Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
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The 2014 Note 10.1 looks fantastic and has the best specs of any Android tablet out there, but we grew frustrated by its choppy performance.
- Beautiful high-res display
- Thinner, lighter and easier to handle
- Incredible audio performance
- S Pen functionality
- Unusually sluggish performance
- Battery life isn't as long as expected
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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)
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- 78AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE14 ReviewsComputerworld80Hands on: Is the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) wSamsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 has its place for people who want the benefits of a stylus -- and its Multi Window feature adds a nice touch to the tablet-using experience -- but make no mistake about it: Compared to what you get with other Android tablets, those perks come at a cost.Laptop Magazine80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition ReviewThanks to enhanced pen features, a beautiful Retina display and Samsung's war chest of features, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition is a very good Android tablet for both creating and consuming content.Engadget80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review (2014 edition)You can bet, though, that its overall performance will be a dealbreaker for power users and early adopters. If you crave the advanced stylus functionality, this is still the best option available for its size -- but that's not saying much, given the limited competition.Ars Technica60Review: Samsungâ€™s Galaxy Note 10.1 may need moreThere are plenty of reasons that this might be the right tablet for you; I just can't recommend a product with more warts than beauty marks.CNET80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition review: Top-The improved S Pen goes a long way to making this high-end tablet worth the extra cost, but if you're not sold on the stylus, it's easy to find a better deal.PC Mag80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)This year's Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet picks up exactly where last year's model left off, making key upgrades to the display and internals while improving its core stylus and multitasking features, but it's still not perfect.Laptop MagazineNot RatedSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Hands-On:We were happy with what we saw from the Samsung Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). The display is beautiful and its multitasking functionality is off the charts.EngadgetNot RatedSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) hands-onIt offers the same leather material on the back, with stitching on the borders. While this likely doesn't add anything to the tab's overall durability, it at least exudes more of a "classy" look -- though it isn't a perfect solution to a lengthy build quality concern.Pocket-Lint90Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition reviewOnce again we find ourselves loving a Note device. The 10.1 2014 Edition tablet is a steady leap forward from the previous generation model. Aesthetically, we much prefer this new design to the old model ... we can live with it for the smaller dimensions and general improvements in style.TechHive60Galaxy Note 10.1 review: It takes more than high-ePoor performance and an overabundance of Samsung software make the Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) a hard sell.PC World AustraliaNot RatedSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (preview)The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition boasts an upgraded, high resolution screen, and features a new designed borrowed directly from the Galaxy Note 3. Shame about the horrible name.IGN90SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 - 2014 EDITION REVIEWUnless you really want a stylus, it would probably be best to avoid the Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition, mainly due to its cost ... its true value lies in how much you care about the features that involve the S Pen.GSM Arena90Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review: Flying firstSo at the end of the day, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition has enough to be one of the must-see gadgets for avid media consumers, but business-minded users too.Android Central80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 edition launches iRight up front — this is a worthy upgrade from the original. It's faster, better built, and has better S Pen functionality. That's a no-brainer and if you're looking to upgrade last-years model you can buy with confidence. You're the power user Samsung has in mind for the Note series.T3Not RatedSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) review: Hands-onUpgrades to the screen, S-Pen functionality, and features make this a significant improvement over the original Note 10.1. The combination of multi-tasking functionality and incredible power under the bonnet already make this exciting.TechRadarNot RatedHands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 reviewThe Galaxy Note 10.1 is the tablet that finds all the best bits of Samsung and pops them neatly under the hood of a well-packaged device, and can be called a real companion for the Note 3 thanks to the extra power.HotHardware70Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet RevieSamsung's clearly on the right path to executing a business-centric slate, but we can't wholeheartedly recommend this particular one given its performance quirks. Perhaps some performance tuning and optimization will come in a future update.Mobile Tech Review80Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 EditionThe 2014 Edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a top tablet pick if you're in the market for a mobile OS tablet rather than a Windows tablet. In fact, it's the cream of the Android crop too, but you'll pay the price since it's one of the most expensive.Digital Trends70SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10.1 (2014 EDITION) REVIEWSamsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a solid Android productivity tablet, with improved S Pen implementation, screen, and specs. But its $550+ price and occasional performance glitches will steer many toward alternatives like the iPad or Surface 2.TrustedReviewsNot RatedHands on: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2 2014It's perhaps not quite as sleek as Sammy would like, but it's close enough. The S-Pen with multi-tasking apps and a stonking display ensures this the new Note 10.1 stands out from the many gimmicky Android tablets currently on the market.
- 82AVERAGE USER SCORE15 ReviewsEngadget Reader90December 31, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I use this just about on a daily basis. I am a college student going for engineering so I mostly use it to take notes on, do homework, and browse the web with I need to. Definitely one of the best tablets for a college student.Engadget Reader80July 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It does heat up while using ForceEffect & Motion from Autodesk having said that it is a solid tablet for creative pursuits; add Leapmotion, eyetracking and it would be awesome. No major problems so far, if I run into any I will update.Engadget Reader90April 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Hands down the best tablet I've ever owned. I've had two different iPads, a Surface RT and both Nexus 7 models. This blows everything else out of the water (except maybe the 2013 Nexus 7 but the change up there was a matter of screen size more than anything else).I love the S-Pen and all of the functionality that comes with it and the stutters were with TouchWiz and Sammy's bloatware crap. I disabled a mess of bloat, downloaded Nova, set everything to the fastest settings and -BOOM- fastest friggin' tablet I've ever owned. It's great for movies, reading, browsing, gaming, etc. Just a couple of months of ownership and it's completely replaced my laptop.The only issues, as I said above, are with Samsung's own software. TouchWiz is still as bloated and laggy as ever and the proprietary apps are almost universally crap: Samsung Hub is the worst app/movie/book store you'll ever use, My Magazine is useless (as well as completely superfluous considering Flipboard is preinstalled), ChatOn is unusable, S Voice is a joke & Samsung's own calendar app is pointless in the face of Google Calendar (which could've very easily been included in lieu of Sammy' calendar). There's also a mess of things that I never even used: TripAdvisor, Twitter, S Translator, Story Album & Yahoo Finance. WatchOn makes for a decent remote but it's slower than molasses. Polaris Office is decent and mostly usable but nowhere near as good as QuickOffice or Documents To Go.Overall I'm exceedingly happy with my purchase and would recommend the Note 10.1 to anyone looking at getting a bigger tablet.Engadget Reader90April 13, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great little tablet. If you are up for it, install CleanRom for it, which will speed the performance up. Also, if you are bothered by the physical keys and keep accidently pressing them, just simply turn the device upside down so the buttons become on the top. Use the app LectureNotes to take notes on it which is far superior to any stock app (SNOTES) that samsung made for it.Engadget Reader90February 19, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 18, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 26, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!For the first time having a tablet makes sense. This is day 10 for me into having this device and its a sheer pleasure. The S-pen and its support is the key. No longer do I need my little notebook close by to scribble ideas and make sketches. Using the Note feels exactly the same and is as easy and also much better. With the s-search function also able to search your handwritten notes , no longer are those little gems lost or useless if you don't know where you put them. And attending a conference? I could take pictures of presenters in s-note and scribble notes on images of slides. There is nothing that comes short.Engadget Reader40January 15, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!First, I want to point out that I have the original Galaxy Note 10.1, and I loved it. I was waiting for the new version so that I had something that was faster, lighter and had the latest OS changes - especially those supporting the S-Pen, which is why someone gets a tablet like this in the first place.I ordered the 10.1 (2014) the other week - it arrived, and I set it up. Was it faster? Yes. Was the screen gorgeous beyond words? Yes. Were the improvements to the pen support worth it? Yes. Am I returning it? Yes. Wait, what?Here's the reason for the return: for reasons that I can only imagine are related to Samsung trying to force the user into landscape mode, this is a tablet with physical buttons. The buttons are at the "bottom" of the tablet in landscape mode - which is a nuisance, but not a hindrance. It's when you put the tablet into portrait mode that things get funky...First, it's awkward. If you want to hit the home, back or menu keys, they are no longer at the bottom of the page, where android "muscle memory" tells you that they should be. You now have to reach your hand to the side, and punch a "home" button - which is actually a very stiff button. Sounds trivial, until you do it a few hundred times. (If you have the tablet perched on a stand, forget it. Punching that button knocks it over every time.The worst offense, however, is when you use the tablet as it was originally intended: for taking notes or sketching. Using it for these purposes means (in my case) that I have the tablet in portrait mode and I am either in a meeting taking notes, or walking around sketching... in that position my hand naturally rests with my left thumb on the bezel...which is, you guessed it, exactly where the physical button was placed. I turn the application off and return to the home screen by accident 90% of the time. It's frustrating to the point of making me want to kick a puppy, so back it goes.I have no early idea (other than the one I stated at the beginning) why Samsung would return to the physical button that was abandoned when the world moved on the Android 3+ and higher. I know they have a UIX group, and I know they have a physical testing lab...how did this product decision make it to market? It's marred a tablet that I would have otherwise rated as a 10. Pity.Engadget Reader90December 30, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Very powerful, loaded with features, a joy to use and even more fun to look at. I still love my iPad but this is the only tablet I've used that comes close and in some ways actually improves on iPad. I would have given it a 10 out of 10 except for the price.Engadget Reader100December 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80December 16, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Looking at all the reviews of the various products i realized that the reviewer at any point in time goes a long way to determine the review given. As a student I find this device to be perfect for me. In class i need to take notes, draw diagrams, write down formulas, create mind maps etc. No there product i have used has been able to put all this together in one product like this. I am able to jot down my ideas as they come at anytime. I am able to record lectures and whilst at the same time writing. The multitasking ability allows me to cross check my notes and carry out research online at the same time. Research has proven that writing has the ability to improve memory and this is what this tablet helps me do exactly. Write....everything. I no longer type my assignments. All i do is write and the hand writing recognition converts it into text which gives me the complete assignment.As i stated earlier, in my area of need no other tablet comes close and i can spend the whole day giving reasons why i think its a great tablet.Engadget Reader20November 16, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Let me just say this first: From a functionnality perspective, this tablet is perfect, it has it all. Multitasking, good screen, good pen input, sd card slot. It just looks perfect for students, or note takers in general. You will actually be hard pressed to find better functionnalities... But...This device is full of bugs and is slower than any other device I own. I can only advice people to stay away from this tablet. It is let down by software entirely. It does look good in the few first hours of use, and then the little disturbing things appear: samsung apps crashing constantly, sd card causing the indexing to fail (during movies, popup appear). I rooted mine to try to solve things, but it did not really help in the long run.So...I settled for a Surface Pro 2. In comparison, the hardware quality is stellar, there is a real multitasking, the pen input is fantastic, hand writting recognition far superior... And the stability of Windows 8.1... It just is much heavier, but I guess that is the price of power!nrage2390November 4, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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