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Jul 122013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 10.1 inch Display,S Pen included
  • Samsung Tablet 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 2 GB RAM Memory, 32GB On-Board Memory
  • Camera Front: 1.9 MP, Back: 5 MP

As easy to use as pen and paper, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with S Pen gives you the freedom to express your creativity, naturally. Edit photos as never before using Adobe Photoshop Touch. Design beautiful illustrations with variable brush weights and sizes. Create handwritten notes, memos and postcards. Then post, send and save them all on Android 4.0, Jelly Bean. You’ll never want to Note any other way.Input / Output Connectors: Ports: 1x USB 2.0, 1x Docking, Audio: 1x 1/8 Inch (3.5 m

List Price: $ 549.99

Price: $ 497.99

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  1. 1,185 of 1,219 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Really like it, August 17, 2012
    Alex Alexzander “Alex Alexzander” (San Francisoc, CA) –

    I didn’t buy mine from Amazon as I couldn’t find it on Amazon. I ended up going to my local BestBuy to pick it up. The reviews online were mostly okay except for The Verge which said it was sluggish and basically was down beat on it.

    I decided to buy it and if I didn’t like it I would be returning it. I picked it up around 5:30PM on the 16th of August which is the release date. The first thing I did was get rid of all the widgets that are on the home screens. I suspect those might slow it down. I kept only one widget which is the clock / weather widget. I then downloaded all my favorite apps and began to arrange and configure it the way I wanted it.

    It comes with Polaris Office, which is better than QuickOffice if you plan to create and edit word docs, Polaris is easier. To view documents and complex excel sheets I find QuickOffice often does the better job. I ed up keep both installed just in case.

    I installed 14 games on it. All of which perform very well. There are my favorites, like FieldRunners, and newer ones like Final Fantasy, Ski Safari, Nova 3, Osmos HD, Amazing Alex and Zynga poker that I also really like. This quad core eats through anything with ease.

    Got the latest Google Maps, which is so fantastic on this. You can save a Map so it’s available without a data connection. Perfect for these WiFi devices. I’m a fan of the new Google Play movies, music, books and Magazines too. But if you prefer Amazon or Nook, those are available as always. It comes with the B&N Nook Reader by default.

    There are Galaxy Note 10.1 specific apps like Adobe’s PS Touch. I’ve been using Photoshop since 1996 so I am going to carefully review the built in lessons for PS Touch, a mobile version of Photoshop and see how far I can take that. If you are a subscriber to Adobe’s Cloud services you’re supposed to be able to edit a PSD with PS Touch, save it to the cloud, and then continue to edit it with Photoshop the desktop app.

    There is also S Note. S Note and PS Touch are geared to work well with the new Samsung Galaxy S Pen. This was a primary reason for me to be interested in this particular tablet. The S Pen is so accurate that you can hand write whole sheets of handwritten text with it. I didn’t try to have it translated into actual text like type written text. I just left it as my handwriting. Really like it.

    Now this new Note 10.1 also has a new Muli-tasking feature. I should say that it doesn’t multitask any app combo you want. Just a few apps blessed by Samsung which are: The base browser, not Chrome, their video player, Polaris Office, the picture gallery and their email app, not the GMail email app. Their email app can be used with POP, IMAP and Microsoft’s Exchange via the built in Active Sync. So I tend to use that email client for work email and I use GMail as my personal email client.

    Now, according to The Verge, multitasking was horrible. Not so fast Verge. I don’t know what you guys are doing but I multitask’d just about every way you can on this and it works surprising well. I wrote notes while playing video. I played video while scrolling up and down on a web page. I copied text from an email to S Note, which both apps loaded in the side by side both on the screen simultaneously method. I had no trouble at all.

    I bought Autodesk’s Sketchpad Pro and can draw with that just fine. I also bought Adobe Ideas, but haven’t yet played with that at all. Samsung also has their own kind of store and I am going to see if they have more S Pen specific apps. Really like the S Pen a lot. It’s exactly like a typical Wacom Stylus. It’s sharp, not that horrible eraser head large stylus you get stuck with if you want to use a stylus on the iPad. Although the iPad has Paper by 53, which I wish I had on here.

    I’m really just getting started. I’ll have to update this review over the weekend. Only played with this new tab for about 4 to 6 hours now.

    Check out Google’s Currents for news, and Pocket for saving articles for future reading. Both are great on this tablet. I think all the bases are covered with this tablet. Movies, games, magazines, office and productivity, art creation and editing. It does everything. And since it is Android, you have a real file system which makes email a breeze. Love this thing so far.

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  2. 625 of 640 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    THE Tablet for Students, but Great for All, August 18, 2012
    B. Price

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey) (Personal Computers)

    Updated 2/5/2013. I ordered this tablet immediately when Amazon posted it with 1-day shipping and as of 9/22/2012 I haven’t had any issues as a few users seem to have reported. Don’t get discouraged if you get a lemon; just return it for another – Amazon has free returns/replacements in such cases.

    * Hand Written Notes
    – S Notes – Exports to PDF and also JPG. It has templates for various types of productivity. My favorites are the ruled paper, the meeting template (date, time, attendees, meeting notes) and the recipe template (I can imagine this being very useful for the kitchen, propped up in a case).
    – Papyrus Beta – This free application is very nice and similar to S Note but has normal paper templates such as College Ruled, Wide Ruled, Narrow Ruled, Blank and 4 different Graph Paper types.
    – ezPDF – Costs $3 and is what you’ll probably want to make annotations on lecture slides and whatnot.
    – MOST applications allow you to rest your palm on the tablet while writing, others are not as well written. This all depends on the author of a specific app.
    – SOME applications have nice erasers. Some times you can press the button on the S Pen to erase instead of write and some times you can just use your finger to erase while using the S Pen to write. This all depends on the author of a specific application.

    * Hand Writing Instead of Typing – The default keyboard has an option that lets you hand write in any input field instead of typing. Long-press the settings (gear) button on the keyboard to select the T button which enables hand writing. Please see the User Images of this product for a good example of this.

    * Multitasking (updated 2/5/2013) – Within the past week I’ve noticed a number of apps I use get multi-screen support so it’s much less limited and much less of a gimmick, now. I can easily be taking notes on one half of the screen while browsing or chatting or whatever on the other half. With more apps supporting the feature now it’s a much larger factor in whether or not to buy.

    * GPS – Fast and accurate. I am currently on the first floor of a two-story apartment building about ten feet away from the outer wall (sliding glass door) and Google Maps had my position within 40 meters almost instantly after turning on the GPS receiver. Within 35ish seconds it had my position accurate to 10 meters.

    * S Pen – Comfortable to hold (I’m a 5’10″ tall guy and have normal sized hands). There’s an odd button on the side which adds extra functionality with certain gestures. I have no idea how it works because I’m pretty sure the S Pen isn’t powered in any way, but it’s more than just a stylus.

    * Screen – Very sensitive. I’ve been taking notes for half of my classes on my tablet and it works well. I usually have the brightness set to 10-15% or slightly less in classrooms or at home because that’s all I really need but also to conserve battery life.

    * Battery – While leaving it on all the time, wifi off when not using it, I manage to only charge my Note 10.1 once a week. Standard usage includes notes during seven hours of lecture each week and using it periodically throughout the day or in the evening.
    – To really stretch your battery life you’ll need to disable some apps. I disabled Google+ and some of the default/Samsung apps that come with the device in Settings->Application Manager. As of 2/5/2013 I’m still getting ~7 days out of one charge with moderate usage.

    * Build Quality – Standard Samsung quality. The case has a lot of plastic and the back gives a little if you push on it but it definitely feels solid. Now that it’s in a case the build quality doesn’t matter any more.

    * Speed
    – Very smooth. I updated about 10 apps at the same time in the market, an operation which would nearly cripple my Galaxy S until it was done, and I couldn’t tell any difference in the smoothness of the Note 10.1. While I was exploring I ended up having 15-20 applications open at the same time but again I couldn’t tell any difference.
    – Coming from a Galaxy S phone and hardly ever using a tablet before, I’m amazed by how fast this thing boots/restarts.

    * Wifi – No complaints. It connects quickly and hasn’t had any issues.

    * Sound – Good, loud and scared my cat when I started something on Google Play. She looked around like she does when our surround sound is on because she doesn’t understand what was making such a noise. I can’t tell any difference in quality between it and my laptop when watching the same video on both (the laptop was ~$1700 before a coupon).

    * Rooting Friendly – Check out the forum for this tablet on xda developers for info. This device already has developers that say they’ll work on it and I’m sure more will sign up because the Note 10.1 stands out among the crowd.

    * Universal Remote / IR…

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  3. 660 of 687 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s Samsung time now, September 15, 2012
    E. Yu (bay area) –

    Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)

    I am a long time Apple guy who currently owns 2012 Retina Macbook Pro, 27 inch iMac, iPad3, & iPhone 4S. I stay with Apple products mainly because Mac does the best for what I do. However, I never have been 100% satisfied with iPhone & iPad due to their unnecessary restrictions and limitations. I just couldn’t find alternatives – I love Android in terms of features and potential, but the execution(overall user experience) has been lagging.

    I guess that the time has come. Galaxy Note 10.1 made big step forward and turned the potential into reality. Just after 48 hours learning and playing around, I am convinced this is the device I want to use everyday. It is the first tablet that actually helps my productivity, no more frustration with restricted toy. So iPad goes to my mom now.

    I won’t relist pros and cons, since all reviewers already listed them. But I just want to correct a few misconceptions that some biased online reviewers manufactured.

    1. Some people lie about build quality and they claim it makes squeaky sound when they grap it. Either they got the defect or it is downright lie. It feels solid and much better material for everyday use. Aluminum on my iPad may “look” better, but not practical without cover or case. I always had to use cover for my iPad to prevent scratches. But if you have to use case to cover, what’s the point? It covers “beautiful” aluminum anyway. I don’t even use cover/case for Galaxy Note and it feels just right in many hours use. Again, this two tone design(mine is white-silver) looks beautiful, very comfortable for many hours. This tablet is designed to work, not just look.

    2. Screen – screen resolution is one of the reasons I was hesitant to try Galaxy Note. All I can say is just go try it yourself. This screen is beautiful! Yes you heard this from the owner who use Retina Macbbok Pro and 27 iMac everyday. Do not fall into john doe’s resolution comparison, just go check it yourself! Sure 1920 would be nice, but I’d take Galaxy’s 1280 with S-Pen any day.

    3. Some say it’s expensive. Do you know how much it cost to buy wacom device with this size and feature alone?

    Most importantly, this tablet is so fast and responsive and delivers many things in my wish list “today”. No more compromising and stuck with iPad. S-Pen, true multitasking (yes limited as of now, but it’s already very powerful and useful), and microSD support (I feel like a prisoner who just escaped from Alcatraz!). I suggest you to check this device yourself and never fall into some online reviews.

    Don’t get me wrong. I still love Apple products and I will stay with Mac unless I see something better for my life and work. I just wanted to share my experience with Galaxy Note 10.1 because there are so many false reviews from Apple or Android fan boys and girls.

    *** I strongly recommend you to watch all SAMSUNGmobile’s YouTube videos to utilize Galaxy to its full potential. You will see why I think no other tablets can even compete with Galaxy Note. ***

    One more thing…I know my next phone will be Samsung Galaxy Note II.

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