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.
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
Do you want to talk about this? You can do this in the comment section below. Your comments are welcomed.