Samsung launches its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet

Aug 16, 2012

samsung galaxy note 10.1 tablet
Samsung launched its Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet amid patent war with Apple.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 sports a proven, sensible design, a bevy of useful features, and fast performance. The "S Pen" Stylus is a unique addition that can be used like a pen on paper or a computer mouse.

samsung galaxy note 10.1 tablet

Samsung with the help of Japan-based Wacom built the tablet screen to create a layer that can sense "S Pens" so precisely it can tell how hard they are being pressed or even if they are hovering, slightly out of touch. The S Pen adds a lot more accuracy and control."

If you don't to use "S Pens" then don't use it. "S Pen" doesn't work on most of the applications but only default ones and if it works then its complicated.

Galaxy Note 10.1 tablets are powered by Google's Android 4.0.4 software and feature powerful quad-core processors as well as two gigabytes of RAM for quick handling of videos, games and other graphics rich content.

The tablets are Wi-Fi enabled to connect with the Internet at hotspots and will be available in the United States on Wednesday at prices of $500 for a 16 gigabyte model and $550 for a 32-gigabyte model, according to Samsung.

Tablet lets users hand write notes or scrawl comments on images or documents and then store them or post them to social networks or send them in email messages.

"With the S Pen, using pressure, one can get as fine or as thick a line as possible." "It is almost like pencil on paper. We really believe this is a game changer."

The tablet also knows to ignore pressure from the palm of someone using an S Pen, freeing users to write or draw naturally.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 software can convert handwriting to text or crudely drawn objects to crisp geometric figures, and even correct written scientific or mathematical formulas.

Samsung worked with Adobe to make free Photoshop software that allows people to use S pens to edit images on the Note 10.1 with accuracy and control.

Note 10.1 comes in a white model and a black model sports a wider bezel, is a bit thinner, and weighs slightly more than the Tab 2 10.1.

Speakers grace the right and left bezel and the top bezel sports a 1.9-megapixel camera that sits right next to an ambient light sensor. Directly opposite, on the back, is a 5- megapixel LED flash-supported camera.

The top edge holds a power button, a volume rocker, a microSD slot (supporting cards of up to 64GB), an IR blaster, and a headphone jack.

On the bottom edge are the dock connector and a microphone pinhole. The tablet is fairly light and comfortable to hold and while it does feel like smooth plastic.

Lastly, there's a 4-inch-long, ill-placed holding space in the tablet's bottom-right corner for the S Pen Stylus. The problems with this placement are, one, the S Pen can easily fall out if you're holding the tablet up while removing it, and two, when the tablet sits in a docking station, the holding space is too close to the desktop for the S Pen to be removed unless you undock it first. Not a huge design faux pas, but just a strange choice not to place the holding space on the top.

The S Pen has gotten a redesign since its appearance on the original Galaxy Note . The new stylus is longer and thicker, and has its sides squared off to keep it from unexpectedly rolling away. Also, the pen button is now grooved to make it a bit easier to find with your fingertips; however, I found myself consistently pressing the button by mistake.

The point of the S Pen is to give you an alternative to using your fingers, and while this feels fine for navigating menus and swiping through pages, when it comes time to type, I prefer using both hands, as it's faster and more comfortable than the search-and-peck routine the S Pen forces you into. Also, the stock S Pen is a little too light and thin for my tastes. I much preferred using the original S Pen encased in the S Pen Holder Kit with its extra weight and mass making it feel much more like a actual, quality, ink pen.

Samsung also built some shortcut gestures into the pen, making tasks like screen capture, calling up an app's menu, and going back to the previous screen a simple act of holding down the pen button and swiping or tapping the screen in the appropriate way.

Basic Specs:
Dimensions (W x D x H) : 10.11 in x 0.35 in x 6.9 in
OS provided : Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Installed RAM : 2 GB
Processor : 1.4 GHz
Display type : 10.1 in
Weight : 1.29 lbs