- Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS
- Quad Core Processor
- 3GB RAM
- 8MP Rear Camera
- 2MP Front Camera
- 8220mAH Battery
- 16GB Internal Memory
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition belongs to the new generation of Samsung Galaxy Note series tablets which supports the improved Samsung S-Pen input. This is slimmer and lighter than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and is also equipped with a faster processor. This is in competition with Apple’s iPAD Air, Google Nexus 10 and Sony Xperia Z tablet.
The device is equipped with a lot of features one would find very useful and easy to operate. Samsung put a lot of thought in upgrading its Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and this can be seen in the features that it is providing. How the idea of designing your own screen does sounds to you? This is possible via Magazine Style UX. The 10.1 inches screen gives a magazine like experience. You can personalize your front screen, menu, pin your favourite apps and games and what not! Multiwindow is becoming very common in the Samsung’s new generation devices and this is definitely not an exception to it. So if you are watching a movie and suddenly there’s a good dialogue that comes up and you have the urge to tweet this, but don’t feel like minimizing the video, you can just open your twitter alongside video player and tweet without breaking the flow of the movie.
Plus this device is equipped with extremely high WQXGA resolution screen for crystal clear viewing quality. The images are crisp and clear and do justice to the 10.1 inch screen. The resolution is perfect and gives distortion free images and supports Full HD contents without a worry of picture getting blurred.
Samsung S-Pen input is an enhanced stylus. Samsung has added 5 useful features under the head of Air Command. These features are: Action Memo, Scrapbooker, Screen Writer, S Finder and Pen Window. You can access all these features in just a click of a button available at the stylus. Suppose you are writing a note and you click the button at stylus, this gives you above 5 options. You wrote a phone number and want to add it to your contacts? Use Action Memo. You want to organize content from various sources? Use Scrapbooker. You want to access application from a list of apps? Just draw a window using Pen Window and you have the list of apps. Search something using S Finder and add a memo to an existing text or diagram using the annotation tool Screen Writer.
This is also equipped with a protection tool called Samsung Knox. It knocks out any attempt of data theft, hacking or data loss. Without a worry of such things, you can use this device. The brand new version of TouchWiz Nature UX 2.5 supports completely Samsung Knox, which also reduces the amount of scrolling needed for a user to go to a specific item on the left panel.
If you are still not content with the features provided, this device is equipped with an 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash and 2 MP Full HD front camera. Both cameras are equipped with BSI Sensor which means you can get a clear picture even in low light settings. The camera quality is very good providing crisp and clear pictures and is perfect for video calling. The camera also has auto focus, Geo-tagging, face and smile detection.
To make this device more robust, Samsung removed the metal or plastic rear case and changed it to a soft cloth that is stitched with the metal bezel. And then they put on 1.9 GHz octa-core. Samsung Exynos 5420 SoC processor which supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. This is a combination of 1.9GHz Quad core Cortex-A15 Processor and 1.3 GHz Quad core Cortex-A7 Processor. This all translates into high performance. You can use number of multiple apps and let the device handle everything smoothly and give you an interrupt free entertainment. Moreover this also has 3 GB RAM, which means that you can play high definition games, watch Full HD movies and open lots of apps simultaneously. This is the first Android based tablet which comes with 3 GB RAM.
And to perform all this for a long time, this device is powered by Non-removable Li-ion 8220 mAh battery. This is one of the powerful batteries available in the market and this shows in its stand by time This battery passes all the tests and is naturally ahead of all the competitors. It has talktime upto 10 hours (2G) / upto 49 hours (3G), standby time upto 2230 hours and music playback time upto 98. Need we say more! The competitors like iPad Air have almost half of the standby and talktime.
Storage and Operating System
This is where every competitor is same. Offering 16 GB of inbuilt memory, you can just keep on adding files and there is ample of space. Where it is ahead of its competitors like Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet, it offers 64 GB of expandable memory via microSD card. But, again Samsung goes ahead, and offers you 3 variants – 16 GB inbuilt, 32 GB inbuilt and 64 GB inbuilt. That is like Samsung decided to test you with the number of files you think you can have. The device runs Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS and Samsung has started rolling out Android v4.4.2 KitKat for this device. The device comes with many pre-installed apps such as My files, Internet, YouTube, Google Talk, ChatON, Sketchbook Pro, Blurb, Dropbox, Mag UI Apps (in Previous Slide), S- Hub (Books Gift Voucher), BBW & Twitter Magazines with S Pen Integration.
Multimedia And Connectivity:
The device can play audio formats like AAC+, M4A, WMA, AAC, MP3, OGG, AMR-NB, MIDI, i-Melody, AMR-WB, 3GA, FLAC, SP-MIDI, eAAC+, WAV, XMF. As per video formats, this supports VC-1, H.264, VP8, WMV 7 / 8, MP43, MPEG4, Sorenson Spark, H.263. Connectivity options on the tablet include 2G/3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct and AllShareCast, as well as 3G/ LTE. However LTE option is not available in India. This comes in Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi and 3G variants. This supports micros SIM with Single SIM – GSM slot.
This is a complete package with ample storage and variety of applications and this makes it a fun and attractive device. Since Samsung has started rolling out update to Android 4.4.2 KitKat, this is going to be the best in the price range of Rs 50,000. This is high performing device with a long battery life and is very stylish and safe. It comes in two colour options Jet Black and Classic White. So suit yourself with the variant you want and the colour of your preference.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Rivals:
Samsung Galaxy NotePRO
Apple iPad Air Cellular 64GB
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet
Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5