Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Running on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich customized with the company's tailor-made TouchWiz UX interface. There are plenty of goodies to tweak the appearance of the tablet with, including live wallpapers and various widgets. On the bottom side is located a pop-up bar, which hosts shortcuts for various frequently used tools, like the calculator, music player, phone, and messaging apps. Four shortcuts are placed on the lock screen for convenience. Overall, the interface is simple enough for even tablet newbies to get used to quickly, yet still provides sufficient functionality to those who want a bit more out of their slate.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich customized with the company's tailor-made TouchWiz UX interface
Multiscreen is an interesting interface feature that splits the screen in half displaying two separate applications on each side. The idea is that notes can be taken easily, without the need to switch back and forth between S Note, and the web browser, for example. Note, however, that not all apps can be viewed in Multiscreen mode. The functionality is limited to S Note, Polaris Office, the video player (not YouTube), and the web browser.
Multiscreen is an interface feature that splits the screen in half displaying two separate applications on each side
Samsung deserves a tip of the hat for including not one, not two, but three types of on-screen keyboards. First we have the standard one occupying the entire width of the unit's screen, which facilitates typing with more than just two fingers. There is a very practical, easy-to-use split keyboard as well should you prefer inputting those text messages using thumbs only while holding the unit with both hands. Alternatively, there is a floating keyboard that you should theoretically be able to move around, yet that doesn't seem to work yet on our prototype unit.
To no surprise, the S Note application comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1. After spending quite some time with the app, we can confidently conclude that is a versatile piece of software that is good for note-taking, but can actually come in handy in a much wider range of scenarios.
In addition to all the basic necessities like multiple brushes, color palette, and a variety of backgrounds, there is also a whole bunch of templates that can be used, depending on whether you are making a presentation, writing down cooking recipes, taking notes in math class, or just drawing random scribbles. Graphics can be imported from the image library or from the web by capturing a screenshot and cropping the image you need.
To make your work look even better, the app supports shape recognition, which can automatically detect hand-drawn lines or geometrical shapes and straighten them out. The feature can be quite useful when drawing tables and charts, or visualizing math problems. Speaking of math, there's also the formula recognition feature that does exactly what you'd imagine. The Wolfram Alpha database is easily accessible should you need a particular formula that you can't remember, kind of like a built-in cheat sheet. It goes without saying that S Note is a pleasure to use with the S Pen. Thankfully, the app is smart enough to ignore when your wrist is resting against the display.
With Adobe Photoshop Touch, which comes pre-loaded on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, one can manipulate images in a way similar to what the desktop version of the popular application allows. Sure, the capabilities of the software are limited, but for an app that comes bundled with the tablet's purchase, it gets the job done well. Most importantly, the added precision of the S Pen facilitates the process of photo editing. If you want to know more about the application, check out our Photoshop Touch review.
Adobe Ideas also comes pre-loaded on the tablet. Think of it as a sketchpad that can be used when inspiration hits so that you can easily visualize your ideas with the help of the S Pen. It isn't as versatile as S Note, however, so having Adobe Ideas is kind of pointless, in our opinion.
As we mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has an IR blaster that can be used to control various home appliances, such as TV sets, set-top boxes, or home theater systems. The app necessary for the functionality to work is included, so we gave it a quick test. In just a few steps we got it to work with a modern HDTV – we could change channels, adjust the volume, and access other basic controls.
Processor and memory:
There is a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor ticking inside the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 coupled with a whopping 2GB of RAM. Future-proof combination indeed, although we won't comment much about the tablet's performance since the unit on our hands is just a prototype. Still, we ran several benchmarks on it and got some pretty impressive scores.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1||5010||10201||58.7|
|Toshiba Excite 10||4046||10675||47.7|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)||2711||4995||18.7|
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a microSD card slot, which can accommodate cards of up to 64GB in size. As far as native storage is concerned, the most affordable model has 16GB of built-in storage, while the priciest offers 64GB. Note that the actual user-available storage space will be less than that. We cannot omit mentioning that 50GB of free Dropbox storage for 2 years come with the purchase of a Galaxy Note 10.1, courtesy of Samsung.
Internet and connectivity:
10-inch tablets were made for surfing the web, and sure enough, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 delivers a rich web-browsing experience, with multiple tabs, smooth navigation, and fast page loading times. Desktop version of web pages can be viewed comfortably, without the need to zoom in on paragraphs. Interestingly, we noticed that the browser detects when the S Pen is near the screen and reacts as if you are hovering with a mouse cursor above an item. The only feature missing out of the box is Adobe Flash, but we had no troubles installing the software manually. Keep in mind, however, that Flash for Android is not supported anymore, so don't expect getting any software updates in the future.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 will be available as a Wi-Fi-only device, but a model with 4G HSPA+ connectivity at up to 21Mbps is coming as well. An LTE model will also be available later in the year.
20. The_Godfather (Posts: 146; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
This is called awesomeness. You are the best Sammy :)
2. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
Why just a preview PA? Isn't the final unit out already?
4. Phullofphil (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
Yeah it is they just wanted to waste time and preview (not review but preview) a beta version and skip the one that's going into production so they can let you know about a product version that never will be for sale. That was some early morning sarcasm. Lol
10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
lol. anyway, I'm hoping someone would do a comparison between the Note II, Note 10.1 and S3 when they're all available... and which suits different persons best.
14. Phullofphil (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I am glad there are still people on this site that take a joke. You my friend are awesome.
I bet that there will be a comparison like that. It is a good idea and there usually a comparison on every posesable combo on the high end models
21. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
a lot of people lost patience with the lawsuit. it turned them into warfreaks. :))
3. itiswhatitis (Posts: 419; Member since: 23 Jan 2012)
How I wish i buy this instead of iPad!
5. steelicon (Posts: 302; Member since: 02 Apr 2011)
PhoneArena please don't forget to include in your video review the Native 3G Video and Voice call between capable Samsung devices and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 3G as well as VoIP Video and Voice call, SMS and MMS. Thanks! :-)
9. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
and if you can use other accessories like earphones (bluetooth etc) for calling and if it can be used as a daily driver phone!
7. quryous (banned) (Posts: 106; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)
Well, the projects I had in mind would have greatly benefitted from a much higher resolution screen. I think I'll just keep looking until I find something actually suitable.
8. sonisoe (Posts: 277; Member since: 06 May 2009)
how's the Ui responsiveness despite its a preview unit... i've had hands on with a number of samsung tabs, i cant remember which ones as there're so many versions of 'em, but they all lag... homescreen, app tray just stuttery... the fact that people buy them (not as many as ipad tho) just baffles me...
15. Phullofphil (Posts: 792; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
I think it is the operating system that is the culprit on the lagging not the hardware most of the time. The biggest culprit is usually the darn bloatware and the skins such as touchwiz and sense that do the lagging. I hope jelly bean does as good on these bigger tablets on lagging as it did with my galaxy nexus
19. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
You are aware this tablet is utterly useless if it weren't for the "bloatware" of S Pen applications and multitasking panels? If it can't fly smoothly with the basic suite of productivity apps built especially for the S Pen on top of Touchwiz, then it just goes to show that Android can't handle ANY sort of enhancements beyond barebones vanilla. If Android can't be enhanced by anyone else without it lagging, than the whole open platform thing is pretty meaningless, if you HAVE to have it lag-free that is. Because currently Android can't carry anything beyond its own weight, so it's really no better than iOS or anything else.
11. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
Sonisoe so true. You're right. I've noticed the same thing. This tablet is chunk if crap! Sammy needs to step it up
16. Mr_Carter2 (Posts: 10; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Keyboard reminds me of the ios keyboard on the iPad. Seems like a good tablet though.
18. aoikemono27 (Posts: 177; Member since: 27 Feb 2012)
Oh great another "its a prototype and we aren't saying jack" preview. You know you can still comment on a prototype right? This was basically a spec and software rundown of things everyone already knew. Didn't even say jack about the quality of the PLS display other than talk about the resolution, which is just a spec rundown. If its suppose to be superior to IPS, is it or not? The prototype excuse doesn't fly for a prototype this late in the game. The display is not gonna magically get better one month before release, nor 3 or 4 months, because it is a hardware part that requires setup and manufacturing time.
The only things of worth are the pictures and camera samples and video. I really would like reviewers to cut the BS about "these are not final images" crap. They are final images. It may change here or there with software tweaks, but 99% of the quality is gonna remain the same. The video isn't gonna change either. It even uses the same crap audio capture of the GS3. Anyone who has read prototype reviews, and especially written prototype reviews, should know by now that these late prototypes don't change much at all when it comes to the camera. If it was so screwed up late in the production cycle that the last spurt would dramatically change image quality, it would have to be software based since the optics were decided and sourced long ago, and that would be even more troubling because it would be like Samsung was building their very first camera phone or tablet, ever.
Man I could have written this article without even having a Note 10.1.
22. tiara6918 (Posts: 1103; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
The note 10.1 could have been better if samsung went on with a 1080 display and a metalic back cover(even though most people use cases I would still prefer a metalic one as it is nice to hold on to). Looks like sammy made the front design a bit identical to the galaxy tab 10.1n to avoid hearing another thing from iSue...
24. ftyler223 (Posts: 140; Member since: 06 Aug 2012)
raymond youre an idiot. how is this piece of s**t gonna vanish the ipad? the ipad is superior to this plastic toy. get it together and read the article. the ppi is extremely low. too low to compete with the ipad. you idiot!
25. ramoman (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)
please !!! what is your video camera you are using kind (the camera you use to make review videos)
26. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)
This look legendary! I can't wait to get my hands on one!
27. WakaFlakaD (Posts: 328; Member since: 30 Apr 2011)
I am waiting for touch sensitive buttons on the edge on these tablets. Something different than the iPad, so no companies will get accused for copying... something different please!
28. SamsungIsLikeHeroin (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)
Confused. Does this have a phone or not? (Not Skype but a real phone ap...and if so, why isn't it attached to a carrier? Can't seem to get a straight answer out of "Google Search"... thanx!
29. Briandb (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Aug 2012)
Hi, i read that the Samsung Galaxy S4 will released in March, 2013. reference:http://www.plonki.com/news/sam
sung-galaxy-s4-die-super-iphone-konkurrenz-steht-in-den-startloechern,463301.html.please can anybody let me know if this is true?!
Thanks a lot in advance & Rgds