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Looking to buy a tablet? If you've got the dough to drop on a 10-inch tablet, then more likely than not, you're hearing that the iPad is the way to go. Sure, Apple's 10-inch new iPad is the consumer's choice at $499, but for the same price one can pick up the recently-released Galaxy Note 10.1, which offers a solid alternative to the Apple iPad experience.
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Both the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the new Apple iPad start at $499 and increase in price with larger onboard memory. The Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a quad-core processor and runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich. Also the iPad does offer a 4G-capable model starting at $629, while he Galaxy Note 10.1 is only available in a Wi-Fi version.
Let's start by saying that the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a technically solid device, although it does lack a high-resolution display. Other than that, what really sets it apart are a couple features that you simply cannot find on the iPad.
The biggest, most obviously difference is the inclusion of the S pen stylus. The stylus has been something Samsung has been hoping will deliver a different interactive experience than simply using fingers on a touchscreen. Luckily, their gamble has paid off, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with a pressure-sensitive stylus which allows you to rest your hand on the tablet's display while using the stylus to take notes or draw at the same time. Response is good, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 comes with preloaded S pen-specific apps that automatically pop up when the stylus is removed from its slow in the device.
If you're a 21st century child who loves to multitask, then you'll be pleased with the Galaxy Note 10.1 The tablet allows you to run apps side-by-side, meaning you can have two apps running at the same. This can be a handy feature when used in conjunction with the Galaxy Note 10.1's note-taking capabilities.
Lastly, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet can also be used as an entertainment remote to control your TVs and DVRs.
When compared to the new Apple iPad with the Retina display, however, the Galaxy Note 10.1 does fall short. It's 1280X800 LCD screen provides a solid display, but if you are used to eye-popping visuals and place a high price on your tablet's video and picture quality, then the iPad will suit you better.
It was released by Samsung on August 16 at an event in New York.
Overall, the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a great buy for anyone looking for a 10-inch Android tablet. It can provide something other tablets can't with its stylus interactivity, and unless a razor-sharp display is absolutely necessary, the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet is worth a shot over an Apple iPad.