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Old 28-12-2013, 18:51
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Can anyone comment on this device? It's getting generally good reviews and I'm particularly interested in the 'S-pen' and the ability to write notes.

I'm looking for a tablet which will be both an entertainment device and something to use for work. I anticipate using the S-pen to take notes during meetings and to use for my studies as a part-time student.

Does the hand writing transcribe well to typed text, and can you save it easily to Evernote and similar apps?
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Old 28-12-2013, 18:59
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I have the 2013 version of this and the S-Pen works quite well. It transcribes text quite well and although I've not used it for any work purpose it's done what I've needed it to do - write notes that I can save either as text or as handwriting.

I'd recommend it!
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Old 28-12-2013, 21:29
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^ Thanks pucky, I'm pretty sure I'll get one as it seems ideal for my needs. Luckily the best price at the moment is at John Lewis (£399), so if the s-pen doesn't work as I want it to I can always exchange it easily for something else.

It's a shame that only the 16GB version is available so far in the UK, although the expandable storage compensates to some extent.
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Old 28-12-2013, 21:37
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I got the 2013 version for 350 with £50 cashback which I've just received. I love my tablet. I got it so I didn't have to keep putting pc on to browse the web. Pen is good also. Less fingerprints on the screen.
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Old 28-12-2013, 21:44
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We have had a 10.1 for 12 months now, she who will be obeyed loves it uses the spen all the time, great piece of kit
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Old 28-12-2013, 22:44
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my daughter has had hers for over a year (older version). She loves it and the S pen is invaluable for taking notes in lectures for her Maths degree and for doing calculations.
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Old 28-12-2013, 23:44
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Last years model love it recommend it yes.
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Old 29-12-2013, 00:02
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Thanks all, this is such useful feedback. That's it, I'm going to buy one! I think I'll wait until January, just in case prices come down a little.
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Old 29-12-2013, 06:54
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Thanks all, this is such useful feedback. That's it, I'm going to buy one! I think I'll wait until January, just in case prices come down a little.
After we had ours last year saw price increases from January that stayed in p!ace for the rest of the year, so watch it
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Old 29-12-2013, 16:59
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After we had ours last year saw price increases from January that stayed in p!ace for the rest of the year, so watch it
Yeah I was gutted, PCW knocked money off the Galaxy tablets last Xmas, I ordered one in Jan and it'd gone up - a couple of days before and I'd have got it for the cheaper price!

I don't know what stock levels are like this time but I had to wait 3 weeks for it as Samsung couldn't ship them in the UK quick enough!
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Old 29-12-2013, 17:29
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Thanks for the above tip on pricing. I'm watching the Currys and John Lewis sites like a hawk.

I was on the Android Central forum earlier and there seems to be a common issue with the battery on the 2014 model. Quite a few people report a dual issue of very poor battery life (around 3 hours) along with the device taking over 12 hours to charge up. Swapping for a new machine seems to help, although not in all cases.

The majority of people on that forum seem happy with the battery life, so that's good. Shame about the issue though and fingers crossed I don't have it.
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Old 29-12-2013, 18:02
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I think that currently cheap Advent Tegra Note uses an s-pen.
They call theirs a DirectStylus™ pen. (GPU pressure software)
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Old 11-01-2014, 13:36
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I bought this and I'm quite pleased except it doesn't have an HDMI thingy on it. I bought the Blackberry Playbook before (really cheap) and liked that I could watch my films/videos in my bedroom using the HDMI on it.

The Note can show my films/videos on my living room TV using the smart allshare thing but my bedroom tv is not a smart tv so I was at a loss what to do.

I read a lot about the allshare dongle and some other dongles but I was just getting very confused by all of them. Did I need to be online to view files etc...so in the end I sent for and MHL to HDMI cable which does what I want for now..
Would be interesting to find out if I did the right thing here from you guys!


I would have loved the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition to have had the HDMI on it.

Other than that, I'm pleased with it.

Oh about the S pen, it worked fine for the little I tried it (taken a little note and phone number) but lots of videos on youtube giving more in depth instructions which I've not got around to yet, but what I have noticed is that since I put on a screen protector, the pen does seem to drag a little, doesn't flow so good.
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Old 11-01-2014, 13:56
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^ Thanks for your comments, very useful.

I've just found out that a 'pro' version will be released before the end of March, with a better battery, 32GB storage and 12.2" screen.

Initial reviewer comments seem pretty positive so I might hang on a bit. The pro model might push down the price of the 10.1" model, with any luck, so if the pro is very expensive I could still get the smaller model.
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Old 11-01-2014, 14:02
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Hope whatever you choose you are happy with your purchase
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Old 11-01-2014, 14:11
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I think that currently cheap Advent Tegra Note uses an s-pen.
They call theirs a DirectStylus™ pen. (GPU pressure software)
The difference is Samsung's Note devices use Wacom digitizers (Samsung also acquired a percentage of Wacom)
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Old 20-01-2014, 17:25
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One of the criticisms of this tablet is its high price. Certainly, at £449 it's pretty steep, but John Lewis' price of £399 is a bit more reasonable. However, having been in Australia over Christmas and the New Year, I was curious how prices compare.

Whilst in Oz, I was shocked at the high cost of living there. Supermarkets are much more expensive than here, and fresh fruit and veg are, surprisingly, much more expensive too. So I was not surprised that their prices for tablets were also more expensive than ours. However, their tablet prices seem to have reduced and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) is available in JB Hi-Fi for A$648 (about £360 at an exchange rate of £1 = A$1.80).

So either we are being ripped off, or there is a price reduction in the offing (says he, hopefully).
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Old 20-01-2014, 22:42
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Geoff, I think in general we pay over the odds in the UK for electronic goods. I've heard all sorts of reasons why but none of them are very convincing, so I'm sticking with the rip off theory for now!

I agree the Samsung is very pricey and I wouldn't consider paying much over £400 for it, so I'm glad that JL prices are so good.

Because of the imminent release of the 12.2" pro version I'm hoping that the 10.1" will go down in price a bit. Chances are that it will hold its price and the pro version will be stupidly expensive.
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Old 11-02-2014, 15:34
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John Lewis price now gone up to £449.95! Just hoping it's so they can comply with 'Sale' requirements, pre-Easter.

I notice that, in the US, people seem to be able to get them for $500.
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Old 11-02-2014, 15:47
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John Lewis price now gone up to £449.95! Just hoping it's so they can comply with 'Sale' requirements, pre-Easter.

I notice that, in the US, people seem to be able to get them for $500.
Yes I noticed that too! The 12.2" Pro is a massive £649 at JL.

However, Simply Electrics are doing the 10.1" 2014 edition at an amazing £384 for the 32GB version:

http://www.simplyelectronics.net/mai...n=add&sd=specs

I'm hoping they'll be equally as competitive with the 12.2" Pro (no price at present).
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Old 11-02-2014, 16:23
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However, Simply Electrics are doing the 10.1" 2014 edition at an amazing £384 for the 32GB version:
That looks an interesting price!

Edit: I've looked at that site and am suspicious that what I am buying is not a UK model. I can find no UK address on the site; the use of an American spelling of 'favorite'; and in the FAQ's, 'why does my order come with a different plug?' Also, one of the customer reviews states 'At least one app thinks American and will not load UK version'.

Too risky, I think...
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