The latest addition to the Galaxy Note tablet family is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.
Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the tablet claims to offer the functionality and precision of a pen and paper on a large 10.1-inch screen (see what they did there?).
Samsung claims the tablet is all about simplifying the process of capturing ideas, accessing information and multi-tasking, while the 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM enhances performance.
Among the highlights include the 6.5mm S Pen, applications such as Photoshop, a learning hub, face recognition, multiscreen functionality for multitasking, as well as connectivity to other Samsung devices.
Out of all its intuitive features, the key word that should stand out to businesses thinking of purchasing this tablet is the word ‘multitasking’. Side-by-side screens allow two different applications to run simultaneously, a feature which many iPad users have been praying for at every iOS update, but have been left frustrated and disappointed. However, it is important to note that this dual-screen technology is part of the operating system and was first seen on Android’s Honeycomb. Now that Samsung is including this feature in the tablet design for multitasking, it will hopefully be available to more users.
This addition takes tablet usage one step closer to how we tend to use PCs at work – stepping away from an entertainment device, towards a content creation tool. However if you want to work and play, the Pop Up Play application lets you watch HD videos while emailing or writing a word document.
Another nice touch is the 6.5mm S Pen. This accessory along with the dual screen option makes the device seem like a more natural way to work. When using the pen, the device can automatically launch a series of optimised applications, including S Note, S Planner, Crayon physics, Polaris Office and Adobe Photoshop Touch. Photoshop in fact, is preloaded onto the device which, depending on what extent its functions have been restricted for mobile, may be a big selling point for the Note 10.1.
I’ll be getting my hands on the device very soon, so keep an eye out for a full review in the next couple of weeks.