Samsung Galaxy   Note 10.1 – The Best      Tablet Today                             Figure 1 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1By Je...
5.0 out of 5 stars The                best tablet not because of S-pen normultitask (compared to Transformer Infinity), Au...
In short, no system met these criteria. The major systems are ASUS Vivo seriesand Samsung Ativ series. Among these, only S...
WARNING: Do not trust some reviews you read on the websites. I just do notexperience/see the issues what some reviewers ar...
If you need more detailed information, read on…=========== Detail Review ================1. Battery LifeThis is one featur...
fact, I have used so far approximately 20-30 hours and have not encountered asingle ANR nor crush. Having stable Android s...
Infinity and Galaxy browsers loaded pages in equal speed. I tested this bysimply going to the same site at same time for c...
This was different from any other tablet I owned. Galaxy Note 10.1 is just likeothers and I have no problem hearing sounds...
Winner: Transformer Infinity8. Build QualityThe actual external appearance of the tablet goes to the Infinity. The metalli...
much boost in the function when compared to local storage i.e. Flash storage isthe conundrum. This is reflected on the ben...
announced by Samsung. This device is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Sonew features coming to the Galaxy Note 2 is h...
Infinity as well. So I dont think split screen should be decision maker foranyone.2. Keyboard dockThis is mainly the featu...
If you still need more information, I have found some very excellent articles onthe Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet here: ...
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  1. 1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – The Best Tablet Today Figure 1 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1By Jeorge HeslanderAre you looking for that ultimate user experience with a tablet? Well, yourtiming is just right. Look no further than the newly released Samsung GalaxyNote 10.1 tablet. Here Takashi Takahashi shares with you his experience on theSamsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and also the Transformer Infinity – both some of thebest tablets available in the market today.Takashi is an experience tablet user and in this side by side evaluation, heprovides an extensive and detailed evaluation of the Galaxy Note 10.1 vsTransformer Infinity. If that information is still not enough to help you make adecision I have also discovered some sources of very useful information that Imyself use to make a decision on the tablet to buy; just follow those linkstowards the end of this article. 1
  2. 2. 5.0 out of 5 stars The best tablet not because of S-pen normultitask (compared to Transformer Infinity), August 19,2012By Takashi Takahashi============= Updates ================9/3/2012Week 2 update1. S-pen - So I still dont use this feature, but just for fun I tried. Quickly, this isthe closest to paper as it can get. See the updated section of "handwriting".2. Windows 8 Tablets - Since recent IFA Berlin showed several upcomingWindows 8 tablet, I have decided to give a quick comparison to them.3. Future Potential - During IFA Berlin, Samsung announced the Jellybeanupdate on the Galaxy Note 10.1 is coming "very soon (changed from this year)."& showed many cool features of upcoming Galaxy Note 2 (handheld) devicefeatures, which most likely be included in the Galaxy Note 10.1 as well. SeeFuture potential section for detail.8/24/2012After one full week of use, here is quick update.1. Stability - The stability of this system is amazing. I had only a single crush ofstock browser, which at this point could even be my error of clicking pushingbutton by accident. Even on the iPad 2, I still had at least 1 or 2 freeze/crushevery other day or so. So this is actually the most stable tablet/system I haveever used.2. Lack of HD Screen - After 1 week of use, I had hoped that I would forgetabout my experience with HD Screen on Transformer Infinity. Unfortunatelythis isnt the case. Whenever I browse and open a web page, I simply have tozoom in to be able really read things, which again wasnt the case with HDscreen. So yes. It is really noticeable.At this point, I can say basically Galaxy Note 10.1 is pretty much superior totransformer infinity in every aspect except HD screen. However, the screen isone of the major points; so the choice still remains to be a bit hard. But onceexperiencing the stability & speed of Galaxy Note 10.1, I dont think I can goback to infinity or any other android tablet that gives us freeze or crush everyhour.============= Vs. Upcoming Windows 8 Tablets ============I was actually hoping with IFA, at least one of windows 8 tablet announced bemy dream system i.e. customizability & flexibility of android, solid 8+ hoursbattery life, portability, stability, speed and full HD screen. 2
  3. 3. In short, no system met these criteria. The major systems are ASUS Vivo seriesand Samsung Ativ series. Among these, only Samsung Ativ Smart Pro is theonly one that has full HD screen that Galaxy Note 10.1 lacks. However, thissystem like other full Windows 8 edition tablets are much heavier, battery life ismere 5 hours DVD play time, and price is over $1100.Other tablets that are portable, and has good battery life are usually WindowsRT versions. Given how stable Android OS on Galaxy Note 10.1, stability is nolonger comparison point. Just like iOS vs. Android, it becomes applications.Windows RT edition only runs Metro specific applications. Though they willcertainly grow, it will likely to take some time. Given the rapid change in thetechnology, if you decide to buy a system with a hope that the application willcome, you may end up not enjoying your system as by the time applicationsflourish on the metro market, there may be better spec systems with cheaperprice. Furthermore, it appears no Windows RT based system have stylussupport.So in conclusion, though windows 8 tablet are not inferior by any means, thereis no upcoming windows 8 tablet at this point that can say "absolutely better"than the Galaxy Note 10.1 or even Transformer Infinity. Both tablet have stilltheir own places and target audiences.============= Original Review Below =====================Quick background of myself, I had recently purchased Transformer Infinity asupgrade from my iPad 2, and Samsung Galaxy 10.1 4G. It was a great tablet ofits own, but had couple major negatives for the purpose of my use. So I had toseek for alternative. Given my relative unhappiness with Galaxy 10.1 originaland 4G, I was a bit sceptical about Galaxy Note 10.1 but decided to give achance. The result after 3 days of use is "amazing." This should be theflagship/standard of Android tablet.In the review of Transformer Infinity, I have discussed about iOS ecosystem vs.Android ecosystem. In here, I am actually going to focus on comparing to theTransformer Infinity, which is by many major review sites rated as the bestandroid tablet. And I see several people are considering the Galxy Note 10.1 vs.Transformer Infinity. 3
  4. 4. WARNING: Do not trust some reviews you read on the websites. I just do notexperience/see the issues what some reviewers are saying.============ Summary ===============Compared to transformer infinityStrength+Battery life+Stability+Speed+Audio/SpeakerWeakness-No HD screen-Samsungs very slow software update-UITie*Build Quality*Overall hardware spec*Future potentialNote: I did not mention S-pen nor multitasking here because I personally dontuse S-pen, and multitasking is good but you can do pretty much the same withapplications on the market on any android device.Conclusion:Do you want android tablet?Are you ok with not having HD display?Can you afford the price?If your answer is yes to all three, then this is the tablet to get. Click on thebutton below to buy from Amazon. 4
  5. 5. If you need more detailed information, read on…=========== Detail Review ================1. Battery LifeThis is one feature I really could not tolerate on the Transformer Infinity. Itlasted 5 hours if I use browser. If I play game, it lasted only 3 hours. Watchingvideo or reading ebook without any browsing is the only way to get close to 9.5hours documented on the specification. But in reality, I always surf net, sogenerally I can never get more than 6 hours from 100% full charge. GalaxyNote 10.1s battery life is amazing. Over 6 hours of screen time I was still at50% one time. Second time 9 hours of screen time including 2 hours of gaming,3 hours of constant almost pure browsing, 2+ hours of local video, and rest areebook reading, I still have 30% battery left. This will undoubtedly gives me 10+hours of browsing time. In fact, I am guessing this can even give 12+ hourseasily unless I play game. Even with gaming probably 8-9 hours.Some review claims battery hours on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is muchshorter, or even compatible to the Transformer Infinity. My guess on this is theyonly either compared video play and not included browsing but even then thenumber wont much. So most likely explanation is they used 3G version ofGalaxy Note 10.1.In any event, battery life on this is simply amazing. One key selling point onTransformer series is the docking station, which has extra power. Butspecifically comparing to the Transformer Infinity, I think the Galaxy Note 10.1battery life is likely to match and perhaps even beat that of the TransformerInfinity with docking station.Winner: Galaxy Note 10.12. StabilityThis is in fact the biggest selling point of this tablet. I was always under theimpression that by choosing Android ecosystem over the iOS, one thing wehave to give up is the stability. So when I initially got the Transformer Infinity,I had a hope but the hope of stability quickly went away. Browser crushed/frozeevery hour or so. Other applications also froze and crushed. In the androidworld, I guess its called application not responding (ANR) error. I dont thinkthe Transformer Infinity had any more of ANR than the my old Galaxy 10.1 butdefinitely did not seem less.To my surprise, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is actually extremely stable. In 5
  6. 6. fact, I have used so far approximately 20-30 hours and have not encountered asingle ANR nor crush. Having stable Android system is just an amazing.Winner: Galaxy Note 10.1 Figure 2 Click On Image Above To Buy From Amazon3. ScreenIf you have never used HD display tablet such as the new iPad, TransformerInfinity or ACER Iconia A700, you would probably not notice. But after usingthem for awhile, the sharpness of text produced by these high definition screenare certainly noticeable. With Infinity, I can load a page and without zoomingin; I can basically read the entire page because resolution is so good. But withthe Galaxy Note 10.1, everything looks somewhat blurry so I have to zoom in toreally read.This is a huge disadvantage of the Galaxy Note 10.1. On the other hand, thereason why every other aspect on Galaxy Note 10.1 is better than theTransformer Infinity is because it does not have to drive HD. If you need a HDscreen android tablet, you have to go with the Transformer Infinity. Even then,there is not many HD specific applications right now; so you will not notice thedifference on every day use.Winner: Transformer Infinity4. SpeedAfter doing some custom tweek on my Infinity, browsing on the Infinitybecame much faster (at least so it seemed). When it is at maximum speed, the 6
  7. 7. Infinity and Galaxy browsers loaded pages in equal speed. I tested this bysimply going to the same site at same time for couple pages. But after couplehours of use, the Infinity browser always seemed to slow down or crush. Thisdoes not depend on which browser I used; stock, Chrome, Opera, Firefox beta,Dolphin beta etc. The benchmarks sort of show this. Sunspider benchmark ofInfinity was decently fast so browser should be fast, which again it was whenworking. But Galaxy Note 10.1s Sunspider result is simply in anotherdimension. Its even faster than the new iPad. Since the stock browser runs sowell on the Galaxy Note 10.1, I have not really tried much else on it.Another example is I use Mantano Reader for my ebook reading. With Infinity,I could not open a couple files. One was 50MB, the other was 400MB. It simplytook forever and gave me ANR. If I was lucky and got it working after awhile,it only showed a couple pages and then crush. I sent an email to Mantano askingfor fix as I could not believe with such high spec on the Infinity this can be anissue. In fact, some files larger than 50MB opened fine on the Mantano.Furthermore, other PDF applications such as Repligo, Adobe Reader openedthese files fine as well. So I had good reasons to blame this on the applicationitself. But the same file opens instantaneously on Galaxy Note 10.1 andobviously no crush or ANR.So despite Infinity being fast system on its own, I have to give this one also toGalaxy Note 101..Winner: Galaxy Note 10.15. Audio/SpeakerSpeaker on the Infinity was simply a weakness. So any system can win overthis. I am not expert on sound system, so all I cared was whether I can hear thesound loud enough. With Infinity, some of my video files were only barelyaudible even with maximum sound setting if there are any background sounds. 7
  8. 8. This was different from any other tablet I owned. Galaxy Note 10.1 is just likeothers and I have no problem hearing sounds. It is what I expected.With Infinity I had issue on listening to video file that was on the micro-SDusing a headset. Every minute or two, I hear small but definitely noticeable"beep beep." This was fixed by copying files locally to the device. But this sortof defeats the purpose of micro-SD... This issue is not there with Galaxy Note101.. So I can keep video files on micro-SD with the Note 10.1.Winner: Galaxy Note 10.16. Software UpdateNo one can beat ASUS. Their reputation on the software update is the best of allandroid tablet makers. In fact, they have already released Jelly Bean on one ofthe transformer line. So it probably wont be too long for Infinity either. Thiswill for surely be true for OS after Jelly Bean as well. In addition, Nexus 7 ismade by ASUS and has very similar specification to Transformer Prime, sofuture proof in terms of software update on infinity is the best on the market.In comparison, Samsung is one of the worst in terms of software update. Onemain reason is that they make their own touch wiz customization. The originalSamsung Galaxy 10.1 just recently got Ice Cream Sandwich. Samsungannounced that Galaxy Note 10.1 will be getting Jellybean by end of the year,so we will get it but I dont count on the time. As far as the OS after Jellybean,who knows what we may get it but that would be even further down the roadand it may even become irrelevant at the point.Winner: Transformer InfinityHowever, there is a catch on this. If the actual software is working perfectly, dowe really need/care about newer OS? I was looking forward to Jellybean when Ihad Infinity because I thought it would make the system faster, and possiblymore stable. However, my Galaxy Note 10.1 is already extremely fast, andperfect stability. So I am not sure if I am much to look forward to in Jelly Beanon the Note 10.1.7. User InterfaceTransformer Infinity uses near stock interface. Their widgets are very clean. Iloved their transparent weather, and date widget. Touch Wiz on the other hand,I dont think as pretty. Samsung Weather widget just dont fit well. This may bepersonal preference though. 8
  9. 9. Winner: Transformer Infinity8. Build QualityThe actual external appearance of the tablet goes to the Infinity. The metallicZen design is really great. It does look like expensive tablet. On the other hand,Samsung has plastic and I even had my port plastic broken one time on myGalaxy 10.1 4G. Clearly, it is not common place for accidental damage as it issimply so hard to break the piece by intention. But Samsung totally refused tofix it and asked for $100 to fix this even though I only had the tablet for 5months. So I am sceptical for the durability of plastic tablet.However, quality assurance seems better on Samsung. I had to try two Infinity.Both had light bleed, one had loose screen i.e. I can get click sound by pressingcorner, sticking button (first one was volume, second one was power).According to XDA forum, this was very prevalent issue and pretty much mostpeople had one or other. On the Galaxy Note 10.1 I had none of these, and itseemed like the forum is also pointing to the same direction with very minimalcomplain on these matters.Winner: Tie9. Overall Hardware SpecificationThis is a technical aspect. No matter what the specification is, in the end userexperience is everything; however, hardware spec can definitely affect theexperience. Generally speaking two are similar with one better on one regardbut other on the other.CPU: Tie - Atuntu scores are basically the same.GPU: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – the Galaxy Note 10.1 has the best GPU inany of Android tablet on the market right now. Still not up to the level of thenew iPad. Given it has to push less pixels compared to the Infinity, a strongerGPU further makes difference. Having said this, I dont think there is anyapplication on android market currently that pushes to their graphical limit. Sonot sure if extra GPU power make much difference.I/O: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – the supposedly I/O issue has been discussedon Transformer series before Infinity. But Infinity still has it. It had improvedwith the latest firmware, but not solved. There is speculation that this is indeedhardware level of issue i.e. can go only so much. The speculation is comingfrom XDA developers who tested running things off of highspeed SD card gave 9
  10. 10. much boost in the function when compared to local storage i.e. Flash storage isthe conundrum. This is reflected on the benchmark. The Infinity had RLbenchmark score of 80-90s with the latest firmware (originally like 120s).Galaxy Note 10.1 has 20s. This actually does affect the daily use as you savefile, access file all requires reading and writing from flash drive. Obviously,Infinity is not 4 times slower than Galaxy Note 10.1 but this may be the reasonwhy my PDF file opened fine on Mantano with Galaxy Note 10.1 but not onInfinity.Memory: Samsung Galaxy Note - 2GB. Since most tablets still have 1GBmemory, we wont likely to see anything that requires a 2GB memory forawhile. So it is only helpful when opening multiple applications i.e. you may beable to cache more application than before but otherwise, I am not sure if thishelps much.Screen: Transformer Infinity - See above.In any event, both hardware are the best in the market right now. If these twosystems cannot handle any more update, application etc. then pretty muchnothing else on the market can handle them any more either. So as far ashardware goes, both are relatively future proof.10. Future PotentialASUS, the maker of Infinity, makes Nexus 7 and again it has similar spec as theInfinitys ancestor Transformer Prime. So it should have good support fromGoogle as well as future application makers. Furthermore, recently ASUSbecame of the Playstation partner. So you will likely to see Playstation gameson it.Galaxy Note 10.1 on the other hand is made by Samsung, who makes one of themost popular smartphone; the Samsung Galaxy Series. Since Galaxy Note andSIII etc. uses Exynos CPU design and the number of unit sold are so high,android software developers will/should continue support them and hence, alsosupporting Galaxy Note 10.1.Update (9/3): Samsung just recently announced it is bringing Jellybean toGalaxy Note 10.1 "very soon." No solid time here, but compared to "this year",this sounds much more imminent. Only the time will tell, but it would beinteresting how quickly Samsung can make the update to change its reputationhere.More interestingly, Galaxy Note 2 (handheld) device was just recently officially 10
  11. 11. announced by Samsung. This device is very similar to the Galaxy Note 10.1. Sonew features coming to the Galaxy Note 2 is highly likely to be added to GalaxyNote 10.1 as well. If you are interested in seeing what these features are, searchfor [GALAXY Note II] First Hands-on Video by Samsung on Youtube. Thesefeatures appear very unique (at least to me).Winner: Tie11. HandwritingFor those of you who thinks S-pen is just another stylus, it is not. You can neverwrite as small on iPad, or Infinity because simply technology is different. Sothose who wants to have closest to the real pen and paper experience, you needinductive pen device like Galaxy Note.Updated 9/3/2012Coming from the background of looking into tablet PC when still relatively new(back windows XP era), one thing I can say to test whether stylus/pen on screentruly work or not is write as small as you can and see if the tablet can recognizeyour writing. The conventional touch screen tablet like iPad, most of androidtablet including Transformer Infinity, you will quickly notice the smallest youcan write is not so small. You have some applications to convert your biggerdrawn handwriting into smaller text, but it certainly is not same experience asyou were to write on the paper.Since I had time with this tablet, I had a chance to try this. Well, the smallest thetablet recognizes is the smallest I can write. So in this sense, Samsung didphenomenal job. Perhaps, this may be the reason why they could not includefull HD screen.Winner: Galaxy Note============== Other less important features =================Other things that I personally dont think much important are followings:1. Split ScreenThere are many applications on the Google Play that already allows you towatch video, browse web, take note etc. while opening other window. So it isnice to include as a free feature and emphasize such feature exist, but GalaxyNote 10.1s built in applications are limited to certain applications. For instance,I cannot use built in browser to watch flash movie while I read ebook. However,if I buy Overskreen I can do that. And Overskreen is supported on Transformer 11
  12. 12. Infinity as well. So I dont think split screen should be decision maker foranyone.2. Keyboard dockThis is mainly the feature of Transformer series but Samsung also makeskeyboard dock. The Galaxy Note 10.1 version is not out yet, but it is in process.The difference is that Galaxy Note one (probably) wont have extra battery. ButI dont think it needs that as by tablet alone it can last so long and probably evenlonger than Infinity with dock. Form factor goes to the Transformer as itattaches and closes like laptop. My personal opinion about this is, it doesntreally make difference. If I need keyboard I can still carry it. The total weight isthe same. So another factor, I dont think should be decision maker.=============== Conclusion ==================Given the stability and speed, this system truly provides the real androidexperience. No crush, freeze is really nice and I forgot how nice it was. GalaxyNote 10.1 achieves this goal. Battery life is phenomenal too. Lack of HD isdefinitely a minus; however, it may be necessary as even Galaxy Note 10.1having the best GPU among all the android tablet out there right now, it stilldoes not match that of new iPad, and probably there is a reason why apple hadto put such powerful GPU on it. Other HD Android devices may be sufferingfrom relative instability (compared to zero crush Galaxy Note 10.1) becausethey simply dont have enough hardware power i.e. the technology is just simplynot there. So it is a trade off/decision you have to make. But if you can give upon the HD screen, this is the best Android Tablet on the market!Click here or the buttoon below to buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 fromAmazon. 12
  13. 13. If you still need more information, I have found some very excellent articles onthe Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet here: 1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Why You Should Buy The Note 10.1 Tablet Read this Squidoo article to be absolutely sure on why you should buy the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. This article contains all the information you need to help you make sure that you are buying the right tablet. 2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – The Dream Tablet For Students Read the above article if you are a student is looking for that tablet which allows you to take notes, write and do things that you have traditionally done with pen and paper but now want to do electronically. Find out how owners of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, especially students felt about its hand writing capabilities. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is an especially useful device if you are a student, a corporate person who attends meeting and need to take notes or simply if you need a tablet that is capable of supporting hand writing amongst other things. 13

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