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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 aims to be all things to everyone, but ends up painting itself into an S Pen niche.

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    7.9
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    8.0
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8.0
21 reviews
7.0
Engadget Aug 15, 2012

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 aims to be all things to everyone, but ends up painting itself into an S-Pen niche.

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8.0
PC Mag Aug 15, 2012

It's sure to become a cult classic for its three killer apps: split-screen note-taking, pressure-sensitive drawing, and a universal living-room remote control. Those features elevate it above other Android models to make it an Editors' Choice for large-screen tablets.

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7.0
Wired Aug 15, 2012

For some, the S Pen and its apps may be reason enough to buy a Note 10.1. However, taken solely as a tablet, the Note 10.1 isn’t compelling enough to recommend over its more powerful rivals...

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7.0
CNET Aug 15, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the best Samsung tablet yet. If you can get over its somewhat high price, it's a sound Android tablet investment.

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7.0
PC World Aug 15, 2012

When you factor in the handy stowaway S Pen and Samsung's pen-optimized software, and suddenly the Note 10.1 gets an edge all its own. Throw in the Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi tablet's solid performance, and the Note 10.1 is squarely back in the mix.

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7.0
Computerworld Aug 21, 2012

If you're an artist or designer -- or someone who places a lot of importance on the idea of writing or drawing on a device -- then the value of the S Pen might be enough to make the Note worth considering. If you're just looking for an all-around great tablet, though, you can do far better.

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7.0
Ars Technica Aug 27, 2012

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has too many problems to be a great tablet. It's too flimsy and its screen doesn't hold a candle to other similarly priced tablets. It's too expensive as well. The tablet's performance and battery life are good, but they certainly don't blow the competition out of the water...

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Aug 17, 2012

It's powerful, plays a lot of video back incredibly well, and generally feels responsive. There were hiccups on the side-by-side apps, but nothing serious. Overall, we think this stylus situation could be a boon for Android.

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8.0
Mashable Aug 15, 2012

the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t really an iPad alternative; it’s more of a tablet specialist — the tablet you go to when you need something very specific, which in this case is drawing, note-taking and multitasking... you don’t get an Apple product if you want to use a stylus...

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8.0
SlashGear Aug 15, 2012

This tablet-like device, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, is Samsung’s best effort to date in the 10-inch category of devices. You’ve got a fabulous 10.1-inch HD display as well as some excellent front-facing speakers, making this one of the top entertainment devices in tablet form on the market.

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8.0
SlashGear Mar 8, 2013

With the S-Pen, fun and entertaining connectivity with the rest of the Samsung Galaxy devices for media and communication, and one of the newest versions of Google’s mobile OS onboard, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is certainly the hottest Android tablet carried by Verizon today.

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7.0
Time Aug 15, 2012

I can’t give an unqualified thumbs-up to any large-screen Android tablet. ... But the S Pen isn’t a gimmick or an anachronism; if you’re smitten with it, and can live with Android’s limitations, you should be tickled with the Galaxy Note 10.1.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Aug 17, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is ugly and innovative, powerful and limited, a success and a disappointment. With its superb quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it’s the most powerful Android tablet yet, while its stereo speakers mean it’s the best-sounding. Its Wacom-based S Pen and tailored...

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8.0
Android Community Aug 15, 2012

Here in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 we’ve got a rather unique experience, with the ability to create as well as consume on one 10.1-inch touchscreen display with a built-in pen to make it all happen ... along with the hardware that just feels nice to use, you’ve got a winner on your hands.

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8.0
Hardware.Info Aug 10, 2012

Samsung has created an excellent tablet with the Galaxy Note 10.1, even if it's not exactly a looker in our opinion. It is by far the fastest Android tablet that we've tested until now ... it has the most memory of any tablet we've seen, and it lasts very long on a single battery charge.

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8.0
HotHardware Aug 30, 2012

Ultimately though, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is another solid product from Samsung that’s worthy of consideration and it shows that the company is actively trying to advance the tablet form factor with innovative features designed to enhance productivity and user experience.

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8.0
marc marc

The Galaxy Note 10.1 may be the best tablet available for graphic artists and designers, thanks to the S Pen and apps like Photoshop Touch. The pen is also good for note-taking, though it works best if you keep the Note's handwriting recognition turned off. I found that keeping it on slowed down...

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5.0
mevensen mevensen

I went out, bought one yesterday from Best Buy, it is now back at Best Buy, less than 24 hours later. I don't know how they managed to make a quad core Exynos laggy, but they managed it. Home screen transitions still stutter at times. Many apps are not smooth (Netflix, Pulse, etc.). I didn't...

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8.0
falleninsea falleninsea

When I had bought this device I had planned on wiping and installing stock JB. It’s a quad core device with 2GB of ram and decent screen. The SPen I though was just another gimmick. But man was I wrong that SPen really changes how you use the device. I find myself using I to mark up my books,...

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9.0
B1ackplague B1ackplague

I've had the Galaxy Note 10.1 for 5 days and have used it every one of those days testing battery life, multitasking, web browsing, writing notes, drawing images with Sketchbook express, editing images with Photoshop Touch and it has performed like a dream! I switched from a 2002 Windows tablet...

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8.0
adityan adityan

Really mades you wish the iPad has a stylus! If only it did, then the Galaxy Note 10.1 is mush! But things being as the way they are, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the perfect tool for work! Finally, you can actually throw away the pencil and pad, that you always thought you got rid off a long time...

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9.0
kineticartist kineticartist

Got the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 from the Verizon store this version is running Jelly Bean so a lot of the earlier issues other users have reported are no where to be seen We have a iPad 1 and now the Samsung and Ive played with a lot of other tablets before buying this one and the stylus...

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9.0
Zuelin Zuelin

I'm extremely impressed with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Table. I'm impressed with the functionality and portability of the tablet. The S pen feature is awesome!! Other factors for purchasing include the fact that it has Gorilla Glass. Extremely well done Samsung!! Definitely a direct...

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6.0
XMikolaj XMikolaj

Okay, I have just sold my Note 10.1. I think it was good device, but it had some drawbacks. I decided to write this review, so you could think once again before spending your 400$. I have to say: it TOTALLY failed my expectations . I wanted it soo soo hard. I watched promotional videos,...

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9.0
cmallow cmallow

Perspective Your choice in a device has a lot to do with your experiences and needs. Let me give you a little background so you know where I am coming from and see if my experiences are relevant to you. (They might not be). I have only owned IPads in the past and have upgraded every year as the...

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