This tablet is ideal when used with a case


    Dec 13, 2013

    This tablet is ideal when used with a case

    Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

    MY FIRST impression of the Note 10.1 2014 edition is that it does not look that large for a tablet with a 10.1 display.

    Also, the 2,560x1,600 super-clear LCD is very crisp and sharp, as sharp as Apple's 2,360x1,600 Retina Display for the latest iPads.

    The 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 32GB of internal memory, 8MP camera and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac running on the latest Android OS 4.3 all add up to one powerful tablet.

    Samsung takes much pride in its S Pen and S Note features for smartphones and tablets - features that some users may find very useful.

    But, on the whole, the defining features I would look for in a tablet are easy navigation, long battery life, well-placed buttons and responsiveness.

    The Note 10.1 2014 lives up to these criteria. One thing I discovered, though: It is very difficult to use the tablet without a case as the user's hands tend to activate very sensitive touch buttons at the front, leading to unintended actions. With a proper cover (like Samsung's) to hold the tablet, such navigation misadventures can be minimised.

    The Note 10.1 2014 comes with security and privacy protection provided by Samsung's KNOX. Users run apps and data inside a secure execution environment called container. KNOX also offers protection against malware and phishing, and hacking on physical devices when they are lost or stolen.

    How much: $998 for 32GB LTE version and $798 for Wi-Fi version, available in black and white. Optional items include Bluetooth keyboard ($118), Desktop Dock ($68) and Book Cover ($88).