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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 hands-on review

Samsung's latest tablet impresses with its productivity apps and multitasking features
Thu Aug 16 2012, 13:56
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 multitasking

LAUNCHED TODAY in the UK, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's latest attempt to shake-up the Ipad dominated tablet market. While it seems odd that Samsung would launch two 10.1in tablets at the same time, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a gimmick - its stylus. Aimed at professionals and those who like to doodle, the tablet comes jam-packed with productivity and note-taking apps to tempt artistic types away from the Apple Ipad.

Design and build
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is available in two colours, grey and white, and we managed to get our hands on the latter pearly hued model. Crafted from a lightweight plastic material, the 600g tablet seems impressively portable at first look, feeling much lighter than the latest 652g Apple Ipad. It's nice and slim too, measuring 262x180x8.9mm.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 design

That's not to say that we're overly fond of the Galaxy Note 10.1's glossy casing, as the plastic material does feel quite cheap - disappointing considering the tablet's £399.99 starting price. Still, the white plastic is complemented with silver trim running around the edge, which although unlikely to withstand chips and scuffs gives the tablet a more high-end appearance.

One of the unique design features of this tablet is the slot that houses Samsung's S Pen, nestled subtly into the bottom right hand corner of the Galaxy Note 10.1. We found that having the stylus tucked away in a handy location meant that we reached to use it a lot more than we thought we would, making that a favourite touch.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 stylus

Within the tablet's casing sits a 10.1in 1280x800 resolution touchscreen, which while not on par with its rivals in terms of pixel count proved impressively bright with clear viewing angles, although we have yet to test it in bright sunlight. One gripe is that the screen manages to pick up fingerprints easily, and we found that we kept having to clean it after each use.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 has one of the highest sets of specifications of tablets available on the market, packing a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM under the hood. These of course help support Samsung's multitasking features, and we noticed no lag when swiping through home screens, opening apps and browsing the web. We're yet to put the tablet through its paces when it comes to gaming, but we can't see it having too much of a hard time coping.


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