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Choosing a Samsung Android tablet can be a daunting task
Yesterday Samsung announced two more new Android tablets and I asked myself if I was living out the movie Groundhog Day since it seems like Samsung announces new Android tablets with colorful displays every month. To help myself and the readers, I decided to put together this gallery and post that details ten current Samsung tablets.
With Apple, it is easy to remember there is the iPad Air and the iPad Mini with Retina Display. They still have a couple older models squeezed in there to round out pricing. With Samsung we now find Note and Tab models in various display sizes. However, as you can see below, there is more than just display size that sets each of these apart.
The key differentiator between the Note and Tab series is the use of the S Pen on the Note series. The physical designs are very similar, but the intent of the Note series is for users to use them a replacement for paper when taking notes, drawings, and more.
Let's start with the oldest and walk through their current lineup. You will also likely find last year's models still being sold by carriers and retailers, but I will just stick with the 2014 models.
Starting from September 2013 until yesterday, we have the following Samsung tablets available to purchase.
Announcement date Model name September 2013 Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition February 2014 Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 February 2014 Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 April 2014 Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 June 2014 Galaxy Tab S 8.4 June 2014 Galaxy Tab S 10.5
While there are a lot of Samsung tablets available to the consumer, especially when you consider there are Wi-Fi and cellular models, I am not as overwhelmed after listing them all out and taking a closer look at what is available.
My first Android tablet was an original Samsung Tab and if I was to purchase one today, I would likely pickup the Galaxy Tab S and may take a look at one from T-Mobile when it is released later this year.
Further ZDNet Samsung tablet coverage
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was actually released in September 2013, but is one of the most actively promoted tablets on US wireless carriers. This model was the first to adopt the design features of the smaller Note smartphone with the textured and stitched back cover.
The focus of this tablet is on the S Pen with all the great new S Pen features like Air Command, Action Memo, Scrapbooker, S Finder, S Note, and more. There is even a S Pen optimized Twitter application. You will also find up to $600 in bundled content and perks for buyers.
Specifications for the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition includes a Samsung Exynos quad-core 2.3 GHz processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB ROM, 2,560 x 1,600 pixel display, microSD card slot.
Wi-Fi models are available in white and black with 16GB and 32GB models, priced at $549.99 and $599.99 respectively. There is a $70 off deal good until 21 June on the Samsung website. The 32GB cellular version is available for about $600.