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Samsung has just announced its Galaxy Note 8.0 this past week at Mobile World Congress (MWC), the Korean manufacturer’s newest item to compete with Apple’s 7.9-inch iPad Mini, but the Galaxy Note 10.1 is still making its way to carriers. US Cellular is the proudest carrier recipient of the Galaxy Note 10.1 and now offers one of Samsung’s popular tablets with 4G LTE.
To remind those who may have forgotten or do not know, the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with the following features and specifications:
* Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
* 1.4 Ghz, quad-core Exynos processor
* 16 GB internal memory storage
* 2GB RAM
* 1.9-megapixel, front-facing camera
* 5-megapixel, rear-facing camera
* S Pen
* Adobe Photoshop Touch
* 2GB of free Adobe Creative Cloud storage
Android 4.1 is the current OS for many Android users, so you will receive the most up-to-date OS (that is, until Android 5.0, Key Lime Pie, is introduced this May in the Google I/O conference). The quad-core processor is a good sign, although 1.4 Ghz is becoming outdated. 2GB of random access memory (RAM) is a modern RAM size, so you’re good to go there. The 5-megapixel camera is rather 2012-ish (since 2013 cameras all come with a minimum 8 or, as with Sony’s Xperia Z and presumably the Galaxy S4 and iPhone 5S, a 13MP camera). The iPhone 5S looks to utilize the Sony Exmor camera, which makes sense of the 13MP camera. The 1.9MP front-facing camera matches that of 2013 cameras (that will use 2MP, front-facing cameras), so there are no problems with HD video recording and self portraits.
The “S Pen” is one of the most unique accessories that comes with your Galaxy Note 10.1 device. It was rumored several weeks ago that Samsung’s new Galaxy S4 would come with an S Pen, but the rumor was later squashed because Samsung decided to keep the S Pen within its Note series. I think Samsung has done this in order to send a strong message that, while the Galaxy Note series appeals to consumers and is purchased by consumers, Samsung wants to appeal to businesses and business professionals in a way that it does not appeal to consumers. The same can be said for companies like Microsoft (who has a professional, Windows 8 Pro experience that is distinguished from its Windows RT tablets for the average consumer) and Apple (whose new 128GB, fourth-generation iPad now offers business options for iPad use for business professionals).
The Adobe Photoshop Touch software is proof that the tablet will also be used to take great photos and “touch” them up before printing them or sending them to others to include in their social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter, Google +) or personal photo collections.
While the specs are acceptable for early 2013, I am not sure if the cloud storage and internal memory storage are. The S Pen, as I said previously, makes the Galaxy Note a must-have for professionals. The problem with the Note 10.1, however, is that the internal memory storage is not enough for business professionals. The memory storage makes the device seem as though it is to be used for fun and leisure rather than business purposes. Corporations tend to consume memory storage on devices rather quickly, so there has got to be additional storage on the device for business professionals who have lots of presentations to create, letters to send, emails to keep track of, and so on. While the business professional can use his or her Gmail account, not to mention the unlimited photo storage (I say this as someone who has over 2,000 photos in her “Instant Upload” account), he or she will not be able to have numerous downloads onto the device.
If a smartphone comes with 16GB of internal memory storage, then tablets should come with a minimum of 32GB of storage. Tablets allow you to do more, take larger photos that pay attention to more detail, and so on. Business professionals need immediate access to their presentations and documents so that they do not have to log into their email accounts when they need to give a quick presentation immediately.
While the features and specs above are Samsung’s offering in the Galaxy Note 10.1, there are two others that may be of interest: 1) Samsung’s Smart Remote app and 2) the new multi-window feature. The Smart Remote app allows you to connect your Galaxy Note tab to your television, while the new multi-window feature lets you view to windows or screens at once. If you are interested in the US Cellular Galaxy Note 10.1, you must pay $499.99 up-front with a two-year data agreement from US Cellular. The two-year data plans come with 2GB a month for $25 (monthly price). If you are a current US Cellular customer (as I am), remember that you must purchase the Note 10.1 and pay for a separate data plan from your smartphone contract. In other words, the Note 10.1’s data plan is an additional bill on your contract each month for the next two years.