Summary: It’s no secret that I’ve been excited to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for weeks now. I spend all day editing and critiquing documents, and I’ve been imagining a parallel world created by the Note’s stylus: a world where I edit articles with red ink instead of a track changes dialog, where I suggest layout revisions with a quick dash of a pen instead of screenshots and email, and where I am really good at drawing cars that turn into airplanes.
Pros: S Pen works well, Photoshop Touch is fun
Cons: Sluggish performance, Overbearing Samsung software, No killer S Pen apps
Summary: When I was in high school, I fantasized about leaving my numerous spiral bound notebooks behind in favor of a handheld digital drawing board. That technology didn’t arrive in the form of the iPad until after I finished college, but that didn’t stop me from buying one the weekend it was released, along with that weird rubbery case and a $30 stylus.
Excerpt: Samsung's Galaxy range of products grows by the day it seems, they have the market wrapped up nicely with its Galaxy S II, S III, Note and Note II smartphones among countless other variants. The tablet market is a little bit different, where they don't really have a market-leading tablet apart from a few nice tries with the Galaxy Tab in various sizes.
Hands-on review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 + S Note software
20 August 2012
Summary: I was only able to use the Note 10.1 for a very brief period of time, but I was able to test out many of the things I was curious about – after all, you don’t need to look at a car with square wheels for that long to realize it won’t run well. The accuracy and feel of the pen was a positive surprise, but it was quickly offset by how the software is unfortunately better on paper (or more precisely: in Samsung’s adds) than in reality.
Summary: The first Samsung Galaxy Note was a barnstorming success, carving out an entirely new category in smartphones for itself. Sadly, stylus and name aside, very little of its DNA can be found in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. The hardware just doesn’t stand out, a sin for such a high asking price. Samsung’s software meanwhile doesn’t make Android more usable, just “different”. A built-in pen doesn’t change that fact.
Excerpt: Just like skinny jeans and flannel plaid shirts, there are simply some things you don’t expect to come back into fashion, and in the tech world no one could have expected the stylus to be as desirable as it once was when it was attached to palm pilot.
Pros: S-Pen, Sound performance, Multi-Screen mode
Cons: Cheap looks, Same screen as Tab 2 10.1, Poor cameras