Samsung recently announced the upcoming launch of its newest model of tablet, the 2014 edition of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Although it is a big improvement over last year’s model, word on the street is that future tablet buyers should wait for the next iPad to come out.
Reviews of the new Note 10.1 are filing in across the Web. Most agree that this year’s Samsung tablet it better than its predecessor with a new outer shell, improved display screen, and lighter weight. However, many tech writers agree that the performance of the 2014 edition is just not up to par with the likes of the ipad.
Business Insider praised the Galaxy Note 10.1 for its high quality display screen (running a 2560 x 1600 LCD panel) and multitasking capabilities, but complains that the software is not intuitive, the design is cheesy, and the features are too complicated to be useful for most people. “Since we’re expecting that Apple will most likely announce its new iPads in a few weeks, it just doesn’t make sense to buy the Galaxy 10.1 tablet now. You’re better off waiting to see if the iPad can deliver anything that’s better and cheaper.”
Engadget notes that Samsung’s 2014 edition is thinner, lighter, has a great-looking display, and has top-notch sound quality. However, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a sluggish performance and is not up to par with devices in the same cost category. “Suffice to say, we were underwhelmed given our expectations going into this review.”
The Verge pointed to the vastly improved S Pen as one feature that makes the new Galaxy Note 10.1 a worth opponent in the tablet arena. However, there is no S Pen ecosystem and he Android tablet app catalogue is sorely lacking. “For right now, the $549.99 Note 10.1 feels old and clunky; it’s certainly not worth the price when the iPad costs $499.”
ZDNet had a similar opinion of the new version of the S Pen that comes with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1. If you are a fan of the inking technology, the 2014 edition is your friend. However, if you aren’t impressed with the handwriting feature, the competition wins out. “I never felt there was anything super compelling in the Note 10.1 and Samsung may want to stay focused on the smartwatch, smartphone, phablet, and small tablet categories.”
The Galaxy Note 10.1: 2014 Edition will be available on store shelves Oct. 10. It is rumored that Apple will hold a special iPad event on Oct. 15, which will give consumers just enough time to hear the lackluster reviews of Samsung’s newest tablet and help steer them into the arms of the iOS ecosystem.