Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Pearl Grey (GT-N8013)
What's in the Box:
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - Pearl Grey (GT-N8013)
- MicroUSB Cable
- Mains Charger
- User Manual
Imagine the ease of using the Galaxy Note’s S Pen but on a much larger screen. That is the philosophy behind the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It’s a tablet that allows you to write on it, as well as draw your sketches. Not only that, the Galaxy Note 10.1 introduces something that hardcore users have been dying to have: the ability to multitask. Though it may not be the Alt+Tab efficiency we enjoy on our computers, it still makes good use of the Galaxy Note 10.1’s huge display in an impressive way.
Technology & Platform
The tablet has a lot going for it beyond the S pen: a very fast quad core 1.4GHz Exynos CPU, 2 gigs of RAM and 16 or 32 gigs of storage. It has dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and a GPS with Glonass along with a front 1.9MP camera and the rear 5MP camera with LED flash. It's slim at 0.35" and light at 1.3 pounds. Like other recent Samsung tablets, the Note 10.1 has an IR blaster and the Peel AV remote and TV programming guide so you can control your home theater gear.
The tablet runs Android OS 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with Samsung's TouchWiz UI and enhancements and it has several custom apps including the attractive S Planner calendar, a capable music player and a side-by-side app option for key apps like the web browser, video player, Polaris Office (an MS Office compatible suite) and Samsung's S Note application so you can work in these apps simultaneously as you would with a desktop OS like Windows 7 or Mac OS X.
With dimensions of 7.1 in x 10.3 in x 0.35 in (262 mm x 180 mm x 8.9 mm), the Galaxy Note 10.1 is rather light in the hand at 1.31 lb (594 grams). Owing to its lightness and thinness, the tablet is actually pleasant and comfortable to hold with one hand or both hands.
Design and Ergonomics
The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a metallic gray (officially “Deep Grey”) frame bordering a gray bezel of about half to three-fourths of an inch. The bezel is wide enough for supporting the tablet with your thumb and the mound at the base of your thumb. The Galaxy Note 10.1 sports the same revised design as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, and that means it's not a dead ringer for the iPad and has design improvements like front-facing stereo speakers that are fairly loud and full.
Its non-removable backplate is made of plastic with a brushed finish, giving the tablet a rather pleasant and somewhat classy, sophisticated look. The glossy and shiny backplate is prone to smudge and fingerprints, just like its touchscreen. If you have greasy fingers, this might be bothersome for you. Users can find the Power button on the top part of the device, right next to its volume buttons. Next to the Volume rockers, there is the microSD slot with a protective cover. Next to it is the Infrared Sensor and the headphone jack. A quick note about the Infrared Sensor: this tablet can be used as remote control for supported TVs through the Peel Smart Remote app. The standard Samsung dock connector is on the bottom, and it's compatible with Samsung's existing line of tablet accessories like the USB adapter, HDMI adapter and chargers.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a thing of beauty inside: nearly every major component is replaceable, including the glass over the LCD. Most tablets have components soldered to the motherboard and the top glass is often fused to the LCD and digitizer, making repairs more expensive and difficult. We applaud Samsung's clean and repairable design that some other manufacturers avoid because it increases costs. We also appreciate the name brand components inside, including Samsung flash memory (Samsung makes very fast flash storage), a Wolfson Audio controller and a name brand dual band WiFi chip.
- Looks classy and sophisticated
- Very light-weight and comfortable for long periods of use
- Crisp and vibrant display
- Quad-core Exynos muscle power with a whopping 2 GB of RAM
- Front speakers, which provide enough sound
- Long battery life
- Pressure-sensitive S Pen
The Gorilla Glass-clad PLS display is bright and has plenty of color saturation, as you'd expect from Samsung. Is it a wild leap forward. The display is better than the budget oriented Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 display, and it's a tad sharper and less cartoony colorful than the original Tab 10.1. The tablet has three color saturation settings and the default setting is pleasing in terms of color saturation. The display is quite bright, as Samsung's PLS (their answer to IPS) displays usually are, though it cannot compete with the insanely bright Asus Transformer Prime and Infinity Super IPS Plus displays, which are the brightest tablet displays on the market. The Asus super bright option is serious overkill for indoor use, but it shines when outdoors in sunlight.
Just like the other phones and tablets under the Galaxy Note series, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has and supports S Pen input. This super lightweight stylus is one of the major highlights of the Galaxy Note 10.1, which will just be an upgraded Galaxy Tab 10.1 without it. Users can find the S Pen that gave the Galaxy Note 10.1 its name at the bottom right of the device. It has its own pen holder, and clicks into place inside it, so you don’t need to worry about losing the S Pen. When in its holder, the S Pen is barely detectable, almost blending into the tablet’s gray edging. Users can find it by feeling the bottom right of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and finding the small notch for the S Pen. Users can easily pull the S Pen out and you can also just as easily slide it back in and lock it into place.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 7,000 mAh Lithium Ion battery that's sealed inside. It is easy to manage 7 hours of Netflix streaming video playback with the Note 10.1, and mixed productivity use has been solid at 8+ hours. For most folks, that will translate into 3 days of mixed productivity use. Standby times are particularly impressive, as with other Galaxy Tablets. Overnight on standby, the tablet used just 1 to 2 percent power.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with two cameras: a front-facing 1.9 MP camera and a 5 MP camera at the back with a single LED flash. The front camera’s presence we have no serious gripe about and it is handy for video chatting. The back camera, however, is something that can be absent in a 10-incher, but some Note-toting students or workers may find it handy for capturing photos on the go without having to pull out their phones from their pockets.
Audio and Video
Speakers are located on the front of the tablet, which means that users will not be able to cover up the speakers when users are holding on to the tablet and they can enjoy the videos and music they are listening to. When playing videos, Users will find the video’s name located in the upper left corner of the screen and the options to make the video window float on top of your other apps, to use Multiscreen and to access options to share the video, to see a chapter preview, to trim the video, send via Bluetooth and take it into a Video Maker. One interesting thing is the Bookmark feature which allows you to mark a place in a video. This might be handy for lengthy documentaries that have salient points you’d like to jump ahead to. The bookmarks reflect on the progress bar so you can just tap ahead.
Samsung hasn't disappointed us with their new flagship tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 has everything we wish for in a tablet except a full HD display: a bright and sharp display, active pen input, an excellent software bundle with customizations that improve usability, dual band WiFi, an AV remote and more. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a good device that allows for multitasking, which makes good use of its huge screen. The S Pen is also handy for when you want to take down notes and when you really need to get a concept jotted down. The crisp display and the front-located speakers make watching videos a great experience.
- Touchscreen - Yes
- Multi-Touch Display - Yes
- Technology - TFT active matrix
- Diagonal Size - 10.1 in
- Diagonal Size (metric) - 25.7 cm
- Native Resolution - 1280 x 800
- Expandable Storage, Front camera, Rear camera
- Handheld Input Tool - S Pen
- Clock Speed - 1.4 GHz
- Number of Cores - Quad-Core
- Wireless Protocol - 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0What's in the Package:
- Rear-facing Camera - 5 Megapixel
- Camera Light Source - LED light
- Capture Formats - AGIF, BMP, GIF, JPEG, PNG, WBMP, WEBP
- Front-facing Camera - 1.9 Megapixel
- Navigation Software
- Services Google Maps
- Google Maps Navigation
- Digital Video Formats - 3GP, ASF, VP8, WMV, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.263, H.264, MKV, MPEG-4, VC-1
- Digital Audio Formats - AAC, AAC+, RTTTL/RTX, Vorbis, WAV, WMA, eAAC+, AC3, AMR, FLAC, IMY, MIDI, MP3, OGG, OTA
- Alarm/Clock, Calculator
- Game Hub, Gmail, Google Books, Google Latitude, Google Movie Maker, Google Music, Google Places, Google Play, Google Plus, Google Plus Messenger, Camera, Google Search, Google Talk, Media Hub
- Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Music Hub, Music Player, Netflix, Nook, PDF Viewer, Polaris Office, Contacts, Pop Up Play, PowerPoint viewer
- S Note, S Planer, S Suggest, Samsung Apps, Smart Remote, Video Maker, Video Player, Web Browser
- Crayon Physics, Word Viewer, World clock
YouTube, Drag, and Drop, DropBox
- E-mail, Excel Viewer, Gallery
- Width 10.11 in
- Depth 0.35 in
- Height 6.9 in
- Weight 1.29 lbs