Speeding through Manhattan two weeks ago, I received an email for a press event the following week. Once I had arrived, it was obvious that the Galaxy Note 10.1 was making its debut in the United States of America, with all of its S pen and Adobe Photoshop Touch glory. On top of all of that, a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM is part of the tablet, internally. Samsung had also seeded out several early units to artists and designers, all with different stories on how the Galaxy Note 10.1 assisted them better in their fields of work than other tablets.
Now, writing this review, it has occurred to me that while this is Samsung’s best attempt, it is the least impressive. Take the Galaxy S III for example, which was reviewed not once on LaptopMemo, but twice (and more so at other technology sites), and you will find it is an absolute marvel — it is everything a smartphone should be, and despite some minor flaws, you could tell someone to buy it with your eyes closed. The problem is, you cannot do that with the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Not for hardware reasons however: battery life is fantastic, the cameras are acceptable, the S pen is a very usable and accurate tool, and the 10.1-inch is incredibly clear. It is the lack of speed that makes the Note 10.1 fowl, despite the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s weird, but read on.