GadgetsLab: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition




  • Dimensions:243.1 x 171.4×7.9 mm (957×6.75×031 in)
  • Weight 540g (WIFI)
  • Screen: Super dear LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
  • Size: 2560×1600 pixels, 10.1 inches (~299 ppi pixel density)
  • Storage: microSD,up to 64GB
  • lnternal 16/32/64GB storage, 3GB RAM
  • Processor: Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait 400(LTE model)/ Quad-core 1.9 GHz Cortex-A15 & quadcore 13 GHz Cortex-A7 (3G model)
  • Camera: Primary 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Video: 1080p@60fps (LTE model)
  • Secondary: 2 MP, 1080p@30fps
  • Battery:8220 mAh battery


  • Great Note Implementation
  • Huge, sharp screen
  • Great battery life


  • Speaker location might not be the best
  • May be just a tad large for some


  • It’s a solid device that excellently combines work and play.

Tablets are important parts of the gadgeteer’s arsenal. During work hours. they allow you to stay productive without the need to carry around a full laptop. Once it’s time to kick back, they are much handier for consuming content than your desktop. It’s a device that does each thing particularly well, and anyone seeking to do that little extra would do well to have one on their person.

Samsung has taken the usability of the tablet and increased it with the Inclusion of the stylus. You can say what you want about needing another tool to use a tablet. but at the end of the day, it really does add usability that would otherwise be frustrating to execute.

The Note 10.12014Edition (hitherto referred to as the 1 0.1, because, c’mon) is the refinement of the art of the tablet. It gives you a very roomy 10.1- inch screen, a snappy processor, with enough RAM to back it up, and the very useful 5-Pen that really Is useful, once you get used to its presence.

The device itself is smaller than the previous Iteration In every dimension, including weight. The bezel is thinner along the sides of the device, and lets you have all that screen without the bulk. The downside here is that the speakers have been moved to the edges of the device, instead of the front face. The stylus has also been moved to the tip right edge, in landscape mode, which seems to be Samsung’s Intended orientation. Sam sung has also seen it fit to Include a physical home button, instead of just the capacitive buttons of the previous generation. It also charges and synchs via a micro USB cable, rather than the proprietary Samsung connector of the older devices.

Samsung has not disappointed with this 10.1. the screen is solid, bright and has great viewing angles. It’s perfectly responsive to both finger and stylus inputs, and has a rather sharp 299 ppi display, which makes it a great device on which to watch shows while you’re away from your main entertainment center. It’s light enough to comfortably hold for the length of a movie or a few shows, and more than large enough so you don’t strain your eyes.

Sound volume is more than sufficient for shows. though the quality might be a little on the low end for some. Dialogue, particularly deep, whispered voices might not always be the most audible. Headphones might be a good idea, if you want the total, immersive experience. The model we tested came with 32GB of storage, but if that isn’t enough for you, a microSD card slot Is present for additional memory.

The Note 10.1 has the same cool features as the Galaxy Note 3, up to and including the 5-Pen quick menu that launches as soon as the stylus is drawn. The menu is even more useful given the size of the screen you have. Multi-tasking, in the form of Pen Window, is a great boon to those who need to do a quick calculation, watch a You Tube video while chugging along, or scribble something without breaking your work stride. This was the single most useful Note-based app I used most.

Whenever I find myself staring down a blank page, I find that writing longhand helps untangle the mess and get the writing going. The thing here is that I am left with an article written in longhand which I then have to transcribe. The 10.1 has sufficiently accurate handwriting recognition, allowing me to write with my natural handwriting, and keep a digital copy with no additional steps involved. The Note 3 has this same feature, but the small screen size really limits It to little more than the odd reminder or two. The 10. 1, In and of Itself blows that out of the water when it comes to productivity.

The Note 1 0.1 2014 Edition is also the first Android device to offer Sam sung’s Knox security both on the hardware and software level. Knox allows you to create a secure profile in which you can create your content and secure it in a way that is totally inaccessible when you’ve logged out it’s so secure that if you forget the password here, not even Samsung can help you, even if they had access to the memory module of the device. This is a brand new level of security that was not possible on Android before the 10.1 2014 Edition.

The Note 10.1 has a massive 8220mAh battery, and given that we had the Wi-R only version, there was enough juice in this thing to handle well over a day and a half of use, constantly connected to Wi-Fi for browsing and streaming.

The Note 10.1 2014edition is a solid addition to the note family. The functionality of the Note 3 in a larger body really brings out the potential In the platform, and really lets you be productive, even without additional hardware. If you do choose to go that route and get a keyboard, prepare to shelf your laptop for an extended period, as there are few tasks this device won’t be able to handle.


First published in Gadgets Magazine, November 2013

Words by Ren Alcantara

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