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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

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Checking out the camera UI, it utilizes the same interface used by Sammy’s Galaxy branded smartphones – so there aren’t any surprises here folks! The majority of real estate is reserved for the viewfinder, while various icons occupy the left & right sides of the interface. For the hardcore photogs out there, they’ll appreciate the myriad of shooting modes and manual controls that are available with the tablet.

We’re not one to rely on a tablet with snapping photos, but as a last resort, the Note 10.1 2014 Edition does a great job. Taking a peek at the samples captured by its 8-megapixel camera, the results are pleasing enough for us to turn them into actual 6” x 4” printouts. Outdoors where lighting is aplenty, images pop with its pleasant details and colors. Under lower lighting situations, details become softer in tone, but still decent enough for us to accept.

Additionally, we’re pleased by its 1080p video recording as well. For what its worth, we can’t complain about the results, mainly because there’s yet again a good balance between details, color reproduction, and exposure. Moreover, there’s also digital video stabilization available as well, which works fairly well in keeping the shot steady. Still, its audio recording sounds a bit subdued. Like we said, it’s not fabulous, but the quality is good enough to please most people.


Having so much real estate to work with, content is presented in a familiar grid-like pattern in the Gallery app – where it can be categorized by album, time, location, people, favorites, or all. Using the S Pen, we can hover it over a folder to give us another preview window that shows us its contents.

Checking out the available music players on board with the tablet, we’re naturally presented with the Samsung music player and the Google Play Music app. Neither really catches our attention with their presentations, as they merely look conventional and expected. Pumping audio through is left & right speakers, its volume level is no doubt audible, but its quality is accompanied by some sharpness, which can tend to sound irritating at the loudest setting. And it doesn’t help when it lacks any serious bass tones with its output.

Again, we’re really ecstatic with this new display on the Note 10.1 2014 Edition, seeing that its higher resolution and punchy color reproduction makes it ideal with the video watching experience. Out of the box, it supports the majority of popular codecs, but lacks DivX compatibility. Regardless of that, videos look amazing as they’re played on its dreamy looking screen. Relying on the S Pen, we can preview the video by hovering it over the time line – plus, there’s the Pop Up Play feature too that allows us to play a video on top of everything else.

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Display10.1 inches, 2560 x 1600 pixels (299 ppi) Super Clear LCD
Camera8 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz, Krait 400 processor
Size9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 inches
(243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm)
19.29 oz  (547 g)

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