After several months of ownership, I am still learning about some of the great software programs included with my 2014 10.1 Note. The pen works well, battery life is good, screen looks great (though pretty much unusable in sunlight). Intuitive, comfortable. 32 GB memory is good and can be doubled, and that works for me. Appreciate the 50 GB Dropbox for 2 years, very useful. Would wish for something to read a greater variety of video files, and sometimes, if I've been doing too much repetitive movement and my hands hurt, I find it's not terribly comfortable to press in the pen's button without lifting the pen too high up (and when lifted too high, it doesn't work, so that's the problem). Worth the extra money if you're planning to use the pen features. Would be great for a student, I would think, especially if it's in lieu of a laptop and you're carrying it around all day. I know some grad students who are able to avoid printing off reams of hard copy articles and write in comments directly on the screen; very useful.