February 1, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G Review




Feature set summary for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 4G

Along with 4G connectivity the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. 4G is feature-rich and loaded with superb creative apps. The 5-megapixel camera was a disappointment, although there is a front facing camera that’s excellent for Skype calls.


Style and handling summary for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 4G

You may recognise the glossy white look of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. 4G from its predecessor. It looks good but doesn’t feel that robust. Weighty too at 600g.


Battery power summary for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 4G

With brightness ramped up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. 4G managed a commendable full day between charges with normal use, and 5.5 hours streaming video.


Performance summary for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 4G

4G video streaming or any other task is handled easily by the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1. 4G, powered as it is by a quad-core processor supported by 2B of RAM.


User friendliness summary for Samsung Galaxy Note 10 1 4G

A perfect accompaniment for the 4G capability is the 10.1-inch touchscreen. Lots of room for viewing, quick to respond, and beautiful to use with fingers or the S-Pen stylus.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 4G Review Scoring Summary

Style & Handling
User Friendliness
Feature Set
Battery Power
Overall Score 4G.co.uk grey star

Pros : great for video with 4G, a vivid display and powerful quad-core processor and 2GB RAM; excellent creative apps for illustrating and photos.


Cons : The plasticky chassis looks great but feels creaky; S-Note responds well but as a digital notebook has limitations.


Verdict : With lots of power and 4G support, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.4G has a lot to commend it. It is fast, performs smoothly, with fun as well as plenty of serious features to make good use of.


Full Review and Specification for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

For creativity, we can’t fault the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet, especially with the outstanding S-Pen stylus and creative apps. With 4G added, in the LTE-compatible Note 10.1. 4G version, you also get buffer free uploading for all those media and creative masterpieces.


Support for 4G


The standard Samsung Note 10.1 doesn’t have the SIM card slot you’ll find on the Note 10.1 4G. Using this slot for a 4G SIM card will give you uber-fast internet access on the move. Mobile broadband at speeds that will make streaming HD videos a breeze. Upload speeds are also quick, sticking your photos onto the web almost simultaneously. At the sort of fees charged for 4G subscriptions, you do need to check EE’s coverage for your area, however we did find a good signal around London.


Glossy style


A little bit longer, a little bit thinner, but otherwise you’re not going to notice much difference between the standard Note 10.1 and the Samsung Note 10.1 4G. This 4G version measures 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm. That glossy coat gives it an expensive air, and it is one of the most attractive tablets available. Although lets face it, when it comes to easy on the eye Apple’s iPad still wins. The speakers are located in the silver rim, which is clearly plastic not metal. Otherwise the glossy white chassis looks like a premium device.


We weren’t that impressed to find a bit of flex in the tablet. Having said that, this is one of Samsung’s better builds. We don’t know how good or bad a reflection that is on Samsung though. It is also a hefty device, weighing 600g. That’s the same as the iPad though, and as with that tablet smaller hands will find it more comfortable to hold in portrait mode. The Note 10.1 4G uses a proprietary charger, which is a minor annoyance. A standard connection means you can use any spare Micro USB cable to charge a device, handy if you’re caught short without a cable while away from home. A more positive design touch is the location of the MicroSD memory card slot and the SIM card slot on top of the device for easier access.


Sheer brilliance


Samsung produce crystal clear, vibrant, bright displays, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G is no exception. Really fabulous for watching HD video streamed over 4G. The 10.1-inch LCD screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels.


The display handles colours very differently to the iPad Retina display. With iPad’s IPS panel you’ll get accurate, realistic tones. With the Note colours are artificially saturated to be brighter and vibrant. When it comes to which is the better viewing experience there really isn’t much difference unless you’re doing design work. Also the 333dpi Retina is a shade sharper, while the Note 10.1 4G is brighter. For watching 4G streamed HD movies, our preference was on the Note.


However what really makes the Note 10.1 4G’s screen stand out is the amazing responsiveness. When used with the included S-Pen stylus of course. Each movement is picked up immediately, and with incredible accuracy. Using the latest Android version, 4.1 Jelly Bean, everything runs smoothly. On its own the S-Pen is nice, but a bit of a gimmick. However, Samsung has included lots of creative apps that make the most of its phenomenal abilities.


Getting creative


Jot down ideas, whip up detailed illustrations, and create artistic works. There’s a gorgeous range of pen and brush modes to choose from, and art packages. The S-Note app basically works as a notebook, the kind where you can jot down ideas and doodle away. File sizes won’t matter as you can transfer files onto the internet with super fast ease using 4G. With S-Planner, the calendar app, you can sync to Google and Microsoft Exchange calendars. It also works with S-Note. Scribble down an appointment in Note, and you can import it to Planner.


The useful multitasking toolbar, shown at the bottom of every screen and introduced with the first Galaxy Tab 10.1, lets a second window open. So, while watching a movie you could quickly pull up a browser window and put it away without losing the movie window. Well, almost. The feature works only with preset apps. So you can use it with the standard email app, but not Gmail, for example.


There’s lot of other little Samsung tweaks in there, familiar to anyone who’s used a Samsung Galaxy S III. Such as Smart Stay, so that the table doesn’t switch off during periods of inactivity while you’re still looking at it. We did find that this didn’t work if the tablet was tilted slightly though.


Snap Happy


Will you be taking lots of photos and video to whizz around the internet on the speedy 4G mobile broadband? Well, the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G comes with two highly commendable cameras. On the front there’s a 1.9 megapixel camera. And on the back you get 5-megapixels. There’s plenty of photo editing tools, and ways to share snaps. We did find the shutter speed a tad slow though. In our review sample there was 16GB of build-in storage. If that wasn’t enough you can expand memory through the MicroSD memory card slot.


Highly specified


Tucked away inside powering the Note 10.1 4G is a quad-core 1.4GHz Exynos processor supported by 3GB of RAM. That’s twice as much as you get in standard tablets. This means the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G can easily run several high-intensity programs at the same time, with no hesitations or pausing. Fabulous for playing the latest games. The Note 10.1 4G should be able to handle anything that’s thrown at it for quite some time to come.


Keeping it truly functional as a mobile device, alongside the 4G mobile networking, is the lengthy battery life. As mentioned, this is a super bright display. Even so with constant use, and Wi-Fi always on, we estimated a decent nine hours of use from one charge. You should get five and a half hours out of the battery when constantly streaming video.




The Galaxy Note had the build and features necessary for being a great creative device. The Galaxy Note 10.1 4G adds super fast 4G connectivity to this, making it truly ready for the future too. It is also powerful, running all apps smoothly, and has a good battery life. As a tablet device the Galaxy Note 10.1 4G does well in all areas.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Specification


Type of device Tablet
Operating System Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
Dimensions 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight 600g
Form factor Touchscreen
Input Touch Screen
Processor speed 1.4GHz quad-core
CPU Quad-core
Graphic chipset
Status Available


Screen size 10.1 inches
Screen type LCD
Resolution 1280×800
Display type 16 million colours


Internal storage 16GB
Memory card slot tick


Camera 5 megapixels
Secondary camera 1.9 megapixels
Special camera features Flash


3.5mm Jack tick
Music player MP3, Vorbis, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB)
Audio recording No
Radio No
FM Radio description


Video recording tick
Video player MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
Video calling tick
Video streaming tick

Additional Features

Browser Android
Games Google Play
Voice control No
Voice dialling No


Email tick


Wi-Fi tick
Bluetooth tick


Band N/A
4G/LTE Yes (LTE)


Colours (Standard) White
Handsfree speaker phone No
Customisable ringtones No
What’s in the box Charger
Website www.samsung.co.uk


Standby N/A
Talktime N/A
Battery life multimedia 5.5 hours