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Its smaller 8-inch cousin is getting all the attention at Mobile World Congress (for better or worse), but the plus-sized Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 still has a few fans. At least one of them works at regional carrier US Cellular, because the device is now their second 4G LTE tablet, behind the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is available now from US Cellular's website and retail stores for $499.99; it requires a 2GB data plan, but not a long-term contract.

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The Note 10.1 comes with a Jelly Bean 4.1 upgrade already on board, not to mention the 1.4Ghz Exynos quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM that it started with. US Cellular's model has the standard 16GB of storage and 5-megapixel rear shooter, plus the S-Pen stylus and all the notation-friendly apps that have become part of the Note family. While there's definitely some interesting things to be done with the Note 10.1's software, the hardware is a bit disappointing - read our review of the WiFi version to see why.

Supposedly, Verizon was planning to release its own version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 (complete with what is quite possibly the most gaudy carrier logo to ever grace consumer electronics). With its new no-contract tablet policy and wider coverage area, that might make a better value proposition. Too bad we haven't seen hide nor hair of the Big Red variant since it made the rounds at CES.

US Cellular - Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

HICAGO, Feb. 27, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- U.S. Cellular (NYSE:USM) and Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile), the No. 1 mobile phone provider in the United States, announced the 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 is now available in U.S. Cellular stores and at uscellular.com. The 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 is$499.99 when paired with a plan with 2GB or more of data.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 joins U.S. Cellular's innovative line-up of 4G LTE devices that includes the Samsung Galaxy S® III, Samsung Galaxy Note® II and the Samsung Galaxy Tab™ 10.1. Customers who purchase the Galaxy Note 10.1 from U.S. Cellular receive benefits no other carrier offers, including a valuable rewards program that recognizes customer loyalty.

"The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes it easier to get more work done and stay connected while you're away from the office, and enhances the moments you share with your family too," said Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular. "Its speed and performance are even better when backed by the 4G LTE network, which delivers data up to 10 times faster than 3G."

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1's integrated S Pen offers users with the precision of a pen and the control of a mouse. With S Pen, users can take meeting notes, personalize emails, edit documents and more. The S Pen can also be used as a tool for PC-like shortcuts and to preview content simply by hovering.  There's also a multi-window capability to browse the web, check emails, watch videos and work on office documents at the same time. The Galaxy Note 10.1 includes a free preloaded version of Adobe® Photoshop Touch and 2GB of free file storage in Adobe's Creative Cloud. Consumers and artists alike can use Adobe Photoshop Touch to create presentation graphics, works of art, or simply modify photos. With the S Pen, it's a breeze to cut away layers or paint new backgrounds.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 also includes Samsung's Smart Remote, leveraging a universal remote control application and integrated infrared (IR) blaster to optimize TV watching experiences.  Control any TV from your Galaxy Note 10.1 and get a personal guide that makes it easier to find something everyone wants to watch. 

With the powerful Android™ 4.1 operating system, users can browse swiftly and smoothly through apps and all of the functions and features of the Galaxy Note 10.1. Google Now sends automatic and real-time notifications such as traffic alerts, sports scores and weather bulletins customized to the user's location and interests.  Google Voice Search allows you to get search results on-the-go by simply speaking the question directly you're your phone.

Highlights:

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Quad-Core, 1.4 GHz Exynos processor,  2 GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 5 megapixel autofocus rear-facing camera
  • 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera
Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
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