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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: A Man-on-the-Street Review

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I'm not an expert when it comes to technology, but I certainly know what I like and like what I know. I also believe that the power of a review for the vast majority is not based on the techie jargon, but instead on how it adapts to daily life and how easily it can transition from out of the box and into your life. So when I decided to step outside my comfort zone and check out the Samsung Note 10.1, I did so as a self-proclaimed technophile and/or just a guy who loves his gadgets and expects them to work.

While part of family of "Notes" that has proudly worn the label "Phallet" as a red badge of courage this one is all tablet and breaking new ground in a market saturated by products that are simply hard to distinguish as unique.

For the hardcore techies, here the specifications for the unit I purchased:

Processor
• 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core Processor

Display
• 10.1" WXGA(1280x800) LCD

OS
• Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

Camera
• Main (Rear): 5 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash
• Sub (Front): 1.9 Megapixel Camera

Video
• Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, VP8
• Format: 3GP(MP4), WMV(ASF), AVI, FLV, MKV, WebM
• Playback/ Recording: 1080p Full HD@30fps, 720p HD@30fps

Audio
• Codec: MP3, Vorbis, WMA, AAC, ACC+, eAAC+, AMR(NB,WB),
• MIDI, WAV, AC-3, Flac
• Music Player with SoundAlive
• 3.5mm Ear Jack

Enterprise Solutions
• Exchange ActiveSync
• On-Device Encryption
• Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network)
• uniper Junos Pulse VPN

Sensors
• Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Gyroscope

Connectivity
• Bluetooth technology v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support)
• AllShare Play / AllShare Cast
• Kies / Samsung Kies air
• USB 2.0 Host, Samsung
• Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi Direct
• Wi-Fi Channel Bonding Memory
• 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM)
• microSD (up to 64GB)

Battery
• Standard battery, Li-ion 7,000mAh

Value-added Features
• S Pen Experience (6.5mm S Pen, S Note, S Planner etc.)
• Multi Screen
• Adobe Photoshop Touch
• Pop up play
• Smart Stay
• Samsung TouchWiz
• Video Wall
• Samsung Apps
• Samsung Hub
• Readers Hub*/ Music Hub/ Game Hub/ Video Hub
*Samsung S Suggest (App recommendation service)
• Samsung ChatON mobile communication service
• Google Mobile Services
• Google Play, Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps,
• Syncing with Google Calendar, Google Search, Google +Polaris office
• A-GPS(3G version)
• S-GPS(WiFi version)
• Glonass

Form Factor
• Dimension : 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
• Weight : 600g (3G), 597g (WiFi)

Source: Samsung

Samsung has created this Note with their exclusive SoC technology, offering brilliant functionality which allows me to multitask on projects that include real work, rather than the focus of similar brands that gave me little more than a platform to send email and watch movies. This combination of the high-performing Exynos 4 Quad and a high-capacity battery simply makes this Android-based tablet a true beast.

In a market brimming with as many opinions as products, this man-on-the-street brief review is meant to help you decide what you can expect when you invest both your time and money into the Samsung Note 10.1.

The final word? For me, I was able to use the Samsung Note 10.1 in place of my laptop more than 50 percent of time when traveling on short business trips. This was a huge plus, as no matter how excited I was with the laptop idea decades ago... it has become a bit of blessing and a burden to constantly drag through security. While some have made comment on the design of the Samsung Note 10.1, I feel, as in any relationship, beauty is in the eye of the beholder with this product both meeting and exceeding all my expectations.

NOTE: I am in no way affiliated with Samsung nor was I paid for this review.

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