the lowest resolution for the display. This is something that I have a big problem with. This is called cutting corners. I already have the galaxy 10.1 and was hoping to pick up a new tablet with a better picture with HD. Again, I cannot say just how disappointed I am. Why, Samsung, WHY!? I'm stuck in a real bad spot. I so much want the note tablet but just can't bring myself to drop $550 on last year's technology display wise, which is a very important part of the tablet. I'm not even going to mention the cheap plastic used to make it....... VERY DISAPPOINTED!

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Really good tab.looking beautiful. i think samsung will do good business by this tab.

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Thank you so much for this very thorough and well balanced review. So many of the other "reviews" clearly showed the bias of the author by using inflammatory childish language - it was refreshing to read a real review that just states the facts and doesn't attempt to sway the reader to the author's point of view. I have, and use, the Note 10.1, primarily for annotating PDFs with the S Pen as well as emails and web browsing. Regarding the previous comment about the resolution, it was my understanding that this is a limitation of the Wacom based (inspired?) S-Pen and not just using last year's tech to save cash.

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I can't believe that Samsung would go with a low resolution display !!!!

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