Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note opened the new chapter of smart mobile devices and now Samsung came back with the latest Galaxy Note 10.1 with 10.1 inch display and stylus S-pen. (Photo : samsungtomorrow, flickr.com)
With Samsung launching their Galaxy Note 2 last week in Berlin, it might give competition to its other product, the Galaxy Note 10.1
Reviews for the Galaxy Note 10.1 has not been as popular compared to what the Galaxy Note 2 has been receiving so far.
The Galaxy Note 2 stands at 5.5-inches and 1,280x720 pixel resolution. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes in at 10.1-inches with 1,280x800 pixel resolution. A difference in size but almost sharing the same resolution. The Galaxy Note 2 also features the HD Super AMOLED screen, while the TFT LCD is used for the Galaxy Note 10.1.
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When it comes to camera work, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a rear-facing camera with five-megapixels and a 1.9-megapixel front-facing camera. The Galaxy Note 2 has the same megapixel as the front-facing camera, but the rear-facing camera increases to eight-megapixels.
For the operating systems, the Galaxy Note 10.1 uses the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. With the advantage of being new, the Galaxy Note 2 will have the latest Android OS, the Jelly Bean. An update of the Jelly Bean will be made for the Note 10.1 "very soon," according to Samsung.
The Galaxy Note 10.1, according to Complex.com, "has taken some harsh criticism for its performance issues and plain design, even being dubbed a Galaxy Tab 2 with a stylus. OK. An argument can be made there, but Samsung's latest tablet isn't the botched experiment that many tech experts have deemed it to be."
Another negative feature is the plastic design of the device, adding it resembles an "oversized" Galaxy S3.
Complex.com's Alex Bracetti does note that a redeeming feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is the S-Pen, stating it probably encourages other manufacturers to step up their game when it comes to using a pen device.
Engadget adds to the critical reviews, stating, "There's no two ways about it: the Note 10.1 looks and feels kind of cheap. Starting with our most serious complaint, it's prone to the squeaks and creaks of inferior budget devices, which is definitely not something you'd associate with a $499 product -- let alone a flagship."
Engadget's Joseph Volpe added that the S Pen has an "inferior" and "ultimately disposable feel."
Trusted Reviews gives a contradictory review to Volpe regarding the S Pen.
"The 10.1's [S Pen] stylus itself is bigger and fatter, making it more comfy to hold. This is hardly surprising, considering the original Note's stylus needed to fit in a sub-10mm thick, smartphone-sized device," said Trusted Reviews' Ardjuna Seghers.
"I'm sad to report that Samsung failed at execution on all fronts. Samsung has been pushing the skinning envelope further and further, and, with this revision of TouchWiz, they've slammed into a brick wall," reviewed Ron Amadeo of Android Police of the Galaxy Note 10.1, adding "you've got yourself a disappointment."
Amadeo agrees with Volpe on the S Pen, stating it feels cheap and a "hallow plastic tube."
The Galaxy Note 2 has so far garnered positive reviews, such as from The Inquirer's Lee Bell.
Bell reviewed, "The best thing about the Note 2 is without question its super HD AMOLED screen that is even bigger than its predecessor, measuring an impressive 5.5in as opposed to the original Note's 5.275in display."
He does state the design still feels "a little cheap" due to the plastic design, but looks to the positive, adding it makes the device feel lighter.
For more early reviews on the Galaxy Note 2 upon its launch at IFA 2012, Latinos Post gathered some that may be helpful, click here.