Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Launches: 10 Features That Make It a Winner

NEWS ANALYSIS: Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is hitting the market at the right time, at the right price and with the right features to appeal to both consumers and enterprise buyers.

Samsung has officially introduced the Galaxy Note 10.1, a device that, for all intents and purposes, can be considered a true counterpart to both Samsung's own Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Apple's iPad. As one might expect, given the name, the device comes with a 10.1-inch screen and delivers Wi-Fi connectivity. It's the successor to the 5.3-inch Galaxy Note.

When the device launches on Aug. 16 for a starting price of $499, one can bet the Samsung name will be enough to entice consumers to at least get a close look at it to see if it's worth buying. If this tablet is similar to the others Samsung has offered up in recent years, there's little debating that it'll be a strong competitor to Apple's new iPad.

Still, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is new. And some folks are still trying to figure out if it's as good as it looks on paper. Simply put, it is. Read on to find out why.

1. It's Samsung,isn't it?

Samsung has proven itself as a superb provider of mobile products. The company's initial Galaxy Tab was a winner and its smartphones continue to impress the market. Samsung followed up with the high-quality Galaxy Note. So it's easy to see why so many mobile product buyers believe in Samsung's products. Considering that, why wouldn't they also look favorably on the Galaxy Note 10.1?

2. The price is spot on

Samsung has decided to start the Galaxy Note 10.1 out at $499. It's the perfect price tag for the device's value proposition. For the same price as an entry-level iPad, customers can get a device with a bigger screen, superior features and additional functionality, provided by the stylus. In terms of value, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is spot-on.

3. The design is superb

Looking at the design of the Galaxy Note 10.1, it's hard not to find it appealing. The device is thin, not too wide and is light enough to stow in a bag and carry without much trouble. Samsung has done a good job at designing a nice-looking tablet.

4. The 1.4GHz quad-core processor is trouble for Apple

When customers consider the Galaxy Note 10.1, they will inevitably compare it to Apple's latest iPad. Upon doing so, they'll find that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is actually more powerful than Apple's option, boasting a 1.4GHz quad-core processor. Apple's tablet comes with a dual-core processor. That should appeal to tablet buyers.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...