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Playtime with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

We take Samsung's flagship tablet out on a date
by Neps Firmalan | Sep 4, 2012
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Samsung Philippines decided to show off the Galaxy Note 10.1 to local tech geeks last week, complete with demos and highlights of its capabilities. The freshly minted tablet, which was launched very recently (we actually witnessed its glorious unveiling in London) is the bigger and upgraded version of the popular 5-inch Galaxy Note. We were able to see this newcomer in the Korean giant's Android brood in the flesh and handle its sleek curves, too. So, what do we think of it? Here are our thoughts.

Size matters

The first-gen Galaxy Note was more like a "phablet" or cross between a phone and a tablet. Because it sports a 5.3-inch screen, it's seen as either an overgrown handset or a tiny tablet. A bit of an identity crisis, you could say. The Galaxy Note 10.1, on the other hand, is a tablet simply because of its 10.1-inch display size. Although some might be turned off by its size (it won't fit on one palm), we're definitely liking this change. Bigger display for videos, photos, apps, and games, means more eye-candy!

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Sexy back

If the Galaxy Note 10.1 were a girl, it would be simple yet elegant, has smooth skin, and a sexy back. Yep, this device boasts of gentle curves, a sleek frame, and a back side that also deserves attention, thanks to its glossy metallic frame that gives you the impression that this is certainly no barya-barya lang device.

Pixel shortage?

As we've said, we like the fact that the Note 10.1 has a large display. However, we were a bit disappointed that it only has a resolution of 1280 x 800, the same as its 5.3-inch predecessor. Don't get us wrong, it's still pretty good, but given that it's supposed to be a premium product, Samsung should've bumped the pixel count a bit. As a comparison, other top-tier tablets are now sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1200, or even higher.

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Fast and powerful

The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with some of the best tablet hardware known to man and, as such, we were expecting it to be one helluva performer. It didn't disappoint. Thanks to its combo of 1.4GHz quad-core chip and 2GB of RAM, this one loads apps in a jiffy. It's also a potent multi-tasker, able to run multiple programs, even games and mobile browsing, simultaneously, without any slow-downs or lags in performance.

More than just a novelty

Call it a bit old school but the Galaxy Note 10.1 sports a stylus, not unlike what we see with touchscreen devices from ages ago (okay, six-to-seven years ago). Called the S-Pen, this feature (along with the S-Note app) offers more versatility in creating content with apps like mobile Photoshop. The S-Pen also has a nifty trick in which when in use, the Galaxy Note 10.1 will only recognize commands from it and not from your palm/fingers, helping to streamline the whole operation.

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Note: The Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available locally for P32,990 (Wi-Fi+3G model)

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