Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review

Camera


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.



Multimedia


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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35 Comments

2. Tinker-Bell

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

And it rank lower than Sony z tablets? Shame

3. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Especially as it has double the processing power, GPU performance and on-screen pixels with better battery life and the awesome Wacom digitizer & pen, but let's not forget the IR control or the ability to watch your TV on the device. This is hands down the best 2013 tablet.

8. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Still it cannot compete with the iPad 4 and Mini

10. ultimatebatman

Posts: 52; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Why? Because you're too foolish to realize how badly it trounces them? And don't give me the lack of apps excuse - that's just made up nonsense apple fanboys spew out. I owned a note 10.1 2013 and had every app I could ever need, including many that iPad will never offer such as Artflow with excellent pressure pen compatibility for artists, ADownloader for torrents and any file manager for easily getting files onto the device, which could be browsed easily afterwards. I had to use iFunbox just to get files onto my ipad and into specific apps, and I couldn't even use folders or share files between apps. While iOS is ok for a phone, it's pure garbage for a tablet.

13. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

Ignore him. Just typical ifan logic and denial. Oh btw this is apple month. Phonearena won't be to generous and give an android tab over 9. They need to keep apple happy. But anyway this note and the last one took a hot steamy dump on the ipad. Ifans just won't admit that the extra touchwiz features with the wacom digitizer works best on a tablet. Use this tab in front of a blind apple fan and watch the envious look on their faces when they see the multiwindow support. And notice John didn't mention the ipads screen when he talked about the Notes? Anytime you have a device with a better screen than an apple one they never bring up apple. But if it's not better they are quick to put it down and bring up apple. Pure bs by reviewing standards.

16. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

See what the Verge had to say. I have to admit that I was disappointed with the Note 3 review but maybe the device is not as good as you might think. http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/1/4788258/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-2014-edition

17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

The device is not as good as i may think? So you're just going to put an opinion in my mouth like that? And the fact that you post an apple fanboy site as a link is.....lol wow. They are as bad as engadget. If you feel that way you should have read android polices review of the last note. It's funny most tech sites bash the note tabs but the actual users of it love it. And that's what matters the most. Not some dumb reviewer who can't see the appeal in a device like this. I looked at the preview john did on YouTube last week. Everyone in the comments bashed him for his views. People here at phonearena are sick of him.

18. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Calm down lol. I only stated because of your comment above which any logical person would imply that you think the features of the device are a cut above the rest. I mean was I wrong? I'm not even going to go into the Apple fanboy conspiracy theory sites this and that but just wanted to show that their are other reviewers who were a hell of a lot harsher than John V but I see how this works. I could have shown you anything and it wouldn't have mattered anyways.

24. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Dude you put him in his place. Straight up! The iPoop Mini is a piece of crap with a display thats 3 generations old. What a fool MobileCrapper is. Another iShεεp IDIOT!

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Sit down, boy. The iPad 4 is great device but for a keyboardless large screen device, the 10.1 2014 is just much better in productivity, not to mention multi-screen and pop-up view of apps, AirView and stuff. The SPen and split screen really gives the tablet form justice. It's definitely a great iPad 4 alternative.

27. oOps..

Posts: 34; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

most funny comment ever hahaha your comment just telling us you're 13yo.... :)) score should be more than 9.x

30. Windsponge

Posts: 97; Member since: Nov 01, 2009

I bought I Pad mini and didnt like the color the screen looked cheep. Took back and bought this tablet. Samsung much better so if you dont own shut up! Also they gave 75 dollars in Apps and Movies and many other free things.

21. AnTuTu

Posts: 1613; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

Hi guys it Johnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn VVVVVVVVVVVVV from iPhonearena. Come on man why are you doing these reviews??

4. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

8.5??? O_o deserves a little more...

5. ebubekir26

Posts: 337; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

WTF ! it should be a 9.1 or someting

6. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Here we go with the expensive con again.

14. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Exactly.... If you want the BEST then you need to pay a little more. Why is it that PhoneArena.com wants all the WORLDS BEST but in the mid tier price range? Look at all it has YET they want it to be the same price a their Galaxy Tab line? C'Mon PhoneArena.com!

7. GrosseFatigue

Posts: 206; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

Note after Note Phone Arena constantly missed the mark on the Note series and the market proved them wrong. As people use their cell phones more and more to surf to text and to reply to emails and myself to read the newspapers in the train and less and less to make phone calls, the size of the screen is critical. The Note is more practical than a large tablet and more useful than a cell phone with a small screen. From a business standpoint, S Pen and all, it is the phone that replaces the Blackberry. Big fingers can type on a Note. I have 2 Notes. I will be upgrading to the Note 3 that I saw in a store. I just wish they had a Hermes Jane Birkin version.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

Okay... John you are being silly. How in the world this awesome tablet (Apple fan here, but I love Samsung products, too) gets less then the iPhone 5c? Or hell, the iPad 4th generation. THIS is an evolution and you give 8.5?

25. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Don't forget, this is iPhoneArena your talking about. The 5S is a great phone, but the 5C with one year old hardware and a cheap plastic body thats thicker gets the same 9/10 as the old alloy iphone5. Ya that really makes sense! GSMARENA said it best "the 5Cheap is a real step backwards for Apple and at that price it is more expensive than most other Flagship phones!"

11. adrianzka

Posts: 64; Member since: Apr 25, 2013

You guys were complaining about the lack of software usage on the note 3 and now you're asking for air gestures which you say in s4 was a gimmick. What do you reviewers want ?

15. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Well, I thought it was going to get a better score but the Verge who tends to have much thorough reviews gave it an even worse score. http://www.theverge.com/2013/10/1/4788258/samsung-galaxy-note-10-1-review-2014-edition

22. Jason2k13

Posts: 1462; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

The verge usually gives Samsung products Bad scores. Here's a sentence taking from that review. "The worst offender was swiping up to open the magazine-style feed, which sometimes took a full second or so to respond to my gesture." Are you serious? It sometimes take a second? A second is not even long and the fact that it only sometimes takes a second is just harsh to give a tablet a bad score because of some apps opening in a second or less.

20. alaw.14

Posts: 426; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

it blows out most out most high end smartphones in benchmarks and guess what it gets an 8.5.That doesnt make any sense!

23. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

I don't even want to know what will be the rating of the upcoming iPad, I mean this high end device gets an 8.5? Expensive? ugh -.-

26. imkyle

Posts: 1115; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

Everyone says there is lag. TW needs a revamping.

31. andreluizg

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Laggy and buggy..

28. morozsean

Posts: 13; Member since: Oct 04, 2013

Amazing tablet, beautifully-designed, amazing specs! :)

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

People seem to ignore the fact that wacom digitizers are expensive. Anyways, Samsung should just release a Tab 10.1 HD without the digitizer for $450. That would sell like hot cakes.

32. andreluizg

Posts: 3; Member since: Dec 15, 2013

Not that great. I just bought one. It's a laggy and buggy device. I made all the updates (3 soon after turning it on). Nothing changed. I'm telling you, I'm the owner of a Galaxy note 2 and a g. note 8, and they are incrediable better, more faster and smoother. I'wasn't expect nothing else than worst than that. Is similar in buggy and laggy as the my fist galaxy S (three years old device), or worst. The screen is amazing, the battery life disapointed. Previously this tablet I had an Ipad 2, but I sold to buy this one... Even hating apple i'm missing it. In the end, I rooted, freezed a lot of apps, and installed a new launcher, to improve what samsung should do by itself...

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GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
  • Display 10.1" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 8220 mAh(43h 3G talk time)

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