Samsung has had a busy week. In addition to its ongoing court case with Apple, the company took the stage in New York City this week and unveiled the US model of its Galaxy Note 10.1. On the surface, it may look just like any other tablet. But it’s not.
In fact, the Galaxy Note 10.1 uses technology licensed from Wacom to provide a display with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. So… is that important? Who cares? Answers: Yes, and You. Samsung has turned its 10.1-inch tablet into a design-focused device for all the creative types out there. You can take notes, solve problems, paint on it, and even use a mobile version of Adobe Photoshop — called PS Touch — to edit photos on the fly. The Galaxy Note 10.1 offers a level of touch screen control that no other mainstream tablet ever has before.
Its closest competitor, perhaps, is the Galaxy Note that is available on T-Mobile and AT&T. But that’s a phone, and I love the amount of screen real estate that I can use to edit documents and photos with on the Note 10.1.
Speaking of screen real-estate, the Note 10.1 offers another unique feature I haven’t yet seen on a tablet: The option to run two different apps side-by-side. It’s only supported by a few at the moment, such as the note taking app, the web browser, the video player, and a few others, but Samsung promises additional ones are on the way.
Here’s why that’s cool, though: I’m able to browse the web and read news stories while taking notes on them in S Note. This could be an incredible tool in classrooms for students who need to do research, for example. Of course, you can’t have all work without at least a little bit of play. That’s why I love that I can browse the web and watch a movie at the same time, too. Or, better yet, I can use the video pop-out feature to work on a presentation, edit images from the web, and watch video on a resizable screen.
The multitasking is all handled by the tablet’s quad-core Exynos processor, the first of its kind in a US tablet. It’s nice and speedy, and though I’ve noticed some lag, the 2GB of RAM certainly helps keep everything fluid. If you plan on storing lots of photos and videos, you can, because the Note 10.1 also supports a microSD slot for adding up to 64GB of additional storage. That means you could have 98GB of potential storage with the 32GB model.
Speaking of models, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is available now in two flavors: A 16GB option for $499, and a 32GB model for $549.99. They’re both available from major retailers, including Best Buy, Office Depot, Tiger Direct and several others. I’d advise you to stick to the 16GB model and pop in a 16GB microSD card if you really want the extra storage (it will only cost you about $10 from Amazon).