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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is one of the flagship models of Samsung's Tablet offerings. Straight out of the box the build quality of this tablet is extremely impressive. The finish is very good and the buttons have not worn at all over time, remaining very responsive.
My reason for buying a tablet was to supplement my PC with a portable alternative for travel as i wanted something more portable than a fully fledged laptop.
The two main qualities therefore were screen quality and the speed and smoothness at which the applications would run at.
On the speed front i have had no issues whatsoever with a thankful absence of software glitches and with a notable absence of any slowness when running multiple apps.
The screen quality is simply amazing - i have used it for watching movies on and it really is something else with the level of detail putting most TV's to shame (albeit a small screen does make this easier to achieve). I also use it for reading books and comic book and have found it really excellent for both of these tasks - i am a self confessed member of the "physical book camp" so this was my first foray into reading stuff digitally, and i have to say it has opened my mind in this regard as it is a very clear and easy to read screen.
The App's choice will be familiar to all Android users so you have a massive range for whatever your interests are.
One of the primary reasons someone will choose this tablet over another is due to the ability to use a stylus to write or draw on the screen itself, which you can then save to files. The writing aspect works very well provided you have a decent stylus as well and works for those wanting to take notes. However i haven't found it as great for drawing. It is hard to avoid the hand rubbing on the screen when drawing - one way around this is to buy a special glove which cuts out this interference, but i wouldn't bank on using it for anything other than simplistic conceptual art for "idea generating".
In conclusion: it is a remarkably versatile tablet with the highest build quality and a screen which really does change your appreciation of modern media interaction.
Consider it the fallout from a decade-plus of reality TV, but our made-by-the-masses approach has expanded into new territory: technology R&D. Or so Samsung's very public handling of the Galaxy Note 10.1 would have us believe. Thrust into an American Idol-like spotlight at Mobile World Congress earlier this year, the still-unfinished slate, a follow-up to the pen-enabled Galaxy Note phone, was forced to perform for hordes of skeptical insiders. Sure, there was raw talent on display and we could see the promise of this 10-inch contender (we said as much in our exhaustive preview), but it was also clear the company was testing consumer waters, fishing for a vote of confidence before continuing down the development track. Does this make Samsung's latest flagship the Kelly Clarkson of the tablet category? It's an apt analogy, if you think about it: Kelly wants to be country, the Note 10.1 wants to be a pro-designer tool, but neither are allowed. Why? Well, simply put, products sell better when they're made more palatable for a wider range of tastes. Which is why the company used MWC to gauge popular opinion before molding its untested product into something wth a broader appeal. Ultimately, that meant a drastic makeover: since MWC, the Note 10.1 has received a slot for that S-Pen, streamlined software, a quad-core Exynos 4 chip and two storage configurations: 16GB / 32GB, priced at $499 and $549, respectively. So it now has more horsepower under the hood, that much is assured, but is that chip enough to boost the Note 10.1's mass appeal? Will savvy shoppers be able to forgive that relatively low-res 1,280 x 800 display? Will its Wacom digitizer elevate this slate past its more generic Android and iOS rivals? Or will that feature hamper its widespread appeal, attracting mainly creative professionals? Meet us after the break to see if the Note 10.1 can succeed as the multitasking everyman's go-to tablet.