Samsung GALAXY Note and Note Pro Series: Quick Review Roundup

Posted by B. Johnson
January 20, 2015 | 0 comments
Samsung GALAXY Note and Note Pro Series: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

Throughout these years, Samsung GALAXY Note series has been the real flagship from Samsung.

This company may have one other highly-awaited flagship under the Samsung GALAXY S series, however, every year, Samsung always puts more priority and even the best treatment to its Note series, instead of the GALAXY S smartphone series.

As a note-taking tablet, Samsung GALAXY Note series has been really well known as the best note devices out there on the market.

No other note-taking devices that can match the exact writing and drawing experience that being offered on Samsung GALAXY Note through its S-Pen stylus (with the exception of HP Slate7 Extreme maybe?).

As a matter of fact, Samsung GALAXY Note series has become the most favorite device for most of artists all across the world, thanks to its fluid and realistic drawing experience just like the experience of drawing with real brush on a canvas.

Anyway guys, in this blog post, i would like to make a quick roundup of all Samsung GALAXY Note tablets that have been reviewed on this site.

However, i’m not gonna talk about the “real” flagship from this series – which is Samsung GALAXY Note 3 – given that this device is clearly not a tablet.

So i will only share to you some of the Samsung GALAXY Note tablets.

Not only that, besides this regular Samsung GALAXY Note series, i would also like to include one tablet under the Samsung GALAXY Note Pro series, which just launched this year.

Okay then, without further ado, if you’re interested to learn more about these Samsung GALAXY Note tablets, including my take on their gaming performance, then here you go, my quick roundup of Samsung GALAXY Note and Note Pro tablets.

Samsung GALAXY Note 8

Samsung GALAXY Note 8 is actually the only Note tablet that uses the 8-inch display.

And this slate was actually released 2 years ago, few months after the launch of Samsung GALAXY Note 2 (if i’m not mistaken).

So this tablet still inherits some of the core elements found on the second-gen Samsung GALAXY Note 2, especially in terms of design, which has that chubby and bulky looking design all over its body.

And that’s true because Samsung GALAXY Note 8 looks really chubby and has a prominent rectangular side all over the body, something that actually has become the trademark of Samsung’s older-gen GALAXY devices.

However, despite having that chubby looking design, Samsung GALAXY Note 8 is still a decent quality tablet, especially for those looking for a great note-taking device with amazing stylus experience.

Not only is this tablet incredible as a note device, but it also has great set of hardware and good gaming performance as well.

Samsung GALAXY Note 8And that’s mostly thanks to its Exynos 4412 quad-core processor and Mali-400 GPU found embedded inside this device, not to mention, its huge 2GB of RAM also provides a huge space to do multitasking.

So basically, with this type of specs, you can expect to see this tablet excel when handling even games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, Need for Speed or Modern Combat 5.

In terms of overall specs, Samsung GALAXY Note 8 comes with an 8-inch TFT display sporting the 800x1280 pixel resolution, a quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, Mali-400 GPU, 2GB of RAM, 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box and a 4600mAh power battery.

Not to mention, Samsung also provides this tablet with cellular connectivity, allowing you to do phone calls or even send text messages with this note tablet.

Overall, it’s really obvious that Samsung GALAXY Note 8 is simply a decent quality note tablet.

It’s even the best note-taking tablet out there on the market, although its position might now be replaced with other note tablets like NVIDIA Shield Tablet or HP Slate 7 Extreme.

But, this Samsung’s note tablet is still a great device.

It’s great for taking notes, drawing pictures, browsing the web, watching the videos, taking photos/videos or even playing games. There is just so much to be had from this 8-inch device, which can’t be found on other tablets out there.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 (2014 edition)

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 has become the largest model of this series last year. However, its position has been replaced this year with Samsung GALAXY Note Pro tablet, a really huge 12.2-inch productivity slash note-taking tablet.

But interestingly, despite being a “Pro” version, this 12.2-inch tablet still strikes some resemblances with the 10.1-inch variant, especially in terms of design, hardware specs and stylus of course.

And they even come with the same hardware package, with the LTE models receiving Snapdragon 800 processor, while the 3G model powered by Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 processor.

Even so, there are still some parts that separate these both models.

And one of them is their UI, with the regular 10.1-inch Note model having the usual TouchWiz UI, while the 12.2-inch Pro variant getting the new revamped Live-Tile-based Magazine UI.

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 consists in 2 different variants – the LTE and the 3G models.

And as mentioned above, the LTE model gets the Snapdragon 800 processor – along with the Adreno 330 GPU -, while the 3G variant receives Samsung 5 Octa Exynos octa-core processor with big.LITTLE architecture (4 cores on Cortex-A15 handling the heavy tasks, while other 4 cores on Cortex-A7 handling the light-weight tasks).

But in terms of performance, as i’ve already seen on some reviews on YouTube, the LTE model delivers much faster and smoother experience than the 3G model, which surprisingly runs a bit laggy especially when handling some heavy tasks on the screen.

So if you’re planning to get this tablet near time soon, i strongly recommend you to get the LTE model because this variant has much better performance and even gaming capability than the 3G model.

I’m not saying that the 3G model is really laggy, but the LTE variant is just much faster and smoother in overall performance.

When it comes to specs, it’s really obvious that Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 is really superior on this sector.

In fact, this tablet is one of the tablets with the highest-grade specs on the market this year, alongside other Samsung GALAXY Note Pro and Samsung GALAXY Tab Pro/Tab S series.

It’s got a super high-resolution screen, fast and high-end processor/GPU, huge RAM, great software and features, great stylus, great camera, much better design (than predecessors), better build quality, powerful gaming performance and pretty much about this tablet is just amazing.

The LTE model of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1 comes a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, a huge 3GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU.

Meanwhile, the 3G variant of this tablet is powered by Samsung 5 Octa Exynos 5420 octa-core processors, 3GB of RAM and Mali T628 MP6 GPU.

But the rest of the specs of these 2 models are actually quite similar.

They have the same 10.1-inch Super Clear LCD display sporting the super high-resolution 2560x1600 pixels, 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, microSD card slot for up to 64GB, 16/32/64GB of internal storage, S-Pen stylus, Android v4.3 Jelly Bean layered with Samsung TouchWiz UI and a non-removable 8220mAh power battery, promising for up to 2230 hours for stand-by, up to 10 hours for multimedia and 98 hours for music play.

Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2

Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2The 12.2-inch Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2 is actually not a huge departure from the regular 10.1-inch model.

It has the same exact super high-resolution screen, the same cameras, the same type of display, the same stylus, the same design and the same exact hardware package – the Snapdragon 800 for the LTE model, while the 3G model gets the Samsung Exynos 5 Octa 5420 processor with big.LITTLE architecture.

However, there are some parts of this 12.2-inch tablet that set it apart from the 10.1-inch variant.

And those are – of course, its screen size -, its bigger battery capacity and last but least, its UI. Unlike the 10.1-inch model with its TouchWiz UI, Samsung decides to make a complete overhaul to the UI of Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2. The new UI is called Magazine UI.

Unlike TouchWiz UI that looks and works just like stock Android UI, the Magazine UI of this Note Pro uses this different design layout, which kind of reminds us with the Live Tile Metro UI of Windows-based tablets.

But apart from that, the 12.2-inch model is basically the blown up version of Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1.

It has the same exact super high-resolution 2560x1600 pixels (although it has much lower ppi due to larger screen size than the smaller models), Snapdragon 800/Samsung 5 Octa Exynos, Adreno 330 GPU/Mali-T628 MP6 GPU, the same stylus, microSD card for up to 64GB, 32/64GB of internal storage, 3GB of RAM, 8MP camera on the back with LED flash, 2MP camera on the front, Android 4.4 Kit Kat, a bigger 9500mAh power battery, promising for up to 10 hours and 30 minutes for talk time and up to 188 hours for music play.

Overall, this 12.2-inch Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2 is a great quality tablet, especially for those looking for a productivity tablet with great performance, software, features, camera and stylus experience.

It may be pretty heavy to hold in the long hours, but as a productivity and media-consumption device, Samsung GALAXY Note Pro 12.2 is just a top notch choice out there on the market right now.

Conclusion

Well, that’s all for now about these Samsung GALAXY Note and Note Pro tablets.

Samsung actually used to have other Samsung GALAXY Note tablets in the past, but given that these older-gen modes haven’t been reviewed yet on this website, I decided to not include those models in this quick roundup post.

But you probably might want to bookmark this page in case you want to get updated with the other models that Samsung releases under this series.

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