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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

Originally reviewed by 18 November 2013

Best Tablet for Digital Artists

Key features:
  • 10.1-inch 2,560 x 1,600 pixel Super LCD screen
  • Excellent S-Pen stylus
  • Slim and light
  • Impressive battery life
Digital artists needn’t look any further. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 comes with an S-Pen (a stylus to you and me) and a Wacom digitiser layer in the screen. It works really well, too. The stylus is light and comfortable to hold thanks to its triangular barrel, and the rubber nib offers a nice level of resistance. It’s not as natural and accurate as writing on paper, but it’s not far off.
 
You can also slot the pen into the tablet, and the S Note and SketchBook apps that come pre-loaded are a pair of excellent stylus-optimised tools. This all works like a dream with the 2,560 x 1,600 Super LCD display.
 
At 10.1 inches across, the Note is a large tablet, but it’s also really thin, at 7.9mm. You can almost use it one-handed but not quite, with 540g just a touch too weighty. It’s built well too, but we’re not the biggest fans of the faux leather effect on the rear and the plastic, metallic-looking silver sides.
 
We got 12 hours of joy from it while playing a standard definition video on a loop, which is impressive. However, we also came across a few performance issues. There were some stuttery moments when navigating through the system, which is disappointing for such a generally excellent device.

Price: £465

Our Score

8/10
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