Samsung unveiled the US version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 today at a morning event in NYC. Right on cue, several of the major blogs had their early hands-on reviews ready to roll when the clock struck 11.
Most of the reviews are favorable with many pointing out the advantages of the multiscreen feature, which lets you run two different apps on the screen side-by-side at the same time, and the tablet’s S Pen experience. Though pleased with these features, several reviewers consider the Note 10.1 to be a niche device and not a serious consumer competitor to the iPad.
We’ve compiled a list of reviews and associated quotes below. When you’ve browsed through the list, hop into the comments and let us know what you think about the Note 10.1.
Until the Android tablet-app situation brightens considerably, I can’t give an unqualified thumbs-up to any large-screen Android tablet … But the S Pen isn’t a gimmick or an anachronism; if you’re smitten with it, and can live with Android’s limitations, you’ll be tickled with the Galaxy Note 10.1.
“Ultimately, no matter how deftly executed and streamlined the S-Pen experience may be, this tab still feels like a niche device, especially since the suite of compatible applications is still pretty small. This is the sort of purchase early adopters and creative professionals are likely to make based on their familiarity with Android and the additional flexibility afforded by that stylus.”
“It’s pretty clear that people want their tablets to support pen input — the huge market of iPad styluses is proof positive of that. Samsung’s S Pen system is way ahead of the curve in that regard: it’s responsive, it’s precise, and it works well enough, most of the time. … But a pretty good pen system built on top of a disappointing Android tablet still makes for a disappointing Android tablet.”
“But the Galaxy Note 10.1 isn’t really an iPad alternative; it’s more of a tablet specialist — the tablet you go to when you need something very specific, which in this case is drawing, note-taking and multitasking. Just like you wouldn’t go to a general practicioner for surgery, you don’t get an Apple product if you want to use a stylus. You get the Galaxy Note 10.1. For anyone who ever wanted the digital equivalent of a legal pad, there’s nothing better.”
“The big standout feature of the Note 10.1 is its included Stylus S Pen. With the Pen, you can navigate the Android Interface as well as draw or write notes into certain apps, with the back of the pen actually acting as an eraser. ”
“Despite being too much of a tweener for us, the brisk sales of the Samsung Galaxy Note phone proved that there is still an appetite for pen input. To us, the Note 10.1 is a lot more practical, and we can’t wait to see how well this device fits into our daily work (and play) routine.”
“But the Galaxy Note 10.1 demonstrates that superior specs, more impressive hardware and a much longer list of features don’t necessarily add up to a superior product. Sometimes restraint is just as important as exuberance.”