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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet with S Pen live impressions

Gallery by Michael Oryl on Monday February 27, 2012.

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is a stylus enabled version of the company's Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Android tablet that stretches the original Galaxy Note's dimensions to those of a regular tablet.

In terms of look, feel, and performance, there really seems to be little to set the Galaxy Note 10.1 apart from the standard Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) model, both of which being based heavily on the patent-friendly Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 that Samsung offers in Germany. The forward facing speakers not only make the Note 10.1 less iPad like, but they actually pump out audio in the right direction. Imagine that.

But otherwise there is little to truly call new in this tablet. It is indeed faster than the standard Galaxy Tab 2, since it runs on a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, but it features the same 1280 x 800 pixel resolution display and form factor. And even though it supports the Note-issue S Pen, there's no silo for storing the stylus with the tablet.

We played around with the S Pen aware apps for a short while and found them to be somewhat counter-intuitive, and generally slow performing. Still, the new stylus, with its eraser function, works as advertised, and we even took a few moments to use it with the included Adobe Photoshop Touch application on the Note.

We can't help but suggest that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is little more than an afterthought, since it offers so little in terms of improvements over the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from last year. Sure the S Pen features can be cool, but the stylus is inconvenient to keep at your side, and the actual design of the tablet's hardware does nothing to differentiate itself from other Samsung models.

The Note 10.1 runs the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features some of Samsung's TouchWiz customizations, including the mini-apps at the bottom of the screen. There's 1GB of RAM for applications to run in, and there will be 16, 32, or 64GB of storage available, depending on the model, when it hits retail channels in Q2 of this year.

source: Sony

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