Samsung is letting loose an update to its Galaxy Note tablet today, as the Galaxy Note 10.1 is now officially on sale. Phorget about the phablet - the original Galaxy note was dubbed a “phablet” because it had phone capabilities but was the size of a small tablet - the new version has a 10.1-inch screen, and it’s all tablet. One feature it kept is the stylus, or as Samsung calls it, the S-Pen, which the company says is perfect for using with its pre-loaded note-taking software called S-Note. S-Neat, I S-Guess. But what other features are included... I mean besides adding “S” to words?
The Galaxy Note 10.0 also comes with a customized copy of Adobe Photoshop Touch, allowing users to do fine-grained, professional-quality photo editing.
The tablet also comes with universal television remote software and it even offers recommendations based on previous TV viewing habits.
If cost is your guide, Time offers this note:
The Galaxy Note 10.1 with 16GB of storage lists for $499, the same price as a 16GB iPad. But the 32GB Galaxy Note is $549, $50 less than a 32GB iPad. And while there’s no 64GB model, the tablet’s microSD slot lets you add a 32GB memory card for $20 or less, bringing capacity up to 64GB for a grand total of about $570 — a steep discount off the 64GB iPad’s $699 sticker price. Both the 16GB and 32GB variants offer wi-fi but no cellular option and come with 50GB of Dropbox online storage for two years.
Walt Mossberg’s Wall Street Journal review has this to say about the unique, split-screen feature:
While in this multiscreen mode, each app takes up half the screen, and you can copy and paste content between them. I liked using this feature, but found copying and pasting often required multiple, clumsy steps, like taking screen shots of what's in one app, and then cropping.