Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition
The tablet features a large 10.1-inch screen that's vivid and sharp in a variety of lighting conditions.
Published Thursday, December 19, 2013 5:46PM EST
When it comes to cars, automakers have learned to just leave the model name the same from year-to-year, and tack on a year to the end of the name.
This makes it easy for people to know that the 2014 VW Jetta is newer and better than the 2013 Jetta, and so on.
In the technology world, however, it hasn’t been that way. Instead, manufacturers change the names of phones and tablets – albeit slightly – when a new model hits the market.
But it seems Samsung has taken a page from the books of automakers when it comes to naming things.
With the new year around the corner, Samsung has released its Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) tablet.
It’s a nice, large and fast tablet, with enough digital horsepower beneath the screen to blast through the toughest apps.
The tablet is outfitted with an Exynos eight-core processor that actually contains two quad-core processors married together, along with 3 GB of RAM. One processor is a 1.9 Ghz quad-core chip for media-intensive tasks such as gaming, the other, a 1.3 Ghz quad-core processor for the lighter loads a tablet is required to tackle, such as Facebook and web browsing.
In some ways, a bit of lag was rarely observed while flipping between apps – perhaps due to the dual-quad-core processor arrangement.
But for the most part, apps ran as smoothly as eggnog during the holidays and as quickly as a Ferrari around a race track.
The 10.1 appeared to have reasonable battery life, which is respectable considering the large screen and eight-core processor.
The 10.1-inch display, meanwhile, is sharp with a 2560x1600 resolution screen and colour depth to match such a speedy processor.
With so many Android devices out there, Samsung added a few brand-specific features to this tablet including Air Command, Action Memo, Screen Write and S Finder.
Personally, I’m not a huge fan of using a stylus, but the digital pen is there for those who want it.
The sound pumped out of this tablet is impressive with unexpected depth for a device this slim via the stereo speakers and what Samsung calls “ultra” high quality audio.
Ultimately, Samsung’s flagship tablet feels solid, runs fast and is pleasing on the eyes. The price is at the upper range of the tablet market, but then again, it has the specs to back it up.