Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Reviews
But a pretty good pen system built on top of a disappointing Android tablet still makes for a disappointing Android tablet.
"Ultimately, no matter how deftly executed and streamlined the S-Pen experience may be, this tab still feels like a niche device, especially since the suite of compatible applications is still pretty small."
"The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung's best 10-inch tablet yet. It's propelled by a powerful quad-core chip and the S Pen stylus marks it out from the competition (so long as you have a use for it)."
"I struggled writing this conclusion because here’s the thing: the Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn’t really improve your tablet experience unless you like to draw, take notes and prefer actually writing instead of typing."
Just like you wouldn’t go to a general practicioner for surgery, you don’t get an Apple product if you want to use a stylus. You get the Galaxy Note 10.1. For anyone who ever wanted the digital equivalent of a legal pad, there’s nothing better.
"Samsung makes a lot of good stuff, and that's why something like this is so disappointing. We expect better from them. Samsung's software designers are behind compared to Google's Matias Duarte. Make great hardware, let Android do its thing, and the company can have a big hit. But a cluttered tablet that you can barely type on isn't going to do it."
"You really have to be sold on the S-Pen because in every other department, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 pales in comparison to the new iPad, ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity
and even the Google Nexus 7
"Matt Mira and Michael Ian Black take a closer look at the $500 device on Gadget Pr0n."
"If you don’t use the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 as a stylus device, it is a good tablet, but chances are that you can find very competitive offers out there that will outperform it in one way or another. The value of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is clearly not in the “specs” alone."
Gotta Be Mobile
"When a user would rather use a smartphone instead of the tablet, that’s not a good sign."
"The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is here: the latest high-profile tablet from the Korean tech giant, and one that sits across many intersections of what's fast becoming a complex Samsung family tree."
"The Galaxy Note 10.1 is unique and stands out among a seemingly endless sea of competitors, though not always in a good way."
"The hardware is pure, unadulterated garbage. The build quality is so bad, I think it gave me cancer. Samsung gave us last year's display tech and saved their best tablet screen for Apple."
"This device is clearly Samsung’s best effort yet, and with the power you get right along with the hardware that just feels nice to use, you’ve got a winner on your hands."
"The S-Pen is a novel addition that we really enjoy. Unfortunately, stylus-friendly apps aren’t quite where they need to be — not even those included with the tablet itself."
"We like the Note. We like it a lot. It's every bit the tablet that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is, and you get the stylus, which while not crucial to most people, is a nice little device."
"The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is the first 10-inch Android tablet to offer compelling, consumer-friendly features the iPad can't match."
"Thanks to a built-in pen and multitasking enhancements, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a better productivity tool than other Android tablets."