Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has been one of the most anticipated devices in the tablet market, and now that it is launched, it looks like it is indeed worth the anticipation. It is a 10.1 inch tablet computer designed, developed and marketed by Samsung Electronics. It runs on Android operating system and is a great platform for multimedia consumption including movies, music, music, and web browsing. The feature that sets it apart from other tablets in the same category is that it makes use of stylus(officially named S-Pen) as an input device for tasks such as sketching and note-taking.
The stylus tucks very nicely to the bottom panel of the phone and is supported by variety of apps. S Pen is just a replacement to finger in certain situations where precision is needed. It’s not just any normal stylus. S Pen includes a “shift” button, which when pressed allows the user to do other functions such as grabbing screenshots (which can be modified by using the stylus) or for writing sticky notes with drawing/handwriting, text input, and pictures. The technology that is made use of is the Wacom digitizer system, which is again very popular in precision tablet field, which results in accurate input that is pressure sensitive.
The device was launched on 15th August, and today the South Korean giant has announced range of content for its British users, including software, games and apps. All these new apps are designed to exploit the innovative stylus, S-Pen.
“The S Pen offers both active content creation as well as passive content consumption,” President of Samsung Electronics America Tim Baxter said in a statement.
Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications and Networks, Samsung UK and Ireland said: “We’re delighted to be able to introduce such a variety of apps so soon after the fantastic launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and can’t wait to hear what our customers think of it. The S-Pen is so precise it’s inspired a whole host of new apps and we believe it will change the way people use tablet devices. For example, the S-Pen makes it easy to edit photos with incredible accuracy on the device’s large 10.1 inch screen using the embedded software, Adobe® Photoshop® Touch.”
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is an Android device, so there’s no shortage of apps. The device comes packed with a range of software and games embedded, and apart from those, the user can have over 100,000 free downloads available in Samsung apps. The company has launched nine different free S-Pen based apps, so there’s something in the store for everyone. Below are the details of the apps:
Adobe Photoshop Touch
Adobe Photoshop is of course, a revolutionary software. It has changed the way we look at photographs, and with Adobe Photoshop Touch on Galaxy Note 10.1, you can make use of its S-Pen stylus in order to make changes on art or edit photos on the tablet’s screen with pin-point accuracy.
With Drop the Beat, you can bring out the DJ in you and try your hands on the deck. Drop the Beat is without doubt, a new creative way to build musical rhythm. It features a circular creation station that supports S-Pen inputs. Basically, you have to just drop ‘beats’ and the app will start playing it. You can drop more beats in 0rder to make your rhythm more interesting. If creating your own beats doesn’t float your boat, you can stick to listening to your favorite chart tracks. Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with unlimited access to the Official Top 40 Chart app. The access is free of cost for 8 weeks, and that’s a lot of time to play around, isn’t it?
Considering that kids are allowed to have cool gadgets these days, Samsung has got something for them too. An app called Spot the Difference features fun characters with five differences to find in each one, and is designed to appeal kids. Apart from this, there’s another app called Where Is It? aimed at children. The objective of the game is to locate various objects in a busy scene full of life. The drawings have incredible detail in them, which will have the user fully immersed and endlessly captivated.
Easy Phone Sync is another utility app that’s aimed at users coming from the land of Apple. Again, it’s a free app and allows the user to transfer iPhone and iTunes media which includes music, videos, podcasts, pictures, contacts and text messages – from iOS to Samsung Galaxy android devices including the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Galaxy Note 10.1 has a 10.1 inch screen, and playing games on a big screen is sure to deliver an awesome experience, and Samsung has brought in the world’s most beloved racing game, Need For Speed Hot Pursuit, to the tablet, although we’re not sure how will the game replicate the action of Fast and Furious with a stylus. Nevertheless, the game is eligible for free download to customers across the UK. As usual, the game will feature spectacular graphics and racing gameplay from the house of Electronic Arts.
Sammy has also brought in Trace-A-Face or You Draw, which exploits the S-Pen system. The user is asked to draw a new subject each day, and the masterpiece will be posted to a central public gallery where the user can compare drawings with that from other people. It also allows publishing finished drawings on Facebook, thus adding flexibility. Of course, you can save a drawing which can be edited later.
What’s more, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 makes a great e-reader too, and to complement that, Sammy has brought “WIRED Note Edition” for Note users. It allows the reader to access the October, November and December 2012 editions of the award-winning magazine free of cost. WIRED Note Edition app is specially designed to make use of Samsung’s S-Pen stylus. This app is also considered as WIRED’s stepping stone into the Android market.
Galaxy Note 10.1 is a great tablet device. It makes use of a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos chip and has 2 gigs of RAM under the hood. In order to power the big 10.1 inch screen, Samsung has incorporated a big 7,000 mAh battery and it should keep the user away from the charging point for a long time. Note 10.1 melts Ice Cream Sandwich down and is expected to receive Android 4.1 Jelly Bean some time in near future. Note 10.1 is as close as you’ll ever get to a Galaxy S3 in tablet form factor. Samsung is known to put in the features that are cooked in their labs, and this time it’s a Multiscreen which will display two different apps (from S Note, Video Player, Email, Gallery and Internet) side by side in both portrait and landscape modes. Other features which we loved include the Pop Up Play, which is basically a window that will play video while you browse the web, email or get something done.
The question, however, is that is it an iPad killer? Well, it actually depends on what will it be used for. iPad has a great retina display that will win you over in minutes, whereas on the other hand, if you’re an artist, then you would love Wacom’s digitizer technology which will deliver greater precision than cheap tablet pens. Steve Jobs had once declared that “if you see a stylus, they blew it.”, so the iPad will probably not get a stylus in near future. In the US, the price starts at $499 for the basic model with 16 gigabytes of storage whereas the 32 gigabyte model will set you back by $549. Nevertheless, you can expand the memory by making use of an external memory card.
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via Press Release