Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

74
Engadget
Score
74

A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

Summary

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

from $319.95+
Pros
  • Fine-tuned S-Pen experience
  • Smooth performance
  • Multiscreen function allows for true, simultaneous multi-tasking
Cons
  • Build quality feels cheap
  • Unimpressive screen resolution
  • A little too pricey
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review
More Info

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 preview (video)

Samsung rumored to tweak Galaxy Note 10.1 inside and out

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 coming worldwide this month, UI shown off on YouTube

Consider it the fallout from a decade-plus of reality TV, but our made-by-the-masses approach has expanded into new territory: technology R&D. Or so Samsung's very public handling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 would have us believe. Thrust into an American Idol-like spotlight at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the still-unfinished slate, a follow-up to the pen-enabled Galaxy Note phone, was forced to perform for hordes of skeptical insiders. Sure, there was raw talent on display and we could see the promise of this 10-inch contender (we said as much in our exhaustive preview), but it was also clear the company was testing consumer waters, fishing for a vote of confidence before continuing down the development track.

Does this make Samsung's latest flagship the Kelly Clarkson of the tablet category? It's an apt analogy, if you think about it: Kelly wants to be country, the Note 10.1 wants to be a pro-designer tool, but neither are allowed. Why? Well, simply put, products sell better when they're made more palatable for a wider range of tastes. Which is why the company used MWC to gauge popular opinion before molding its untested product into something wth a broader appeal. Ultimately, that meant a drastic makeover: since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received a slot for that S-Pen, streamlined software, a quad-core Exynos 4 chip and two storage configurations: 16GB / 32GB, priced at $499 and $549, respectively.

So it now has more horsepower under the hood, that much is assured, but is that chip enough to boost the Note 10.1's mass appeal? Will savvy shoppers be able to forgive that relatively low-res 1,280 x 800 display? Will its Wacom digitizer elevate this slate past its more generic Android and iOS rivals? Or will that feature hamper its widespread appeal, attracting mainly creative professionals? Meet us after the break to see if the Note 10.1 can succeed as the multitasking everyman's go-to tablet.

Read Full Review

Scores

Engadget

74
 

Breakdown

Durability
6.4
Battery life
8.0
Portability (size / weight)
7.7
Display
6.7
Design and form factor
7.1
View All Scores

Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
View Full Specs

Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage
View Full Specs
Video

Related Video

Similar Products

How It Stacks Up

82

iPad Pro

Engadget

82
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

8
 
Starting at
$899.97
Requires Contract

Watch

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

Not yet scored
 

User

Not yet scored
 
No price available
82

Nabi 2

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

8.2
 

User

6.7
 
Starting at
$67.97
Requires Contract
74

Galaxy Note 10.1

Engadget

74
 

Critic

7.3
 

User

8
 
Starting at
$319.95
Requires Contract
90

iPad Air 2

Engadget

90
 

Critic

8.7
 

User

9.4
 
No price available

The Latest