Having originally launched six – yes six – months ago at Mobile World Congress, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is finally here, huzzah! Of course, it’s not the only tardy MWC device. Where the hell’s the Huawei Ascend D1 Quad, for example?
But enough about the “world’s fastest smartphone”, we’re here to talk about the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, with the windows and the stylus and the whatnot.
As I was saying, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 first popped up in Barcelona back in February, and it’s probably fair to say it was pretty well received. At least it wasn’t another bloody Samsung Galaxy Tab (of which there are now 398 different models).
Samsung talked up the Galaxy Note 10.1’s multi-window thingy, allowing users to – for example – watch a college lecture on one side of the screen while taking notes on the other. Good stuff.
However, crucially, the iPad 3 – or “new iPad” – launched a few weeks later, and Samsung audibly sighed. Suddenly we were told that the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 specs and price and release date were very much up in the air.
Indeed, it was very much the same story the year before, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It disappeared in the wake of the iPad 2, and later resurfaced with a sexy makeover.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1’s makeover was unveiled in May over in Germany, and focused around a quad-core upgrade and slimmer S Pen. Noice.
However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 kept a pretty low profile in the months following; “off the radar” is about right.
Fast-forward to July, and we heard that Samsung had a “major” announcement scheduled for August 15. Pretty much everyone assumed it must be the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. What else?
Nope, not the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 after all (it’s tipped for an August 29 launch), it was the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 being launched for, like, the eighth time.
To be fair, the August 15 thing was primarily intended for the US. Us Europeans were already quite familiar with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Having said that, there was some sort of bash in London’s West End with free food and booze and Kylie Minogue and Team GB. Eh, why was I not informed of this? I could’ve really put Mobot on the map by – how do I put this? – wooing Kylie.
Meanwhile, over in New York, Samsung wheeled out all manner of bizarre celebs at the US Galaxy Note 10.1 launch, including film guy Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, Australia) and fashion designer Zac Posen (uhm, who?).
See, Samsung reckons the Galaxy Note 10.1 is ideal for creative types and business peeps and students. Baz Luhrmann would've loved a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 back when he was designing Moulin Rouge, for example. But doesn’t all that talk serve to alienate Joe Average?
On the plus side, pricing from Handtec and Expansys appears to be pretty much the same as the new iPad, give or take. Specs include a quad-core processor clocked at 1.4GHz and 2GB of RAM. Not too shabby.
We’d like to see the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 do well. The multi-window element and the stylus at least set it apart from other Android tablets, but we’re still not convinced that the average consumer really gives a crap - when it comes to tablets - about anything other than the iPad.
And while the 5.3in Samsung Galaxy Note "phablet" has done rather well, it’s in a whole different category, know wha’m sayin’? They’re alike in name only. And stylus. Ahem.
And that’s the story of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. Good luck to you, sir.