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Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

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Interface:

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 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich customized with the company's tailor-made TouchWiz UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich customized with the company's tailor-made TouchWiz UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich customized with the company's tailor-made TouchWiz UX interface - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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 Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Multiscreen is an interface feature that splits the screen in half displaying two separate applications on each side - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has three types of on-screen keyboards - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has three types of on-screen keyboards - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has three types of on-screen keyboards - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview


Software:

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.

The S Note application comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The S Note application comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The S Note application comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The S Note application comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Note 10.1 - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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 Photoshop Touch - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Adobe Photoshop Touch - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Adobe Photoshop Touch - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Adobe Photoshop Touch - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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.

Adobe Ideas also comes pre-loaded - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Adobe Ideas also comes pre-loaded - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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.

The Smart remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
The Smart remote app - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview


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
Asus PadFone 5017 6327 60.6
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.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 delivers a rich web-browsing experience - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 delivers a rich web-browsing experience - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 delivers a rich web-browsing experience - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Preview

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.

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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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