So, there’s been a lot of Hype around the Galaxy note 8, so I thought I would do one better and review the Galaxy note 10.1 inch. That’s right folks! GameThief has the extra 2.1 inches that you all crave so so much! (Sleazy pun intended)
Samsung has been see as the runner up to Apple for some time now. Since the release of the Samsung Galaxy S4, they have proven themselves to be competitive to the company that created the worlds best touch screen devices. So it’s only natural that we all are a little curious to see how Samsung’s range of Tablets stack up against the Apple iPad. I have both of Samsung’s flagship tablets; the Galaxy Tab 3, as well as the Galaxy note 10.1. Let’s start with the Tab.
If you looking for an all rounder tablet for games, work and other applications, then keep on walking. As much as I love Samsung, their Galaxy Tab 3 is absolutely horrible. From slow loading internet pages, crashing user interfaces and everywhere in between, this Tablet lags on performing the most simple of tasks. Most higher end games fail to even load, crashing not only the game itself, but the actually Tab, forcing a completely reset. Which is probably due to the small 1 GB of Ram, and Dual Core processor. Other smaller applications, however, work quite well and smooth, lagging only slightly when attempting to multi task, and allowing maximum usability with the Samsung Galaxy S4 smart phone.
The physical design of the tablet is more win than fail. It is light, slim and a joy to hold. Placement of the touch sensitive buttons on the bottom are ill placed, however, making it easy to accidentally press them while holding it with one hand. Other than that, the Galaxy Tab 3 is physically a delight to use. Even a good design is still not enough to make up for the shocking performance of this tablet. I definitely do not recommend.
Moving on to something a little better, the Samsung Galaxy Note, available in 8 or 10 inch. Utilizing double the amount of Ram as the Tab (2GB) and a quad core processor, the Note 10.1 was noticeably a more powerful option right out of the box. The UI is designed for pure easy-to-use functionality, including features similar to a Windows PC. Multi tasking on such a portable deice is taken to new depths, allowing you to run unlimited windowed programmes over other program mes at once, Watch videos while browsing the internet, or cross reference office programmes while sending emails is an absolute breeze.
The Galaxy Note’s main selling point (or one of) it the S-pen, which on its own is quite uncomfortable and awkward to hold, but combined with the Note’s touch screen allows for a more realistic approach to a tablet device. The S-pen can sometimes be a little unresponsive, making me have to press harder onto the screen before it detects it at all, which can be a real pain in the butt! The S-pen and screen is also pressure sensitive, allowing for more artistic possibilities when drawing, or more productive approaches when writing.
For a Samsung screen, I expected a little more. Its really not BAD, but it’s not good either. Most applications make the best use out of the 1,280×800-pixel resolution touch screen, but where it counts most, the Home screen and UI, what you see ALWAYS, is bad. The home and back buttons (which are now on-screen buttons, not touch sensitive buttons) are visibly low in resolution. The pixels are easily detectable. It is even worse when reading text messages, or even when drawing finer lines using the S-pen. The iPad definitely has the upper hand in this area with their Retina display. But as I said, most applications make it barley noticeable.
Running wireless internet on the Galaxy note 10.1 is pretty bad, just the like the Tab. Most times, the WiFi will need to be restarted in order for online games to even function. My home internet will fetch around 18MB/s on the Speed Test meter (Download Speed). However, for whatever reason, this speed will slow down to less than 1MB/s until it is restarted, making things a little more complicated then they need to be. I am still investigating this issue.
I definitely recommend the Samsung Galaxy Note series over the Tab 3. It is a simple as that. The notes kicks the Tabs arse sideways! I can’t even formulate a proper conclusion to this article!
If you have any issue’s or questions about the Samsung Tab or Note range, leave your query below! 🙂