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Ignore Website Reviews - This is an Outstanding Tablet,
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 inch Tablet - White (ARM Cortex A9 1.4GHz, 16GB, Wi-Fi, BT, Android 4.0) (Personal Computers)
The Galaxy Note 10.1 has been subject to the most savage negative reviews by the majority of the web review sites and magazines. Almost all of their reviews are unjustified, prejudiced and in some cases contain plain misinformation. As you can see from reviews here by people who actually use it, it has deservedly been well-received.
Let's look at some of the online review statements:
1. One reviewer said it was poorly constructed, creeks, is flimsy and flexes.
All of these statements are untrue. While not as solid as the ipad, the Note is perfectly adequate in construction and mine does not creek or warp.
2. Another reviewer said it was thick, heavy and cumbersome.
In fact it is roughly the same thickness as any ipad and lighter than the current ipad. It is one of the lightest tablets of its size.
3. Yet another review stated that the display stuttered and lagged.
It doesn't lag, and is smoother still if you remove the unnecessary and large widgets on the home screen.
4. Another reviewer said that the S pen was a gimmick and this tablet would only appeal to graphic designers.
This is nonsense. Even without the S pen the Note is a very good all round tablet, and its quad core CPU and 2 gigs of RAM outclasses almost all other similar-sized tablets.
5. There are universal complaints about the "low" res display.
In fact the display is vibrant and perfectly fine. It is also sharp and is quite clearly a lower resolution than the ipad because the Wacom system for the pen works better in this resolution.
6. Almost all the reviewers stated that it looks cheap and "plasticky"
In fact it looks very smart, particularly the white version, and I prefer plastic because it is easier to hold, is less likely to break when dropped, and the wi-fi signal is better through a plastic case.
What these website reviews reveal is that the authors of them did little more than open up the box, fire up the Note and play around with it for a while, not actually using it for constructive or productive purposes. I did not want a giant version of my iphone. I wanted a tablet to web browse, send emails, do WORK, write, sketch, play movies, listen to music and use it for a host of functions all of which it does exceedingly well.
The one justification at the time of release were comments about the price compared to the ipad, but those comments are now redundant since the CURRENT price of the Note 10.1 is £317, less the Samsung cash back offer which brings the price down to £267. This makes it not only £130 cheaper than an ipad but cheaper than the ipad mini, and that's because Apple keeps very tight control over pricing. So the current price makes it the highest spec tablet at the lowest price of all tablets in its class and this represents a bargain.
My one reservation is the lack of USB port and no HDMI out. That is a blot on this otherwise brilliant tablet, the first I have owned (and I've owned quite a few) that actually allows me to produce meaningful work, but it is also very good as a media consumption device. In the next few months with html 5 coming on stream and further Android updates I have no doubt that its hardware will make it smoother still to use, since its multi-core CPU and large RAM will cope very well with multi tasking, and it does this quite well even now.
Don't be put off by the obsessive fixation on retina displays comparisons in reviews. The Note's display is still very very good.
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Initial post: 6 Dec 2012 08:46:34 GMT
Mr. A. Ravat says:
An excellent review, I would add that it is possible to but a female usb cable (or OTG cable) costing around £4.99 which allows you to connect a USB stick to you note. There may also be a workround with the HDMI out, but I have not looked into it.
So this is the prefect machine in my view. Its a clear example of the flexibility you have with buying the Samsung Note. It trully is a brilliant device!
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 10:12:50 GMT
Yes it is easy enough. Slightly disappointed there aren't built in ports though - which is almost standard nowadays.
Thanks for your feedback on the review.
Posted on 6 Dec 2012 16:15:54 GMT
Amazon Customer says:
This review has really put my mind to rest. I've never had a tablet before, and over the last few days I have read countless reviews comparing samsung and ipads. The resolution of the screen was one of my concerns and the flow of the screen also. Youve now put my mind to rest and am ready to put my order in for my xmas present. Thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Dec 2012 20:12:16 GMT
I only hope you are not disappointed! (I don't think you will be).
Posted on 7 Dec 2012 16:22:36 GMT
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Posted on 9 Dec 2012 01:41:13 GMT
ian bullock says:
hi is it 3g
Posted on 11 Sep 2013 00:00:57 BDT
Graham Lyons says:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 inch Tablet - White (ARM Cortex A9 1.4GHz, 16GB, Wi-Fi, BT, Android 4.0)
Thank you very much for your review.
Please tell me how I can connect this tablet to my computer as it does not have a USB port. Thanks.
In reply to an earlier post on 6 Jun 2014 01:40:17 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jun 2014 01:40:28 BDT
Sorry for late reply, but in case you haven't sorted it out, you have to buy a converter with samsung input one end and a USB connector at the other. Yes...a complete pain but no different to Apple forcing you to buy their proprietry connectors.
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