Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 review

The Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is the Swiss Army Knife of tablets

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With features like the S Pen and Samsung's extensive suite of productivity apps, you probably couldn't say that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 was built for media, but it excels in this area nonetheless.

A huge part of that, of course, is down to the tablet's beautiful screen which, as I've already mentioned, displays HD video and text as well as any other Android tablet.

Of course, this being Android, you also have access to the excellent Google Play Store for downloading a comprehensive range of movies, music and books quickly and cheaply (or at least competitively).

Google Play Store

While all of this media content is accessible through the one Google Play app, Google has also split the content up into its own separate colour-coded apps, which effectively act as shortcuts to the relevant sections. On the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, these can all be found tucked away in the Google folder in the app tray.

I often find it a little churlish when Android manufacturers relegate Google's stellar service offerings to a dusty corner of their custom UI in favour of their own inferior versions. I recommend promoting the Google folder to your home screen immediately.

Google Apps Tray

Back to the media apps: Play Movies & TV will provide all the video content you could possibly need. Prices for new movies tend to be £3.49 in SD or £4.49 in HD, while you can also rent older or less premium titles for as little as 99p ($0.99, AU$0.99).

You can also purchase titles outright, with newer or premium films costing £9.99 in SD or £11.99 in HD.

Google Play Movies

Samsung also has its own video store offering as part of the Samsung Hub, which is accessible through one of the oversized widgets found on one of the home screens.

However, it's markedly inferior to Google's offering - in attractiveness and usability if not price or range (which appear pretty much identical).

Video hub

Its inclusion seems somewhat superfluous, especially when you consider that purchasing films and TV shows here will restrict their usage to Samsung devices, whereas media bought through Google Play can be played back on pretty much any smartphone, tablet or desktop web browser.

Still, when it comes to actually playing video content, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is unimpeachable. HD video looks stunning, with no hint of performance issues. Then there's Samsung's typically strong codec support. H.263, H.264, MPEG4, WMV and DivX all work without a problem.

Music is handled by the ever-excellent Google Play Music, which enables you to purchase MP3 tracks from a well stocked library. It also lets you upload 20,000 of your existing tracks for free, enabling you to stream them to any device with a web browser - or any tablet with the Google Play App, more pertinently.

Google Music

Google Play Music now even features a Spotify-like subscription service, offering unlimited access to its vast music library. It's a pretty comprehensive offering.

That hasn't stopped Samsung from adding yet another of its own offerings, though. Its Music Store is possibly the least necessary of the lot, given the all-round brilliance of Google Play Music, but here it is.

Don't get me wrong, it's a perfectly serviceable MP3 store (powered by 7digital) that might have come in genuinely handy, oh, let's say, three years ago. But here and now, on a top-end Android device at the end of 2013? Not so much.

It's a similar situation with books. Google provides a fine ebook store in the Google Play Store, with plenty of well-priced books to purchase. Of course, it's hard to resist the ubiquitous Amazon Kindle service in this field, and that's only a free app download away.

Google Play Books

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 itself makes for a fine ebook reader, with its super-sharp display and reasonably light body making reading on it a pleasure. It's not quite wieldy enough to displace that Kindle or even that Nexus 7, mind.

Once again, Samsung provides its own Book Store Hub, and once again you needn't really bother.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Product FamilyGalaxy Note
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourDeep Gray
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.40 GHz
Processor TypeCortex A9
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)580 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height257.8 mm
Width175.3 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product ModelGT-N8010
Product NameGalaxy Note 10.1 WiFi
Product LineGalaxy Note
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-N8010EAABTU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationNote, the new way

  • The perfect creative tool at your fingertips with the S-Pen
  • Super efficient multi-tasking with unique multiscreeen
  • Enjoy specially designed apps and exclusive content
  • View all your content on a large crystal clear 10.1" screen
  • 3G & Wi-Fi versions available

Choose the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and discover the new way to set your creativity free. It's portable, yet offers multitasking like a PC thanks to its large 10.1-inch screen. Meanwhile, the intuitive and precise embedded S-Pen makes it so simple to take notes, draw, sketch and express yourself perfectly. With S-Note, your note-taking is full of rich possibilities which you can easily put together into a story. Shape Match even lets you visualise your ideas and turn them into quickly into graphs and other finished items you'll be proud to share.

Multiscreen Real multitasking on the portable 10.1" screen
Now, you can do 2 things at the same time. For example, what if you want to see an actor's profile while watching a movie you recently downloaded? Just use the "Multi screen" button and open the internet browser or the S Note. You don't need to stop the movie or the browser so that you surf web or make a note. If you want to copy the image? Just capture and drag it to the S Note opened right next to the web page.

Embedded S Pen: Real Pen-like feeling for a natural writing experience
Precise versatile S Pen enables you to get a premium experience for note-taking, sketching, drawing, and other forms of creative expression.

S Note: The easy-to-use creation tool
7 Templates to express life's every detail.
Make your own story by selecting one of the S Note templates. S Note makes your note-taking and creation rich and neat. * 7 templates: Note / Idea note / Meeting Note / Magazine / Diary / Recipe / Travel.

Adobe® Photoshop Touch: Free embedded creation tool
Now, everyone can create more with ease. You can make fascinating image artworks or edit your photos.

Allshare Play & Cast - Seamless Sharing
Connection to other tablets, laptops or TVs lets you share and experience multimedia together, wherever you are.

Fast & Powerful
You will enjoy the best performance from a very fast and powerful 1.4GHz quad core processor that delivers the most seamless, enjoyable mobile experience. Everything from navigating UI to multitasking to web surfing is made faster and easier; indulge in multimedia on the go without a second thought. Large battery capacity means less frequent recharging because your power lasts longer for more sustained usage.

HSPA+ 21 & Wi-Fi Channel Bonding
Revel in mobile multimedia without restraint or delay with impressively fast transmission speeds that allows you to get your files so much quicker. HSDPA+ is three times speedier, thereby reducing your wait time to a third so you can enjoy your multimedia even sooner. Wi-Fi Channel Bonding also boosts wireless data transmission rates by efficiently using two bonded channels instead of one so you can access web-based content such as movie downloads, music files and games in half the usual time. Wait less, enjoy sooner -- it's as simple as that.

Best Multimedia Experience on a Large Screen
1080p Full HD Playback on a larger screen promises to intensify your viewing pleasure. Whether you're watching downloaded videos, catching the latest viral sensation on YouTube or live streaming, you'll be able to see everything in bright, crystal clear high definition. Cross-platform compatibility with multi codec means you'll never be frustrated by blocked or incompatible file
Package Contents
  • Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi
  • AC Adapter
  • Stylus