Over the past few years, I’ve had a lot of devices in my hands, and most I review and send back without much hesitation. There have been a few though that have really had me dragging my feet getting to the FedEx store. … This Verizon Galaxy Note 10.1 is no different.
Of the tablets I’ve had in my hands over the last few months, this one has a noticeable screen difference. It has a 10.1″ display with WXGA TFT Technology and a 1280 x 800 display resolution. Going beyond the numbers though, its just a brighter and sharper image.
Durability matters, but it’s attractive too.
I found it interesting that many of the tech reviewers found this machine to feel light and / or cheap, due to Samsung’s choice for the plastic backing. I actually thought it was heavier and a little bulky do the 10 inch screen. However, the sleek look makes it a very attractive tablet, and I found it very easily tucked into many of my purses. Even though it has a plastic casing, it proved to be over all very durable.
Under the hood really matters
To me using a tablet for work and play are equally important. To do both require a tablet to have a sufficient processor. With the new quad-core Exynos 4 at 1.4GHz,processing speed is not an issue. It’s lightning fast, and even with multiple windows going, I was not able to slow it down.
Multitasking is one of the things I love most about my Verizon Samsung Galaxy s4. Being able to do some of those functions in a tablet form means I’m more productive. Multi screen on the note and the multi screen on the Galaxy s4 are greatly different. With the s4, there are many more options for items that you can have open at the same time. However with the Galaxy Note 10 .1 and the S Pen there are some amazing features that allow you to get creative using the two windows together.
I usually don’t have a tough time running the batteries out on any digital device, but I think by far this one has had to be charged less than other tablets I’ve tested recently. It is reportedly an 8 hour battery life (That’s with continuous play.) I don’t normally have the time to battery test to this extent. I did however forget my laptop battery and jumped on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 .1 and didn’t miss a beat of work.
The work test
I try to give my test runs a fair amount of use, but even so, I tend to do my heavy work on a laptop. I just do. But that day, I did give this tablet a good run. Used Google Drive both in the app and on the browser to work in documents and spreadsheets. I don’t think I could do that daily, but for travel, and light work, I would (and have since that day) leave the laptop at home.
Bottom line – Yes, please.
Overall, this machine is a workhorse. Whether you choose to use it for work or play, you will not be disappointed in the quality of speed, ease of use, productivity tools, or display resolution. My rating- don’t want to give it back.