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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 7

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You can take photos and HD videos using the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and its 5-megapixel auto-focus camera. There is even an LED flash for the times when the ambient lighting is simply not enough. The camera interface comes loaded with several handy features, such as panorama mode and various color effects. Overall though, there's nothing particularly new with its layout, since it's pretty much unmodified from previous efforts.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Camera interface


Tablets and cameras, we have yet to come across a slate that manages to produce worthy looking images we'd confidently share on social networks. Well people, we can continue searching on because the images coughed up by the Galaxy Note 10.1's 5-megapixel snapper are mediocre. Not only are details muddy and colors lacking substance with outdoor sunny shots, it fails miserably in low lighting with its grainy quality.

Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

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Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

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Indoor samples


Likewise, there's no love found whatsoever with the tablet's 720p video recording quality. Actually, the smooth capture rate and clear audio recording are the only acceptable things found with it. Aside from that, everything else is simply too unbearable to look at. And this is what they call 720p quality!?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Indoor Sample Video:




Multimedia:

Although it isn't anything special, we are satisfied with the TouchWiz music player on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It covers all the basic features a music player should have and has its own homescreen widget. Alternatively, Google's Play Music app is on board as well. With its stereo speakers projecting audio towards us, we're content with the pleasant tones emitted by them, which don't strain or crackle at the loudest volume. Furthermore, there are various equalizer setting available to fine tune its quality.

Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Music player of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1


Watching videos on the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a pleasure for a number of reasons. Not only that the 10.1-inch screen with aspect ratio of 16:10 provides plenty of display real estate, but the stock video player supports a wide variety of codecs and resolutions. Our MPEG4, DivX and XviD video samples played back smoothly even at 1080p, with seamless rewinding and fast forwarding and without dropping a frame. On top of that, the pop-out play feature is available as well, which keeps the video playing in a separate and resizable window.

Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
Video playback - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

Video playback


Yes, video-out functionality is available with the tablet, but you'll need to purchase the appropriate optional accessories to gain the feature. Nonetheless, the tablet packs DLNA functionality for the alternative way of streaming multimedia content wirelessly to compatible devices.

Assisting couch potatoes around the world, the tablet's built-in IR blaster is an appreciated addition. Combined with the preloaded Peel Smart Remote app, you'll never miss a beat with your favorite shows. To tell you the truth, we have to applaud Samsung for continuing to add in this useful item with its tablets.

The Peel Smart Remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
The Peel Smart Remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
The Peel Smart Remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review
The Peel Smart Remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

The Peel Smart Remote app



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posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:01 4

1. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2285; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)


Oh phone arena.....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:14 12

4. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


i hate the fact that they said this

"it's more ordinary than anything else"

It's built in plastic but the design is better than anything else. Seriously, IMO, this design kicks iPad's ass.

"its design doesn't scream genius"

again, the design is great. What's wrong with it? Because it follows the previous tab design from samsung? Or because it doesn't really follow the iPad kind of thing design?

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:52 2

21. RamyRamz69 (Posts: 390; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)


The design doesn't kick the iPad's design or anything...

All tablets look alike to be honest. They're rectangular shaped and have a screen... I don't really care whether it's plastic or aluminum if it's durable.

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 04:13

38. Alphadan (Posts: 8; Member since: 19 Jul 2012)


lol, have you even bothered to watch AndroidPolice videos about this "ipad-kicking" design you are talking about? The back plate BENDS with the slightest of touches... Yeah, i'm sure s**te plastic is better than the aluminium body of the ipad.

Review:http://www.androidpolice.com/2012/08/21/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-an-embarrassing-lazy-arrogant-money-grab/

VIDEO OF THE "AWESOME" DESIGN OF THIS TABLET:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V30t1S1nUbA&feature=player_embedded

$500 FOR A TABLET THAT MAKES THIS NOISE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NB4JHRn8Tw&feature=player_embedded

posted on 24 Aug 2012, 06:04

39. dblue45 (Posts: 77; Member since: 26 Aug 2009)


I'd disagree with you! IMO the design is more of a cheap, bigger copy of the HTC Flyer.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:07

2. khmer (Posts: 95; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I am waiting to see Galaxy Tab 11.8 on the same chassis and dimensions.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:10

3. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)


8/10.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 08:53 13

5. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Actually this tablet beat every other tablet in synthetic benchmarks almost in every aspect.....

This is the best multi taking tablet so far with some useful features.....

Worst ever review done by PA....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:06 6

9. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


http://www.phonearena.com/reviews/Palm-Pre-Review_id2192

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 13:20

27. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)


WoW PA

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:47 3

12. wendygarett (unregistered)


The hype has disappointed pa

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:21 4

6. ricodroid (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


@Shuaibhere
True ... i mean you could really tell as if they just wanna say it sucks no matter what .. not saying its the best .. it suits its own people .. i mean i expected more of it .. but still its gorgeous tablet .. a steap ahead for samsung ..
its quite relevant that Phone Arena reviewers are more devious to Apple .. s**t i read their review on the new ipad and its like .. (f**kING AWESOME DUDE f**k EVERYTHING ELSE) .. the new i pad is excellent yeah .. but it has many setbacks .. and these setbacks doesnt make it the best of all .. its makes it better in certain aspects
but when they reviewed the galaxy S3 .. i was like dude that is a s**tty gadget .. but it turns out no .. i have the S3 and its freaking amazing ... a phone of a unqiue style and perfection .. never had issues what so ever .. yet PA says its nothing quite big as it may seem
fair is fair .. but overreaction shuld be avoided if subjective opinion is to be demonstrated

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:20 2

20. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Sorry i accidently put u down....anyway +1 for u.....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:30 1

24. ricodroid (Posts: 16; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


thanks .. and yeah that happens .. no undos are present lol

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:55

25. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


PA should concern this....lol..

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:39 2

7. kalandershihab (Posts: 57; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)


"Actually this tablet beat every other tablet in synthetic benchmarks almost in every aspect.....

This is the best multi taking tablet so far with some useful features.....

Worst ever review done by PA."

really?? even the graphics of the new ipad??

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:08 8

17. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Yup....

www.gsmarena.com/samsung_galaxy_note_10_1-review-798p3.php

i think you confused between screen and graphics......

I can make calls when i am browsing, can text while gaming, can take notes when class is goin on, and copy text from browser to note without switching between applications, can insert webpage in note and can edit and even insert maps in note, and can do art very efficiently with note 10.11...

What the heck can you do with your ipad....

Just go and stick with your 11 inch mp4 player.....

posted on 21 Aug 2012, 17:40

29. ngo2dd (Posts: 896; Member since: 08 Jul 2011)


The note 10.1 does not have a better GPU then the iPad 3. You links has no iPad 3 benchmarks for the SGX543MP4. and benchmarks mean nothing when it lag. The Verge give is a 6.5

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 09:48 6

8. hateftotti (Posts: 203; Member since: 03 May 2011)


ipad got 9 with just a misleading screen but this tablet with plenty of cool features just gets 7!!!...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:15 3

10. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


actually other sites also review this as average and not worth it.

so, no, I don't think it's a good buy. The S Pen functionality maybe good but it's not worth it. I'd rather stick with my prime, infinity or a new iPad, or probably GNote II.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:33

11. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


If people here are mad about a 7 I strongly advise them to stay away from The Verge for awhile...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:48 2

13. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)


agreed. haha. anyway, I'd still give it a 7. this is still not Samsung's time. their tablet software still sucks bigtime.

come back when they have Exynos 5 and that 2560x1440 screen on a 7" device with a stylus, keyboard and phone features.... don't forget stock Android or a better touchwiz UX ughhhhhh heaaaaven... i'd give that a 10/10 even if I was the most Anti-Samsung site on the internet.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:15 1

19. shuaibhere (Posts: 1986; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


That is cuz of it's plastic covering and low screen resolution....

otherwise it's best tablet in terms of functionality, processing power...

For me plastic suits very much....and that pixel density is enough for me cuz we use tablet from a distance...

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:22 3

23. glentomas123 (Posts: 70; Member since: 01 Jun 2011)


So this tech blog is concerned much more with form over function. Wow! Maybe they should write/review for the View with Woopie and that other man on there with the harsh voice.

* Note 10.1 has durable plastic that has no functional drawbacks. Looks decent enough.

* Screen resolution is the new Camera megapixel race. At what point does not matter people. Can you tell a real difference between the ipad2 and ipad3 screens? Most people can't.

posted on 22 Aug 2012, 05:02

33. Raymond_htc (Posts: 430; Member since: 06 Apr 2012)


Screen resolution is not a push factor for me. if its not too worse eg a 3.5 having 320x240........

Most of the time i don't care about the resolution. i want PERFORMANCE....

as they said- ''graphics doesn't make the game.(tablets and smartphones in this case)''

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:50

14. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 549; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Still getting paid under the table by Apple I see eh PA? I need to start hanging out at phandroid more I guess....

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:56 3

16. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Because Phandroid is so unbiased, right?

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 10:54 2

15. Commentator (Posts: 3722; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Right idea, Samsung, wrong display. While I love the idea of the S-Pen stylus (if only to make ol' Stevie J. turn a bit more in his grave), I think Samsung's use of a 1280x800 screen disconcerting. It seems like they just took the OG Note's screen and stretched it out to ~4x its size. The S-Pen's advantage of precision and detail seems wasted on a screen where each and every pixel is clearly visible at any given time. To close the gap with a standard paper notebook (whose practical PPI is ∞) they should have at least utilized a 1080p screen, if not larger.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 11:11 2

18. xtremesv (Posts: 298; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


This time I can't agree more with PhoneArena. 800p? All plastic and heavy? Choppy performance? $500? When major competitors have >1080p displays, nice looking aluminum bodies, great performance for the same price. I expected more from Sammy.

posted on 20 Aug 2012, 12:03 1

22. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


I wish phonearena disabled comments on the whole. None of the are constructive and just people trolling about android. I think this site would be better with no comments.

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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

OS: Android 4.4 4.1.2 4.1 4.0
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
2 GB RAM
Size10.31 x 7.09 x 0.35 inches
(262 x 180 x 8.9 mm)
21.16 oz  (600 g)

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