Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Tablet Review

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It feels like an eternity since Apple and Samsung were battling it out in court, with the former suggesting that the latter had copied its design patents. The two giants have seemingly put all of that angst behind them, and though likely unrelated, in the more recent months, Samsung's design philosophy has changed slightly. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition looks absolutely nothing like an iPad, and in fact, it looks almost nothing like any other Samsung produce save for the Note 3 smartphone. The Note 3 and Note 10.1 2014 Edition were launched in lockstep, and indeed, these were the first two to work in conjunction with the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. (Samsung has since offered a software update that enables prior Galaxy devices to play nice with its new watch as well.)

The Note 10.1 2014 Edition weighs 600 grams, which is just 7 grams shy of the iPad 2. In other words, it's not light. The iPad Air weighs 469 grams, just for the sake of comparison. On the upside, this slate is most definitely sturdy.



Going around the edges, you'll find a micro-USB 2.0 port along the bottom; a perforated speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack along the left side; a power button and a volume rocker on the top; and an S Pen stylus, speaker grille, and microSD expansion slot along the right side. The edge is also home to a chrome accent ring, which is ribbed to provide a bit of texture. It certainly adds some contrast to the mix, but it does feel a bit chintzy to be honest.





On the front face, there's an astoundingly gorgeous 2560x1600 Super Clear LCD. Compared to the lowly WXGA display in the original Galaxy Note 10.1, there's simply no question that Samsung has upped the game in the display department. The panel is remarkable in every way. Viewing angles are shockingly wide; colors pop; responsiveness is best-in-class; and it's simply a delight to look at regardless of whether you're reading or soaking in a film.



The typical Home button is also along the bottom, flanked by a Menu soft key and Back soft key on the left and right, respectively. The rear of the device is home to an all-new design aesthetic. It's a leather-looking back, which is actually produced from plastic. That said, it genuinely feels soft to the touch, and while it's obviously not genuine leather, the texture is quite nice. The stitching progresses all the way around the edges, and it honestly adds a lot of class to the product. This is a design choice that could have easily been mocked as gimmicky, but the execution is perfect. Up top, there's an 8MP camera with flash, and at the extreme top-left corner is the S Pen's slot.



We'd also like to point out that the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition's speakers are truly impressive. They're loud, clear, and they project really well for a tablet. Being a 10-inch slate, this guy is too large for one-handed operation, but if you're willing to learn, it is possible to position the tablet in one hand while using the S Pen to write or doodle with your other hand. Once you get the hang of it, it's actually quite enjoyable.



Of course, hardware only tells half of the story, so let's explore the software angle on the next page.

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basroil one year ago

Looks like the software just isn't up to par. If they had made a 10.1RT, it might have been a killer device.

torsionbar28 one year ago

Speaking of "not up to par", are you really recommending Windows RT? The failed tablet OS that nobody wants? The one that was pulled from store shelves almost as quickly as the MIcrosoft Kin phone?? As nearly every tech site in the world has already stated, there is no compelling reason for a consumer to choose a Windows RT tablet over the more-mature and more-secure offerings running Android and iOS. Plus, the app ecosystem of Windows RT is laughably sad, not even in the same league as Android and iOS.

SmogHog one year ago

Android tablets have 60.8% of 2013 market share.

http://www.idc.com/getdoc.jsp?containerId=prUS24461613

KyleVasher1 one year ago

I love it 

KyleVasher1 one year ago

Absolutely gorgeous. The stylus pen makes it that much better.

Overall.........I want it!!!!!!!!!

dc7 one year ago

So does Digital Compass mean GPS?

AndrewBeek 11 months ago

get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. It is sooooo much better than the nexus 10 or nexus 7 which I also had. I play highend games, read comics and books and also used to draw and paint and I love it. Bloatware and lag? No lag that I can see and I thrash that machine. The bloatware makes this machine so much more user friendly than the nexus 10 and 7. It's the little things you don't even think about that make the samsung tablet much more fun to use.

Can't praise it enough, more than met my expectations which were very high because I had been researching every tablet for the last six months

siju 10 months ago

20140208 – My fried shaji is planning to buy a new phone. I told him the regarding the region lock on Samsung NoteIII. He could not belive it.

20140201- Visited my friend Babu at AlKhobar . He was planning to buy a Note3. I advised him Not to buy Note3 since it might not work when he go on vacation.to india

20140129- Advised my Pakistani friend no to buy Note3 Since it might not work with his PAK Sim card..

20140119-Successfully managed to persuade a canadian in my office to ditch his plan of buying note3 and he bought iphones for him and his wife. See my horror story.

If your are planning to buy a new Samsung phone, please read.

Just give a warning to people tempted to buy android. Other phones dont have this kind of Automatic Network Lock.

If you Buy the Flagship Android Phone Samsung NoteIII and insert a sim card, You will be automatically locked to that network. It locks the phone without any warning. You will realise this lock only when you try to insert another sim card. I bought this phone and travelled to another country . I tried to use another sim card and the phone will not allow. I am forced to pay roaming fees.

Dear Samsung,

I purchased this phone Samsung Note 3 4G from Danube Hypermarket in Riyad. I was thinking I could use this when I go on vacation. I spent 3 days to fully customise all the settings and loaded all my data onto this phone including Google authenticator. After reaching India, I inserted my new SIM in India hoping I could enjoy the vacation with my note3, but to my surprise It is asking for SIM Network Unlock pin. I paid the full amount in cash hoping the phone is not locked to a provider and I can use any SIM or Network As I Like. SIM or Network Lock was not mentioned anywhere on the package. A quick google search revealed that you will be tied to the Network of the First SIM card you insert till you change your phone. Some people in US managed to unlock it with help of their network provider. Frustrated, I gave this phone to Samsung authorized service center at kattappana, KERALA, INDIA. They demanded 2500 rupees to unlock. Since it is very important, I agreed to it. They reset my phone to factory settings. and tried many things. Even after wasting my full day and losing all my settings and data, they could not unlock it. So even after spending 2199 riyals, this thing is essentially a paper weight. I never expected a Microsoft like attitude from you. Please fire that cr*p head who advised you to install such a lock on the Phone.

The Samsung India online customer care is also c*ap. They are saying it is a 4G phone and India’s 3G network is not compatible. When they escalated the issue to the next level, they are saying they cannot help me because this phone is not made in india. Its Hardware and software are from some alien country so they cannot fix it.

I will not again repeat this mistake of buying a samsung phone. but

please send me the network unlock pin for this one .

The imie number is 35750xxxx241973

The Sim currently working is 00966509337689 prepaid SIM from Saudi telecom company (STC)

I am trying to use Airtel Prepaid SIM 00919995398720 from Airtel India.

HOPING FOR A POSITIVE OUTCOME

DOMINIC SIMON

00919995398720

See the reply from Samsung

In response to your query regarding “Warranty Issue” Samsung note (4G), we would like to inform you that Samsung India does not provides the warranty for the warranty for out of India Products.

However, as per the mentioned query regarding "Country Lock" in your Samsung mobile model GT-P9005, we would like to inform you that every country has different power technology. India worked on AC power technology as per hardware manufacture”

What a Bxxl Sh*t

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