Some people prefer their tablet PC to be compact gadgets, while others like them as big as they can be. Whether 7 inch or 10 inch, Samsung has a range of products on offer as aims to build on becoming a realistic competitor to Apple.
Back in August 2012, Samsung had released a tablet version of its award-winning Galaxy Note series. It is called the Note 10.1 and is naturally boasts a 10.1 inch screen measured diagonally which is by far one of the biggest screens on the tablet market. It also comes with a unique stylus specially designed to work with its 10.1 inch touchscreen display. Taking notes has never been this easy.
Samsung has also released a 10.1 inch tablet under the Galaxy Tab line-up and it is difficult to disguise between the two. So why choose this tablet over the rest of the Galaxy Tab line-up? This is probably not the best question to begin with as it rather should be “which tablet suits your needs best?” as this Jelly Bean-capable tablet worth the extra bucks. In fairness, this tablet should be pitted against something its own size. So which is the best contender? It is no other than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
The Note 10.1 comes at 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm while the Galaxy 10.1 at 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm. Inch by inch the Note should come out bigger but comparing both at a decent distance, you cannot really tell the difference. It even identical in design. Both displays are PLS TFT capacitive touchscreens supporting up to 16 million colours at 800 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 149 ppi.
They are not Retina displays like what the Apple iPad Retina offers but they are still pretty good and acceptable. Although it would have been so much better if Samsung had just equipped them with a better screen since the bigger the screen, the more pixel density matters. Weight-wise, they are almost exactly the same but theoretically the Note weighs a teeny weenie bit heavier.
The Note is equipped with a quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9 battery while the Galaxy only has half of what the Note has. This means the former should handle multi-tasking so much better and faster. But let us not forget that with great power comes faster juice draining. They are both equipped with a 7000 mAh battery so theoretically speaking, you should be refuelling your Note more often than you would on the Galaxy.
Samsung has absolutely made the right decision of bumping up the front camera to a 1.9MP sensor for sharper video calling quality for the Note over the Tab. As for the rear camera it is a 5MP sensor capable of recording 720p videos with LED flash and autofocus. It is actually not bad for a tablet this size.
Both tablets come in WiFi only version and the one that comes with GSM capabilities. This is where Samsung got the initial boost for its tablets since Samsung tablets were one of the very first tablets that fully supported phone features. Not much difference actually, WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, you name it. Although there is one thing that a certain version of the Note has that the Galaxy does not and that is LTE connectivity.
As for the storage, both have an extra card slot but the Note can support up to 64GB while the Galaxy is just up to 32GB. The Note also takes an edge for the RAM as it is built with a 2GB memory module while the other has just half of it. Same thing goes for their internal memory. Note has up to 64GB of it while the Galaxy has just half of what it has.
Both Samsung tablets are great contenders not just to each other but also to other branded tablets. The Note 10.1 is more than £125.00 than the Galaxy 10.1. Feature-wise they should be very identical in performance considering regular use but despite it the Note being more expensive than the Tab, it is worth it if you can afford it.