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Consumer Reports Rating
The March issue of CR rated WI-FI only tablets and had a rank ordered list of the recommended models.
In the 9 to 12 inch category the Apple ipad Air 16GB and the GN 10.1 2014 tied at the top of the list with overall scores of 83. The Air rated slightly higher in portability and the Note slightly higher in versatility. The Air did better in battery life, 13.5 hr. vs 9.0 hr. for the Note.
The next three on the list:
3. - 81 score Google Nexus 10, 16GB
4. - 81 score GN 10.1, 16GB
5. - 80 score Galaxy Tab 10.1, 16GB
Battery life ranged from 8.0 to 15.1 hr. for this group of large tablets with the Note 2014 2nd to last at 9.0 hr. The other Galaxy notes and tabs were at 10.1 hr. The 2014 Note has a larger 8,220 mHh battery vs the prior 7,000 mAh however the 2x screen resolution (4x pixels overall) and faster processor still cuts into battery life somewhat. That is the trade off.