Mobile application developers master various languages and technologies to develop applications for Android and Apple products. While iPad is the clear favorite among mobile app developers, the latest Samsung product, Galaxy Note 10.1 is being seen as a possible frontrunner for Android application developers; with some even saying it has the potential to beat the iPad. Famous words, you say? True, too many purported iPad killers have come and gone. Could this one be any different?
Let’s discuss some of Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet’s attributes that set it apart from its Androidantecedents.
The new 10.1 Samsung tab boasts a quad-core processor which pumps enough power to run two apps simultaneously in split screen mode. The gleaming body and TFT display are great to look at and hold but the clear differentiator from other Android tabs is the Note’s S-pen or stylus. The bezel device looks nothing like the iPad so Apple can’t object.
Other specs include 1.4GHz ARM processor, 5mp rear camera, 1.9mp front camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, IR port to control Samsung TVs, SD card slot (supports 64GB cards), gyroscope, and more.
More on the stylus
The success of Samsung Galaxy Note’s stylus has probably triggered its inclusion in the tablet, where it seems to belong. The stylus works great for annotating, doodling, taking quick notes and drawing. You can even use it on one half of the screen only. The stylus also supports handwriting recognition, speech recognition, and keyboard entry. A feature to identify mathematical symbols and equations will be a big help to students, engineers and scientifically inclined professionals. The sad part though is that the stylus has very few apps to its name, and will only apply to a niche crowd once the novelty wears off.
More on split screen functionality
The split screen function emulates the desktop experience of having more than one application open on the screen at one time. You can even have menu options on one side and browse through them with apps opening up alongside. Swapping of screens is also possible, as well as copy and paste between apps with the menu open.
Samsung has fine tuned Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 for an even better user interface that’s intuitive and clearly shows the thought given to details, similar to iPad. You can change the system font and set up your ChatOn, Dropbox, and a few Web server accounts where you enter your email and submit related accounts. Overall, the UI is sophisticated, intuitive, highly usable and attractive. The Galaxy Note also breaks out LDAP and Exchange ActiveSync as their own options so users can more easily find and use them. Keyboard access has been streamlined with pinch gesture to swap views and you have direct access to the clipboard.
The stock Android browser has been reworked to better support AJAX-based sites than previous Android devices. Text selection works in Java windows but is erratic in TinyMCE editing fields. The buttons for uploading images from the tablet also work better than on the iPad, letting you choose the source application too.
IT security teams should know that Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 connects to secure WiFi systems. It supports solid security and management capabilities, leveraging on Android 4 capabilities enhanced with Samsung’s SAFE extensions. It should meet most businesses’ security standards though sadly, it does not connect to Cisco’s IPSec VPN like iPad.
It’s early days yet for Note 10.1 to vanquish iPad but Android tablets are assuredly getting better and better. No doubts there.
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