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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) review

8/10 AVG.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 39 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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.

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.

Operating system
2.3 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


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...

- Scott Adam Gordon, AndroidPIT

A clever, feature-packed slate with a gorgeous screen.

- Sophie Charara, Stuff

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...

- Recombu Editorial Team, Recombu
Tech 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.

- Jim Martin, Tech Advisor
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.

- Paul Briden, Know Your Mobile

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Screen Size

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

2.3 GHz

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


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

8+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
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.


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

Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) Specs

Release date October 4, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (Update Available: 4.4.4 KitKat)

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974 Quad core 2.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/ 64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible No
SAR Body: 1.06 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 8220 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 7 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 92.9 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Jet Black, Classic White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.1 x 24.3 x 0.8 cm (6.7 x 9.6 x 0.3 in)
Weight 535 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 2560 x 1600 pixels
Pixel density 299 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support Yes
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, ISO, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer, BSI Sensor, Exposure Compensation, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
2+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, eAAC+, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung SM-P600

3G/Wi-Fi version available. Runs on 1.9GHz octa-core processor(1.9 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 + 1.3 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7)

S Pen Optimized Features:
- S Note(Easy Chart), S Planner
- Air Command: Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder, Pen Window
- Direct Pen Input

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