Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally coming to the U.S., and it looks fairly promising. At first glance the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks very similar to the latest 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab. It has the same plastic feel as most Samsung tablets, and the software is very similar.
Although the Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn’t run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, it does run relatively smooth. It’s still not fast, but it’s no more sluggish than other Android tablets.
The big draw for the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the S Pen, which fits in a slot in the bottom right corner of the tablet. The including stylus (which Samsung insists isn’t a stylus) is flat in order to fit inside the device. It felt strange to hold at first, but should feel better after more time with the tablet.
The S Pen works very well, and I was able to easily jot down a few notes with no problems. It’s a lot easier to use than a capacitive stylus or a finger. The pressure sensitivity was nice, but for just writing down a few notes it didn’t seem necessary. Thankfully it didn’t get in the way and make my handwriting illegible.
I was able to test the multiscreen view, which worked well. The feature only works with a handful of apps, but it does work with important apps like email, web browser, and the office suite. It sounds like a great feature for professionals, but I couldn’t think of any reasons to use it in my short time with the tablet.
From my few minutes of testing the Galaxy Note 10.1 looks like an interesting tablet, but I’m not sure if it’s a great one. Like the Galaxy Note, it has some interesting features, but they seem tailored to a specific set of users and not a wider audience.
I’m picking up my Galaxy Note 10.1 review unit in a few minutes, We’ll be sharing more about the new Samsung tablet shortly.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a 10-inch Android tablet running Android 4.0 with a Samsung Touchwiz overlay. Inside is a 1.4GHz quad core processor and 2GB of RAM. The S-Pen is a pressure sensitive stylus capable of controlling the tablet and S-Pen enabled apps. The Galaxy Note 10.1 ships with an optimized version of Photoshop Touch. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 release date is August 16th, when it retails for $499 for the 16GB model and $549 for the 32GB model.