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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Problems, Errors, Troubleshooting and Solutions [Part 2]


We already have published so many support articles for Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Note 3. In June, I published the first part of our series that deals with Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition problems, errors and glitches.

Since then, we’ve received a lot of emails from owners asking how to fix their problems but we were so busy supporting two other Notes and three of Samsung’s Galaxy S devices (S2, S3, & S4), that’s why I haven’t written follow up posts. Now, that there are three of us taking turns writing posts for devices we support, it’s time to continue providing solutions to common Note 10.1 problems and answer our readers questions and concerns.

So, if you own this device and currently being bugged by an issue you don’t know how to fix, drop us an email at [email protected] and we may get back to you or include your problem in our next posts. But when you do email us, please provide as much details as possible for us to be able to asses your concerns well. You may also post your concerns on our Facebook wall or Google+ page.

Click on the link of a problem to jump to that section.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Displays X On Battery Icon

Problem: Hello guys! I was actually enjoying your articles and expertise although my device isn’t one of the devices you support. I have a Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition and the first four months was really awesome and I couldn’t complain with its performance and features. By the way, the problem isn’t with any of those but with the way my device charges as of late. When I plug the tablet to charge, I get the battery icon but with a red X mark over it. Just today, the device had 20% battery left when I plugged it in. I left it for an hour and it went down to 8%. That is an obvious sign the Note doesn’t charge. How can I fix this? Thanks in advance! — Jerry

Related Problem 1: I see you only have one article for Note 10.1 and my problem wasn’t included in the issues you addressed. I don’t really know what happened to my tablet but recently when I charge it, it displays the battery icon but with a red X mark on it instead of just the battery icon only. The device won’t charge. What is the problem with it and how can I resolve it? Thanks. — Jomari

Related Problem 2: My tablet is frozen on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 logo when it isn’t attached to the charger. When I press and hold the power button it will go off but then the logo comes back on. When the tablet is connected to the charger the battery charging logo is on the screen but it is frozen (no movement on the battery). Same thing with it. When I press and hold the power button it goes off but comes right back on again. Have you any idea of how to fix this? — Judy

Potential Solution: As you know, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition uses the standard micro-USB charging port unlike the previous version. So, you can just try different, even non-Samsung, USB cables because more often the battery icon with an X mark on it comes out when the phone detects a charger is plugged in but nor current is coming in. Or, at least, that’s one of the possibilities.

The other possibility is that the USB charging port, or one of its components, is busted and needs replacement. But you’ll only know this by ruling out the other possibility. The thing is, the performance of the device isn’t affected by this problem and it can only be noticed when the tablet is plugged in to charge. So, if you can rectify this issue, the device will be like new again.

So, again try a different USB cable or charger and if the red X mark is still on the battery icon, it’s time you had the device checked by a Samsung technician. There’s nothing much we can do for hardware issues.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Can’t Load Photos From Other Device

Problem: Hi droid guy, I hope you can help me. On my Note 10.1 my pictures synced from my phone (iPhone 5c) will not load on my Note. It says the pictures are there and only a few will display. It says unable to load photos with a black box. I have deleted Google and reinstalled it twice, my pictures from FB have synced and are there. Is there anything I can do about this. I am trying to get a slideshow of my photos for my wedding. I do not have a computer just my phone and the note. Thanks, please help! — Kristi

Related Problem: Hi guys. I have a minor issue with my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, it’s not loading photos from my other device, iPad 3. I have all my photos in my iPad but I want to copy them over to my new Note. There are more than 300 photos so Bluetooth is not really a viable option. Someone said I could just transfer them over via internet but when I tried, photos won’t load on my Samsung device. Please help me with it. Thanks. — Jean

Workaround: I don’t have any idea about the setup of your other device so I won’t delve into the cause why your photos won’t load on your Note 10.1. However, I will give you the easiest, I think, and more convenient way to transfer over your photos.

  1. Download and install Google+ on both the other device and Note 10.1.
  2. On your other device, login to the Google+ using the Google account you use on your Note.
  3. Upload all your photos to Google+.
  4. On your Note 10.1, enable sync for photos from Google+.
  5. All your photos will now be viewed on your Note.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Freezes And Won’t Respond

Problem: I have a Note 10.1 that I started having a problem with. When I visit an app. and then try to exit or quit, by pushing the back button or the home page button it does nothing. The screen I’m on seems to be frozen. I end up pushing the on-off button and that itself, doesn’t always function correctly…sometimes I have to hold it down longer…and sometimes the screen that allows you to Power Off disappears before I can hit the button to power off. Even when I go to my device settings to turn on or off a function…I can’t get out of the screen it seems to also freeze up. Can you help? Thanks. — Martha

Related Problem: My Note 10.1 (2014 model) freezes and becomes unresponsive most of the time. It happens especially when I open apps. The device will stay on the current page and it won’t respond even if I press the Home button. There are even times when it doesn’t respond to Power button. Please help me figure out a solution for this. Thanks. — Jolina

Potential Solution: There is always a chance that this problem was caused by a third-party app that has gone rogue or crashed. You need to rule that possibility out by booting the table in Safe Mode, which will temporarily disable all third-party apps:

  1. Turn off Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 completely.
  2. Press and hold the Power button.
  3. When the Samsung logo appears on the screen, release the Power button and immediately press and hold the Volume down key.
  4. Once the Note has finished restarting and ‘Safe Mode’ shows in the bottom left corner of the screen, release the Vol down key.

While the device is in safe mode, observe closely to find out if it still freezes or becomes unresponsive. If not, then the problem was really with the third parties. All you need to do is find out which app causes it and uninstall it. You better start with apps you used when the issue occurred.

However, if the phone still freezes and becomes unresponsive, then one of the pre-installed apps or core services is causing it. This time, you need to perform factory reset to bring the device back to its original settings.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Picture Load Time, App Installation Issues

Problem: Hi guys, I was hoping you could help me with a couple of problems with my Samsung Note 10.1 2014 version tablet.

First, my gallery app take a long time to load pictures, like 30-45 seconds, the app opens quickly, but it does not populate with pictures for a long time. It didn’t do that when I first got it, just for the last couple of months. I have about 1200 pictures on there, most in the Camera uploads folder.

Second, when I try to install any new apps, it says it can’t install on the main hard drive or on the SD card. The main hard drive has about a1.5 gig of space left, and the SD card has about 14 gig of space on it. What could the reasons be for it not wanting to install any new apps. Thanks for taking a look. — Paul

Related Problem 1: I can’t figure out why the gallery application is taking ages to load. I have about 400 photos in my tablet’s storage while others are saved in the cloud. The device loads pretty fast and all other functions are working like it used to but when I launch the gallery, the phone seems to slow down or something. Do you have an idea what’s causing it? — Jhun

Related Problem 2: Hi guys! My name is Sarah and I have a problem with my Note 10.1. When I try to download and install apps, it says it couldn’t install them. There’s more than 9GB left on the SD card so I’m really perplexed why this issue happens. Do you know how to fix this problem? Thank you!

Potential Solutions: Since there are two issues here, let me take them up one by one. Let’s go for the first, the Gallery load time issue. You know Gallery is one of the busiest apps in your device and its load time depends on the number of photos saved locally, the number of accounts it’s syncing with, the number of photos it has to load from the cloud, and how fast the internet connection is. When the Camera is running, so is the Gallery because it manages both photos and videos.

So, the device is performing normally and it only slows down, so it seems, when gallery is launched. It seems to me that the real issue is with the number of photos or multimedia files it loads. The most logical way to address this issue is the clear the cache and data of the app. Don’t worry, Gallery manages your photos but doesn’t store them so clearing both the cache and data won’t delete any of your photos.

If the clearing of cache and data doesn’t fix the problem, try removing all syncs for photos first and repeat the clearing of data. This time only photos and/or videos saved locally are to be loaded or cached. If the app is still slow after that, take a little time transferring all your multimedia files to a computer or upload them in the cloud.     Minimize the number of photos to be loaded in the gallery.

The issue about not being able to download and install apps is often caused by insufficient internal storage. You may be seeing that there is enough space left for an app but remember that apps have a different partition. The most logical way to address this is to uninstall unused apps, clear data of apps that aren’t used anymore and move as many third-party apps as possible to the external storage or microSD card.

If this problem, however, started after you updated Google Play Store, then it’s obvious the recent update may have messed up your device. Go to Application Manager and uninstall updates for the Play Store; that often works.

App Is Not Compatible With Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Firmware

Problem: Good morning Harold, I have had my Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 for some months now with no issues. However just recently Twitter started playing up constantly stating that tweets could not be retrieved at this time despite having full internet connection and everything else working. In my attempts to fix this I seem to have wiped the Twitter app from the device! When I go to Google Play to reload it tells me that ‘This version is not compatible with your device’. Can you help at all please? Thanks, Paul.

Related Problem: Hey guys, I’m happy I found your website. I own the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition with the latest firmware. I assume majority of the apps, if not all, in the Play Store are compatible with the latest version of Android, except of course for those that require root access. My Note is not rooted and guess what, I’m having an issue with the Facebook app. Can you believe that? One of the most popular apps in the world is being rejected by my device.

As a backgrounder, I already had FB app on my device but since it kept freezing, I uninstalled it. Now, I log in to Play Store, searched for FB app, and now it’s telling me that it is not compatible with my device? I was stunned and couldn’t figure out what to do. Please advice. Regards, Kristen.

Potential Solution: It’s a glitch and a minor one. I personally encountered this problem with my phone before and you know what fixed it? Reboot. Yes, a simple reboot may fix this issue. So, that’s the first thing I want you to try. If it doesn’t fix it at first try, then do it for the second time and third time. After that if the problem is still there, then try a different method. I suggest you clear Play Store updates:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Touch Settings, and then General tab.
  3. Tap Application manager and swipe to All tab.
  4. Scroll to and tap Play Store.
  5. Tap Uninstall Updates.

If this procedure won’t fix it, then wiping the cache partition will:

  1. Press and hold the Power key and choose Power off and confirm your command by tapping OK.
  2. When the phone is completely off, press and hold the Volume Up and the Power key at the same time.
  3. When the Samsung logo appears, let go of the Power key but continue holding the Vol up key.
  4. When the Android image appears, release the Volume up key.
  5. Using the Volume Down key, highlight Wipe cache partition, and then press the Power key to select.
  6. When finished the phone will display ‘Cache wipe complete’.
  7. Press the Power key to select Reboot system now.

That’s it! You should be able to download apps you want to install on your device.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Can’t Play Videos From iPad

Problem: Hi droid guy, I have a minor issue with my new Note 10.1, it can’t play my videos. I own an iPad and I have a lot of videos in it that I want to view on my Note. When I attempt to open the video, it says no app to open the file and whatever I do, it just won’t read the file. What can I do? — Jill

Related Problem: Unable to open emailed video, pop up note says no program to open file. Video was emailed from iPad 2 to my note 10.1. — Clyde

Related Question: Hi, what can I do so that I can watch my videos from my iPad to my Note 10.1?

Solution: Videos that play on iPad or iOS devices often has a different format and can’t play on any Android devices without the help of special apps or decoders. More often than not, these are QuickTime videos that have an extension of .mov. You need to convert these videos to .mp4 so they can be played on your Note. For videos that aren’t owned by others or not sensitive (and aren’t too large), the most practical workaround is to upload them to YouTube and just stream them online.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Won’t Charge If Not Used

Problem: Was working and charging fine until a few days ago , only 4 months old , my galaxy only came with cable and not wall charger so been using a laser brand , for some reason my tablet will only charge when I’m using it , when I stop using tablet it stops charging , weird,, do you think it’s a battery problem . I have ordered a Samsung wall charger and hopefully that it’s just that , otherwise I’ll have to take it in to get looked at, I managed to charge it to 73% while using it last night , when I looked at it this morning it was still on 73%, any thoughts? — Karen

Potential Solution: The USB cable may have a break that could only make contact when you’re using the device. Put the device down and wiggle the USB cable around, I’m almost certain that at some point, it will charge. But since you already ordered a wall charger, wait for it. Hopefully, the new charger will fix this problem for good, otherwise, it would be wiser to have it checked.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Not Recognized By PC

Problem: Hi, I was wondering if you could help me with this problem. My tablet’s USB connection is not being recognised on my computer.

It only charges the tablet. I do not have the option of choosing to connect as a media device (MTP) or camera on my tablet either. Looking forward to hearing some ideas. Thanks and regards, Denise.

Potential Solution: It’s obviously a driver issue. Log on to Samsung website then go to its download section and you can find drivers specific to your device. Or, to make it even easier, download Samsung KIES and install in on your PC. It comes with necessary drivers. This alone can fix your problem.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Crackling Sound

Question: Hi, I’ve recently purchased the note 2014 online about 1-2 months ago and have just noticed a buzzing/crackling noise coming from right speaker only. This usually happens when I’m in an application and the volume is turned off or on very low. It’s not just apps as well, it also happens when just listening to music using stock music player as well. So I was wondering is it just a software issue or should I return it under warranty?

Answer: Find out if the crackling sound is present when you use a headset. If so, then the problem must be in the built in amplifier and you should return it under warranty. If, however, the crackling sound can’t be heard when using a headset, it’s possible the right speaker is busted; you can still return it. I’m certain it’s not an issue with apps or firmware. Samsung tech may be able to help you out with it as it concerns the hardware.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Charges Slowly

Question: I have been having issues with charging my Note 10.1. It takes over 10 hrs to fully charge. I was wondering if you can suggest a solution to this problem. I’ve tried closing all apps and putting it on flight mode when charging. I’ve also tried turning it off and it stills takes a long time to charge.

Answer: Are you using the original charger that was in the box? The so-called “universal chargers” often don’t produce the correct current needed to charge high-end devices like the one you have. If you’re using the OEM charger, then there’s a possibility that it’s damaged. Try using a different one with the same output rating and if the problem still happens, you need to have the device checked as there could be a problem with its USB charge port.

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How To Fix Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) Common Problems

Samsung’s Note series are among the most successful and popular Android devices but just like others, they’re not perfect. That’s the reason why I started this series as we have also receive a lot of emails from our readers who own Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.


The problems cited in this post are common so if you own a tablet like this and currently experiencing some issues, please browse this post to see if I’ve already addressed them. Otherwise, feel free to tell us about your problems through email at [email protected]. I assure you, we will help find solutions to your problems. We also have Facebook and Google+ pages where you can post your concerns.

#1. Transfer downloaded movies to microSD card

Q: Hello guys, my concern is not really a serious problem but since I am not a techie person, I have to ask you a question that might find very easy to answer. Can I move movies I downloaded from Samsung Hub to my SD card? I am preparing for a trip to outskirts of Italy where internet connection may be an issue. So, I downloaded movies so I have something to entertain me while travelling. But now, I’ve having memory issues. By the way, I own a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. — Lyra

A: Lyra, you may not like my answer but no, you can’t copy them over to your microSD card. Contents downloaded from Samsung Hub are copyrighted or licensed that it would be illegal to move them over to an external storage device where they could be shared with others.

What others do is buy a copy of DVD or Blu Ray and rip contents so they can convert them to a format that’s readable to the phone. That way, they can carry them over and transferred at will. But as far as legalities are concerned, well, they’re not really legal. I’m sure you understand where we stand when it comes to these things. But I hope I’ve somehow answered your question.

#2. How to turn off PIN lock when it’s disabled by administrator

Q: I have my own Wi-Fi at home but when I arrived at the office, I have to connect to my company’s network but when I do that, I’m forced to use PIN to lock my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition). I understand it’s my company’s security procedure but the funny thing is, whenever I try to connect to that network, it seems like somebody has taken control over my device. When I go to security settings, the swipe option is greyed out with a note that says “Turned off by administrator or credential storage.” I just don’t want to use PIN and how can I regain full access to my tablet? Thanks. — Jorge

A: First of all, we don’t want to teach people how to breach secured networks; that’s not the reason why we’re doing this, okay? You made it clear, or you didn’t say otherwise, that you’ll only get those restrictions every time you connect to your company’s Wi-Fi network. So, if you don’t want your access to be limited, don’t use / connect to the network.

But since you asked how to regain your full access to your tablet, try deleting all Wi-Fi networks and VPNs (if any) associated with your company and start all over. If that doesn’t work, go to Wi-Fi > tap and hold on the Wi-Fi network > choose Advanced > set Proxy to ‘None’. If that doesn’t work either, I’m pretty sure your company is using some kind of ‘credentials’ to force you to use certain screen lock options, in this case, it’s the PIN lock. This is what you’re going to do to use other lock methods:

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Find and tap Settings.
  3. Now scroll to and tap Security.
  4. Under Security settings screen, find Clear Credentials option and tap on it.
  5. At this point, you can now choose the screen lock you want to use on your tablet.

#3. Tablet shows SD card unexpectedly removed

Q: I own a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) and about a week or two ago, I was randomly getting an error message saying “SD card unexpectedly removed.” I wasn’t doing anything on the tablet when the messaged popped up. The error message now keeps popping up more frequently so I’m a littler perplexed here since I take care of my tablet. No physical damage, no liquid damage, only a few apps are installed, and I don’t play game apps with it. In other words, I treat the device good. Help me with this problem please. Thank you. — Miley

A: I hate to break it to you, Miley, but your microSD card could already be damaged. But another possibility is that there could be a problem with the SD slot; it could be loose, or the receptors are corroded. So, the first thing I want you to do is unmount your microSD card and remove it from your tablet carefully. Now, with a soft, clean and dry piece of cloth, wipe its connectors. Do the same to the SD slot on the tablet. After that, insert the SD card into the slot and make sure it’s properly mounted or fitted. If it’s kind of loose in any way, insert a small piece of paper just to eliminate the play.

Turn your Note 10.1 on and allow it to read from the card. Observe closely if it would still unmount. If so, remove it again and have your computer or laptop read from it. If a computer can read from it, backup all data saved in it and reformat it to FAT32 format. Once you did that, insert the card again and let the device do its job. If the problem still persists, I’m quite certain at this moment that the card was damaged and you need to buy a new one to replace it.

I’m sorry but there’s only so much we can do for a failing microSD card. I would not advice you to continue using it for the sake of the safety of your data or files.

#4. Galaxy Note 10.1 getting pretty warm

Q: I just bought a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and I noticed that some of the areas are getting pretty warm, almost hot. The area that is noticeably warm is the upper right port of the tablet. Is it normal for the Note 10.1 to get this warm? I also own a China tablet but it doesn’t get as warm as my Note. It may not be a problem but I just want to know if it’s normal or not so I can return the device and get a better replacement. Thank you. — Xyrel

A: Yes, it’s normal. The reason why the upper area of the tablet is hot is because almost all components are located in that area. The lower portion is for the tablet’s 8220 mAh battery. With its quad core processor, RAM, flash memory, 3D graphics processor, touchscreen controller, etc., all located in that area, it is just normal that you’d feel the heat especially after using the device for a few hours.

But just to give you an idea, when the device gets unusually hot and its performance deteriorated (for example you notice lags, freezes, etc.), that is not normal already. You may have to bring the tablet back to the store where you bought it or have it checked by an authorized technician as soon as possible.

#5. Note 10.1 has issues playing videos after the update

Q: Hi guys, I recently received a notification that my Galaxy Note 10.1 is going to get an update. So, I did download it and installed it successfully. Everything is working fine except for the stock video player. It used to play my videos smoothly but now it seems like it’s buffering or something. The video flickers and there’s no sound coming out. I am wondering if this is a known issue with the device. But the strange thing is that, the video player used to play videos without problems prior to the update. Did I get a bad update? — Jeremiah

A: This problem is not common. If the problem started after the update, it could be that the video player just has some corrupt data that need to be cleared. So, the first thing I want you to do is clear both the cache and data of the video player.

  1. From the Home screen, tap Apps.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Select the General tab, then tap Application manager.
  4. Swipe left or right to choose All tab.
  5. Tap the desired application
  6. Tap Clear cache.
  7. Tap Clear data and then tap OK.

If clearing the app’s cache and data won’t solve the problem, then try wiping the cache partition.

  1. Press and hold the Power key, tap Power off, and then tap OK.
  2. Press and hold the Power key and Up Volume key at the same time.
  3. Release the Power key when the Samsung logo appears.
  4. Release the Up Volume keys when the Android image appears.
  5. Press the Down Volume key to select Wipe cache partition.
  6. Press the Power key.
  7. Once “Cache wipe complete” appears, press the Power key to select Reboot system now.
  8. The device restarts once the wipe is finished.

I hope this helps.

#6. Tablet’s screen remains black after draining its battery

Q: I went on a vacation and I remember I left my tablet playing music with 20+% battery. After a week I came back home and found out my Note 10.1 (2014 edition) is dead. So I knew right there and then the battery was completely drained. I charged it and left it for 3 hours. I slept during that duration and when I woke up I checked on it and there was nothing on the screen so I thought the charging was complete. However, I’m not sure if I saw the usual charging icon when I charged it. The Home and Back buttons lit up and the tablet beeped but the screen remains black. I waited at least 30 minutes but it was still black. I don’t know what to do so I’m asking you if you know something to fix this problem, please suggest. Thanks. — David

A: Usually, for this kind of problem, you just have to take the battery out for a minute, place it back in and that should work. For your case, however, it won’t work because in the first place the battery is not removable. So, I want you to press and hold the power button until the device is totally turned off. Now, attempt to boot the tablet to recovery mode by pressing and holding the power key and volume key at the same time. If the device boots up to recovery mode, then there’s no problem with your tablet, otherwise, have it checked.

#7. Multi Users Profile missing on Galaxy Note 10.1

Q: Hi guys, I just got my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and it’s missing the multi users profile where you can setup profiles for other users as if they are logged in as different users. That’s one of the reasons why I chose this tablet over the others but it turned out the feature is nowhere to be found. Do you know how I could get that? Thanks. — Lady

A: Initially, the Multi User feature was made available on US Wi-Fi variant with model number SM-P600. The recent KitKat update, however, brought it to other variants globally. So, if you haven’t updated your tablet yet, please do that. If, however, you’ve already updated it but the feature isn’t available still, I urge you to perform factory reset. This procedure will bring the phone back to the original settings of the current OS installed, so I’m pretty sure you’ll get the multi user feature once you did that.

#8. Galaxy Note 10.1 multi-window question

Q: So I travel a lot and I always bring my Note 10.1 with me. I have a lot of travel books in my Kindle file and Nook file and it’s a necessity for me to be able to view maps, which are saved in my Gallery as picture files. Is there a way I can open one of the files from Nook or Kindle while viewing my maps? I know that Samsung devices have this multi-window feature but it doesn’t work the way I want. What can you suggest? Thanks — Ted

A: Yes, high-end Samsung devices come with the multi-window feature wherein you can open two apps and display them side-by-side on the screen. But the fact is, it’s Samsung’s initiative to pack this feature. That said, majority of apps in the Play Store that didn’t come from Samsung are not compatible. And basically, what you can see on the multi-window tray are the ones that are compatible and there are only a few of them. So, there’s nothing we can do about it unless developers make their app compatible with that feature. But try Mantano Reader, I think it works with the Flash Bar service.

#9. Internet doesn’t work on Galaxy Note 10.1 anymore

Q: I bought a new router and set everything up correctly. There are three laptops at home with 2 iPads and all of them can connect to my network except for my lonely Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition. I rebooted, forget my network several times, and even performed factory reset but it just cannot connect to the internet. I can’t even load a webpage on my tablet. I’m not really a techie guy but I know a thing or two about basic wireless networking. I’m at a loss here now so I need your help guys. How can I fix this? — Felix

A: It could be a router problem. The router is new and it was just setup. If the tablet can connect to the network but can’t get internet to work, then it’s just a setting problem. I was anticipating you would include the name of the router so we could have more information. But you haven’t, the only thing I can make you try is to change your router’s Network mode or the channel; that usually works. But it’s also a good choice to call the router’s manufacturer and have their rep walk you through setting up your network properly for your tablet and other devices.

#10. Galaxy Note 10.1 screen black after dropped

Q: I accidentally dropped my Galaxy Note 10.1 on the floor. The surface wasn’t hard because it was carpeted, and the height of the drop was from the waistline. But however soft the surface was and however low it was dropped from, the device was totally affected. The screen is now black and whatever I do, it just wouldn’t come back on. I mean, the device turns on as I can see the keys lit up plus there is vibration and audio; only the screen has some issues. There are no cracks whatsoever on the screen so I assume it wasn’t really that bad. Do you know how to fix this issue? — Natalie P.

A: It is obviously a hardware problem and based on what you’ve said, I think there is no major damage on the tablet. It could be that some connections may have been loosen due to the impact. You can try to open the device if you are confident enough and then lift ribbon or cable that connects the screen to the motherboard. Mount it back and make sure it makes good contact. That should do it.

However, if you’re not confident enough to try this, then don’t as you might end up messing your device’s hardware. Let the technician do it for you or at least someone with experience. I hope this helps.

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Best business-friendly Android tablets money can buy in December 2014

Once upon a time deemed harmless toys incapable of challenging the conventional laptop’s productivity, tablets have grown in mainstream popularity of late not only because they’re smaller and, often, easier to master than computers.


They’re also slowly but steadily moving up the enterprise ranks, becoming safe, functional and, most of all, cheap enough to use in business environments. Besides, tablets allow professionals and entrepreneurs to take their work with them wherever, whenever, with increased comfort.

Juggling between one’s relaxation and entertainment needs, and office endeavors is a walk in the park, and a slew of optional accessories and add-ons like keyboard docks or stylus pens often bring tabs perfectly on-par with larger PCs as far as productivity goes. Sometimes, higher.

Business tablets

Granted, many tablets, especially in the Android ecosystem, remain focused on light tasks, gaming, or multimedia playing. Which is why you may need a little guidance into picking the pads that mean business the most. Here are seven top options available today, each one fitting a different enterprise profile:

Google/HTC Nexus 9 – starting at $400 on Amazon

At first glance, there’s nothing businessy about the latest entry in the “pure Google” Nexus franchise. Quite on the contrary, if we’re talking strictly from a software standpoint, as Big G is never keen on adding software optimizations or security “enhancements” in the mix.

What makes the N9 a sensible choice for corporations and corporation workers is the dedicated keyboard folio, up for grabs on Amazon at $88. Sure, most tabs support third-party docking stations and keyboard cases. Many of which might be larger and thus more productive than Nexus 9’s accessory.

Nexus 9

But this one is specifically made for Google’s 8.9 incher, and you’re guaranteed perfect compatibility and a smooth user experience close to the one offered by a traditional laptop. All for less than $500, in a package weighing under 800 grams in total. Nice!

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 – $549 in 32 GB configuration

It’s perhaps needless to point out why a stylus could come in handy for a graphic artist, or just a scribbler always attending meetings and always in need of easy note-taking tools. Well, the Note Pro 12.2 is one of the easiest and best all-around, along with its beautiful, greatly prolific S Pen.

Galaxy Note Pro with keyboard

A fantastic multi-tasker and a bona fide powerhouse, the Note Pro 12.2 offers all the screen real estate you’ll need to create and tweak spreadsheets in comfort, and of course, an Office Suite built with your enterprise requirements in mind.

Plus, Knox security, a wireless printing-dedicated app and a bundled keyboard if you’re willing to cough up $720 and up. Not exactly a bargain, but it could be money well spent.

Asus Transformer Pad TF103C – $299 (keyboard included)

Looking for a bargain tablet/laptop hybrid, and don’t mind cutting a few performance and productivity corners? This aging Transformer Pad is a smart buy no matter how you look at it, even if it’s smaller than the Note Pro and doesn’t come with a stylus in tow.

Asus Transformer Pad

Not quite a speed champion, the TF103C can last for a full day’s work on a single charge, and the bundled keyboard is particularly impressive, touting a decently sized trackpad and as such replicating to the letter a notebook’s typing experience.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition – $449 and up on Amazon

Something for everybody. That’s our motto today, and the 10.1-inch Note aims to meet the desires of those who see the Note Pro as too uncomfortable to lug around, and the Transformer Pad as underwhelming in the performance department.

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

Not too pricey, and not too cheap, if you know what we mean, this baby comes with Polaris Office pre-installed, S Pen support on hand, the same exquisite multitasking abilities as the 12.2 incher and an optional case/stand. No keyboard love? Afraid not, although there are numerous external choices.

This $26 Newstyle, for instance. Or this “premium” $47 ProCase. This $37 Supernight? Your call.

EVGA Tegra Note 7 – up for grabs at $159

If your employer is not the generous kind, and you’re simply looking for an inexpensive, light, sleek travel companion instead of a top-of-the-line laptop replacement, the Tegra Note 7 is perhaps the safest bet.

EVGA Tegra Note

It ain’t extremely productive, obviously, but it’s decent for note-taking, courtesy of the intuitive Nvidia Direct Stylus experience, and will let you answer a few urgent e-mails on the move. Oh, and don’t tell your boss man, but the Tegra Note 7 is a bitching gaming device. Almost like an oversized Shield console.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet – $530 on Amazon

Pencil pushers (no offense) make up merely a tiny portion of the target audience addressed by business tablets. A solid business tab should handle itself in the wild outdoor too, and in need, fight off water dips and dust contact.

Enter the waterproof, dirtproof Xperia Z2 Tablet. Perhaps not the ideal gadget to visit a construction site without a helmet on, the 10.1 incher is incredibly easy to carry, tipping the scales at 439 grams and measuring 6.4 mm thick.

Xperia Z2 Tablet

Now, elegance may not be the prime concern of enterprise slate users, but if you’re to be available for your business partners and execs at all times, at least do it in style. Speaking of all-times availability, the 10.1-inch Z2 can be had with just Wi-Fi connectivity, or Verizon LTE speeds. The latter, high-speed connected around the clock, costs $500 with two-year contracts, and $600 outright.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Active – $563 on Amazon

Meet the Terminator of business-friendly tablets. This thing can take a beating without flinching, and needs no helmet in its construction travels. The Tab Active is the protection helmet, its rugged exterior ensuring security against four-foot drops.

Also, against accidental water immersions up to 30 minutes, and interaction with dust. Basically a Tab 4 8.0 squeezed into a protective case, the Tab Active is “enterprise-ready, productivity-ready and solutions-ready.”


How so? With Knox security, NFC, C-Pen support, a bundle of special apps to crank up productivity, various data encryption methods and, last but not least, a daylight-readable LCD screen.

Do we have an enterprise champion? Maybe, although we’d like to stress again each business user is different, and has a very particular set of skills in need of polishing and support. All considered, is anyone thinking of purchasing one of the above? Which one and why? Sound off in the comments section below.

Best Father’s Day discounts and deals for Android fans from across the web

Trying so hard to achieve full-scale gender equality, the 21st century society has fallen victim to the positive discrimination trap. Just look at how many holidays are nowadays dedicated to women. Ladies have their International Women’s Day, their Mother’s Day, Women’s Equality Day and even a Women’s History Month each year.

Father-s Day

Meanwhile, what do guys get? A measly Father’s Day in the third Sunday of June. This year, on the 15th. Sure, manly men don’t need jubilees to feel good about themselves. Besides, it’s natural to love the fair sex more and to want to show your appreciation to those who give us all life.

Also, if men in general and fathers in particular only get one holiday a year, you can bet your behind we’ll make the most of it. And so will consumer electronics retailers. After all, they live to serve and serve they shall.

Android sale

Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, Amazon, Newegg and RadioShack. Just a handful of the stores that take part in a nationwide Father’s Day yard sale these following couple of weeks. And as usual, we’re here to round up the best, most lucrative Android deals from across the web:


  • $100 off all smartphones regularly available at $199.99 and up with two-year contracts. That includes the all new HTC One (M8), which costs $99.99 through June 15, Samsung’s Galaxy S5 ($99.99), the Galaxy Note 3 ($199.99, down from $300), LG’s G2 (free of charge), Motorola’s Moto X (free), and the Droid Maxx ($99.99).
  • Ellipsis 7 tablet – $0 with 24-month pacts, down from $149.99 regularly
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 mini – free with contracts (was $49.99)

Tech dad Verizon

So yeah, the nation’s largest wireless service provider isn’t feeling particularly generous these days. But keep in mind exactly how fresh the One M8 and GS5 are, and how they still go for $200 via other carriers. Also, Big Red is the sole network that offers HTC’s beast in gold and red in addition to silver and gray. Finally, the Ellipsis 7 is no Nexus 7 killer, but it’s got decent specs for nada upfront: 1,280 x 800 pix res display, quad-core chip, 1 GB RAM, 4G LTE connectivity.


S5 Active Gear Fit

Forget it, Ma Bell. Just… forget it. You’re not worth it.


  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition$0 upfront, plus 24 monthly payments of $25 each ($600 grand total, down from $652, the price tag T-Mo first announced)
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 – $199 full retail cost ($100 off)
  • Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 – $168 starting June 18

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014

I know, I know, June 18 is after Father’s Day. But if your dear old pa is willing to wait, or if you’re considering getting a little something, something for yourselves, the Pop 7 is one hell of a steal. It’s no powerhouse, with a sub-par dual-core chip and 1,024 x 600 pix res screen, but it’s got LTE, 1 GB RAM and requires no lengthy contract to be signed.

Moving higher on the totem pole, the GTab 3 7.0 and especially the Note 10.1 2014 look like ideal gifts for tech-savvy parents, leaving kids wanting to show their love with a bit of dough in their pockets. See, AT&T, that’s how you do a Father’s Day promo.


HP Slate 10 HD

Okay, so the Fire HDX ain’t technically discounted. But it’s a solid bargain regardless. And so are its HD cousins and 8.9-inch HDX sibling. As for the Galaxy Note 10.1, Tegra Note and HP’s slate trio, they may not offer the most gigantic savings in the history of online promotions, but their bang for buck factor is rock-solid.



Weak “deals”, Newegg. Almost weaker than AT&T’s. Good thing you replace them every day, and so you still got time to make amends with fathers across the States. Just be sure to pick up the slack, a’ight?


Galaxy S5

That’s more like it. And the prepaid Boost and Virgin special offers don’t stop there. Check out the full list here, and regardless of the uncomfortable trade-in, note that RadioShack’s GS5 price is the lowest we’ve seen so far for Sammy’s “next big thing”.

Cricket Wireless

  • LG L70$49.99 after rebate sans contracts (starting Friday, June 6)

LG L70

Only one bargain from AT&T’s newest subsidiary, but boy, is this a deal for the ages. The L70 is the poster boy for mid-range smartphones this day and age, running Android 4.4 KitKat out the box, packing dual-core Snapdragon 200 punch, 1 GB RAM, a comfy 2,100 mAh battery and a 4.5-inch 800 x 480 pixels resolution panel. 50 bucks free of contract restrictions. Let that sink in. 

2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1 spotted at the FCC carrying Verizon’s 4G LTE bands

Galaxy Note 10.1 VerizonThe 2014 Edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 might have taken a backseat with the arrival of the Galaxy NotePRO and the three Galaxy TabPRO tablets, but it’s certainly not going to be forgotten for long. A new FCC listing has now revealed the tablet’s arrival through Verizon Wireless in the U.S., complete with 4G LTE bands supported by the carrier.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 which broke cover in September during the IFA event is certainly a tablet worth considering as it features pretty much the same hardware as the newly announced Galaxy NotePRO (except for the size) down to every detail. This is merely an FCC listing, so there’s no official word on when the tablet will officially hit Verizon, but we’re guessing an announcement will take place in the coming weeks, possibly during the MWC.

This is clearly one of the best tablets in the market today which will get even better once Samsung rolls out the Android 4.4 update with the new TouchWiz and the Magazine UX. Expect the tablet to cost somewhere close to $600 off contract, which is the price of the Wi-Fi variant currently sold by Samsung, so it’s certainly not going to be easy on your wallets.

Galaxy Note 10.1 VerizonSource: FCC

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 on Verizon getting an update soon

Galaxy Note 10.1

The first gen Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which broke cover through Verizon in the U.S. is seemingly getting an update soon. Unfortunately for the users of this tablet, the update won’t change anything apart from a couple of Samsung specific apps like Samsung WatchOn and S Educate which will now act as default applications, which means the users can’t remove them if they wanted to. The software version will change to JZ054K.I925VRAMK1 post the update, which is inconsequential really, but make sure you notice the change.

The first gen Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn’t see a lot of takers for a variety of reasons. Unlike the 2014 Edition Galaxy Note 10.1, the tablet wasn’t a hardware powerhouse and lacked the power of the Galaxy Note II, which was Samsung’s Galaxy Note flagship at the time. But thanks to frequent software updates, Samsung has made sure that the tablet isn’t a dud and is still functional a little over an year after its official launch. Samsung is taking the tablet segment more seriously now with the launch of the Galaxy NotePRO and the Galaxy TabPRO tablets recently.

Source: Verizon

Via: Sam Mobile

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition now selling with a $100 discount


Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 EditionThe 2014 edition Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is probably the most powerful tablet in the market today. And eBay is now offering the tablet with a flat $100 off from its original pricing. The tablet which usually costs $789.99 (or $759.99 through some retailers) is now going for a decent $689.99. This is not a Daily Deals promotion, so it will most likely last a while or until stocks run out, so you might want to hurry if you want to get your hands on the most powerful Android tablet money can buy today. The tablet has LTE too, so this is the Snapdragon 800 variant and not the global Exynos 5 Octa version, which is good news for American buyers. Global customers can purchase the tablet too as the seller offers international shipping.

To run you through the specs sheet of the 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1, it comes with a 10.1 inch 2560×1600 resolution display with the S-Pen stylus, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 quad core chipset, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The tablet features a faux leather back with a stitch pattern around the edges similar to the Galaxy Note 3.

Source: eBay

Via: Android Police

Cyber Monday 2013 Mobile Gadget Deals

If you think that the amazing deals offered by various retailers ended with Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday then you’re wrong as Cyber Monday 2013 is fast approaching with great deals to be found on mobile devices. Are you planning to get a new smartphone, tablet, or mobile accessory? You can still get huge discounts this Monday, December 2, as several stores will be slashing prices on most of their popular products.

Cyber Monday

Moto X

The 16GB version of the Moto X which originally costs $479.99 can be purchased for $349.99 this Monday from Motorola.

Why you should get this device

  • General: Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, quad-band UMTS/HSPA, 100 Mbps LTE with a second LTE antenna
  • Display: 4.7″ 16M-color 720p (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive touchscreen RGB AMOLED display with curved Gorilla Glass and ~316 ppi
  • CPU: Dual-core 1.7 GHz Krait
  • GPU: Adreno 320
  • Chipset: Motorola X8 Mobile Computing System, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • Memory: 16 GB storage
  • Cameras: Primary 10 megapixel auto-focus Clear Pixel camera with 1.4 µm-sized pixels, f/2.4 aperture, native 16:9 aspect ratio, face detection, HDR mode, panorama, geo-tagging; Full HD (1080p) video recording at 30fps with HDR, Secondary 2MP front-facing camera with FullHD video capture; Quick capture allows you to activate the camera with a double twist of your wrist;
  • Connectivity: Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, standard microUSB port with MHL and USB host, GPS receiver with A-GPS, GLONASS, 3.5mm audio jack, NFC, wireless screen sharing (Miracast protocol)
  • Battery capacity: 2200mAh.

Sprint HTC One Max

BestBuy is offering the Sprint HTC One Max at a low price of $150 down from its original price of $250.

Why you should get this device

  • 5.9″ 16M-color 1080p Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with 373ppi pixel density
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with Sense UI 5.5
  • Quad-core 1.7 GHz Krait 300 CPU, 2 GB RAM, Adreno 320 GPU; Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset
  • 4 MP autofocus “UltraPixel” camera with 1/3″ sensor size, 2µm pixel size; LED flash
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • HTC Zoe
  • 2.1 MP front-facing camera, 1080p video recording

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Amazon is offering the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 at a low price of $399.99 from its usual price of $499.99.

Why you should get this device

  • Android 4.1, Jelly Bean
  • Samsung Tablet 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor
  • 2 GB RAM Memory, 16GB On-Board Memory
  • Connectivity: USB 2.0, 1280 x 800 pixels Display, S Pen included.
  • Camera: Front- 1.9, Rear-Facing, 5.0 Megapixels


Amazon is offering the ASUS MeMO Pad FHD 10 for only $249.99 down from its original price of $329.99.

Why you should get this device

  • 10.1 inches Display
  • Z2560 1.6 GHz Dual Core CPU
  • 16 GB Flash Memory, 2 GB RAM Memory
  • 1.3 pounds

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 8GB

BestBuy and Amazon are both offering the 8GB version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 for only $149.99 down from its original price of $199.99.

Why you should get this device

  • 7″ WSVGA TFT (PLS) touch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system
  • 8GB available storage capacity
  • Samsung dual-core processor 1.2GHz processor speed for optimal performance.
  • Built-in 802.11a/b/g/n wireless LAN with Wi-Fi Direct
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 3.0MP rear-facing and 1.3MP front-facing cameras
  • microSD card slot

Coupon Code Slashes 10% Off All Newegg Tablets (Including Nexus 7 2013)

Know how we literally just told you about a seemingly once-in-a-lifetime kind of deal going on over at Woot for last year’s Google Nexus 7? Well, you can forget all about it. Unless you already splashed the cash on the 7-inch tab, in which case… sorry?

Android savings

We’ve just got wind of another promotion with a strong early whiff of Black Friday juice, this time not limited to only one slate and valid through a much larger and more reliable retailer: Newegg. The online store has each and every tab in stock available for a preferential price, namely 10% off list prices.

Doesn’t sound like a lot and it probably isn’t… for some, but for others free money is free money and impossible to refuse. Now, unlike via Woot, where you could simply waltz through, place an order and get it all done with in seconds, I’m afraid you’ll have to do a bit of heavy lifting with Newegg.

Not a lot, but something. First, pick your poison. I’d go for the Nexus 7 2013 any day or maybe Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. The great thing is Newegg sells all the Android tablets you can think of, so 2012 Nexus 7, Nexus 10, Galaxy Tabs, Asus Transformers, Galaxy Note 8.0, LG G Pad 8.3, Sony Xperia Tablet Z, you name it, they got it.

After settling for one (or why not more than one) and filling your cart, be sure to not hit checkout until spotting the “apply promo codes” box. It’s right there under delivery methods and gift cards. Got it? Excellent.


Next, you’ll want to copy the “EMCWWWS22” coupon code in there, enter a valid e-mail address to sign up for Newegg’s newsletter (remember the heavy lifting part?), and poof, 10% of your order is no more. It’s as simple as that.

Can’t decide whether or not the deal is truly as dreamy as it seems? Then let’s do some calculations. For instance, the second-gen GNex 7 with 16 GB storage is $229 normally, so after shaving 10% off, it’s $206. If you think for a second you’ll be able to do better than that by next Easter, you’re out of your frigging minds.

Or how about the 32 GB model? After applying the discount, it costs an incredibly low $242 (down from $269). A refurb 32 GB Nexus 10 in turn drops to $333, the 2014 GNote 10.1 can be had starting at $494 and the slashed Note 8.0 is $323. No pressure to buy any of those as the final choice is entirely yours, this is a mere sample of how Newegg’s promo works.

By the by, the special offer has an expiration date, which some sources claim to be November 17 and others 20, so get a move on, will you?

Via [Newegg]

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 vs Apple iPad Air vs Nokia Lumia 2520 – Specs Comparison

Okay, Apple, so you got me to confess to liking your iPad mini 2 more than Google’s new Nexus 7 and Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX 7. Big deal, since at the end of the day, the spanking new 7.9-incher is still pretty expensive. Maybe not unwarrantedly so, but darn pricey nevertheless.

iPad Air Note 10.1 2014

Besides, you won a battle, yet the war is wide open. In other words, if you can’t double down on your victory with another in the 10-inch niche, it means nothing. And to make sure your iPad Air will be brought to its knees, I have backup in the ultimate 10-inch spec smackdown.

Windows RT-based backup, in the form of Nokia’s first ever tablet effort, the Lumia 2520. Plus the biggest, baddest, proudest slate Android is able to deliver… today, Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Now this is one tough clash and it’s only bound to get tougher, as Google’s second-generation Nexus 10 is looming on the horizon.


For now, let’s keep our eyes on the ball and do what we do best: pit maybe the best contenders to a particular mobile throne (in this case, the 10-inch tablet throne), and see which one comes out on top strictly as far as cold numbers, specs and features are concerned. Game on:

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 vs. iPad Air vs. Lumia 2520 – design comparison

Craftsmanship at its finest. It’s the best description of all three of these jewels, albeit Nokia’s Lumia 2520 does come short of greatness in the weight department, tipping the scales at 615 grams. And it measures 8.9 mm in thickness, so it’s definitely out of contention.

iPad Air commercial

And then there were two. Almost equally as slim (7.9 mm profile the GNote 10.1 and 7.5 mm the Air), but not so close in terms of weight as it may look from the outside. Samsung’s 10-incher, while not bulky, weighs 540 grams, a whopping 70 grams more than the iPad Air.

So yeah, I have to reluctantly give this one battle to Apple, especially since the iPad Air is the smoothest and more robust fellow of the two, rocking that iconic Cupertino all-metal chassis.

Display face-off

Mind-blowing, mind-blowing and… okay-ish. That’s Note 10.1, iPad Air and Lumia 2520’s screens in one word for you, with Nokia’s big guy losing right off the bat for the second time in a row, courtesy of a decent but not impressive 1,920 x 1,080 pixels resolution.

Note 10.1 2014

And again, there were two. The iPad Air, with a Retina 2,048 x 1,536 pix res panel (264 ppi pixel density), and the Note 10.1, rocking a 2,560 x 1,600 display (299 ppi). Oh, noes, is Apple throwing in the towel? It certainly looks that way, so point Samsung.

Processing speed, RAM and camera smackdown

This is where things get truly interesting, with both the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520 packing Snapdragon 800 heat and Apple responding with a much hailed 64-bit A7 CPU. I’m afraid Nokia can’t finish round three on its feet either, abandoning due to low memory: 2 GB RAM, compared with 3 for Samsung.


As far as the S800 vs. A7 duel goes, I’m fully aware of what reviewers say, but if you’ll allow me, I think I’m going to call this a draw. Possibly because I’m biased, but most likely because I can’t se the iPad Air being zippier and more responsive in real life than the 10-inch Note with a measly 1 gig of RAM. I simply cannot.


Cameras? I don’t care that much and neither should you (taking photos with 10-inchers is stupid), but for the record, Nokia probably has the edge there, courtesy of a top-notch 6.7 MP rear snapper with Carl Zeiss optics.

 Software and battery life

Contrasting iPad Air’s pre-loaded iOS 7 with Note 10.1’s Android 4.3 with Lumia 2520’s Windows RT 8.1 is like comparing fresh apples with fresh oranges with rotten tomatoes. The rotten tomatoes being Win RT, which is clearly on the rise, but still kind of lame.


So it’s bye-bye Nokia again (I lost count), with the Android vs. iOS debate taking far too long to be worth tackling right now. For the sake of keeping a clear record, let’s call it a draw.


And let’s call another draw in the battery division, but a three-way draw, as all of these beauties’ manufacturers claim their slates can go for up to ten hours on a single charge. Bollocks, yet we’ll need to run our own tests to prove them wrong.

Pricing, connectivity and accessories

No fingerprint recognition anywhere (no one needs it anyway), basically nothing else to make the iPad Air stand out, but plenty to skyrocket the Note 10.1 and Lumia 2520’s overall value. Like S Pen support and microSD on the former, HDMI, NFC, microSD and sleek optional keyboard dock for the latter.


It thus all comes down to the wire, with pricing being the last key piece of the puzzle and probably the most important of all. $500 for the 2520 (with 32 GB storage), $500 the iPad Air (16 GB variation) and $550 the 2014 10-inch Note (also with 16 GB memory).

So could Nokia win the war in the eleventh hour? No way Jose, as they’ve lost too many battles by very wide margins. As for the GNote 10.1 vs. iPad Air duel, in my book it goes down as an overall tie. Surprisingly, the Air is the cheaper of the two and unsurprisingly, it’s the better looking tab.


Meanwhile, the Note has the unique S Pen, the crisper display, three times Air’s RAM, an equally as impressive battery (on paper), silky smooth software and a fast and furious, albeit not as buzzed about processor. Did I or did I not tell you, Apple, that the war was not decided?      

Amazon offering $50 gift card with the purchase of a 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1

Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition

The recently announced 2014 edition of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is easily the best tablet in the market, at least in terms of raw hardware and power. However, users will have to shell out in excess of $550 to get this tablet right now. But online retailer Amazon has decided to make things easier for potential buyers as it will now send a $50 Amazon Gift Card with every purchase of the 2014 edition Galaxy Note 10.1.

Amazon currently charges $549.99 for the tablet, so users will effectively shell out only $500. The discount coupon cannot be applied while purchasing the tablet though as it will be shipped separately to your local address, so buyers will still have to spend $550+ up front. The discount coupon can be redeemed for absolutely anything on Amazon, which is a major bonus. This will be a limited period promotion and will be eligible only for the 16GB model, which is rather odd.   

The tablet packs a 10.1 inch 2560×1600 resolution display, an 8MP camera, a 2MP front camera, the Samsung Exynos 5420 octa core chip, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with all the S-Pen goodies from the Galaxy Note 3 and a 8,220 mAh battery.

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Source: Amazon

Via: Android Police

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) now available in the U.S.

Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 Edition)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition) is now up for grabs in the U.S. courtesy of several third party online and physical retailers. This is the Wi-Fi only model of the tablet, so Samsung has gone with the Exynos 5240 octa core chip instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The tablet will be sold in 16 and 32GB models across the U.S. Buyers can choose from White and Black color variants with the same faux leather back casing as seen on the Galaxy Note 3. The 16GB variant will set you back by $549.99 while the 32GB variant will cost slightly more at $599.99. Considering the hardware it packs, this doesn’t seem like a bad price to pay compared to the Apple iPads. Although tablets haven’t exactly been Samsung’s strongest link, the company will be keen on changing that mindset with the Note 10.1

The tablet packs a 10.1 inch 2560×1600 resolution display with full S-Pen support, an 8MP camera on the back, a 2MP front facing camera, 3GB of RAM, an 8,220 mAh battery and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with plenty of Samsung optimized TouchWiz features. Interested buyers can get the new Galaxy Note 10.1 from Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Walmart, Fry’s, PC Richard’s and directly through Samsung stores as well.

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Source: Amazon

Via: Android Central

Samsung not expecting much from the new Galaxy Note 10.1


Galaxy Note 10.1

According to Digitimes, Samsung is only expecting to sell about 400,000-600,000 units of the newly launched Galaxy Note 10.1 every month. These estimates are relatively low by company standards and it is claimed that the upcoming iPad launch has a lot to do with it. Apple’s iPads still hold a large chunk of the tablet marketshare, so it’s almost imperative that manufacturers like Samsung would take a beating. Also hindering Samsung’s chances is the fact that most buyers prefer the 7 inch Galaxy Tab instead of the 10.1 inch variant. The smaller Galaxy Tab still accounts for over 70% of all Samsung tablet sales in 1H 2013.

Samsung apparently is merely trying to retain its chunk of the 10.1 inch tablet marketshare by continually launching 10.1 inch tablets, and doesn’t exactly expect to gobble Apple’s piece of the pie. So don’t be surprised if you see the Galaxy Note 10.1 going out of rotation completely by mid-2014.

The new Galaxy Note 10.1 packs a 2560×1600 resolution display, 3GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 800 or an octa core Exynos 5420 chip (for non LTE markets), 16, 32 or 64GB of storage variants with a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera on the back with a 2MP front camera, Android 4.3 Jelly and a 8,220 mAh battery.

Source: Digitimes

Via: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition launched at IFA



Leather is the new plastic for Samsung – with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 both getting this stitched hoax-leather treatment. The soft touch back is more commendable than the cheap plastic, but it is an odd choice only Samsung would make.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a very powerful tablet, running the 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5 processor and fitted with 3GB of RAM for extra smooth multitasking, it is built for the next generation of users in mind. An 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera have been added to the tablet.

Samsung has put the 2560 x 1600 resolution screen on the Galaxy Note 10.1, this is the same panel they used for the Nexus 10. Some early tests show a bit of screen lag, but we are sure Samsung will optimise the tablet for the higher display before the release.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options, with WiFi only, WiFi and 3GB or LTE versions. Samsung will launch the Note 10.1 in 149 countries on September 25.

This does look like a very nice device, better than the previous Galaxy Note 10.1 and really pushing the Samsung tablet line. Now the question is can Samsung make TouchWiz less of a heavy UI and stick to making this a simplistic tablet.