Inspired by one of the most popular smartphones, Samsung Galaxy S3, the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is now available at Negri Electronics, the one stop shop for hard-to-find tablets. Its price tag, which shows $749.99, may not look very convincing, but let’s see what the tablet itself has to offer.
Learn more about Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1
The Samsung GT-N8000 Galaxy Note 10.1, aka Galaxy Note II, is 256.7 mm wide, 175.3 mm high and 8.9 mm deep, which makes it just the perfect size – big enough to play games or watch movies comfortably, yet small enough to have it always with you. The back is matte, which is very practical, so you can forget about fingertip marks.
Inside the Galaxy Note 10.1, there is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a Quad Core Exynos 4412 processor running at 1.4GHz, paired with 2GB of RAM with 16GB of flash storage. If you feel there is not enough space for your data, you can always expand the storage since the microSD card slot is compatible with cards up to 32 GB. The Galaxy Note 10.1 features Bluetooth , GPS, an accelerometer, a digital compass and a gyroscope, and you connect the Web via WiFi (802.11b/g/n), Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, or create a Wi-Fi hotspot. It can be summarized in three words: quality, efficiency and speed. The apps as well as websites (even graphics-heavy ones) load quickly and without a problem, and games and movies run smoothly. The impressive 7000 mAh battery provides you with up to 21 hours of play time without the need to recharge the battery.
Cameras on Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1
The tablet features two cameras. 2MP front-facing serves for video chatting and 5MP rear camera with auto-focus, LED flash and geo-tagging allows you to take pictures and edit them using one of the few apps as well as record 1080p at 30fps videos. The Galaxy Note 10.1 also provides access to Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, and is integrated with Picasa, so you can create and edit photo albums and share them with your friends and family. The tablet supports MP4/DivX/Xvid/FLV/MKV/H.264/H.263 video and MP3/WAV/eAAC+/Flac audio files.
Thanks to the 10.1-inch display with a 1,280 x 800 pixel resolution, the Galaxy Note has the screen real estate for scrawling notes, entertaining kids, and creating some real pieces of art if you wish. You can do so either using your fingertips or the S-Pen stylus, which is still not very common for tablets. The stylus can be used to write, draw or navigate, though using it may require some getting used to. It is an elegant and easy-to-grip pen but the inclusion of a function button close to the tip can prove to be somewhat irksome. For some users it may not be easy to find the best way to hold the S-Pen without triggering the screenshot function which is assigned to the button. The bottom end of the pen functions as an eraser – all you have to do is flip the pen.
Coolest S-Pen Compatible Apps
Samsung’s store offers a number of S-Pen compatible apps. While some of them are designed simply to have fun, others may prove really useful.
First of all, there S Memo, which is a handwriting recognition app. After selecting one of a handful of themes (ranging from a memo to musical notation paper to graph paper), users are then given the option to choose from one of three function modes – formula, shape or text match. In the math option the screen will be divided in two and while you write your equation on one of them, the other shows the translation ready to accept and calculate. The shape recognition is a bit less useful, but if the composition of basic circles and squares poses you great difficulty, this neat mode will redraw them for you in proper alignment. The most important function of S Memo, however, is the ability to render your handwriting into readable type. Once the software learns your scribble, sharing your notes with your colleagues will never be a problem again.
S Note, which is a more creative variation of S Memo, will let you compose for example postcards with pictures from your own gallery or a magazine page with a video embed.
Adobe Ideas is one of the Adobe apps pre-loaded on the Galaxy Note 10.1. It is a Photoshop-like app that can give you basic idea on picture editing if you are an aspiring graphic designer or simply like to play with pictures. Pulling from a selection of images (pre-loaded, imported or snapped with the dual camera setup), users can add their creations in layers, adjusting brush size, opacity and color as they go. It is a welcome addition that could serve to gently ease newbies into the complex world of image manipulation that awaits them in PS Touch.
PS Touch is undoubtedly one of the tablet’s most advanced apps. It is a tablet version of the most popular image editing program – Photoshop, and most of its features, though laid out differently, remain intact. While it’s not a complete replacement for a desktop graphics workstation, the app does give pros some flexibility, letting them create on-the-go much the same way they’d do in the office or at home. Adobe added a variety of tutorials to walk users, both new and experienced, through the app’s many functions. It is not a completely intuitive walkthrough though so you’ll have to be a bit self-reliant and trust in your own skill set for that since some of the features require a deft hand and deep understanding of the more advanced principles of Photoshop.
Summing up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 proves to be more useful than a standard Android tablet. It is a tool for creative professionals looking to extend their workflow beyond the confines of the traditional work environment.
With an array of apps that lend themselves well to sketching, annotating and moderate-to-heavy image editing, pro users should find this a satisfying on-the-go crutch. Armed with the S-Pen and a generous 10.1-inches, those moments of sudden inspiration won’t go wasted, as you’ll be capable of whipping this slate out and translating those fleeting moments of genius into visible and safely contained ideas.