Since the launch day of the first Apple iPad, many different Android-powered tablets have come and gone. In fact, there are models that got released as entirely different products even though they carried identical specs and are made by the same company. Such is the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which was released recently to a world that ended up getting confused. How exactly is it different from Samsung’s other tablet offerings, especially the Samsung Galaxy Tab?
The Note 10.1 may look and even feel just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the rest of Samsung’s other Android-powered tablet offerings, but it is unique in at least two ways. One, it comes equipped with a slightly more powerful processor and more onboard RAM at 2GB. And two, it features a handy stylus, which for certain use cases is much better than simply using the touchscreen display for user input.
The base model comes with 16GB of internal storage space and Wi-Fi connectivity. And it also comes in a 3G variant with the same amount of internal storage. Overall, it is pretty feature-packed in terms of hardware, even if the screen is a little disappointing when it comes to native resolution. But Samsung makes up for it by giving us a special split-screen functionality that will allow anyone to run certain apps side by side, at the same time.
Despite the confusion, this tablet turned out to be an excellent addition to Samsung’s Android-powered range. The default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But even before an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean finally becomes available—which it will—it’s fair to say that we have a real competitor to Apple's iPad.
Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
1. Faster processor and more RAM allow better overall performance than Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab. (The Good)
2. Split-screen feature brings multi-tasking to a whole new level. (The Good)
3. The default operating system no longer the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)
4. Built-in storage is limited to just 16GB per unit and the screen’s native resolution could have been better. (The Bad)