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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is the Swiss Army Knife of tablets

Our Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is the Swiss Army Knife of tablets, offering a slightly compromised tool for almost every job you could imagine.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Quad-core (4 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Great screen
  • Improved design
  • Decent camera
  • S Pen a genuine plus

Against

  • Doesn't feel premium
  • TouchWiz UI is ugly
  • Should feel snappier
  • Expensive

Samsung has improved its premium full-size tablet considerably in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014, with a notably lighter and slimmer body and a vastly improved HD display.

It's still not what you'd call a desirable piece of kit, though, with a number of cheap looking (and feeling) design touches. Given that it tops the uber-stylish iPad Air on price, that's a bit of an issue.

Still, this is a seriously capable Android tablet, and Samsung's impressive S Pen technology finds its most natural home here. If you're after a virtual notepad with well-integrated stylus support, this is the best tablet you're likely to find at the moment.

If you're not a fan of Samsung's over-egged and under-optimised software, however, you might want to stick with the stock Android Nexus range, which remains far better value.

We liked

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 is a seriously well-specced Android tablet, with a class leading quad-core processor and a superbly sharp 10-inch display.

Samsung's S Pen stylus feels perfectly at home with this stunning screen, turning the tablet into a sketchpad, a notebook, a virtual scrapbook, and much more beside.

Some of Samsung's custom UI features are well conceived too, such as the ability to run two apps side-by-side simultaneously.

We disliked

Samsung's throw-everything-into-the-mix approach continues unabated, and this makes for a slightly overwhelming, unintuitive experience. Many of these additional features and apps are just plain unnecessary.

The TouchWiz UI really is starting to look dated and clunky now, and the thought of the cleaner, slicker, and faster stock Android OS ticking along underneath is slightly maddening.

Also, that faux leather back and faux metal rim are not what you expect to see in a premium tablet. I know Samsung is cautious about aping Apple these days, but a similar respect for aesthetic values would not go amiss.

Final verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, in that it offers a slightly compromised tool for almost every job you could imagine.

If you demand supreme flexibility from your full-size tablet above all else, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is pretty tough to beat. Not only is it light and powerful, but the S Pen will prove extremely useful to those who still struggle to be truly productive on a finger-operated touchscreen.

However, if you're a couch surfer or a more general tablet user, Samsung's somewhat undesirable hardware design and overly fussy software mean that the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 lags quite far behind the likes of the iPad Air and even the Nexus 10.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
HDMIYes
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourDeep Gray
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
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height257.8 mm
Width175.3 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-N8010
Product NameGalaxy Note 10.1 WiFi
Product LineGalaxy Note
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N8010EAABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationNote, the new way

  • The perfect creative tool at your fingertips with the S-Pen
  • Super efficient multi-tasking with unique multiscreeen
  • Enjoy specially designed apps and exclusive content
  • View all your content on a large crystal clear 10.1" screen
  • 3G & Wi-Fi versions available

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.

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 10.1 WiFi
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus