“It’s no secret that I’ve been excited to review the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 for weeks now,” Nilay Patel reports for The Verge. “But is the $499.99 Galaxy Note 10.1 really all I’d hoped it to be? Is proper stylus support on a modern tablet finally a reality?”

“You won’t notice much of a difference between the Note 10.1 and the older Galaxy Tab 2 10.1— in fact, they look almost identical. It’s interesting Samsung’s stuck with this design, since it first debuted as a hasty lawsuit update to the original Galaxy Tab after Apple sued Samsung for copying the iPad,” Patel reports. “Unfortunately it’s all plastic all the way around — and you’ll feel it the instant you pick it up. Not only does the plastic back flex in your hand, but the shiny finish quickly picks up fingerprints and other smudges, belying its faux brushed-metal texture. It all just feels a bit cheap.”

“The front of the Note is of course dominated by its 10.1-inch display, which is… okay… but at 1280 x 800, it’s nowhere close to matching the resolution or clarity of the new iPad’s Retina Display,” Patel reports. “A pretty good pen system built on top of a disappointing Android tablet still makes for a disappointing Android tablet… There’s just no reason to suffer through it… The iPad costs the same $499 and offers an unrivaled selection of apps, an industry-leading display, and so many stylus accessories and note-taking tools… Perhaps Samsung needs to perfect its basic recipe before it starts mixing in additions.”

Full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: People don’t want cheap, plastic pretend iPads designed by lawyers and saddled with terminal cases of AppLack™. They want real Apple iPads and the lush, vibrant, spacious ecosystem that comes with them.

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