GALAXY Note 10.1
(Samsung, $999 for the 3G model and $799 for the wifi-only model)
Reviewed by Chris Gardner
Neither Apple nor Samsung invented the tablet computer. That accolade belongs to Gene Rodenberry, who had the crew of the USS Enterprise wandering the bridge of Star Trek's fictional starship as early as 1964 with a Personal Access Display Device (PADD).
Now that's off my chest let's take a look at the Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1, the most Rodenberryesque device to appear on the shelves of electrical stores the world over.
It gets its name from the 10.1-inch screen, of 1280 x 800 display resolution, and is a great complement to the Apple iPhone-killing Samsung Galaxy SIII smartphone.
If you're not in the picture, Apple has been trying to halt the sale of all manner of Samsung devices because it believes Apple is being copied.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 is an Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) device, which won't win any fans from the Apple camp, and comes complete with a stylus-like S Note tool giving you all the options you have with pen and paper or the nearly 50-year-old Star Trek hardware.
What is new about the GALAXY Note 10.1 is its ability to mimic Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system by having two adjacent windows open , an innovation that will impress the Microsoft fan boys who get frustrated every time they switch to an operating system that can't do that.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 with S-Pen functionality is great for creating and editing with S Note templates, Polaris Office, and Adobe Photoshop Touch. Use Multi Screen and Pop-up Play for multi-tasking on the 10.1-inch screen, backed up by 1.4GHz quad core processor.
The GALAXY Note 10.1 comes pre-installed with the Adobe Photoshop Touch application especially created for editing photographs and other digital images on the device.
I enjoyed my all-too-short play with the GALAXY Note 10.1 and wondered how it will stack up against e-book reader manufacturer's Kobo's upcoming Android tablets, which also look set to hit the sweet spot.
I could give you a lot of specifications for the GALAXY Note 10.1 but it should be sufficient enough to say that it is up there with the best of them, including the original PADD.
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