NOTE: This model is discontinued and may no longer be available to purchase new. See the latest tablets or compare used prices.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 review

7.3/10 AVG.
RATING



7.3/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 currently has an Informr score of 7.3 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 40 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

Since the launch day of the first Apple iPad, many different Android-powered tablets have come and gone. In fact, there are models that got released as entirely different products even though they carried identical specs and are made by the same company. Such is the case of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which was released recently to a world that ended up getting confused. How exactly is it different from Samsung’s other tablet offerings, especially the Samsung Galaxy Tab?

The Note 10.1 may look and even feel just like the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the rest of Samsung’s other Android-powered tablet offerings, but it is unique in at least two ways. One, it comes equipped with a slightly more powerful processor and more onboard RAM at 2GB. And two, it features a handy stylus, which for certain use cases is much better than simply using the touchscreen display for user input.

The base model comes with 16GB of internal storage space and Wi-Fi connectivity. And it also comes in a 3G variant with the same amount of internal storage. Overall, it is pretty feature-packed in terms of hardware, even if the screen is a little disappointing when it comes to native resolution. But Samsung makes up for it by giving us a special split-screen functionality that will allow anyone to run certain apps side by side, at the same time.

Despite the confusion, this tablet turned out to be an excellent addition to Samsung’s Android-powered range. The default operating system is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. But even before an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean finally becomes available—which it will—it’s fair to say that we have a real competitor to Apple's iPad.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

1. Faster processor and more RAM allow better overall performance than Samsung’s own Galaxy Tab. (The Good)

2. Split-screen feature brings multi-tasking to a whole new level. (The Good)

3. The default operating system no longer the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)

4. Built-in storage is limited to just 16GB per unit and the screen’s native resolution could have been better. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.4 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


PC Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a top-quality tablet. It's as fast as a Kindle Fire HDX, has a good screen, decent great battery life, stylus support and expandable memory, along with infrared, universal remote-control support.It's expensive for an Android tablet: at £399, this ta...

- Jonathan Bray, PC Pro
BitBitByte

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap (and that’s on contract even). Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets (and even a growing number of Android phones now). Video buffs and those looking for a more premium (looking and feeling) piece of ha...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
BitBitByte

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap. Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets. Video buffs and those looking for a more premium piece of hardware will be better served by devices like Google’s Nexus 10 tablet or Acer’s Iconia Tab A700...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
Laptop Magazine

null

- Daniel Howley, Laptop Magazine
SlashGear

With the Galaxy Note 10.1 you’ve got another excellent entry into the Samsung hero line of Note devices. This remains the largest Note-branded smart device on the market, and is now part of the 4G LTE family as well. Samsung continues to be the biggest opponent for the iPad on the market and – if th...

- Chris Burns, SlashGear


Prices (Where to Buy)





Resources


Manuals / User Guides Helpful Links Share / Embed

Maybe one of your friends will find this review helpful? Please help us spread the word.


Quick view

Screen Size
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.4 GHz

There is a Quad-core 1.4 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos with the phone's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/ 64 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Note 10.1 Specs

Overview
Release date August 17, 2012
Regions available USA
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.4 KitKat)

Compare Android Tablets

Secondary OS No
Processor Quad-core 1.4 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/ 64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM Unknown
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 4 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 9 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Up to: 8 hours
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 86 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 25.7 x 17.5 x 0.9 cm (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.4 in)
Weight 583 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 149 pixels
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC, aptX
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, ISO, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, Cartoon, Scene Mode, Exposure Value
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AMR, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, OGG, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, DivX, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-N8013, Galaxy Note 10.1 Wi-Fi

Related Links Manual (PDF)
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Reviews
Where to buy Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
Suggest a correction

Own this tablet?

Help inform others by sharing your experience with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Rate It:

Critic Reviews


PC Pro

An excellent tablet in all departments

from PC Pro

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a top-quality tablet. It's as fast as a Kindle Fire HDX, has a good screen, decent great battery life, stylus support and expandable memory, along with infrared, universal remote-control support.

It's expensive for an Android tablet: at &pou...More

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a top-quality tablet. It's as fast as a Kindle Fire HDX, has a good screen, decent great battery life, stylus support and expandable memory, along with infrared, universal remote-control support.

It's expensive for an Android tablet: at £399, this tablet is £70 more expensive than both the Amazon Kindle HDX 8.9in and Nexus 10. It's more fully featured than both, however, and the strongest all-round rival to the iPad Air in the larger-tablet sector yet. Our preference still lies with the iPad Air for its more appealing design, superior tablet-specific apps and faster performance, but Samsung is steadily closing the gap.

Read full review

Less

BitBitByte

Very nicely spec’d, boundary pushing hardware

from BitBitByte

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap (and that’s on contract even). Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets (and even a growing number of Android phones now). Video buffs and those looking for a more premium (looking and feeling) piece of...More

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap (and that’s on contract even). Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets (and even a growing number of Android phones now). Video buffs and those looking for a more premium (looking and feeling) piece of hardware will be better served by devices like Google’s Nexus 10 tablet or Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 to name a couple. However, if you can look past the mid-tier hardware, Samsung’s added functionality via the S-Pen and built in software makes the Galaxy Note 10.1 a very compelling offering as long as you’re willing to dig in and explore a bit. Overall, one of the best Android tablets currently on the market despite a few shortcomings.

Read full review

Less

BitBitByte

One of the best Android tablets currently on the market despite a few shortcomings

from BitBitByte

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap. Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets. Video buffs and those looking for a more premium piece of hardware will be better served by devices like Google’s Nexus 10 tablet or Acer’s Iconia Tab A7...More

At $499 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is far from cheap. Also, the display is lower resolution than many competing high-end Android tablets. Video buffs and those looking for a more premium piece of hardware will be better served by devices like Google’s Nexus 10 tablet or Acer’s Iconia Tab A700 to name a couple. However, if you can look past the mid-tier hardware, Samsung’s added functionality via the S-Pen and built in software makes the Galaxy Note 10.1 a very compelling offering as long as you’re willing to dig in and explore a bit. Overall, one of the best Android tablets currently on the market despite a few shortcomings.

Read full review

Less

Laptop Magazine

Solid multitasking experience

from Laptop Magazine

The Galaxy Note 10.1 for Verizon features a host of new updates, including improved S Pen functionality and greater multitasking capabilities. However, you can get all of these goodies on the Wi-Fi-only version. If you want 4G LTE built in instead of using your phone as a hotspot or dedicated hotspot device, the Note 10.1 has the speed you need. This tablet can also do a lot more than the iPad out of the box, thanks to the S Pen....

More

The Galaxy Note 10.1 for Verizon features a host of new updates, including improved S Pen functionality and greater multitasking capabilities. However, you can get all of these goodies on the Wi-Fi-only version. If you want 4G LTE built in instead of using your phone as a hotspot or dedicated hotspot device, the Note 10.1 has the speed you need. This tablet can also do a lot more than the iPad out of the box, thanks to the S Pen.

Ultimately, we prefer the latest iPad for Verizon over the Note 10.1 because Apple's tablet has a sharper display, longer battery life and wider app selection. Plus, the iPad has a more premium design. But if you like the idea of taking notes on your slate and running multiple apps on the screen at once, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is an able multitasker.

Read full review

Less

SlashGear

Certainly the hottest Android tablet carried by Verizon today

from SlashGear

With the Galaxy Note 10.1 you’ve got another excellent entry into the Samsung hero line of Note devices. This remains the largest Note-branded smart device on the market, and is now part of the 4G LTE family as well. Samsung continues to be the biggest opponent for the iPad on the market and ...More

With the Galaxy Note 10.1 you’ve got another excellent entry into the Samsung hero line of Note devices. This remains the largest Note-branded smart device on the market, and is now part of the 4G LTE family as well. Samsung continues to be the biggest opponent for the iPad on the market and – if they were both running the same software and we had to decide between the two – we’d have a relatively tough decision on our hands. But because they aren’t, and because we’re truly lovers of a unique experience, it’s easy to recommend this tablet as one of the most versatile smart devices on the market today. With the S-Pen, fun and entertaining connectivity with the rest of the Samsung Galaxy devices for media and communication, and one of the newest versions of Google’s mobile OS onboard, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is certainly the hottest Android tablet carried by Verizon today. Have a peek and start penning away!

Read full review

Less

TrustedReviews

It’s the most powerful Android tablet yet

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is ugly and innovative, powerful and limited, a success and a disappointment. With its superb quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it’s the most powerful Android tablet yet, while its stereo speakers mean it’s the best-sounding. Its Wacom-based S Pen and tailored a...More

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is ugly and innovative, powerful and limited, a success and a disappointment. With its superb quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, it’s the most powerful Android tablet yet, while its stereo speakers mean it’s the best-sounding. Its Wacom-based S Pen and tailored apps/interface make it an amazing creativity tool, and it comes with some great pre-installed software like Photoshop Touch. On the other hand, its connectivity is restricted, while its looks, screen and battery life are merely average. However, at under £400 the Galaxy Note 10.1 is still an excellent buy if its feature set appeals.

Read full review

Less

TabletPCReview

Solid build and modern and elegant design with an exceptional performance

from TabletPCReview

When it comes to its features, practicality and performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaves its competitors a long way behind. On the other hand, the same cannot be stated for its display, which is solid, yet not nearly as impressive.

The conclusion is clear -- this is an excellent tablet, one of the best offered at the moment, even when all available mobile operating systems are taken into account (iOS, Android OS and Windows 8 RT), but there is still room for improvement....

More

When it comes to its features, practicality and performance, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 leaves its competitors a long way behind. On the other hand, the same cannot be stated for its display, which is solid, yet not nearly as impressive.

The conclusion is clear -- this is an excellent tablet, one of the best offered at the moment, even when all available mobile operating systems are taken into account (iOS, Android OS and Windows 8 RT), but there is still room for improvement.

Users who will be using the S Pen frequently will be most satisfied, given that this provides the Galaxy Note 10.1's greatest advantage, despite all other qualities, hardware-wise as well as software-wise, with excellent S Apps. Those who do not require the S Pen will also be pleased with this device, but they could be equally pleased with some other device, irrelevant of the manufacturer, and saving a few bucks at the same time.

Read full review

Less

What Hi-Fi

Average video, so-so build and inflexible features

from What Hi-Fi

Ultimately, the Galaxy Note 10.1 leaves us a little frustrated. Powerful, fast and good to use, it’s let down by a so-so screen that produces pictures no better than last-gen tablets. There are some great multitasking features to set it apart, but they’re hampered by inflexibility when it com...More

Ultimately, the Galaxy Note 10.1 leaves us a little frustrated. Powerful, fast and good to use, it’s let down by a so-so screen that produces pictures no better than last-gen tablets. There are some great multitasking features to set it apart, but they’re hampered by inflexibility when it comes to using them with certain programmes, which is a shame. And the build and styling leaves plenty to be desired considering the price. All told, a few performance let-downs means this tablet sinks back in to the pack.

Read full review

Less

Android Authority

Crisp and vibrant display and long battery life with classy and sophisticated looks

from Android Authority

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 build, with its plastic, feels cheap and rather undeserving of its price tag. If Samsung wants to market the Galaxy Note 10.1 to creative folks and students, it should have given the tablet an aluminum back to make it withstand heavy use and being plunked down on various surfaces....

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 build, with its plastic, feels cheap and rather undeserving of its price tag. If Samsung wants to market the Galaxy Note 10.1 to creative folks and students, it should have given the tablet an aluminum back to make it withstand heavy use and being plunked down on various surfaces.

The crisp display and the front-located speakers make watching videos a great experience.

Overall, Samsung’s newest tablet seems hot and awesome, but we think we’ll pass up on this one. 

Read full review

Less

Tablet News

Most powerful Android tablet, brilliant stylus, disappointing design and screen

from Tablet News

I see this product as a tool for a person working with graphics, tables, Math formulae, maybe a University teacher, maybe a graphics designer or an architect.

Read full review

I see this product as a tool for a person working with graphics, tables, Math formulae, maybe a University teacher, maybe a graphics designer or an architect.

Read full review

Less



User Reviews


Darn, there are no reviews yet for this tablets. Be the first to write a review.

Galaxy Note 10.1 Videos