Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Presented below is a comparison of the features between the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.

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The screen:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is equipped with a TFT LCD display that comes with a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels along with a pixel density of 149 Pixel Per Inch. As compared to the other tablets in the market such as the iPad 3 which comes with a screen resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels and a PPI ratio of 264, the resolution of Note 10.1 is not that great. However, various tests have proven the display to be quite good, even when viewed from different angles. The minor pixel flaws aside, the display on the Note 10.1 is quite striking and vivid. However, it may not be the apt one for gamers on the go.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is equipped with a 5.5 inch HD SuperAMOLED display that comes with a screen resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. As compared to the older Galaxy Note which had a 5.3 inch screen, the screen on the Note 2 is larger by 0.2 inches.

The Design and Build:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a glossy white plastic casing that gives it a cheap look. It measures 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm or 7.1 x 10.3 x 0.35 inches and weighs only 597 grams. Such dimensions indicate that the Note 10.1 is super portable and the device can be just dumped in a bag and lugged around , without one ever feeling the weight of it.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is comparatively smaller at 5.95 x 3.16 x 0.37 inches and also lighter at just 180 grams. However, the Note 10.1 is thinner than the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
  • Both the devices come with the option of a microSD slot. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 can support only 32 MB of external memory, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can support up to 64 MB of external storage.

The Operating System and other features:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which has not been customized a lot by the manufacturer and thus is very user friendly. A few features of the ICS software include a new onscreen keyboard that facilitates easier typing of long emails and Facebook status, easier sharing of video clips and other data, etc. It also comes with the S-Pen accessory which is a pressure sensitive stylus and capable of recognizing many different levels of pressure. It cannot be used with unsupported apps, but using it with apps that support it can be quite a pleasurable experience for the user. The S-Pen maximized Photoshop Touch app facilitates the easy editing of pictures while one can use Samsung’s S Note app and easily write down long notes. Additionally, the Note 10.1 comes with the ‘Multiscreen’ feature which allows user to work on and view several screens at the same time and thus promotes multitasking.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, which is the latest mobile OS from Google. The operating system on the Note 2 is layered with Samsung’s customized user interface called TouchWiz. Along with the other features of ICS, the Note 2 also supports the S-Pen.
  • The OS upgrade option for Note 10.1 may be available in the future.

The Internal Hardware:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with the powerful Exynos 4212 quad SoC along with a 1.4GHz quad-core Cortex A9 processor and a Mali-400MP GPU. It has 2 GB of RAM. It comes with 16 GB of internal storage space.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 phablet is equipped with a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex A-9 processor and comes with 2 GB of RAM. Its different models include 16, 32 and 64 GB variants.
  • The Note 10.1 comes with a 7,000 mAh battery that lasts for about 8 hours, while the Note 2 comes with a 3,100 mAh battery. The battery life for the Note 2 is yet to be tested and verified.

The Camera:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 5 megapixel camera on the rear which is equipped with a single LED flash. The secondary camera has a resolution of 1.9 megapixels and comes equipped with an ambient sensor.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also has a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. However, the primary camera is a whopping 8 megapixels that comes equipped with LED flash. One can use this camera to capture full HD videos at 1080p@30fps. Other features supported by the camera inlcude touch focus, geo-tagging, image stabilization, and smile and face detection. Users who want to take high quality photos have to opt for the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, instead of the
    Note 10.1

The Connectivity:

  • The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1as well as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity options. However, the Note 2 will also be able to connect to mobile data when the carriers are announced. The connectivity of Note 10.1 to mobile data may be possible in the future, but not currently.
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