Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Microsoft Surface Pro 3 

Released October, 2013

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

  • 10.1"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.3
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
I much preferred using the original S Pen encased in the S Pen Holder Kit with its extra weight and mass making it feel much more like a actual, quality, ink pen.
by c|net (Aug, 2012)
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Released June, 2014

Microsoft Surface Pro 3

  • 12"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi
  • Windows 8.1 Pro
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3
Even if you didn't use another monitor, the Surface's IPS display is one of the best I've ever seen on a small Windows computer.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

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Lighter 560 g vs 798 g Around 30% lighter
Has a GPS Yes vs No Somewhat common; Get directions and navigation, geotag photos
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
Significantly higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 5 MP 60% higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Significantly sharper screen 298 ppi vs 216 ppi Around 40% sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 2160 x 1440 More than 30% higher resolution
Smaller 170 x 243 x 8 mm vs 201 x 292 x 9 mm More than 35% smaller
Faster processor 1.9 GHz vs 1.7 GHz More than 10% faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Thinner 8 mm vs 9 mm More than 10% thinner
Front view of Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Microsoft Surface Pro 3

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Much more RAM 8 GB vs 3 GB Around 2.8x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Much more expandable storage 2,048 GB (SDXC) vs 128 GB (microSD) 16x more maximum capacity
More storage capacity 64 GB vs 16 GB 4x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Bigger screen 12" vs 10.1" Around 20% bigger screen
Supports Adobe Flash Yes (Windows) vs No (Android) Somewhat common; Many games and videos on the Internet require Adobe Flash
Higher resolution front camera 5 MP vs 1.9 MP Around 2.8x higher resolution front camera; Video chat with other people
Newer Jun, 2014 vs Oct, 2013 Release date 8 months later

Features Key features of the Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 3 

screen resolution

Galaxy Note 10.1
2560 x 1600
Surface Pro 3
2160 x 1440

memory

camera resolution

CPU Frequency

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs Surface Pro 3 

7.6
7.9
The 10.6-inch display is small, especially for a full Windows laptop, but it's crisp and bright and has a full 1,920x1,080-pixel resolution.
Surface Pro 3

8.0
8.0
As expected from PLS, viewing angles are great if not flawless, with just a hint of contrast shift but only at extreme angles.
Galaxy Note 10.1

7.7
8.5
In contrast to the Surface RT's 1366 x 768 resolution display, this is undoubtedly sharper with its visuals, since every single detail has definition – whereas some jagginess was evident with the Surface RT's display.
Surface Pro 3

8.0
8.3
But Windows 8 and Windows RT didn't have a fraction of the iOS and Android apps, the kickstand didn't always hold it up in your lap and not everyone like Windows 8 enough to see Surface as a real iPad competitor.
Surface Pro 3

Overall

7.7 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 3 
Size 10.1" 12"
Technology IPS LCD Super IPS LCD2
Resolution 2560 x 1600 2160 x 1440
PPI 298 ppi 216 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
802.11ac
802.11n
802.11a
802.11g
802.11b
802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0 Bluetooth v4.0
Supports 3G Yes No

processor

Clock speed 1.9 GHz 1.7 GHz

form factor

Weight 560 g 798 g
Size 170 x 243 x 8 mm 201 x 292 x 9 mm
Thickness 8 mm 9 mm

storage

Galaxy Note 10.1  vs
Surface Pro 3 
Internal storage 16 GB 64 GB
RAM capacity 3 GB 8 GB
Supported card formats
SDXC
microSD
SDHC
SD
Maximum capacity 128 GB 2,048 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No Yes
Webcam 1.9 MP 5 MP
Rear camera 8 MP 5 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes No
Has a light sensor Yes Yes
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
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