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4.0 out of 5 stars Initial Impressions, August 17, 2012
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (16GB, Deep Grey) (Personal Computers)
Some quick first impressions of the Note 10.1 - This tablet is what the Transformer Prime should have been. I really don't see a ton of value in the S-Pen YET, but hopefully this feature will evolve and become a key strength.

General touch responsiveness - GOOD - scrolling home screens is much more responsive than the Galaxy Tab 2, very close to the responsiveness of the Transformer Prime.

Web Surfing - VERY GOOD - Page loads are very fast, much faster than the Galaxy Tab 2, very similar to ipad2 speeds. Scrolling is fast.

Screen - FAIRLY GOOD - Same screen as Galaxy Tab 2. Similar to ipad 2. Not as nice as the new higher resolution tablets.

I/O Performance - GREAT - RL Benchmark of 21 seconds... blows the doors off of ASUS & Nexus 7.

The Pen - UNDECIDED - For taking notes with OCR the S Note app does not seem like it will be able to keep up with a keyboard and Evernote. The app still seems a bit immature, hopefully will get better over time. Included S Pen does not have the eraser side seen in some online videos.

Gaming - VERY GOOD - Frame rates are fantastic, touch and accelerometer responsiveness seem great. HUGE improvement over G Tab 2.

Compass - Worked great. Seems very accurate.

WiFi - Seems to have strong reception and fast throughput throughout the house.

GPS - Strong reception, quickly got accuracy to 20 feet indoors.

Sound Quality - VERY GOOD - The front speakers are really nice for a tablet. You should have not issues covering the speakers with your hands.

Build Quality - GOOD - Nice fit and finish, no loose parts, no surprises. Still feels a bit plasticy, not as nice as ipad.

Software - Everything seems to run without any hiccups, more polished and less buggy than what I've seen on Asus tablets.

Let me know if there are any other aspects you'd like to get feedback on to help you make your decision on this tablet.
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Initial post: Aug 17, 2012 6:32:03 AM PDT
mr_precision says:
Thanks for the impressions. How do you find the implementation of TouchWiz on this device? Many of the reviews say it's a heavy implementation. I really want to love this tablet but am coming from the stock UI of the Galaxy Nexus. Does TouchWiz get laggy or hiccup?

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 6:45:10 AM PDT
DaveC2000 says:
I have no issues with TouchWiz UI, and I don't see anything as laggy. I'm not keenly aware of which features are part of TouchWiz, but it does seems to have better app organization than HTC Sense UI. As I have heard Samsung is preparing a sizable update to TouchWiz, maybe that will come with JellyBean?

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 8:29:06 AM PDT
Port Artur says:
Have you tried Papyrus Beta on it? I use it all the time with my Note I717. S-Pen is what makes my Note more than a just a phone. Taking quick notes, measurements, sketches. I do not carry paper pad anymore.

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 9:03:26 AM PDT
Users1 says:
Does it have 2 GB RAM? Best buy and jandr.com sites mention 1 GB

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 9:28:11 AM PDT
Nice Review! Thank you!

Is the 16GB of memory divided--"pre-partitioned," as on some tablets--i.e., does Samsung allocate only a portion of on-board GB according to type (e.g., 3GB for apps, 5GB for videos/music, 1GB for docs/eBooks, etc.), or is the on-board storage wide open to our own discretion?

Is it possible to save apps on the SD Card (perhaps I'm too hopeful, since this has yet to be the norm)?

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 11:16:18 AM PDT
One thing that might be helpful which I haven't seen any review site do is handwrite a page of text using whatever software is appropriate, at as small a size as you can. I'm curious what the minimum size of handwritten text is. Thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 11:54:23 AM PDT
Dragonwolf says:
It does have 2GB Ram, it states it on the box and with the included task manager, which is very nice. I bought mine at Best Buy yesterday, they hadn't even had a chance to get the demo up yet. It is a great tablet and has me seriously thinking of moving away from my ipad 2.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 11:56:59 AM PDT
Dragonwolf says:
Save to SD card you could use a number of apps that will do so. As for "pre-partitioned" Mine isn't, it says it has 11.66GB (Most likely due to recovery options and the OS itself.) 9.91GB is free. It will divide it up like show how much is being used by what.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 12:08:19 PM PDT
sf_berkeley says:
How is the S-Pen with taking notes? Does the handwriting appear smooth/natural or with awkward angles?

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 1:13:16 PM PDT
Nice review.
One question though, Can you attach a file to emails in GMail? Another reviewer (not Amazon), mentioned that.
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