Kyle’s choice of tablet for 2014

2014-03-22 00:00

THE Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition was announced toward the end of last year. When shopping for a tablet, I looked at the top contenders, namely the Sony’s ultra-durable and waterproof tablets, the range of well-loved iPads and the Samsung tablets in a range of sizes.

I decided to go with the aforementioned Samsung device, because it can do so much and now it fits into my everyday life. This year’s Note 10.1 has one of the most powerful processors in a tablet with a Quad-core 2.3 GHz Krait running Android Jelly Bean, soon upgradable to Kit-Kat.

When purchasing a television I scrutinised all brands against one another before going with the Samsung Smart 3D HD model. This also had a slight influence on the tablet I chose as the Note 10.1 and TV work well together in terms of streaming media straight from the tablet to the TV and screen mirror, for which there is a pre-installed app. The Peel app allows the user to also control the features of the TV itself and act as a remote control, not limited to just Samsung TVs.

Having played with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with SmartWatch, I figured that at some point I’d like to have the SmartWatch but I have no need for a new mobile phone. The Samsung SmartWatch syncs easily with most newer Samsung models including the Note 10.1, which once again influenced my choice.

Watching videos on the device in 1080p Full HD is an experience not easily achieved on a tablet. It manages to produce crisp playback with stereo sound from two speakers on either side on the device and transferring files from computer to Android tablets is simple, unlike some others.

After I unboxed my device, I wasn’t disappointed. I punched in my Gmail account details and the device updated all the apps already on my mobile to the tablet. This was really useful and saved me time having to find all my favourite apps at the Google Play store, although it also updated the apps I didn’t want and had thought I removed earlier.

As with the Galaxy S4 and Note series phablets, the Note 10.1 also features the Smart screen, which allows for the user to scroll web pages and e-mails using the their eyes. The tablet also features the S Pen stylus, which is slightly thicker and longer than the S pen found on the Galaxy Note 3, and yes, we’ve tested it out, and both styluses work on either device.

When removed from its holster the S Pen automatically wakes up a screen on standby and activates the Air Command menu, which allows the user to draw a window, allowing for multiple instances of applications to run simultaneously.

The Note 10.1 is an upsized version of the phablet, giving the user the same feel. As a beginner, the device might take some getting used to, but if you’re familiar with the Android operating system, you’ll feel at home.

My only issue is with the charging port, as the underside port is for regular micro USB and not USB3 as with the phablet version of the Note.

All in all, the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is a great buy with features that will have the user occupied for hours. It also has a long “shelf life”, as even though Samsung and other manufacturers are expected to release more tablets this year this device could still be among the best throughout the next two years.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition gets 9 out of 10.

Let me know what you think @KyleVenktess on Twitter.


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