The Galaxy Note 10.1 is Samsung’s latest flagship in the tablet category. It is a great device with amazing specs and the magical S Pen. The tablet device is available in three variants depending on connectivity. Thus, we have the following models: Galaxy Note 10.1 (3G + WiFi) GT-N8000, Galaxy Note 10.1 (WiFi) GT-N8010, Galaxy Note 10.1 (LTE + WiFi) GT-N8020. The Galaxy Note 10.1 was launched back in August 2012.
Some of the major features of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 include 10.1″ WXGA (1280×800) LCD display, 1.4GHz Exynos Quad-Core Processor, 2 GB RAM, 5 Megapixel Auto Focus main Camera with LED Flash, 1.9 Megapixel front Camera, and a 7,000mAh Li-ion battery.
Well, I have already written a tips and tricks article for the Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note 2 and the Google Nexus 4. I wanted to write this article two months ago but was always rolled back because of the lengthiness of such posts. Finally, here is a simple guide for not-too-well-informed Galaxy Note 10.1 users that will attempt to illuminate your understanding of this huge tablet with S Pen.
Info: Please note that the guide is based on the Galaxy Note 10.1 (N8000) with Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 has a very nice feature in the form of the Quick Launch icon at the bottom that can be used as an app or function shortcut. By default the Quick Launch onscreen button is set to capture a screenshot by a single touch. You can assign a different shortcut to it, such as applications, search and camera. Go to Settings> Display> Quick Launch and select a shortcut.
Your Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a lot of apps pre-installed on it. While most of these apps are useful, there are some which we generally do not use at all. Such apps only crowd the app drawer and make it harder to navigate the installed apps. Well you can easily hide any app from the list. Just tap on the options icon found on the top-right corner when you are inside the app menu and select Uninstall option. Tick the apps that you want to hide and then tap on Done t the top corner.
Later when you want to bring the hidden apps to the front, open app drawer, tap on the options icon and select Show Hidden Applications, uncheck the apps you want to show, save the changes by tapping on Done.
If you want to manage your installed apps on the app drawer, you can do it easily. While pressing and holding an app or widget brings it to the homescreen, you can rearrange the apps manually by choosing the Edit option from the app drawer (see above screenshot). In the edit mode, you can long press an icon to drag (left or right) it to place it on another page or even on the same page.If you have to uninstall an app, tap on the options icon after entering the app drawer and select Uninstall option.
All Android phones have a common way of opening the Notification drawer, and that is swiping down the statusbar. Being a tablet device, the Galaxy Note 10.1 has a different way of opening the notification center. Swipe up your finger from the bottom tray where the time, network and notification icons are displayed.
The 10.1″ LCD display of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is good to look at but it drinks a lot your battery’s juice. When it come to battery backup this device does not have a very good performance despite of the massive 7,000mAh. In such a situation, it is better to use and configure in such a way that you might enjoy a longer battery life.Here are a few tips and tricks that will surely let you enjoy a better battery life on your Galaxy Note 2. Read the following guides and follow the instructions given over there.
The TalkBack mode is a very useful feature, especially for blind people, that activates voice mode on your device. You device speaks out your actions. In this mode the regular scrolling and swiping gestures are deactivated. If you have accidently suck on the TalkBack mode on your Note 10.1 here is how you can turn it off.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 takes advantage of its big screen too well. It is very similar to the multi-window feature of the Galaxy Note 2 and S3, but working with two or more windows opened simultaneously on the Note 10.1 is delicious treat. Such features fade the fine-line between PC’s and tablets. Multi Window lets you view and use multiple applications simultaneously, which you can move around and re-size.
Here is how you can launch and use this cool feature. Tap on the arrow icon the bottom tray (see above) and open an app, tap the multi-screen launcher again and select another app from the tray to open another app. Now you have two apps opened in different windows. The multi-screen feature on Galaxy Note 10.1 has two modes: Cascade View offers a flow patterned view of multiple applications (up to 16) adjusting to your daily tasks for flawless apps management. Dual View allows two main apps to be viewed side-by-side vertically or horizontally. You can choose or change the mode this way: open the multi-screen tray then tap on the icon found on the left edge of the bottom tray. You can move the opened app panes by tapping and holding the top bar of a specific window. You can also resize the app window by tap+hold an dragging the right bottom corner.
See this official video showing the multitasking feature in action:
The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update added another cool feature called Air View with which you can conveniently and quickly preview your contents without having to open it. It is a S Pen specific feature and works in apps like gallery, calender mails, video and S Note. Pull out the S Pen, press and hold the button on it and hover its pointer over an item to see a quick preview. You can see the frames of a video clip by hovering the S Pen pointer on the video progress bar.
Besides, the Air View feature is also useful in some other ways. If you do not know what a UI button (icon) stands for, simply hover the S Pen over it to get a quick introduction. The S Pen can also be used to scroll a list of items on your device up or down. Hover the Pen over the top or bottom of an email and or message list. to scroll up or down. This feature will work in any app where scrolling can be used. If the feature is not working for you, make sure you have activated it from Settings> S Pen> Air View.
One more interesting thing that you can enjoy with the S Pen is the Quick Command feature. The S Pen quickly activates applications and services people use most often. It makes actions like sending an email, calling or sending a text message to your friend, sharing the meeting location and so many other things very easy and intuitive. To enable the quick command mode, press and hold the button on S Pen and drag it to upward from bottom on the device screen. You will see a quick command dialog box. You can use one of the preset gestures to open applications, turn on/off services like WiFi, Data, Bluetooth, etc. Besides, you can also create you own gestures for certain actions by tapping on the “+” icon. Having setting a pen gesture, do not forget to save it by tapping the Done button on the top right corner.
Are you completely acquainted with the magical little stick that comes with your Galaxy Note 10.1? Think again before you say “yes”. Here are some cool actions that can be performed by the S Pen. Read them all and answer if you knew all of them.
The Pop Up Video feature was introduced for the first time with the Galaxy Note 2 and then it rolled to Galaxy S3. The Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean update for the Galaxy Note 10.1 brought the Pop Up video feature to our device too. Having activated this feature you can see a pop up on the top of your screen and thus you can enjoy a video while doing any other thing. You can drag this pop up pane to any area of the screen and even resize it.
Let’s take a look at the video player options on the Galaxy Note 10.1. Open the Video Player app and while a video is being played, tap on the screen. You will see a screen like one shown above. You can see four icons on the top bar. The first one from the left is a screen capture icon, tapping which you can screenshot a video screen. Next to the screenshot button, you have the Pop Up Video play icon. By tapping the third one, you can see the list of available options. Finally, the icon at top right corner lets you play the video in multiscreen mode.
The Android 4.1.1 updated added a new feature to the Note 10.1 called the Blocking Mode. When this mode is enabled, notifications for selected features are disabled. However, you can create an allowed people list from the settings to receive calls only from them. Go to Settings> Blocking Mode and turn on the Blocking mode. To customize this option tap on the option itself.
The Galaxy Note 2 has the Face Tag feature which recognizes a human face on any image and lets you add a tag/name to it from your contacts list. If your do not want the yellow square to be shown on your images, do this: open the Gallery app and ten open a photo that shows the yellow square on it. When the image is open, tap on the option/menu icon on the top bar (see below) and open “Face Tag” option and turn off the feature. The irritating yellow thing will not bother you now any more.
If you have turned on the Talk Back mode on your Galaxy Note 10.1 and cannot figure out a way to get out of it, here is how you can disable it.
Here are some official videos that beautifully demonstrate the new features added to the Galaxy Note 10.1 with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update and some other functions.