The Samsung Galsxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition) is, simply put, one hell of a piece of hardware. And it comes with a pretty hefty price tag too — but one which is easily comparable to any other high-end tablet such as the iPad, and for which you get a lot more features. The base model Note is $50 more than the base iPad Air model, but for that you get the S-Pen, all of Samsung’s apps including multitasking, a superior screen, and — most importantly — expandable memory. The 16GB Note can take a 64GB microSD card and give you more than 70 gigs of memory — for $100 less than Apple would charge you for the 57 gigs free on the iPad 64GB. And that’s without getting into the added value, like a 50GB Dropbox account.
While the Note 10.1 2014 has some small foibles, on the whole it’s an extremely well-designed, well-engineered, and well-built device. It’s intended by Samsung as an iPad competitor, and that’s exactly what it is: an very high-specced device, with a lot of extra features which are, on the whole, very useful to the end user. Whether it beats the iPad comes down a lot to personal taste, but the second-generation Note 10.1 has the gravitas to compete. If you’re looking for a high-end tablet with all the trimmings, this one more than makes the grade.
- Excellent specs
- Expandable memory
- Solid battery life
- Side-by-side multitasking
- Buttons are questionable
- Chrome and leather texture are subject to taste
The Note 2014 edition is expensive, but you definitely get everything you pay for. It’s designed as a competitor to the iPad, and at that, it does quite well.