The Galaxy Tab 10.1 (known as the Note) is out—well, it has been out for a while, but Samsung’s first release notes were but a teaser. Now that the experts have fully gotten their hands on the gadget, then the proper reviews start rolling in.
What you first need to know
Samsung’s Galaxy phablet—phone tablet, as it was too big to be a phone, too small to be a tablet, and capable of doing what both gadgets can do—had its time in the limelight, owing to its impressive features and specs. It became rather popular, and this has given its manufacturer (still smarting from the Apple issues) some hope for making a dent in the tablet field. The final version of the Galaxy expected to arrive on American shelves is currently ranked as one of the best, if not the best Android tablet this season.
- The screen: As the name suggests, a 10.1-inch LCD display, with 1280x720p resolution
- Processor: The tablet runs with 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos, which is plenty respectable and capable of catering to hardcore processing needs.
- Memory: It’s RAM is a healthy 2GB, which is enough to run a laptop, more than enough to support a tablet. Its internal hard drive memory goes from 16 to 32 GB. If that still isn’t quite enough for you, the Note is equipped to handle microSD cards going up to 64GB—a very competitive memory capability.
- OS: The Galaxy Note runs on Android 4.0.4. Don’t worry if you’re looking for the Jelly Bean upgrade, it will come for the Tab within the year.
- Connectivity: Sadly, Note only runs on the WiFi so far in terms of availability.
- Cameras: From trigger-happy Instagrammers to focused businessmen who want to have a video conference through their preferred phone service, users will be able to take advantage of a 5MP rear camera and a 1.9MP front-facing camera.
Samsung definitely did not cut corners with this device. It seems like everything from its initial preview back in February has been honed further in order to enhance the experience.
The Note is sleek and slim, which is a Samsung quality people have gone back for, and lightweight. At 8.89mm thickness and a weight of 1.31lbs, it certainly feels impressive. Samsung’s focus was to make a tablet that wasn’t unwieldy. The OS has also been refined to Samsung specifications, working on the typical Android OS and modifying it to be as “brand-friendly” as possible. Even the S-pen that comes with the tablet has been given special attention. It no longer has the opposite tip (dubbed the “eraser” end), and it has been given its own dock on the device to rest on.
Because of its specs, memory, and processor, performance, the Note is definitely a competitor. It boasts a quality performance and experience. It’s not without its cons, but the Note performs above and beyond expectations, and perhaps offers even more than what it had initially advertised. If we’re looking only at the Android field, the newest Galaxy Note is the one to get.