The Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 is a good tablet, as long as you can live with its less-than-exciting build quality. Samsung plastics are a touchy subject, but some of us would like for a device this large and expensive to feel, well, premium. Yet if you want a tablet that comes with a stylus and is crammed with features, here's a deal from eBay that cuts the 32GB LTE Note 10.1 2014's high price down by $100.
At $689.99, this Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 on eBay is $100 less than it costs on Amazon and $70 less than Negri Electronics is selling it for.
Besides the Galaxy Gear and Note 3, Samsung has made official a new "2014 edition" Note 10.1. While, if its name is anything to go by, the 10.1 has long to go before release, Samsung gave us some early hands-on time with the tablet.
We may be knee-deep in MWC coverage right now, but if you just can't stop thinking about how much you want a Galaxy Note 10.1, eBay's got a deal for you. For $380 with free shipping (taxes only applicable in NJ – sorry guys!), you can score Sammy's stylus-packing ten-incher, brand new in the box – meaning this one's not a refurb.
The Note 10.1 packs all sorts of nice tweaks on the software side that makes Android better on the whole, like multi-window, as well as numerous added functions thanks to the S-Pen. It's no slouch on the hardware side (aside from a less-than-stellar display resolution), either:
10.1" 1280x800 display
1.4GHz Quad-Core Exynos 4412 Processor
2 GB RAM
16/32/64GB ROM (Partitioned as Unified Storage!) with microSDHC slot
10.1 inch, 1280x800 LCD
7000mAh Non-Removable Battery
5MP Rear Camera, 1.9MP Front Camera
WiFi A/B/G/N (2.4 & 5 GHz)
Dimensions: 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight: 600g (3G), 597g (WiFi)
Android 4.1 with TouchWiz
Pressure Sensitive Pen and Wacom Digitizer
Other Extras: An IR Blaster (a TV Remote), USB 2.0 Host, MHL
This deal's only good for the rest of today (unless they run out before), so if you're gonna bite, you better do it now.
Any self-respecting digital artist these days uses a graphics tablet to pipe pen input into PC applications. The problem is that good graphics tablets like the Wacom Intuos line are pretty spendy. If you've got an Android device lying around and like to use the GIMP image editor on Linux, you've got all you need for a basic graphics tablet setup thanks to a new app.
The XorgTablet app and driver developed by the gimpusers.com team allow you to select your Android tablet as an input device in GIMP. You may be thinking that sounds interesting but limited – after all, graphics tablets are useful because of the pressure sensitivity, and capacitive screens don't have that.
When it comes to the Note 10.1, there's a slip in the crowd: you either love it or hate it. Those who do love it, though, really love it – if you'd like to join those ranks but just can't justify dropping five hundred dollars on a tablet, 1 Sale a Day may have your ticket. For today only, you can get a refurbished Galaxy Note 10.1 16GB for $380. That's a solid $120 off the retail price, which makes for some pretty nice savings.
You know what's fun? Source code. Source code is fun. OK, maybe it's not everyone's idea of fun, but Samsung has just released the kernel code for three more tablets – the international Note 10.1 (GT-N8010), Tab 2 10.1 (GT-P5110), and tab 2 7 (GT-P3110) – and we thought some people may get excited about that.
This means more tweaks, mods, and other un-stock things are coming to the aforementioned devices. So, if you've been waiting to overclock (or some other neat thing) your tablet, keep an eye on your favorite dev – all the goodies should be just around the corner.
When Samsung first launched the Note 10.1, it had some really solid ideas, but didn't do so well with the implementation. Soon after, the company released the the Note II, which improved on how it handled a lot of things that seemed to miss the mark on the Note 10.1 - namely multi-window, which allows more than one application to be run side-by-side.
Good news, though - Sammy just released a video that highlights the upcoming Premium Suite features that will be part of the Jelly Bean update, and it looks like they made a pretty major overhaul to multi-window.
Samsung is back again with a fresh batch of source, today dropping open source kernel files for the Note 10.1 (N8000), its LTE counterpart N8020, the Stratosphere II (SCH-I415), and Sprint's version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (SPH-P500). The most interesting device on the list, though, is probably the Galaxy Camera (EK-GC100), which is just arriving at UK retailers this month, with no firm date announced for a state-side debut. Though the Galaxy Camera is a somewhat unconventional Android device, it's still great to see Samsung keeping up with its pattern of timely open source file releases.
If you've been waiting to put your hands on the official kernel source for these devices, or just want to take a peek at what makes them tick, hit the appropriate link below.
The crew over at SamMobile have gotten their hands on some nice treats for Tab 2 7.0 and Note 10.1 owners: builds of Android 4.1.1 for both devices. Of course, these aren't finalized builds, but rather a first look at what Jelly Bean will be like on the aforementioned tablets.
Both versions are OTAs flashable via Odin on top of specific stock builds.
Tab 2 7.0
Android 4.1.1 JRO03C
Before flashing this, you must be on stock build P3100DDBLH3.
Android 4.1.1 JRO03C
Before flashing this, you must be on stock build N8000DDALH1.
For those curious about the latter build before flashing, here's a first look at what to expect:
Both downloads, along with full flashing instructions, are available at SamMobile and can be found at the respective links below.