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.
Summary: Just over a year ago, Samsung broadened its Note portfolio to not only include phones, but tablets as well. The company saw a need to introduce a slate that catered to working professionals, power users, and those who need more content creation capabilities -- hence, the Galaxy was born.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Review: In Depth
14 November 2013
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a significant improvement on the previous model. It’s better designed, feels nicer in use, packs more features and is generally a tablet we’d be pleased to pull out in a public place.
Pros: Beautiful screen, S Pen stylus adds flexibility, Great design
Cons: User experience not as slick as we'd like, Faux leather back will divide opinion, Smart stay still annoying
Conclusion: The Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a solid improvement on last year’s model, with a class-leading screen, oodles of RAM, powerful internals, and an updated shell that sets it apart as a more serious device.
Pros: Standout multi-tasking features, Ultra-high-resolution display, Top-notch specs, S Pen is a better fit here than on the Note 3, Improved aesthetics over previous model
Cons: More expensive than the current-generation iPad, Some performance glitches persist, despite high-end specs, Abundance of features can be confusing
Conclusion: 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.
Pros: Excellent multitasking. Sharp, vibrant display. Pressure sensitive stylus with useful software integration. IR remote.
Summary: This device doesn't have all the write stuff, though. The Note 10.1 2014 exhibits lag when performing simple tasks (like changing screen orientations). And while its battery life is above average, the iPad lasts more than 5 hours longer on a charge.
Conclusion: The Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the best-specced and most powerful tablets available. It's not cheap, and it doesn't have the high-quality metallic casing of the iPad Air, but it has a feast of features and the ability to handle them all very well indeed.
Pros: Stylus for drawing and writing, terrific screen, powerful processor, large battery, expandable memory
Summary: Android fans are still waiting for a tablet to take on the full-sized iPad and win. It’s an order that’s always getting taller - developers still favour the iPad when making and optimising gorgeous tablet apps, and a skinny, near-perfect iPad Air is convincing existing Apple tab users to upgrade.
Pros: Dynamite display, S Pen tricks are genuinely useful, as is Multi Window, Magazine UX is a beaut
Cons: Not as nice an object as the iPad, Google Play lags behind App Store for creative apps, Day-to-day performance disappoints