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The tablet market is a war zone and clearly everyone is up to take most of the territory.  With companies like Apple, Amazon and Google making their own renditions of the tablet for “you”, the competition is not scarce.  Samsung has seemed to learn from their mistakes and understand that they need to go above and beyond to get the attention of the average consumer.  Is bigger better?  Faster?  Do they do all the right things?

Hardware
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is a beast in its own for when it was released.  Running Quad-Core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz, this bad boy does not play around.  I am familiar with iPads and Kindles, I can say that they are pretty snappy and this one is not a slouch.  Running through applications is a breeze, and does exactly what it needs to do when it needs to do it.  With 4G LTE capabilities thanks to Verizon, this tablet can be your everyday computer when you leave home.  It also has a 5mp rear camera and 1.9mp front facing camera.

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One of the biggest differences that I’ve seen in tablets vs this one is that it has the S Pen.  Now it may not seem like the biggest deal with the world to many, but it just works so well with this big a screen.  Taking notes or having my niece draw something nice without it being all over my walls is amazing.  Along with an IR blaster on the top (for the people who want to eliminate the remote) and USB 2.0, this is a tablet to be reckoned with.

Software
Where do I begin?  This tablet is running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box.  It will be familiar to those who already have an Android device as everything is pretty much the same.  Home, back and task managing are on the bottom left of the screen for the majority the maneuverability.  Coming from the iPad, widgets win you over.  Being able to see the wallpaper is glorious and just gives you a new look.  That won me over immediately.

The Note 10.1 comes with quite a bit of pre-installed applications like Adobe Photoshop Touch that you may or may not use, so be aware.  The biggest feature that is so useful with a screen this size is the multi-window capability.  I found myself using this is often as possible if the video allowed me to, making the tablet feel as though it were a small computer.  With the Quad-Core processor, all the task were done in a breeze and does everything very well.  Adding S Pen sensitivity for the artists and group play, you have yourself a great new companion.

Display
This tablet boasts a 1280 by 800 resolution display and its actually better than I thought it would be.  Resolution has become the theme of most companies as consumers are hungry for more pixel density and high-end displays.  Despite what it looks like on paper, this display is not bad at all.  In fact, watching HD videos and looking at pictures feels natural and the colors are vibrant.  Viewing angles are covered as well so multiple people looking at one tablet is not a problem here.  If a display is what you are looking for, there is a perfectly good one right here.

Conclusion
These days, tablets are becoming more popular and mobile computing is almost a must in today’s world.  Bringing work on the go and having that flexibility to watch movies on a bigger screen has never been easier.  The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is a great option to have if you want to defer from the Kindle Fire or Apple iPad.  I enjoyed the time I spent with my Galaxy Note 10.1 and I’m confident in saying that this is a great overall tablet.

Positive Highlights

  • Great display, colors look very good at maximum and minimum brightness
  • S Pen on this tablet works fabulously
  • Front facing speakers makes watching a movie without headphones a breeze
  • IR blaster on a tablet?  Hell yeah!

Downfalls

  • Android app store for tablets is still pretty weak
  • 5mp is very “low-end”