Do tablets have a place in the market or are we too spoilt for choice with our smartphone options? Well Samsung believe that tablets still have a key part to play in the market and in the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, we have their premium 10 inch offering. The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was announced at IFA last year and offers the quality of the Galaxy Note 3 in a larger form factor.
Before we go into our first impressions of the octa-core clad tablet beast that is the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, let’s revisit our Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition unboxing video (in case you missed it earlier today):
The front of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition features a 10.1 inch Super Clear LCD display that sports a stunning WQXGA resolution – at 2560 x 1600 pixels, the Super Clear display offers a 299 ppi pixel density which is industry-leading for a 10.1 inch tablet (in comparison, the Apple iPad Air offers 264 ppi pixel density).
As we’ve come to expect from Samsung, their designs are usually influenced by other devices from the company and this is certainly the case with the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Borrowing an age-old tablet design (menu key and back key flanking the home button beneath the screen), it does bring some handy features from the Galaxy Note 3 including the embedded S Pen stylus and the faux leather stitching on the rear cover. As we said in the unboxing – it looks, feels and definitely acts like a Samsung tablet.
One of the most interesting decisions on Samsung’s part was the lack of microUSB v3.0 support. The Galaxy Note 3 offers microUSB v3.0 and we’ve found it to be superb for fast charging yet with an 8220 mAh embedded battery, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition relies on the substantially slower microUSB v2.0 resulting in charging times in double figures.
As a premium device bearing the flagship role in the Galaxy Note tablet range (aside from the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2), the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is supposed to bring the very best of Samsung and one of the features we’ve come to expect is an IR blaster. The IR Blaster works with Samsung’s WatchON application and allows you to control your DVD, TV or set-top box directly from the tablet.
Next to the IR blaster is the volume keys which we found rather confusing – rather than put the volume up key next to the power button, Samsung has reversed the order. Whilst this isn’t a massive problem, it’s definitely something we found quite strange with the most natural placement for the volume up key being next to the power button – especially if you’re used to using other Samsung devices.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition features an 8 megapixel camera and supposedly offers enough quality for the tablet-toting photography enthusiast to be happy. Whilst we’re not fans of using a large tablet with less-than-perfect camera quality to capture those lasting memories, the current trend dictates that tablets should have good cameras and the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition ticks this box with an 8MP sensor, single LED flash, autofocus and 1080p Full HD Video.
The back of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition also reveals the faux leather finish that we first experienced on the Galaxy Note 3 and also offers the same leather-style stitching. It’s less of a fingerprint magnet than past Samsung tablets and offers something different – whilst it’s certainly not an actual leather finish, it’s nonetheless pleasing.
Check out our Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition hands on gallery below: