The newest version of Samsung’s biggest Galaxy Note has a much bigger processor and better display screen than its predecessor, and a complete vary of different enhancements too.
The shiny plastic casing of the earlier model has been changed by an odd-looking faux leather impact on the again full with fake stitching, which is not fooling anybody, however no less than it provides a little bit of grip. It is no super lightweight at 540g but it’s slim at a sliver below 8mm and no chore to carry.
There are slimline stereo audio system on either side, plus a coated microSD slot (as much as 64GB to add to the 16GB of onboard storage) and an infrared blaster so you should utilize it as a remote management. There’s no HDMI port to switch content straight to your TV although.
The 10.1 inch display screen’s decision has been bumped as much as 2,560×1,600 pixels (299ppi) which is the same as the Google Nexus 10 and nearly as sharp as you will discover on any tablet (technically the Nexus 10 is barely sharper as a result of its display screen is a little bit smaller however that is a minor quibble).
Android and processor
It is working the most recent Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (and expected to improve to 4.4 KitKat early in 2014) however as regular Samsung has overlaid its TouchWiz interface excessive. It is a busy and distinctive UI that some will discover pointless however extras just like the shortcut tray you pull out from the facet do not distract from fundamental Android, solely enhance it.
You additionally get loads of extras, together with Multi Window (two app home windows on one display screen), Polaris Workplace 5, twin-screen media sharing app Group Play, plus S Be aware and Sketchbook, which make good use of the S Pen stylus hidden away in a neat slot on the facet and the commonly dependable handwriting recognition software.
The 1.9GHz quad-core processor is backed by a full 3GB RAM which places it right up there with among the finest we’ve come across. Our AnTuTu benchmark check gave it a rating of 32,395 — a bit of behind the Galaxy Note 3 however nonetheless among the many highest we have but seen. Besides, the processor did not appear to carry out fairly in addition to it should do, considering the spec, and there have been occasional cases of slight lag. It is not terrible by any means, that is nonetheless a really quick and highly effective device, but the truth that it occurred at all got here as a surprise.
There’s now an 8-megapixel digicam on the again with autofocus and an LED flash, plus a superb vary of Samsung settings. Image high quality is pretty good, making it almost seem worthwhile having a high quality camera on a tablet for once. There’s additionally a 2-megapixel camera on the front for video calls.
The big 8220mAh battery held up nicely, seeing us comfortably by around a day and a half of steady use.
The Galaxy Observe 10.1 is without doubt one of the greatest-specced and strongest tablets accessible. It isn’t low-cost, and it would not have the excessive-high quality metallic casing of the iPad Air, however it has a feast of options and the flexibility to deal with all of them very effectively indeed.