An 8 megapixel main camera and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera (with 1080p videos each) is what you get with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. You'll be looking awkwardly taking photos or videos with a 10" slate, but if you want to use them for more than video-chats, you have the option.
The video camera doesn't have many fancy shooting modes like the still camera, but dual shot is available and you can do time lapse videos. The time lapse videos can speed things up to 8x, with resolution and frame rate remaining at 1080p @ 30fps (time lapse actually requires less processing power than regular video capture).
Apple's iPad Air has a 5-megapixel rear camera in addition to its 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera. Compare that to Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 and its 8-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Both capture 1080p and 720p video with their rear- and front-facing cameras, respectively. Megapixel count isn't always an indicator of photo quality, and only testing will determine whose shooter is best.
Previously a top-ranked device in our database, the Samsung Galaxy Note10+ 5G is still a very solid performer for stills. The primary camera does a great job with the basics, delivering accurate target exposures and wide dynamic range in both outdoor and indoor images. Colors are vivid and pleasant in most conditions, although occasional white balance errors are visible, including a blueish color cast in cloudy outdoor conditions. The texture-versus-noise tradeoff is fairly well controlled, too, so in general you can expect good detail and low noise. That said, there are a couple of specific issues our testers noted, including occasional unnatural rendering of fine textures, as well as slightly visible luminance noise in dark areas in indoor and outdoor shots. Depth of field is slightly limited, possibly as a result of the variable-aperture lens on the primary camera, but the Note10+ 5G includes an effective flash module capable of delivering high detail on portraits shot in low light.
While we can't say it was a shock, Samsung's latest superphone has arrived -- and it's got a new stylus. The Galaxy Note II pushes the screen frontier to 5.5 inches wide, with another HD Super AMOLED display, this time at 1,280 x 720. Despite that expansion the phone is a mere 9.4mm thick, while it now houses a larger capacity (faster charging) 3,100mAh battery and a quad-core Exynos processor clocked at 1.6GHz. As the Galaxy Note was to the Galaxy S II, so the Note II takes some design riffs from the Galaxy S III, with the same rounded edges, glossy finish and extra software piled atop its Android base. There's also Samsung's reliable 8-megapixel camera sensor on the back, capable of 1080p video-recording.
The GALAXY Note II comes with an 8 megapixel rear-facing and 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera with HD video recording. The camera has great features like Buddy Photo Share, Burst Shot and Best Photo, which were introduced on the GALAXY S III earlier in the year. In addition to that, the GALAXY Note II features a unique camera function called Best Faces. Best Faces allows users to choose the most preferred face or pose of each person from group portrait photos. Users can also personalize photos by leaving handwritten notes on the backside of a photo using the S Pen. Handwritten Photo Notes can be shared with others in jpg format.
Tech specs: Display: 13-inch PixelSense display | Processor: Microsoft SQ 1 or SQ 2 | Storage:128GB SSD | Memory: 8GB LPDDR4x | Cameras: 5.0MP front-facing camera with 1080p full HD video, 10.0MP rear-facing autofocus camera with 1080p HD and 4k video | Weight: 1.7 pounds | Dimensions: 11.3" x 8.2" x 0.28" | Connections: 2 USB-C, Surface Connect port, Surface Keyboard port, nano SIM | Battery: 15 hours
The A01 has a 5.7-inch LCD display. While watching videos is fine, the phone's 720p resolution means I can't watch videos at the sharper 1080p resolution, which many YouTube videos can be viewed in. Some on-screen icons (like the camera) also look fuzzy on closer inspection, and overall the LCD screen isn't as vibrant and rich as, say, the Galaxy A51's OLED display.
Thin and small enough to navigate with one hand, the A01 has a teardrop notch for its front-facing camera that keeps it looking modern. Up top is a headphone jack and on the backside of the phone are two small slits for the audio speaker grille. This is something to take note of; whenever you put the phone down to watch video, the audio will be slightly muffled against whatever surface it's laying on. When I laid it on my desk I didn't hear much of a difference compared to when I was holding the phone in my hand, but when I put the A01 on my bed to watch videos, the sound did dampen a tad more. 2b1af7f3a8