The multitasking is very snappy, and I didn't experience any lag. I kept expecting the very familiar Android forced close notification box to pop up, but it never came.
While the software and stylus functionality has greatly improved, Samsung has dropped the ball on its build quality. The Note 10.1 has the same look and feel as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 2. This isn't a good thing.
The body is made of plastic, with a fake chrome edge around the front screen. Just like with the Tab 10.1 2, the plastic back creaks with even the lightest pressure. At 600 grams it's lighter than an iPad, but feels much cheaper than the $800 you're being asked to pay for it.
The battery life of the Note 10.1 wi-fi only version is about par with an iPad 3. With a full charge I would get around eight hours of use with wi-fi browsing, some drawing, and watching videos.
There is also a 3G version of the Note 10.1 available for $999.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes great strides towards legitimising tablets with styli. But the poor build quality, and the cheap body let down what is otherwise a very exciting device. As with the original Note, the stylus isn't something that appeals to me, but in a business environment it could be useful for those needing to annotate and draw on the go.
Dimensions: 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 600 grams
Display: LCD 1280 x 800 pixels, 10.1 inches
Storage: 16 GB
Processor: Quad-core Exynos 1.4 GHz,
2 GB RAM
OS: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Price: WiFi - $799, 3G + WiFi $999
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