The 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Hit or Miss?

As a tablet, Samsung tablets never fared well when compared to heavyweights such as Google Nexus and iPad tablets but for those who like to use their tablets with stylus pens, Samsung Galaxy Tablets are a class above the rest. To date, no other models come close to rivaling Samsung’s stylus support features when it comes to tablets and smartphones.

© samsung.com

© samsung.com

At first glance, the first thing you will notice with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is its new design. For starters, the plastic back casing of the tablet is now replaced with a textured, rubber-ish finish. We are guessing that they were aiming for a premium leather texture feel. This textured finish does add a more premium and elegant vibe to the tablet. It also feels great in your hands, giving a much better grip when you are carrying it around. From the front, the tablet’s look is not more congruent with the other Samsung gadgets, incorporating their trademark home button that is found on many of its other tablets and smartphones.

Another major improvement of the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 can be seen in its display. The display now has a 2560 x 1600 resolution, which is a significant increase from its previous predecessor (which screen has a 1280 x 800 resolution). In terms of performance, this tablet comes with a quad cord 1.9Ghz Fxynos processor, 3GB of RAM and a 8MP rear camera. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean coupled with Samsung’s proprietary TouchWiz interface. The S-pen also had some new features such as the Air Command menu interface that can be opened by just removing the stylus from its compartment or hovering it close to the screen. This allows you to instantly access stylus-specific applications such as jotting down some notes, take a screen capture or open an app in a smaller window.

The S-pen can be used to enter text in any text field. All you need to do is hover the pen over the field and taping on a small dot that appears. Samsung’s handwriting recognition software is easily one of the best in the industry where it accurately transcribes your handwriting to text most of the time. Just like in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a new content interface called the My Magazine has been incorporated to the tablet. This FlipBoard powered interface allows you to browse through and have quick access to a variety of highly customizable content, not very different from the FlipBoard interface.

Despite the various improvements in specs and features, there are many reports out there that state that the new 2014 edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is still a bit sluggish in speed. Occasionally, one can experience noticeable lag when swiping between screen, and this is simply not acceptable in a flagship tablet model today. It also doesn’t help that it is also one of the more expensive tablets in the market. Overall, the 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-inch is a much better tablet than its predecessor, thanks to its more matured design and leap in specs. Despite its flaws, it remains to be the best stylus-incorporated tablet in the market. If the usage of a stylus is absolutely on top of your priority list, then Galaxy Note 10.1 would be the perfect tablet for you.

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