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Samsung Galaxy note review for University students

Updated on July 5, 2016

Tablet PC's have gained huge popularity in recent years, now there are a vast variety of tablets to choose from, to suit a range of budgets all with different degrees of quality and features. So many electronics manufacturers, stores and other companies seem to be bringing out their own tablet's, it can all become very confusing! Here I will show you some of the things that I enjoy about my own tablet the samsung galaxy note 10. (please note that I have the previous version of the tablet not the 2014 version and some improvements have been made since this tablet). The Samsung Galaxy Note is one of the top competitors in the tablet market, what really sets it apart from all the rest is it's pressure sensitive pen that make it really useful for productivity and at least for me more of a tool than just an extra gadget.

Samsung Galaxy Note versus a laptop

If you are looking for a replacement for your laptop (and you don't have a desktop PC) then I still think that tablets have a long way to go before they can meet the needs of a student to use solely for work purposes, I prefer writing essays on the laptop, the software available for them tends to be far easier and they have a lot more power in them. However tablets have many useful attributes that make them worth considering as a tool for University.


Note taking with the tablet

As a student I am forever taking notes in my lectures (and doodling horses shhhhh). The major problem for me there is that paper takes up a lot of space, I have a whole box of notes on various topics. Finding the right equation or note for an assignment is hard work and when I remember a lecture from another module which could be useful for an assignment, I've got to find it. My laptop ands its charger is bulky to carry around, so the tablet is a much easier option for me when traveling to and from university and means that I have less paper to file away, so I can be more organised. The only problem with digital storage is if you lose data through some acident, however it comes with a free drop box service so you can back up your data.


The note software

The tablet has many features that make it ideal for note taking including text to type where your hand writing is converted into type. Yes, it may not recognise every scribble but it's pretty good especially if you have neat hand writing. I still prefer using the pen for hand writing rather than for converting my notes to type and the onscreen keyboard to type up notes. You can also buy wireless keyboards to go with the note (or other tablets). These keyboards connect with your tablet through Bluetooth allowing you to have a physical keyboard to type on. They are usually quite small, so your tablet and keyboard still don't take up huge amounts of space.

Right, is a screenshot of me converting my hand writing to text, screenshots can also be a very useful option and that option can be found at the bottom of the screen. As well as this you can record what you do on your tablet or voice memos, which is also pretty cool.

Samsung tablets (and some of their mobile/ cell phones) also come with Polaris office, which you can use to make simple word documents, spread sheets and presentations. It is not as complex as Microsoft office however provides you with some tools for productivity on the go. I still wouldn't advise trashing the laptop (which by the way can probably be recycled) quite yet and attempt to do your dissertation on the tablet. Some PC sellers have told me it is possible to do your work on them and yet I don't believe that to be quite true. Yes I have written the majority of some of my essays on this tablet before in Polaris office (my laptop had technical issues) and brain stormed my plans for it in the note software it's also true that I am writing my current articles on the tablet due to leaving my laptop at university. A laptop however is far easier to use to write actual essays with better spell check and with an actual word count (instead of copying and pasting into an online word count) and a good solid feeling physical keyboard. Also some software that you might need for university is not compatible on tablets for example I need to use R (an open source statistical programme) for my course. It is possible to do simple documents however it just isn't easy, yet for note taking, brainstorming and doodling you can't beat the Samsung galaxy note.

The tablet also has a pressure sensitive stylus or S Pen that slots into an inbuilt pen holder. The tablet can recognise when the pen is outside of it's holder all this can be useful when you are good at losing small things.

Some drawings on the Samsung Galaxy Note


More tablet uses

  • Social entertainment

    Handing a tablet around to play charades or noughts and crosses is somehow more entertaining than paper.

  • Google Play

    The google play store provides you with many apps to help you achieve what you want, from Spotify to TV catch ups, art applications such as Art-rage and games like angry birds can all be downloaded from googles massive app store.

  • Art

    Take advantage of the pressure sensitive pen and download a good art app to properly take advantage of all that technology in your hands.

  • Social media

    You can use the tablet to easily keep in touch with friends on social media sites with Facebook & messenger, twitter and Skype app. You also get a front and back camera which could be useful to take a pic or video quickly or a er selfie.

  • Music, media and books

    You have access to google play store and with it access to download media, films and books from the store along with apps such as Spotify, TV catch ups and radio. Also the speakers are not bad for the tablets size and external speakers can be brought.

  • The size

    The tablet is a good, light size to carry around making it ideal for people on the move. You have a choice of 8 or 10 inches so you can choose a size that's right for you. I went for the 10 inch and I like my decision.

My verdict

I think that the Samsung Galaxy Note makes a great addition to the tools available to students or anyone who is constantly on the move. For those who need to create complex documents then it is not a laptop/ desktop PC replacement yet it will near replace your tattered notebook. If I needed to replace my tablet in a few years time then I probably would go for a new Samsung Galaxy Note over the other tablets (unless major technology changes occur). If I could change my mobile I would probably go for the note, so one happy student thank you Samsung!

The Samsung Galaxy note has also improved since I first published this post. As I have now become a University graduate. I now tend to stick to my laptop and my phone. The Samsung Galaxy Note tablet has since been superseded by many models, including the one which is featured above. It was a great tool when I was a student and I still use a Samsung 6 phone.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

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