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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review: Wi-Fi Vs. LTE
8 July 2014
Excerpt: Today's review of Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) includes the LTE-capable and Wi-Fi-only tablets, allowing us to compare Samsung's own Exynos 5 Octa platform to Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800. Can either configuration usurp Apple's iPad Air?
Summary: The Galaxy Note 10.1 is expensive by tablet standards. At £450 for the basic 16GB version, it's even more expensive than the iPad Air and doesn't offer quite the same premium design. However, this is justified by what you get for your money. This really is the top tablet for power-hungry users. The 2014 version is substantially smaller and lighter than the previous model, despite keeping the same 10.1 inch screen.
Summary: At $599, it’s cheaper than the equivalent iPad Air, but still far too expensive for the average Android tablet buyer. Discounted by $100 or $150, I’d say it’s a no-brainer, but at the moment, with this price, I’d only consider it if budget is no concern.
Pros: There is a lot to like, both in terms of looks and feel, in the Note 10.1 2014 Edition (heretofore referred to as the Note 10.1 for brevity’s sake). While it does appear to be an enlarged Note 3, the faux leather backing and ostentatious stitching work better on a device of this size, affecting a more aspirational tone. At 540 grams, it’s extremely light, but also sturdy, with few areas of compromise. There is little room between the screen and the bezels, which keeps...
Cons: Though the Note 10.1 does a lot of things well, its price is the main pain point; it is cheaper than the equivalent iPad Air (which is $619 for the 32GB version), other OEMs, from Asus to Toshiba to Acer, offer better values without all the extra amenities. Specifically, without the added S Pen, the Note 10.1 is merely a very good, very fast Android tablet, and there are plenty of those around. Only Samsung feels they can charge what Apple charges for its high-end tab...
Summary: I absolutely love this tablet. I found all kinds of uses for the tablet. The built in notebook app was especially good. I spent hours doodling and drawing. I had my daughter do all kinds of homework in the app and then I could convert it to PDF and print it. Rather than having all the erase marks she normally had on her homework, the prints looked awesome and in her handwriting.
Conclusion: The Note 10.1 2014 can do everything you want a tablet to do – plus ten other impossible things you’re not sure you needed it to. More clever than an iPad, with a better screen than nearly every other Android tablet and with microSD expandability, this is a lean, mean full-sized tablet from Samsung. S Pen notation, a Flipboard invasion, Multi Window – all big wins that will be copied by many a rival in the months ahead.
Summary: The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) costs a lot of money. And if you haven't already balked at the price tag, then what this gets you is pretty much the fastest Android tablet out there, with an excellent display to spice things up further. But equally, what you get is an overload of features that you may or may not use.
Pros: Brilliant high-res display, Good performance, Leather-like back panel helps with grip, Expandable memory, Complete range of S-Pen features
Cons: Battery life still not close to the iPad, Plastic frame doesn't feel high quality
Summary: Update Craze. Samsung has been bringing "updated" devices to the market as often as possible. The new Galaxy Note 10.1 from 2012 is now succeeded by the "Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition". The hardware is the latest on the market but can it, and the software, secure the top spot in the market?
Pros: Display resolution, Extreme performance, LTE module, Good battery life, Option to increase storage, Nice brightness, S-Pen, The overall package contains multiple communications modules and has a good assortment of ports. Performance is strong and the battery lasts quite long.
Cons: Price, Slightly high black value, The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition leaves no room for complaint. Although we have gotten used to the classic Galaxy design, it would be nice to see a change.
Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition's performance was a mixed bag. Taking all of our benchmarks into consideration, it's clear that the potent Snapdragon SoC at the heart of the device has plenty of power, with some caveats. While the overall graphical prowess of the tablet is satisfactory for the most part, the Note 10.1 2014's high resolution (2560x1600) screen is pushing the limits of the Snapdragon 800 SoC's Adreno GPU.
Pros: Decent battery life, Nice design, Functional S Pen and associated software
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
is an excellent upgrade to the first generation even if it shares some of the same problems at release as it’s predecessor. This is a premium tablet at a premium price that’s worth it if you’re looking for a great pen-enabled tablet. If you don’t intend to use the S Pen, the Note isn’t significantly more exciting than the
Sony Xperia Tablet Z
(currently $420 on Amazon).