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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

A closer look at the now quad-core tablet from Korea

Look, nobody in their right mind would base their tablet buying decision on the quality of the camera onboard; for a start you'll look like a bit of an idiot if you use a 10-inch slate as a camera when you're out and about and, ultimately, the quality of the image and videos captured - despite what the spec sheet says - is usually pretty atrocious.

Saying that, the quality of the 5-megapixel camera (complete with LED flash) on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is surprisingly good. It's no compact camera replacement, that's for sure, and it's nowhere near on the brilliant level of the top smartphones (such as its Galaxy S3 brethren) but it's a marked improvement on its tablet rivals.

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The usual noise, grain and blur associated with tablet photography is kept to a minimum on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and there are plenty of different shooting modes on the custom Samsung camera UI to get excited about. We particularly liked the Cartoon mode.

Focusing is auto or macro, you can mess around with the exposure, alter the white balance, change the ISO, set the scene mode and much more. In short, it's a Samsung smartphone quality setup on a tablet, even if the images aren't quite up to the same level.

It is nice that you can customise the icons that appear on the sidebar as well, making it easy for you to play around with the settings that you like to change the most with ease.

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Despite it being a dank day, the image produced was surprisingly sharp.

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By tweaking the settings, it is possible to get a decent shot - even with the elements against you.

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Not a very well lit room here, and the result is a bit of over exposure and some blurriness.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's flash helps, but it's not ideal.

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The macro mode resulted in an incredibly sharp image for a close-up subject.

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There are some funky shooting modes on offer on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, and also the option to directly share using Wi-Fi Direct.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA+
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)580 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
DigitizerYes
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height175.3 mm
Width257.8 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-N8000
Product NameGalaxy Note GT-N8000 Tablet
Product LineGalaxy Note
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N8000ZWABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and discover the new way to set your creativity free. It's portable, yet offers multitasking like a PC thanks to its large 10.1-inch screen. Meanwhile, the intuitive and precise embedded S-Pen makes it so simple to take notes, draw, sketch and express yourself perfectly. With S-Note, your note-taking is full of rich possibilities which you can easily put together into a story. Shape Match even lets you visualise your ideas and turn them into quickly into graphs and other finished items you'll be proud to share.

Multiscreen Real multitasking on the portable 10.1" screen
Now, you can do 2 things at the same time. For example, what if you want to see an actor's profile while watching a movie you recently downloaded? Just use the "Multi screen" button and open the internet browser or the S Note. You don't need to stop the movie or the browser so that you surf web or make a note. If you want to copy the image? Just capture and drag it to the S Note opened right next to the web page.

Embedded S Pen: Real Pen-like feeling for a natural writing experience
Precise versatile S Pen enables you to get a premium experience for note-taking, sketching, drawing, and other forms of creative expression.

S Note: The easy-to-use creation tool
7 Templates to express life's every detail. Make your own story by selecting one of the S Note templates. S Note makes your note-taking and creation rich and neat. * 7 templates: Note / Idea note / Meeting Note / Magazine / Diary / Recipe / Travel.

Shape Match
Visualise your ideas better by turning squiggly shapes into neat organised figures. The Shape Match will automatically corrects the lines and shapes.

Formula Match
Easily recognise complicated formulas to text and even find detailed and visual solutions.

Adobe® Photoshop Touch: Free embedded creation tool
Now, everyone can create more with ease. You can make fascinating image artworks or edit your photos.

Allshare Play & Cast - Seamless Sharing
Connection to other tablets, laptops or TVs lets you share and experience multimedia together, wherever you are.

Fast & Powerful
You will enjoy the best performance from a very fast and powerful 1.4GHz quad core processor that delivers the most seamless, enjoyable mobile experience. Everything from navigating UI to multitasking to web surfing is made faster and easier; indulge in multimedia on the go without a second thought. Large battery capacity means less frequent recharging because your power lasts longer for more sustained usage.

HSPA+ 21 & Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
Revel in mobile multimedia without restraint or delay with impressively fast transmission speeds that allows you to get your files so much quicker. HSDPA+ is three times speedier, thereby reducing your wait time to a third so you can enjoy your multimedia even sooner. Wi-Fi Channel Bonding also boosts wireless data transmission rates by efficiently using two bonded channels instead of one so you can access web-based content such as movie downloads, music files and games in half the usual time. Wait less, enjoy sooner -- it's as simple as that.

Best Multimedia Experience on a Large Screen
1080p Full HD Playback on a larger screen promises to intensify your viewing pleasure. Whether you're watching downloaded videos, catching the latest viral sensation on YouTube or live streaming, you'll be able to see everything in bright, crystal clear high definition. Cross-platform compatibility with multi codec means you'll never be frustrated by blocked or incompatible files in your downloads, viewing and transfers for a seamless mobile experience.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Note GT-N8000 Tablet
  • AC Adapter
  • S Pen