Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review: S Pen sort of enhances the tablet

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Review: S Pen sort of enhances the tablet

Summary: Samsung's Note 10.1 offered an inking experience over the Apple iPad and the 2014 Edition improves upon that S Pen experience. This new model has a more premium feel with a fabulous high resolution display.


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  • MicroSD card slot on the right side

  • S Pen silo and faux stitched back cover

  • White back cover feels good to the touch

Topics: Reviews, Android, Google, Samsung, Tablets

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Awesome!

    I like it better than the iPad and this is a significant upgrade over the original Note 10.1
    Better screen, faster processor, better Spen, a little trimmer dimensions, thinner, lighter, better cameras, ...

    I find 8 inch devices to be too hard to see compared to the 10 inch size. That's a preference but its a consideration for many.
    • Other New Tablets this Week

      Another Android tablet with impressive features and price that launched this week is from tabletmaker Pipo Electronics and the new 9.7-inch Pipo M6 Pro($297) is getting much notice for its slim design and packs in a solid device that compares to the new Kindle Fire HDX and iPad for much less -- the Pipo M6 Pro offers 32GB and built-in GPS -- plus a 2048X1536 Liquid Crystal display, along with a Quad-Core processor - 1.6 GHz / 2GB Ram; it also features premium front speakers, Bluetooth 4.0, a truly large capacity 10,000 mAh battery, a MicroSD memory card slot, and high speed WiFi; and also offers quality dual cameras, Google Play preinstalled and an option to use standard Android 4.2.2 O/S or a user-friendly Windows style interface.

      One of the first sites in the U.S. with more details of this new model is-- TabletSprint
      Kate Mossfield
  • Re: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1....

    Its certainly impressive enough but the price is not so enticing especially when you consider the superior iPad is not a world away cost wise.
  • Goodbye to my iPad

    I almost dumped my iPad for the previous version Note 10.1. Now with the new screen and 8 core processor I will be saying goodbye to my "superior" iPad as it crashes more than a tweaker on a 3 day binge locked in a round room. I will miss features of the iPad (and the $ spent on apps) but I will be happy with no longer being boxed in. I feel the 6.5 was a low ball score but to each their own.

  • Thanks for the review

    Do you know if a LTE version will be available for purchase?
  • First the Z1 mini, and now this.. Bravo Android!

    True contenders to the stronghold Apple has on smartphone and tablet users; I'm impressed. This is a site I'm growing more and more fond of, as an Android user. No mess, hard facts to smash in a Crapple fans face!
    Felix Simpson
  • S-Pen is not the only reason to spend the extra $100.

    The S Pen is only a small reason that I am willing to pay $100 more for this tablet.
    It also includes an SD card that the Nexus and iPad do not. Great for travelling with music and movies.
    It also includes 802.11ac that the Nexus and iPad do not. Perfect for streaming and file transfers.
    It also includes an IR blaster that the Nexus and iPad do not. To control my cable box, receiver and TV.
    It not only can display 2 things at once such as IMDB and WatchOn, but the combination can be saved and brought up with a single click, which the Nexus and iPad cannot.
    If I think of how I plan on using it, sitting on the couch in my living room or watching movies on a plane, the note 10.1 wins hands down.
  • I have one complaint!

    As someone who loves Samsung gear, why, oh why, did they leave out NFC on their Note tablets??!
    I use NFC to tap transfer URLs at will from one NFC device to another very often.
    I also use NFC tags to trigger things.
    Of all the manufacturers, Samsung is the last one I'd expert to drop a feature like NFC on their tablets.
    Stuff the doubters, NFC is useful on tablets!
  • Note 10.1

    I have the original Note 10.1, and love the SD port where I am putting a 64 Gig micro SD. That is where all my photos and videos will be located, I have the 16 Gig storage, and so far that is fine with me. I have W7 computers too, and therefore I don't need to have anything bigger than 16 Gig. I have a Nexus 10 with 32 Gig and no SD, so that has less capability. When I buy something like a computer or Tablet, I look to keep it probably 4 or 5 years, so amortizing the cost of any of my devices put it in the $100 to $200 per year per device category. My Lenovo Desktop is about 3 years old and still runs great. It has an i7 and 8 gig of ram, and I keep it in tip top electronic shape. I always buy a high end device since the cost over the 4 to 5 year time frame is pretty small. Buying underpowered to save money is kind of a "fools errand". If any of my devices bit the dust, no biggie with me. Any further devices I buy WILL have a micro SD port.
  • Great tablet even without the s pen

    "If you won't be using the handwriting or inking functionality, then the competition has the Note 10.1 beat."
    -That seems to be the annoying statement by most of the tech reviews of this tablet (and usually without explaination). I don't understand that. This tablet has better specs in most categories than the ipad, and includes other important things like sd expansion, multi-tasking, stereo speakers, dropbox membership.
    Having more apps and an aluminum back does not make for a better tablet.