Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hands-on Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hands-on Review
One of the most interesting devices announced by Samsung at this year's MWC 2012 is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. So, what's common between the original Note (5.3) and this new Note 10.1? Well, basically, we can say that the Note 10.1 is the tablet version of the Note 5.3 phone. The general concept behind the device is pretty much the same – to incorporate a special S-pen stylus that will let the user take handwritten notes and draw on the screen.

As you can imagine, 5.3" are not really plenty of real estate to write on, so it's somewhat understandable that Samsung is now trying to take the same idea and see how it works in a tablet device. And, what do you know – after our first few minutes with the device, we were convinced that a tablet is much more suitable for handwritten note-taking than a phone, be it a 5.3" behemoth of a phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is an appealing device. The front is, of course, occupied by the large 10.1 screen, but there are also to speaker grills on the left and right front edges, which give a really cool look to the device. The back is made of glossy plastic. It's nothing special, and attracts quite a lot of fingerprints.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Note 10.1 uses a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, which basically guarantees its outstanding system performance. However, we should note that probably the biggest thing going for the Note 10.1 is the software that comes pre-loaded on the device. First of all, Samsung says that the Note 10.1 is designed to appeal mostly to business professionals, creative designers, students and kids/youth, so it has to deliver adequate tools for all of those demographics. And, judging by what we were told by Samsung, the Note 10.1 should actually do pretty well, as it will come with the usual specialized apps that we saw on the original Note, but will also come pre-loaded with the full versions of some Adobe apps like Photoshop Touch and Adobe Ideas, which is really wonderful, in our opinion.

The S Pen itself has also went through some improvements. Thankfully, the company has worked to fix any accuracy issues that were present with the Pen of the Note 5.3, and has also improved its pressure sensitivity. The end result is that we can now easily take notes, which are much readable (we tried it, and there's a noticeable improvement indeed). What's even cooler is that some Adobe apps have been optimized specifically for the Galaxy Note 10.1's S Pen, like Photoshop Touch, for example, which now features pressure sensitivity, and basically works great with the S Pen.

Unfortuantely, pricing and availability information is currently unavailable, but we hope that Samsung is going to launch its new tablet sooner rather than later. Until then, why don't you tell us what's your opinion of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1? What do you like/dislike about the device?

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GALAXY Note 10.1
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / Other front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 4 Quad, Quad-core, 1400 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 7000 mAh



1. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

Now that its not quadcore, wishes atleast its a pair of A15s! #imsureitsA9though :(

2. kamejoko

Posts: 255; Member since: Nov 10, 2011

It's only using exynos 4210 over clock to 1.4Ghz. Exynos 4212 clock @ 1.5Ghz. Low end cpu. Go to hell samsung.

7. jove39

Posts: 2149; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Well...if you dont like...dont buy it...why such an anger for samsung? Even 4212 is not going to bring anything better except 32nm fabrication over existing 45nm...only 5x series will be based on A15...thats something to wait for.

11. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Do you seriously think that they will launch a flagship without even a keynote and a big media event?? Simple fact -- how many companies are fighting for front page coverage now? I saw HTC, Sony, LG, Nokia, Huawei and many more. Why would you think they would launch their flagships in such a crowded environment?? Let the rumble settle down, wait for 1-2 months and then reveal your products. What best then to wait for iPad3, then launch next-gen Tab line and showing how it's better than the iPad. When they are gunning for Apple, it makes no sense for their products to be in direct comparison with HTC/LG/Sony/Huawei etc., It won't give them that mileage in media they need to fight Apple.

14. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

lolololol When did the most powerful dual core on the market, the 4210 become "low end". Granted I'd rather see the 4212 at minimum in it as well, but its no where near crap with a 4210 inside of it. Notice the part where its for "business professionals and art students".. it didnt say anything about "crazed gamers and spec hunters".

3. Sarath

Posts: 19; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

Now it almost has the size of an iPad.

5. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

It's actually bigger than an iPad.

26. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

are you "blindly" following apple?

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

it's kind of like what Motorola did with the Xyboard 10.1 and it will also be it's main competition.

6. imkyle

Posts: 1116; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

If a company like Samsung who specializes in screen clarity did not release a tab sequel with a full hd screen this time, does this make you think that they don't see the higher screen a priority?

8. manuell3g

Posts: 66; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

when are you guys going to realise that samsung is holding on to the real show just to match apple when they realise the ipad3 and iphone 5? that is why they are showing less impressive devices.the real market and mind blowing devices are coming mark it somewhere.

9. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Good point!

15. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yup. samsung wouldnt be holding its own show if it was showing its big guns at MWC. Its going to be showing off the 4xxx quadcore and hopefully the 5xxx quadcore at its own show.

19. Leon101

Posts: 90; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Very true!!

12. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

still prefer the 5.3 Note for versatility and interactive aspects with the stylus.

13. bgtxpapa

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

Talk about Completely Underwhelming! I expected a much higher resolution screen and LTE, and frankly quad core would be nice. Agree with posters why out both the galaxy 2 and note? Should have made the G2 at least a major upgrade. Even if some of you are right and Sammy is just waiting till the Ipud 3 to show it up that means in 3 months they release another set of tabs then? Seems like a financial stretch and Huge way to alienate the business segment they are after with the note. Major Disappointment Sammy!!!!!

16. Jeradiah3

Posts: 1149; Member since: Feb 11, 2010

We shouldve known that they were going to make the tablet version of the Galaxy Note (which is a phone that I will get in the near future lol). I am suprised that they didnt make it available for LTE which does lose some of it charm!! I think that its a good sell and I would get it. if its going to AT&T, it might follow the same path as PanTech did when it offer both its LTE tablet and phone for $ would be more expensive though

17. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

no surprise here.anyone expecting samsung to show there best at mwc need to remember they are holding there own event and my guess is they will release there top of the line tablet with ''retina'' display along with the galaxy did the right thing by holding off the announcement of the top tier devices as with so many devices being announced in mwc companies are having to share the spotlight where as when samsung announce the s3 all the spotlight will be on them which will create massive hype not that it isnt probably the most eagerly awaited android phone already.if samsung release the s3 within a month of announcement and in europe and us at the same time then they will sell A LOT.

20. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Yeah... The whole news that Samsung is aiming for a simultaneous global launch with the GS3 has made me hold off on my Tmobile GS2 purchase. I was thinking if the GS3 launches in October like the GS2 did that at least gives me 8 months of enjoyment before jealousy sets in. But now it sounds like I'd get 2 months of bliss... I'll wait on my purchase.

18. DrewMonroe

Posts: 21; Member since: Feb 27, 2012

i want this one really SOON! i really hated tablets before but upon seeing this one, i'm convinced now of its relevance and being a worth it gadget. i can use it both for work and leisure. =)

21. xtremesv

Posts: 299; Member since: Oct 21, 2011

No what I was expecting from Samsung, kinda disappointing. I think my next tablet upgrade will be Asus Transformer Prime.

22. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Does anybody know if the S-Pen will work on other devices or just on the Galaxy Tab?

27. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

this is what i have been wondering as well.. i need tablet to replace my notebook for lectures, as i can then write notes more easily, but so far, the only tablet that offers a specialised stylus is this.. i don't need pressure sensitive yet (maybe in the future), i just need something that i can use to write some notes on word files or pdf, and the apps to do that.. seems that only Samsung has that specific app right now..

23. Arbok

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

Can you tell me where do i put the stylus pen so i can;t lose it????? Am I suppossed to carry it in the pocket, or in my bag??? There isn't a slot to insert it on this Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1????? Please give me a response because i whant to know if i am going to buy this or note...

24. Arbok

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

And is this 3G ????

25. Arbok

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 04, 2012

A vey big dislike from my oppinion is that they didn't make a slot in the tablet for the S-pen like his brother Samsung Galaxy Note -----> You can see the S-pen in the phones right corner ----->I717 I didn't heard anyone saying that Samsung Galaxy note 10.1 har one spot for the S-pen so A VERY BIG DISAPOIMENTMENT... If you know otherwise just give me a link with the proff on the email adress PLEASE

31. biohazard

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 2012

Arbok - As of 05-29-12 what will and what will not be in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Note is all still in flux. Even is reporting what is rumored to be in the device because Samsung is still sorting out the details. One thing is for sure, the device will be different that what was shown at the 2012 MWC back in February. They may be making a run to smash the IPAD third gen device as they should be. A high res screen and quad-core processor are being talked about. It will have an onboard slot for the S-pen.

28. bigceebin4

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

When will all of you realize that Samsung parts/hardware basically make up all Apple devices?

29. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

like the interactive stylus. Does it have a dock/keyboard set up and can you get new,improved stylus for Note 1717-5.3"?

30. andrew1953

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 13, 2011

When Galaxy Note 5.3 has ICS 4.0 and Note 10.1 should tether up well together. Specs show the 10.1 works on 1800 GHz band so it will work on 4G in Australia.

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