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Posted by on Aug 16, 2012 in Reviews, Tablets |

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

 

Let us no more to analyze all the details of Samsung Galaxy 10.1.

Design and appearance

Its dimensions are 62 X 180 X 8.9 mm and has a weight of 597 grams for the WiFi model, adding 3 grams more for the 3G model (which comes with the weight of a SIM card)

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Available in two colors, black and white, the tablet is made of plastic in its entirety and highlighted by a silver rim in which two speakers are inserted in the center left and right objective sounding much better than the rear bearing the IPAD latter two models or lower bearing the first. Accompanying at the front there are two points corresponding to the light sensor and the video camera which is 1.9 megapixels.

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In the back are the 5 megapixel rear camera capable of recording at 1080p. If we look in landscape mode on the bottom shows the dock to connect to the current 60-pin (it had a microUSB grateful) and the stylus slot, which we will discuss later.

Screen

In any kind of tablet the screen has to be clearly the star features. As mentioned at the beginning of riding the Galaxy Note 10.1 is not bad but at all times is as much a contest over the iPad 2 away completely in the moment in which we place next to a new iPad.

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It behaves very well especially when playing videos and viewing photos is missing although they had tuned a little light sensor that sometimes happens to do directly what he wants and is quite boring to have to play the brightness and again manually.

It’s kind of 1280×800 pixels LCD and is fully compatible with the stylus, called S-Pen, supporting up to 1000 levels of pressure and providing generally quite good behavior of the same when you draw, write or use with other elements interface.

The Stylus

The Stylus is the holy grail of Galaxy Note 10.1 and really on it fall almost all the extra features that differentiate it, that basically is what really matters, with the rest of the competition. Comes bundled with the tablet and fits in a space which is quite comfortable save. It should be very careful about losing because a replacement costs $40.

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By default, and although we can disable it in settings every time we get the stylus opens a small sidebar with a selection of applications (which can also customize) for use with the stylus. On paper it may not sound like such a bad idea, in practice however is quite cumbersome and just disable it after two or three times.

The stylus has a button you can press to perform certain extra features like taking a quick note anywhere with S Note (squeezing and two-touch) or increase or decrease the zoom (press and drag), missing that would have added some more .

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S Note

Note S is the crown jewel of the entire Galaxy Note 10.1, is impeccably paired with some of the other system applications, such as the browser and through the split screen functionality becomes even more interesting. We had already seen it and enjoy it on other handsets like Samsung Galaxy Note the well-known but thanks to the 10.1 Note screen functions and usefulness increase exponentially.

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Apart from having several templates you can use for all types of situations the two functions Note Galaxy Star 10.1 are two, which are related to recognition and text that are related to split-screen functions, which we describe in the next section.

The text recognition is generally mediocre, works well and well recognized single words but of course can not be used to write long texts or to write a letter in a manuscript, for example, and that the scan. The pattern recognition does work like a charm and comes in handy for diagrams, charts or maps of concepts useful in the case of students.

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The last function of recognition, and one of the most impressive, is the mathematical formulas that can record from any degree functions integrated and we can solve arising due to the split screen where Wolfram Alpha opens and shows the graph, the solution to the equation if the extra information there and quite interesting. The possibilities that can take this role to education can be very, very interesting.

Another strength is that we can establish that only recognizes touch input from stylus, one of the biggest hassles when we do the same with the iPhone, for example, that will mess between your wrist and stylus input.

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S Notes is a good complement and sufficient justification for the fact that it is a tablet bearing a stylus, but their functions are too hidden and use it, or rather squeeze the maximum cost a good bit of trial and error until we we do with all functions.

The split screen

The split screen came at the time as one of the most interesting a priori in the Galaxy Note 10.1. Only he could see something similar in Windows 8 and was curious to see how it could be useful to draw the surface of a tablet to give a performance as close as possible to the “windows” of Windows, OS X or Linux and can use two applications simultaneously.

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As with other details in the Galaxy Note 10.1 for theory, on paper, sounds pretty good, in practice, the experience loses more integers. Mainly because it only supports a few pre-installed pipeline applications, which are the browser, video player, the Polaris office suite Office, Photo Gallery and e-mail client (not the Gmail application, which is what I use and probably a majority of users of Android).

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Second, because most of the time the user experience leaves much to be desired. For example, open a window into the gallery from the browser and play a video it occupies the full screen and not half of it as it should be assumed. To write certain functions on S Note occasionally gets caught and does not open any tab Wolfram Alpha else unless we close and return to try. A concept that could have been very interesting, but the tune still missing some details.

Furthermore, when we are in the window with a button multitasking can reorder them (the left pass right and the left to right) and easily drag content from one to the other, an image S Note the browser, for example.

Other cool features and battery life

The Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes some features that we saw in the Galaxy S III for the first time how to make a pop-up video to give you the size you want and leave it in second place on the screen, not working as smooth as S III in the Galaxy but since then thanks and complements more flexible in the sense of multitasking to the split screen.

The function of the battery is probably one of the Achilles’ heel of any device but in the case of the Galaxy Note further. Not only because load is not too fast but because download is even more, in a tablet of this kind and with these proportions would have been much more interesting to have a battery life that could distinctive stand up to competition.

Is it better than the iPhone?

Comes the tricky question, but unfortunately inevitable. And although comparisons are odious, if we analyze any tablet, at least until Windows 8 starts to become a reality, compared to the iPhone can not be skipped by.

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To keep it short and painless, I will be fast: No, no better than an iPhone and can not stand up in (almost) any aspect except in referring to the stylus and multitasking, and of course leaving aside issues such as the screen Retina, the battery life or quality of the chamber where the Galaxy Note 10.1 is moving in a much lower league.

Conclusion

6/10

If you’re looking for is specifically a tablet with Android then maybe the Galaxy Note 10.1 is what you’re looking for. If not, assuming that is even more expensive than the cheapest model of iPhone, which has worse quality screen performance and a much lower battery life leaves much to be desired that I would opt for the Apple model or at least expect until the official hiciese Surface is if I want is to buy a tablet.

I have focused little in the way of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to make a long but if we play over issues such as the number of applications for Google tablets Play, performance and usability of touch again put negative points to Samsung .

Many developments in the field of the tablets are to come from the hand of Samsung not doubt me, and before that a failure would rather focus on the Galaxy Note 10.1 and a history of many things to come. If they improve the system of split screen, make it simple and efficient S Note and improve some aspects such as the battery may then have to talk about a real competitor to rise to the occasion.

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