First Impression and Unboxing of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition

The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition is Samsung’s second offering of the full tablet Galaxy Note. It shares the same name with its elder brother, but with an extension that bears resemblance to the naming convention of the auto industry. I kind of like the ring to the extension (ignore the fact that it is mouthful), as it gives the impression that you’re using a futuristic product. You know, the kind of product that cool dudes use.

Man Meets Machine

Meeting the Note 10.1 2014 edition in the flesh didn’t give me goose bumps. I had read extensively about it online, watched many videos and seen enough photos. I had even played with it in stores during many of my window shopping expeditions. As such, when I finally got it, it looked as it should. It is not the best looking tablet in the world, but the award for ugliness will not also be going to this guy. I do think that you will be impressed with its slim profile, both in thickness and the bezel. This tablet is what you’ll refer to as “model l’omo” – a reference to the slim profile. Also, though I had read about how light this guy was, I was abundantly shocked when I picked it up. I guess my mind had an estimated gauge of what the weight would be, and had suggested to my hand the amount of force to apply to carry the device. As it turned out, that initial force was too much. Pardon my Pig-Latin. If I had a simpler way to explain it, I would use it.

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Setup

Powering it on the first time leads you through the initial setup for the device, kind of like powering up a PC for the first time. If you’ve gone through the initial setup process for a PC before, then you have an idea what this is about. Once you get through this process, you’re greeted by what in my opinion is a very beautiful and clean home screen. This leads me to what has impressed me the most so far about this device – its display. The display is very sharp and crisp. It is a joy to behold.

Technical Stuff

The Specs of the of the 2014 edition of the Note 10.1 on paper are really impressive. The version I have is the 3G version, powered by Samsung’s Exynos Octa-Core processor. It is actually two Quad-Core processors combined. The first is a 1.9GHz Quad-Core processor, while the second is a 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor. There’s also 3GB RAM on board helping to ensure that the device runs smoothly. So far, I have not had any issues, and Android is running smoothly. This is really something, as this is the first Android device that won’t go crashing on me after a few days of usage.

I should drop my “Pen” (S-Pen) here and let photos do the rest of the talking for me, before I get accused of saying too much in a first impression article. Enjoy the photos and stay tuned for the full review.

Photographs

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And here is a screenshot of the home screen:
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