The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is in a class by itself; a truly useful productivity machine. Most tablets are great for consuming media but fall down when you expect real work from them. Not so with the latest Note from Samsung.
For starters it is a huge improvement over the previous model Where the original felt cheap, the 2014 model actually looks the part of a $600 device. For starters, Samsung dumped the chrome bezel that previously adorned each side of the table. This new tablet, which measures at 243.1 x 171.4 x 7.9 mm (9.57 x 6.75 x 0.31 in.), is shorter, narrower and thinner. Not only does this make the 2014 edition look sleeker all the more so minus the ugly chrome bezel. Although, I’m not sure I like the fake leather back. Additionally, at 19.05 ounces (535g), the tablet is lighter than the first Note 10.1 and the Nexus 10 but, heavier than the iPad Air. The display is also an impressive 2560 x 1600 pixels and bright with good colours. This, combined with its overall size, makes this model much easier to handle and it does more than other tablets.
The front of the Note 10.1 shares the same capacitive and physical button placement as the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1. This setup, which sits at the bottom under the display, includes the menu button on the left, home in the center and “back” on the right. The soft keys are now capable of sensing the S Pen, which means you no longer have to fiddle with the pen every time you want to hit the back or menu buttons. A front-facing 2MP camera and proximity sensor sit just left-of-center above the screen.
The back of my white demonstrator has only the 8MP camera and flash. Power and volume rocker switches grace the top (in Landscape mode) with pretty good speakers on each side. On the right there is an SD card slot adding up to 64Gb of additional memory and on the bottom there is an industry standard micro USB slot. I wonder why it did not include the USB 3 slot as on the Note 3.
Under the hood this tablet is powered by a 1.9GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with 3GB RAM & 16GB on-board memory which provides snappy performance in all modes of operation. Communications is via fast 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4. A LTE model is also available.These power gobbling features are driven by a 8,220mAh that in my experience provided about 9 hours of mixed use over several days. I would try to keep it charged because the battery takes close to 8 hours to charge from dead..I don’t know why it doesn’t support fast charging…probably the same reason it didn’t include the USB 3 port.
I’ve always loved the pen input on Galaxy Note devices. If I had any talent I could draw on it but I love it for note-taking and even adding names to my contact list. I can also doodle when the impulse strikes me. Even though I have touch typed all my life I am still more comfortable taking notes by hand and this full size tablet is perfect for that job.
The Note 10.1 2014 also offers advanced “hover-over” features Like the Note 3, so now when you hold the S Pen near the glass pressing the button on the side of the stylus will bring up a quick shortcut menu, it can also be context sensitive based on which app is open.The Note 10.1 2014 has hugely improved in its note conversion and handwriting recognition, much like the Note 3, versus the older Note 2. Writing on this latest tablet is outstanding. The S Pen and screen work beautifully together, and mistakes are rare enough that, with a little training, this can become a really good way to make notes.
Mark this down as one more Galaxy Note that I love. I don’t think I have met a Note I didn’t like.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a great tablet loaded with features that can be as good a fun companion as a work assistant. My only complaint is the price which is $600CAD ($549USD) but if you can use the note features then it is absolutely worth the price.