Samsung to fight iPad with stylus, windows
Galaxy Note 10.1 = personal productivity powerhouse?
Samsung today pledged to "completely redefine mobile computing" - by bringing back the peripheral we thought was lost, the stylus.
In a bid to make writing "personal again", the company, as expected, has taken its Galaxy Note five-incher and stretched it out with a 10.1in display.
The irony here is that the stylus was long considered retro tech, a relic from an era when touchscreens weren't much cop. To be fair, Samsung has shown, with the 5in Note, that you can do interesting stuff with a stylus, but it remains to be seen whether it's a better selling point that 'not Apple'.
The lack of a stylus seem to have hindered artists like David Hockney from creating critically acclaimed works on the pen-less iPad.
Still, it's a differentiator nonetheless. But its the multiscreen feature is likely to be more widely favoured, especially by folks whose workflow requires more than one window to be open at once. Multiscreen makes the Android UI a truly windowed environment, allowing you to put have a browser open alongside the app your using to make notes on the video stream - college lecture, press conference, whatever - you're watching.
Alas the Note 10.1 only has six apps coded for this feature, including an office suite, Polaris, and email, but it's a start. From a personal productivity perspective, it puts the Note streets ahead of the iPad.
UK pricing has yet to be revealed, but the Note 10.1 will be $499 (£319 before VAT) in the US, which gets you 16GB of storage. Shame it only has a 1280 x 800 display. That's almost retina-like on the 7in Google Nexus but not here, and it may put some folk off, especially when the 2048 x 1536 iPad 3 can be had for the same price, ditto the 1920 x 1080 Asus Transformer Infinity. ®
Re: Thumbs down.
Are you having a stroke?
First of all, your post makes very little sense. After reading a couple of times, it appears that you're saying that Microsoft just released a Samsung tablet that runs Android. And that the 'Windows Fanboi Fun Police" will downvote it?
Maybe a little less wine before you get on the interwebs next time, Dana
Re: Old school?
"I'm sure if Apple introduced a stylus you'd see it as perfecting and revolutionising an old idea?
Or would you just forget that it ever existed before and return to your job at the US patent office, "Approved" stamp tightly gripped in hand?"
You forgot 'magical'.
Re: Old school?
I'm sure if Apple introduced a stylus you'd see it as perfecting and revolutionising an old idea?
Or would you just forget that it ever existed before and return to your job at the US patent office, "Approved" stamp tightly gripped in hand?
Electronic vector drawings have some advantages over pen and paper and there's other uses like drawing routes over maps or annotating photos where pen input comes in handy.
It's certainly a good option to have and I'd favour devices that allowed it.
The stylus is optional
The screen is still multi-touch and responds to all the same gestures as previous products.
The disappointment for me is the screen resolution.