Looking for a new tablet computer? Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is now available on contract from Telstra.
Plans start from $52 per month for 1GB of data through to $107 a month for 15GB of data, which is $1 more than you'll pay for the 16GB iPad Air on Telstra. Currently Telstra is the only provider offering the tablet on a plan. You can also buy it "outright" at retailers such as Harvey Norman with prices starting from $649 for the Wi-Fi only model and $799 for the 4G version. Both versions come with only 16GB of internal storage but each comes with a MicroSD card slot.
We've written about the older Galaxy Note 10.1 before. Something to note about the new model are the updated pen functions - or "S Pen" as Samsung calls it. A pop-up menu appears every time you pull out the S Pen from its holster, giving you access to five key functions.
For example, write down something on the screen using the “Action memo” command and the phone will recognise written numbers and addresses and turn them into actionable items. for example, write an address and you can choose to look at directions in Google Maps.
Samsung call this pop-up panel “Air Command”. It's something you also get with the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a much smaller handheld, and it's an interesting attempt to make these pen phones and tablets more useful.
To see what some of these commands look like on the new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition, click here. And to see what they look like on the smaller Galaxy Note 3, click here to see our previous image gallery.
As a Note owner, I am personally a big fan of the improvements Samsung has made to the Note software. It's easier to write write notes as well asrun two apps side-by-side in multi-window mode on the Note 10.1 than the smaller screen of the Note 3.
The new Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 also has a 2560x1600 resolution display, 3GB of RAM and a quad-core processor.