Samsung has created an excellent tablet with the Galaxy Note 10.1, even if it's not exactly a looker. Read our Galaxy Note 10.1 buying advice.
Galaxy Note 10.1. A good tablet, although it lacks full HD
Android fans have another great Android tablet for which to open their wallets. It's been a wait, but it was worth it. Just like last year Samsung waited quite long before launching its new high-end 10-inch tablet, but since this Monday the Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally available. The Android 4.0 tablet is available for around £375 for the 16GB version without 3G, and for the one with 3G you will pay about £470. Hardware.Info tested Samsung's new flagship tablet. See also: Group test: what's the best tablet PC?
The Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn't have the Tegra 3-SoC most high-end tablets run on, but instead is built around the proprietary Exynos 4412 that also the Galaxy S III has. That SoC has a quad-core CPU and a quad-core Mali-400 MP GPU. Samsung also decided against implementing a Full HD screen, which is surprising. The PLS panel on the Note 10.1 has a resolution of 1280x800, the same as last year's Galaxy Note which had a Super Amoled panel.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 not only looks like the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, it actually has the same display panel. That means a 1280x800 PLS panel that has very good touch capabilities, almost equalling the iPad's. The screen on the Note 10.1 looks good. It has excellent viewing angles, and the brightness of 314 candela per square metre is plenty.
A Galaxy Note is only a Note if you can take notes on it. That's why Samsung has included a little S pen, that can be stored in the case just like last year's Galaxy Note smartphone. When you take out the pen, a side bar appears with pen-specific shortcuts. Using the pen is much more pleasant than on the original Note. The accuracy has been drastically improved, and you notice the increased sensitivity.
To find out how well the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 performs and how it stacks up against the Acer A700, the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T and the latest iPad, you can read the full review on Hardware.Info.