Sure, most tablets are sold as consumption devices, but who says that they can't be serious creation ones too? Following in the Galaxy Note's success, Samsung's bringing its S Pen stylus to a slate with a more accessible 10.1-inch display.
Not afraid of offering devices with choice, Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 should give your tablet life a dash of precision. We know, we know, stylus tablets have largely been huge failures, but the Note 10.1 should be a factor better because the S Pen stylus uses Wacom technology.
Like a Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but with stylus support, the Note 10.1 has a few standout features: multitasking with support for running two apps side-by-side, S Note note taking, a resizable virtual keyboard, advanced handwriting recognition that can convert scribbles into text/tables/shapes/etc., editable digital textbooks, and custom-tailored apps such as Photoshop Touch.
Spec heads will be happy to hear that Samsung didn't skimp out on the tablets guts, either. The Note 10.1 runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and has a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor paired with 2GB of RAM, 3G HSPA+ 21Mbps, 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash/1.9-megapixel front cam, internal storage models of 16, 32 and 64GB (expandable to an additional 64GB via microSD) and a 7,000mAh batter.
Samsung will launch the Galaxy Note 10.1 in Wi-Fi-only and Wi-Fi + 3G models by the end of August with 4G LTE models available by the end of the year. Pricing has yet to be announced.
As a person who enjoyed using the Galaxy Note's stylus interface (not its size), Samsung's hard push for the return of the stylus seems like a genuine attempt at differentiation. And why not? Microsoft's trying to sell everyone a keyboard with its Surface tablet and Apple says fingers are still good. The timing's ripe for the revival of the stylus, don't you think?
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