A few hours ago I finally got my hands on Samsung’s new tablet, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Having been a fan of the Note smartphone, I was very eager to try this out.
The 10 inch tablet has many of the same benefits of its smaller sibling, plus some new tricks. The Note is available on August 16th and will start at $499 for the 16GB version.
Design-wise, the Note 10.1 looks very much like the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. They’re just a few fractions of an inch difference in their sizes and weights. So no, it’s not the thinnest tablet ever. It is thinner than the new iPad by .02 inches and a few milligrams lighter, too.
I like that Samsung put the speakers on the front so that watching video doesn’t require a quiet room. And lining the majority of buttons and ports along the top edge makes everything feel much neater. Up there you’ll find the microSD card slot and the headphone jack. The 30-pin proprietary port is alone on the bottom.
So far, the quad-core processor inside is doing its job and keeping everything running smoothly even with multiple apps open in the background. This thing is built for multitasking.
Speaking of: I like at there’s a Multiscreen function so you can put apps side-by-side but am eager for more apps to work with this technology. As with any new and proprietary technology, the more third-party partners you get to work with you for launch, the easier it is on consumers. The apps that work with this now at least make sense.
The S-Pen is the star of the show, and so far I really enjoy using it. The way the pen moves on the screen feels more natural than other pen/tablet combos I’ve tried, including the ThinkPad Tablet (Android version). I also like that several apps already work with it, including a chunk of the pre-loaded ones.
Watch the videos above for more of my impressions. Given what you’ve seen so far here and elsewhere, will you be buying the Galaxy Note 10.1?