Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – A Review

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 android smartphone was originally released at the end of August 2012. Recently it gets the goodness of JellyBean 4.1. It comes with many variants, the GT-N8000 being a 3G-capable device. But, here the specific device we reviewed is the GT-8013.  Now, let’s discussed about its hardware, software etc.

Hardware:

The device starts as a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, but gains the S-Pen from the Note line. Additionally, it gets a little better rear camera-the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 having a 3 Mp camera, and the note 10.1 having a 5 Mp shooter.  Sporting a 1.4 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor and 2 GB of RAM, with the option of 16GB or 32GB of storage, the device is well powered.

Screen:

The device screen runs with PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen at a paltry resolution of 1280  x 800 pixels at 149 pixels per inch. When compared with the pixel density of the Nexus 10, its pixel density is far below. Finally, we can say it’s screen is not awful.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Battery:

The battery life of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is 7,000 mAh. If you want to  recharge your battery fully it will take 4 hours for that. With only occasional usage for checking e.mails and surfing the web, the Note 10.1 was able to go a week without charging. The device has a built in IR-blaster for use as a universal remote with the appropriate apps.

The device comes with an IR port and a remote control app. It supports USB host mode and HDMI out (with appropriate adapters), and has Bluetooth functionality.

S-Pen:

The device comes with the S-pen stylus. But it is the short version from the Note I smartphone. Someone with the large hands will find using the pen tiring. This form factor could hold a bigger S-Pen, and the screen size is really the sweet spot of the note taking benefits of the S-Pen.

Further, the S-pen act as a good option to use in the Crayon Physics and Adobe Photoshop Touch. It doesn’t cause any performance issues.

Software :

Originally the device came with the Ice Cream Sandwich version 4.0.4 a quality, but dated operating system. Originally, the S-Pen features were simple, and gestures other than pressing the button and double tapping the screen were not recognized. Since the recent Jelly Bean upgrade, the S-Pen gestures now match those of the Note II smartphone.

On either version, the response was fast. Many people claimed that TouchWiz would be so laggy, that the device would be unusable. However the quad-core processor dominated, and we did not experience any issues with lag impacting use.

Rarely, the device would lag upon waking the device, causing us to press the power button twice to wake it up, thereby putting it back to sleep in the process. But other than rare quirks, the device performs admirably.

Further, the device comes with many pre-loaded packages and useful applications like Netflix, Kno  (a textbook application), and Peel (a remote control application). On Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), you will get a standard dual-view mode for a select few applications.

After the upgrade to the Jellybean, you will get a “cascade view”. This is much like how Windows operates, allowing you to have multiple supported apps open and running. You can resize the windows and move them around to place them just how you want them.

S-Pen

Finally, we can say that upgrading this device to the Jellybean makes it even better. There is a weird issue with predictive text not always working correctly, but that could just be user error.

Video Review:

Conclusion:

This device was over shadowed by its own sibling, the Samsung Galaxy Note II, and its half brother the Google Nexus 10. The device isn’t a headline grabber, but it is a great tool that fills the job of a tablet perfectly.

So, guys if you bought Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 we recommend you to update that immediately with Jelly Bean. So, that you could feel the greater experience. Recently Cyanogen Mod 10.1 was also ported to this device. If you want you could update that too to your device.

About Sarvesh Darak

Sarvesh Darak is a blogger, an online marketer, a social media specialist and an Android Lover. At Best Android Blog, he writes Android news & tutorials for Android Rooting. He is the tech head and ensures that the blog keeps running at good pace. He also looks after all the SEO and promotion work. He’s from Surat, India and keep contributing regularly at the blog.

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