- Samsung Exynos Quad Core 1.90GHz
- 3GB RAM, 32GB Storage
- 10.1" Touchscreen 2560 x 1600
- Android 4.3
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This Tablet is a Downgrade Compared to Its Predecessor 10/26/2013
improved specs over 2012/2013 model
very nice screen resolution
-specs do not increase the tablet's performance
-cost and performance do not match
- touchwiz is outrageously over complicated and annoying
- physical home, back, and menu buttons interfere with holding the device in natural ways
I upgraded to the tablet from the original note 10.1. Upon setting up the note 10.1 2014 edition, I realized that it was not as good as my older version. It felt as though the new tablet was a downgrade.
I am returning the tablet to Newegg for a steep restocking fee of $90 dollars.
The major criticisms of the device are as follows:
- S Note on the 2014 model cannot read the S Note files from the original note
- Conversion between the files takes longer than expected
- S Note frequently crashes while attempting to convert the files
- S Note lags when opening or saving note files
- S Note's shapematch was hidden or unavailable
- The predecessor performs the same tasks quicker than the 2014 model
- The tablet UI is unintuitive and at times confusing.
- Multiview was hidden or unavailable.
- Too many instances of slow/laggy performance for the specs and price of the tablet
- Presence and location of physical home button; felt easily breakable and at times was cumbersome
The majority of the criticisms are based around S Note, however S Note is one of the main features and selling points of the tablet; if S Note doesn't work well then there are less compelling reasons to buy this tablet; one may as well buy a galaxy tab without the note taking ability or not upgrade. For people saying to get lecture notes, that really doesn't help you when you have close to a years worth of notes in the .snb format. Again, this review is only for people that love the original 10.1 and S Note on the original version.
It is as though Samsung has forgotten about the original Galaxy Note 10.1 users and consciously ignored our needs to easily transition over to the new tablet.
If I ever were to consider buying another upgraded Galaxy Note 10.1, there would have to be major revisions; these include:
- A computer based S Note conversion software; more processing speed of the computer could allow for the notes to be converted and backed up as pdfs/jpegs in a quicker and more efficient way
- The ability for the new S Note app to read snb files
- Better performance across all aspects of the tablet' especially with S Note
- Less confusion; especially in the settings section
Until these criticisms are met, I will keep my original 10.1 until it fails. After that, I will look else where to the product with better hand writing features.
The only thing this tablet has going for it is the screen. Other than that, the increased processing power and ram does nothing to improve the tablet's performance.
For $600, this tablet is either horrid or is not ready for prime time like many people have said. Perhaps future software updates will improve the tablet. However, until now, it isn't ready. If you are skeptical, try to use one side by side with the original Note 10.1. For 600 dollars, it should be as good as the predecessor or preferably better than.
For those readers that want a parroting of the system specs and accolades, I apologize that I'
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