The 2014 Edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a feature-filled tablet, but only power users will probably have the patience to unleash its true potential.

- Stewart Wolpin , Mashable 

If you’re in the market for a full-sized tablet, you should definitely consider the Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

- Chuong Nguyen , GottaBeMobile 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 39 reviews

The 2014 Edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is more than a simple upgrade from its predecessor of the same name; it is a complete overhaul and the device is better for it. While the Tab series is firmly mid-tier, the new Note 10.1 aims to rule the new tablet market. With 3GB of RAM, a quad- or octa-core processor, up to 64GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards and a stunning 2560-by-1600 resolution Super Clear LCD display, the device leads the spec roundups of most current tablets. Alex Dobie of AndroidCentral says “even if you’re not going to use the S Pen all the time, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 looks to be a strong Android tablet offering in the large form factor space.”

The list of features doesn’t stop there. S-Pen, Air Command, 1080p video recording, 4g LTE Cat4 support, GPS+Glonass, an 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel camera dual-band N and AC wireless support and infrared ports round out the offerings. If there is a feature available, Samsung has made sure the new Note 10.1 supports it. While these features might seem like a bit of overkill, Samsung’s use of TouchWiz and Android 4.3 make it easy to access new features and push the productivity of your tablet. A massive 8,220-mAh battery, even with the high-resolution display, offers more than enough power for a full day’s use.

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One of the best examples comes from the ability to display multiple apps at once. Options include splitting the screen with two apps or drawing windows with the S-Pen for windowed access to a variety of apps, including YouTube, a calculator and more. When in landscape mode, capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display help make switching between apps and launching features a snap. Sascha Segan of PC Magazine notes “Multitasking has really blossomed as well, boosted by a fast processor (a 1.9GHz octa-core on the WiFi version, a 2.3GHz quad-core on the LTE models).”

When it comes to device design and materials, Samsung appears to be moving away from the pure plastic design in a few areas. The back of the device features a grippy faux-leather texture and chrome-color accents around the side add some additional styling as well. Brad Molen of Engadget says “While this likely doesn't add anything to the tab's overall durability, it at least exudes more of a ‘classy’ look -- though it isn't a perfect solution to a lengthy build quality concern, we at least prefer this over the previous model's glossy plastic, which loved fingerprints more than life itself.”

The Good: Cutting-edge hardware, beautiful display, S-Pen input, great battery life and a bounty multitasking features.

The Bad: Still plenty of plastic to be found, hardware button in portrait orientation is awkward, S-Pen can be a little difficult to retrieve and redundant pre-installed apps waste storage space.


Specs summary

Screen
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)'s screen is 10.1 inches with 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.3GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 64 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
8220mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 8220 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 92.9 days standby time, 9 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 39 reviews

The 2014 Edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is more than a simple upgrade from its predecessor of the same name; it is a complete overhaul and the device is better for it. While the Tab series is firmly mid-tier, the new Note 10.1 aims to rule the new tablet market. With 3GB of RAM, a quad- or octa-core processor, up to 64GB of internal storage, support for microSD cards and a stunning 2560-by-1600 resolution Super Clear LCD display, the device leads the spec roundups of most current tablets. Alex Dobie of AndroidCentral says “even if you’re not going to use the S Pen all the time, the new Galaxy Note 10.1 looks to be a strong Android tablet offering in the large form factor space.”

The list of features doesn’t stop there. S-Pen, Air Command, 1080p video recording, 4g LTE Cat4 support, GPS+Glonass, an 8-megapixel rear camera, front-facing 2-megapixel camera dual-band N and AC wireless support and infrared ports round out the offerings. If there is a feature available, Samsung has made sure the new Note 10.1 supports it. While these features might seem like a bit of overkill, Samsung’s use of TouchWiz and Android 4.3 make it easy to access new features and push the productivity of your tablet. A massive 8,220-mAh battery, even with the high-resolution display, offers more than enough power for a full day’s use.

Show more

One of the best examples comes from the ability to display multiple apps at once. Options include splitting the screen with two apps or drawing windows with the S-Pen for windowed access to a variety of apps, including YouTube, a calculator and more. When in landscape mode, capacitive buttons at the bottom of the display help make switching between apps and launching features a snap. Sascha Segan of PC Magazine notes “Multitasking has really blossomed as well, boosted by a fast processor (a 1.9GHz octa-core on the WiFi version, a 2.3GHz quad-core on the LTE models).”

When it comes to device design and materials, Samsung appears to be moving away from the pure plastic design in a few areas. The back of the device features a grippy faux-leather texture and chrome-color accents around the side add some additional styling as well. Brad Molen of Engadget says “While this likely doesn't add anything to the tab's overall durability, it at least exudes more of a ‘classy’ look -- though it isn't a perfect solution to a lengthy build quality concern, we at least prefer this over the previous model's glossy plastic, which loved fingerprints more than life itself.”

The Good: Cutting-edge hardware, beautiful display, S-Pen input, great battery life and a bounty multitasking features.

The Bad: Still plenty of plastic to be found, hardware button in portrait orientation is awkward, S-Pen can be a little difficult to retrieve and redundant pre-installed apps waste storage space.

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Still the best Android tablet choice in 2015

from AndroidPIT ( )

The Galaxy note 10.1 has just been a pleasure to use from start to finish. It looks, beautiful, it sounds great, it can hold plenty juice, and it never stutters. How does it compare to tablets in 2015? Sony’s new hardware looks cooler, and devices like the Galaxy S6 show restraint in prepackag... More

The Galaxy note 10.1 has just been a pleasure to use from start to finish. It looks, beautiful, it sounds great, it can hold plenty juice, and it never stutters. How does it compare to tablets in 2015? Sony’s new hardware looks cooler, and devices like the Galaxy S6 show restraint in prepackaged apps and features which would have been welcomed on the Galaxy Note 10.1.

With all of that said, though, the Galaxy Note 10.1 still stands out as an extremely usable tablet, and I still don’t see a tablet worth upgrading to, even all this time later. Huber Joly, CEO of Best Buy said that tablet were “crashing” because people don’t realize that they must upgrade them every two years. With a tablet like the Galaxy Note 10.1, I’m happily in the camp of people who don’t see it as a necessity. It was a beast then, and it’s still a beast now. 

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10/10

A do-it-all tablet with a gloriously hi-res screen

from Stuff ( )

The Note 10.1 2014 can do everything you want a tablet to do - plus ten other impossible things you’re not sure you needed it to. More clever than an iPad, with a better screen than nearly every other Android tablet and with microSD expandability, this is a lean, mean full-sized tablet from S... More

The Note 10.1 2014 can do everything you want a tablet to do - plus ten other impossible things you’re not sure you needed it to.

More clever than an iPad, with a better screen than nearly every other Android tablet and with microSD expandability, this is a lean, mean full-sized tablet from Samsung. S Pen notation, a Flipboard invasion, Multi Window - all big wins that will be copied by many a rival in the months ahead.

And in six months time, this could be a five-star tab. Improvements to the day-to-day performance are vital, and those could be implemented through firmware. A stampede of creative tablet apps onto Google Play would help a great deal, too.

Of course, it could be too late by then, as the inexorable tablet tide continues to wash dreamy Droid devices onto our shores with blink-and-you’ll-miss-it regularity, but the potential is there. In fact, we’d say this is Samsung’s best tablet yet. It's just a shame that that's still not quite good enough to dethrone the mighty iPad.

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8/10

Better specs and an improved design

from Recombu ( )

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a significant improvement on the previous model. It’s better designed, feels nicer in use, packs more features and is generally a tablet we’d be pleased to pull out in a public place. It’s not all perfect — it’s let down slig... More

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a significant improvement on the previous model. It’s better designed, feels nicer in use, packs more features and is generally a tablet we’d be pleased to pull out in a public place. It’s not all perfect — it’s let down slightly by the occasionally less-than-smooth user experience, and it’ll forever live in the shadow of the thinner, slicker iPad Air, but if you need a tablet with a stylus and you really don’t fancy joining Apple’s legion then you’ll generally be happy with it.

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8/10

The 10-inch high-end Samsung tablet gets a little makeover

from PC Advisor ( )

Touchwiz and fake stitching aside the Note 10.1 is a very good tablet with the added S-Pen feature for those who want it.

Touchwiz and fake stitching aside the Note 10.1 is a very good tablet with the added S-Pen feature for those who want it.

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8/10

Innovative multitasking functions with attractive and easy-to-use design

from Know Your Mobile ( )

Successfully translates all that was good about the Note 3 into the larger tablet design. A really great tablet with fantastic stylus and multitasking capabilities, however, Exynos chip lacks punch.

Successfully translates all that was good about the Note 3 into the larger tablet design. A really great tablet with fantastic stylus and multitasking capabilities, however, Exynos chip lacks punch.

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8/10

Largely fast, reliable performance but too expensive

from What Hi-Fi ( )

After falling short in the tablet market for a while now, Samsung has finally produced a tablet that could well prove a genuine Android alternative to the iPad – though its premium price may prove the first stumbling block.It still can’t match its Apple competitor for video or audio prow... More

After falling short in the tablet market for a while now, Samsung has finally produced a tablet that could well prove a genuine Android alternative to the iPad – though its premium price may prove the first stumbling block.

It still can’t match its Apple competitor for video or audio prowess either, but its screen, performance, form factor and S Pen functionality will be a draw for many who aren’t taken by Apple’s tablet.

Give us this with vanilla Android and a more competitive price tag, and we’d like it that little bit more.

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8/10

Great screen, improved design, and decent camera

from TechRadar ( )

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, in that it offers a slightly compromised tool for almost every job you could imagine.If you demand supreme flexibility from your full-size tablet above all else, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is pretty tough to beat. Not only... More

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a bit of a Swiss Army Knife, in that it offers a slightly compromised tool for almost every job you could imagine.

If you demand supreme flexibility from your full-size tablet above all else, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is pretty tough to beat. Not only is it light and powerful, but the S Pen will prove extremely useful to those who still struggle to be truly productive on a finger-operated touchscreen.

However, if you're a couch surfer or a more general tablet user, Samsung's somewhat undesirable hardware design and overly fussy software mean that the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 lags quite far behind the likes of the iPad Air and even the Nexus 10. 

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8/10

True multitasking with excellent screen

from Digital Versus ( )

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a good successor to the 2012 model, although it's somewhat marred by lags, perfectible battery life and humdrum graphics capabilities. That said, it has an excellent display and great uses for the stylus. It's a choice buy for anyone looking for a tablet version... More

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a good successor to the 2012 model, although it's somewhat marred by lags, perfectible battery life and humdrum graphics capabilities. That said, it has an excellent display and great uses for the stylus. It's a choice buy for anyone looking for a tablet version of the Galaxy Note 3.

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8/10

Sub-par overall experience on the device

from Phonedog ( )

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is a device that looks great on paper, and it even carries that over to the device itself. The changes that Samsung made to the physical design of the tablet are welcomed changes, and it's a lightweight tablet that's easy and comfortable to hold even for long peri... More

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is a device that looks great on paper, and it even carries that over to the device itself. The changes that Samsung made to the physical design of the tablet are welcomed changes, and it's a lightweight tablet that's easy and comfortable to hold even for long periods of time.

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Still a flat, white rectangle, but with goodies inside

from Reviewed ( )

By an enormous margin, this is the best tablet that Samsung has shipped to date. Not only is the form factor much like the other leading tablets on the market, but it does so much more with it that it's tough to believe at first. I'm still not sold on TouchWiz (Samsung's skin of Android), but the fa... More

By an enormous margin, this is the best tablet that Samsung has shipped to date. Not only is the form factor much like the other leading tablets on the market, but it does so much more with it that it's tough to believe at first. I'm still not sold on TouchWiz (Samsung's skin of Android), but the fact is you'd be hard-pressed to find a tablet with as much power under the hood unless you start getting into the very expensive Windows 8.1 hybrids.

The Note 10.1 doesn't hit all the superlatives: It's more expensive than its peers and it doesn't offer Amazon Prime. Yet it still has the muscle, the accurate color performance, and the beautiful design to justify its price. The Samsung Note 10.1 is a great tablet, but be prepared to shell out for it—prices start at $549.

 

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