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4.0 out of 5 stars A great Android experience, for a price, but where's the USB and HDMI ports?, 24 Dec 2012
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)
A nice little Android tablet. The on-screen animation is smooth and slick, although after loading it up with apps mine isn't doesn't always animate quite as flawlessly as it did. Still very nice though. As a rule you're never left hanging around for it, it's a fast little mover, and can keep up with whatever you're doing with ease.

The supplied pen seems to be more precise than some other tablets, and slides tidily in the back. The nib isn't especially soft, but I've not noticed any scratching on the glass that would concern me. The tablet comes with Photoshop Touch installed, which isn't anywhere near as full featured as the full desktop Photoshop, but is actually quite a nice bit of software in its own right.

The inclusion of a micro-SD card slot is smashing, and gives you a place to store MP3s, videos and extra apps. It wasn't easy to find information on the maximum size of SD card it could handle, but mine is working fine with 32 gigabyte card. I get the impression that it may be able to handle perhaps twice that, though.

The tablet has an infra-red transmitter built in and Smart Remote software installed. The software's quite configurable, although I've only managed to get it to provide the basic functions on most devices. I'm not sure I can see this feature being one that will get regular use by most users.

The tablet's multi-screen functionality is interesting, but seems to be only supported by a selection of the apps that come pre-installed. I'm not aware of any third party software that makes use of this ability. Realistically, it's probably another feature you will mostly not use.

I think I came across comments that the build quality is a bit flimsy, but personally think it's completely adequate. I wouldn't recommend playing frisbee with it, but with reasonable care (and if you're wise a suitable case), I don't think any harm should come to it.

The front-mounted speakers are a genuine plus, as you can lay it flat on a sofa or carpet without the sound being muffled.

What's not great about the tablet is the absence of an HDMI port. To my mind this a poor show on the part of Samsung. At this price, an HDMI port should be a given (many budget models have them). There's also no USB port (although you'll probably be able to find an adapter online if you want one). If you need an HDMI port, Samsung's EPL-3PHPBEG HDTV adapter will do the job, as long as the tablet remains plugged in while you use it!

All in all, it's a great little tablet, but is probably a little overpriced. The screen -isn't- a fancy Apple retina equivalent. Having to spend extra on a messy HDMI adapter is poor, and even a single USB port might've given the opportunity to use a USB hub and plug some stuff in. For the most part, if you're happy to spend the money, it buys you a very good Android experience, but you should probably make sure you've explored your other options before you fork out.
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Initial post: 25 Dec 2012 16:19:21 GMT
So what else do you buy for the same money that gives you all that you want ie including hdmi & u s b connection?

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2012 19:14:28 GMT
A fine question. I've also owned an A1CS FUSION5 XTRA tablet that cost about £150 this year. It had both HDMI and USB, but its single core CPU didn't always keep up. I've seen similar dual core tablets advertised on shopping channels for about £200 and wonder if they might be completely adequate. I do think Samsung missed the odd trick here though.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Dec 2012 19:15:13 GMT
A fine question. I've also owned an A1CS FUSION5 XTRA tablet that cost about £150 this year. It had both HDMI and USB, but its single core CPU didn't always keep up. I've seen similar dual core tablets advertised on shopping channels for about £200 and wonder if they might be completely adequate. I do think Samsung missed the odd trick here though.
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