Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 10.1

16/08/2012
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Suddenly, the tablet market space becomes more crowded? Not really. Not by a long shot. The iPad still rules with about 70% market share from reports from last quarter.

However, Samsung announces the Galaxy Note 10.1 yesterday which would be available today, in a hyped somewhat mystery event, not unlike what we’ve all come to expect as the norm from its arch-rival.

After countless leaks, Galaxy Note 10.1 is launched as a breath of fresh air from the iPad and indeed with it’s own unique qualities from other tablets.

SPECIFICATION;
Memory; 16GB and 32GB priced at $499 and $549 respectively
Connectivity; WiFi-only configurations for now then 3G+ later.
Operating System; Android ICS
Screen; 10-inch 1,280 x 800 TFT LCD display
CPU; quad-core Exynos 4 CPU clocked at 1.4GHz
RAM; 2GB RAM
Expandable Memory; microSD storage expandable to 64GB
Camera; 1.9-megapixel front-facing / 5-megapixel rear cameras
Battery; 7,000mAh battery.
Colours; Available in two neutral launch colors, grey and white!

What makes Samsung’s Note tablet stand apart is its capacitive digitizer panel optimized for the Korean Beheomoth’s peculiar handwriting recognition software. It also has myriads of stylus-specific apps which are of course, pre-loaded apps.

A great photo editing app, Photoshop Touch, has been customized for the S Pen, and the pressure sensitivity of the S Pen makes using Photoshop Touch a “natural, fluid experience.”


Another feature of the Galaxy Note 10.1 worth noting too is the “Multi-Screen” support, which is almost like a full desktop multitasking.Multi-Screen as implemented by Samsung is the ability to view two or more apps at once in a split-screen view. You can watch video for instance on minimised view on your screen while checking other apps like email, Calender, text, or even using the S.Note itself. I say “Bravo” to Samsung for this. And I truly feel this is where the natural evolution of tablet computer is at; approximating full desktop computing!

Six apps are optimized for multiscreen view, by the way; S Note, Gallery, Video, Browser, Polaris Office and email.

Yes, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a great tablet but there’s still some drawbacks. Mainly the screen with a resolution of just 1,280 x 800 pixels. Rival tabs from Apple, Acer, Toshiba or from Nexus do better at screen resolution. And the Galaxy Note comes equipped with Android ICS. So why not Jelly Bean, Samsung?

And lest I forget, the stylus costs $40 to replace, so you wouldn’t want to lose it!

Afewgoodmen is a Physician with Tech as one of his hobbies. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dfewgoodmen

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6 Responses to Samsung Launches Galaxy Note 10.1

  1. 16/08/2012 at 12:37

    Yes, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a great tablet but there’s still some drawbacks. Mainly the screen with a resolution of just 1,280 x 800 pixels. Rival tabs from Apple, Acer, Toshiba or from Nexus do better at screen resolution. And the Galaxy Note comes equipped with Android ICS. So why not Jelly Bean, Samsung?

    My laptop is a 15.6 incher with a resolution of 1366×768 pixels and yet images, graphics and texts look great on it. A higher resolution will definitely look better, but except you are comparing the Note side by side with another device with significantly better resolution with respect to dpi, you will hardly notice any shortcomings where screen resolution is concerned.

    Except you are suggesting that Samsung should have delayed the release of the Note 10.1″, I do not see how they could have managed to get the device ready by this time given the time Jellybeans was released. In case you mean delaying the Note 10.1″ tablet, I think that’s very unnecessary if you consider Samsung’s approach. Making customers to wait for too long could produce the unexpected result, ask Nokia/Elop and Microsoft. Delay is dangerous. Why not release this version and work on another to be released with Jellybeans around the time Apple and Microsoft/Nokia will be releasing their own tablets. And even if they wait till then and Google releases an updated version of Android, what guarantee do we have that you will not blame them for not releasing it with that same version than Jellybeans.

  2. 16/08/2012 at 18:54

    @Harry

    “Ding, ding, ding. That’s how many times the bell should ring to count out the Note 10.1′s 1,280 x 800 TFT LCD display. Samsung obviously made a compromise to keep costs down, but there’s really no reason for the company to have settled on such a middling display. When we previewed the tablet it was a work in progress, so the forgettable display was easier to forgive — Apple’s new iPad had just seen a public launch, leaving Samsung plenty of time to rejigger its part list and potentially bump that screen to 1,920 x 1,200 resolution. Yet, the company didn’t and we remain confused.”

    Also, compared to the Note;

    “Transformer Infinity Pad TF700, which boasts a crisper 1,920 x 1,200 display…”

    That quote is from Engadget which did a review on the Galaxy Note 10.1. See it here.

    The way you view display creens depends on what you wish to do with the tablet. But if you’re interested in graphics; photos and movies, and reading ebooks and all; the display resolution counts a lot.  

  3. 16/08/2012 at 19:18

    Harry, concerning your comments on the Note coming out with ICS, I can’t really fault your judgment. You’ve been a veteran of Android.

    But unlike you, coming from an iOS background, I’m a sucker for having the latest firmware update in my device. And No, I don’t like custom ROMs and rooting and all that! I would just stay put on the manufacturer’s official Software.

    When I eventually adopt Android by October or November and the Galaxy S III, which is my choice phone doesn’t have Jelly Bean then, I’d just pass over it! But actually, I’d've preferred any device that comes from the wrapper with Jelly Bean pre-installed. That’s just me!

    And by the way, Harry, why is it so difficult for Samsung to not have shipped The Note with Jelly bean. Jelly Bean is just a decimal point higher than ICS. 4.1 vs 4.0. It isn’t even a major update!

  4. 16/08/2012 at 19:56

    All ado about “Jelly Bean”!

    Me, unless there are specific features on a particular upgrade, I am not bothered o

    I am still on Gingerbread. Will only move up to take advantage of specific extra features. And that only of there are no apps to fill in the gaps!

    By the way, with the breakneck speed with which Samsung keeps churning out devices, I hope they will not implode?/How will they be able to keep parts available for these variegated devices?

  5. 16/08/2012 at 23:36

    When I eventually adopt Android by October or November and the Galaxy S III, which is my choice phone doesn’t have Jelly Bean then, I’d just pass over it! But actually, I’d’ve preferred any device that comes from the wrapper with Jelly Bean pre-installed. That’s just me!

    Well, that or if you wouldn’t mind something with slightly bigger screen like the Galaxy Note 2, then maybe your needs might be met, otherwise it may have to be the rumoured iPhone 5 with 4″ screen or so.

    And by the way, Harry, why is it so difficult for Samsung to not have shipped The Note with Jelly bean. Jelly Bean is just a decimal point higher than ICS. 4.1 vs 4.0. It isn’t even a major update!

    I think the difference maybe slightly deeper than the number difference would suggest. The improvement made may take more than a little tweaking to get it working right on previous hardware running ICS. If Samsung is in charge of the entire project of Android, those things would have been a whole lot easier, but Google is in charge and it is only when Google is done with a particular version that Samsung could have full reign. There might still be another minor update before you are ready for the SGSIII and then you may also insist on that version. That is one thing Apple obviously does better than competition.

  6. 19/08/2012 at 07:43

    I think the resolution thingy has a bit to do with S-Pen. All the other devices you guys mentioned with higher res don’t use WACOM pen technology(or whatever its called) in addition to capacitive screens. They may not have gotten the tech right and thereby simply decide to release with the resolution they certain will work fluidly with the input.

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