Samsung Note 10.1 2014 Edition – Orders now being accepted

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition at the same time as the Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear, but to date there had been little word on pricing or availability.

We are pleased today to have begun accepting orders for the 16GB, WIFI only model in White.

The price is £399.99+VAT (£479.99 inc VAT).

The first stock is expected in early November.

At this time we have no further information on the availability of the other models and will update you as soon as we do.

To order the 16GB, WiFi model in White, or to register your interest in other models then please click HERE.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Jelly Bean rollout begins

The rollout of the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update has begun in Germany for the Wi-Fi only model of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8010). This means that it shouldn’t be all that long before the update is available in the UK.

According to UnwiredView  the update is 441MB in size so you’ll want to be connected to Wi-Fi to download it once it does arrive.

Jelly Bean update for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 begins rolling out

The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has now begun rolling out in Germany. At the moment we have not had confirmation of the update being available in the UK, but the fact that it has begun rolling out in Germany would suggest that it is not too far off.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Accessories

We now have some Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 accessories in stock.

If you have been waiting for these, you can now order:

Note 10.1 Screen Protectors

Note 10.1 Book Case in Grey or White

Note 10.1 Keyboard Dock

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

Choice can be a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective. Samsung have two 10 inch Android tablets available right now, so is this catering to our needs or just plain confusing?

Samsung are a prolific hardware manufacturer and release a lot of products (not just in the mobile industry) every year. The choice in range is great for those who love to pour over spec sheets and find the perfect fit but for some it can be confusing. At the time of writing Samsung have the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 both sitting in almost the same place in the tablet market and for those who struggle or maybe just don’t have the time, figuring out which is better or just right for you may be tough. So let’s put them side by side and try to pick a winner.

Operating System

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Version Android 4.0 ICS (upgrade to Jelly Bean expected soon) Android 4.0 ICS (upgrade to Jelly Bean expected soon)
Skin TouchWiz TouchWiz

Result – DRAW As expected both devices are running the highest available version of Android that Samsung are currently supporting with their TouchWiz skin. An official stable 4.1 release for either device is not yet available but expect them both to appear at similar times.

Raw Power

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Processor 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
RAM 1 GB 2 GB

Result – Note 10.1 No two ways about it, the Note 10.1 is way ahead of the Tab 2 10.1 in terms of punching power. It’s worth noting that several reviews also mark the Note 10.1 as setting new benchmark highs for graphics performance on an Android Tablet.

Display

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Resolution WXGA 1280 x 800 WXGA 1280 x 800
Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass

Result – DRAW It’s the same display which is to be expected with both tablets being in the same range from the same manufacturer. Not much to say here apart from it’s a high quality, bright and scratch resistant screen on both devices.

Connectivity

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Bluetooth 3.0 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA No No
Power / USB Connector Proprietary 30 pin Proprietary 30 pin
Card slot MicroSD MicroSD

Result – Note 10.1 Practically the same but the Note 10.1 edges things by including Bluetooth 4 support. It’s not a massive difference but version 4 includes new low energy protocols which makes the Note 10.1 more suitable as a constant Bluetooth hub or for those who regularly use Bluetooth apps for sharing data between devices.

Camera

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Megapixels 3 MP 5 MP
Flash LED Flash & autofocus LED Flash & autofocus
Front Facing Camera 0.3 MP 1.9 MP

Result – Note 10.1 The Note 10.1 also takes this round with both main and front facing cameras having an improved resolution.

Design

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Dimensions (inches) 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.35
Weight 588g 597g

Result – DRAW Although the Tab 2 is the marginally smaller and lighter of the two devices, the Note 10.1 has to include a slot for the S-Pen stylus to fit which invariably adds a bit of width but the tablet as a whole is actually slightly thinner. The differences and the reasons for them effectively cancel each other out. Coming from the same Galaxy range means both devices look and feel quite similar and colour is always a personal choice. I wouldn’t pick between these two on looks alone for sure.

Battery

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Capacity 7000 mAh 7000 mAh
Removable Yes Yes

Result – DRAW Like the display round, what we have here is the same Samsung part being used. As always the actual battery life and performance of each device is going to vary depending on personal use – time spent on 3G / WiFi, gaming, using high power background applications etc. The higher clocked quad-core processor in the Note 10.1 has the potential to drain the battery faster than the Tab 2’s dual-core offering, which may be worth considering.

Price

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
16 GB WiFi £264 ex VAT £335 ex VAT
16 GB WiFi / 3G £349 ex VAT £420 ex VAT

Result – Tab 2 10.1 The Tab 2 is the cheaper device and Samsung have intentionally made it so to ease differentiating the two tablets. The reasons for this can be seen in the basic power specs alone along with the Note 10.1’s higher end camera, inclusion of the S-Pen and extra software that makes use of it.

Conclusion

The two tablets are actually quite tough to pull apart; in terms of the average user experience many would be hard pushed to tell the difference due to the identical operating system, interface and similar design. The differences lie where the power user will be interested. A faster processor and increased memory ensures the Note 10.1 has a longer lifespan and will remain ‘relevant’ as a higher end product for a longer time. Also as Android continues to develop and more powerful apps are released, the extra power will be better utilised whilst the Tab 2 10.1 is left behind.

Also no comparison here would be complete without another mention of the Note 10.1’s S-Pen. Samsung’s stylus makes writing, note taking and drawing a breeze and offers a much richer interaction. Its inclusion arguably justifies the extra cost over a Tab 2 10.1 with the same storage space without taking into account the increased power.

At the end of the day the proof is in the price. If you want a high quality 10 inch Android tablet for today and also want to save a bit of cash then you can’t really go wrong with the Tab 2 10.1. However if you want the knowledge that you’ve bought the best available device in the range, as future proofed as possible and with an extra toy on the side to show off with then spend that little bit extra and go for the Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Languages

Galaxy Note 10.1 has an extensive range of languages

Watch the video below to see which languages are available as system and keyboard languages on the Galaxy Note 10.1

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A paintbrush & Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

See what you can do with a paintbrush and a Galaxy Note 10.1

Something a little different, to show you the ever increasing number of opportunities you have with smartphones and tablets today.

Our very own Chris Ward shows demonstrates a digital paintbrush with the Note 10.1 and paints a pretty picture of an Android figure.

P.S He knows many of you could do better!  Demo purposes only.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Sample Images

5 megapixel images from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review

How does the tablet version of the popular Galaxy Note shape up?

The following is an extract from the Hardware Heaven review of the newly released Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. To read the full review, click here or click the image below.

Sometimes creating a device which takes a product category to the extreme causes consumers to stay away. Then on other occasions manufacturers capture the imagination of many and the product flourishes, one such device in recent times was the Galaxy Note. Look at it as a massive smartphone, or maybe as a tiny tablet… it really was somewhere in between… but whatever the device was it sold very well for Samsung. Certainly much better than many would have assumed. In fact it would be fair to say that of all the smartphones we have reviewed in the last year or so it was the Note which allowed us to be most productive on the move.

Clearly the success of the Galaxy Note as a brand inspired Samsung and despite having a well-established Tab range (of Android Tablets) their latest device goes with the alternative title which helps identify its key feature, a high functionality stylus. Today we have the Galaxy Note 10.1 on our test bench and will establish whether it has what it takes to compete with the likes of ASUS Transformer Pad, the alternative productivity tablet.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Connectivity Demo

See what you can connect to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

A video showing the connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

In the video we show the following being connected:
SD Card – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=57s
USB Memory Stick – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=131s
USB Hub – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=206s
Playstation Controller – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=289s
USB Keyboard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=397s
HD Display – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=534s
Bluetooth Keyboard – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q4rYGvr_mPE&feature=player_embedded#t=576s

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