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Podcast Episode 19 – Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

I’m Bily Foster and I’m that iPad guy
Called that because I’ve almost always got iPad with me, and in some cases two!
Wait a second this isn’t an iPad what the HECK is it?!

This might look kind of like an iPad but it’s different, much different. It has front facing speakers, front facing landscape camera. Flip it around and it’s got a camera on the back, with LED light. The sides are sleek and smooth with no controls. Along the top is the power button, volume rocker, a Micro SD card slot, an IR transmitter and headphone jack. Along the bottom is unfortunately a proprietary connector, but the piece dela resistance, a stylus!

If you haven’t guessed by now, it’s okay I haven’t actually seen much marketing for this device, which is really too bad. This is the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

Why would I, That iPad Guy, want with a Samsung tablet?

two words, pressure sensitivity

With the stylus I’m able to get 1024 different levels of sensitivity while I’m drawing on the tablet. See I’ve picked this up with the idea of it being a single purpose device. To be used as my drawing pad to sketch out ideas, and get roughs into the digital realm, and it’s great that if I want to I have the option of doing so much more with it. And this is how I see Android will continue to grow and seep into people’s lives, by being integrated into different ‘tools’ and devices.

You see I’m a wanna be artist, more of a doodler. But I’m always on the lookout for great tools. The best system I had was a Sony Pen Tablet computer back in 1999, but since Sony stopped making them, there was a shift to Tablet Laptops they never quite worked right. Mine constantly over heated. And were big and bulky.

The best Windows Slate I have is one by ASUS but it only has a 32GB SSD and even though it has an i5 it chokes occasionally and is kind of big and bulky for traveling.

And when if you consider the cost of an entry level Cintiq, or a Windows Slate and this Samsung Galaxy Note is a great deal. It fixed most of the troubles I was having with the Windows Slate. The size is just right, not too big and not too heavy.

I do wish they had a higher resolution screen, that would have really made this a killer device for staring at hours on end, but that might have pulled on the processor a little too much and right now I’ll deal with the screen for the speed that this tracks at.

The tablet is smart enough to know when the stylus is on the screen and to not react to touch which makes it nice for drawing then being able to zoom in without having to switch tools, put the pen down, etc. It really keeps the flow of working going. Although this isn’t always perfect and occasionally you may get these straight line streaks that you have to undo or erase.

This stylus that comes with it, well I guess it’s cute. It works in a pinch and it’s great that it can be stored away into the body, but the best part about this tablet (for me). I can use this stylus from my ASUS Windows Slate, which is a more traditional style of stylus. And notice it has an eraser on the top. Yes it actually works. So I can doodle something, and erase without having to switch tools!

Of course since it’s an Android device, it can run most if not all Android apps. So you have all the additional functionality of running Polaris Office, Facebook, Twitter, and all the different things that you can do on most Android tablets if you so choice to use those apps.

Another semi-unique feature is the IR blaster. This lets you use the tablet as a Universal Remote. It comes with Peel, but to be honest I haven’t gotten much into the Peels interface, I guess I’m more of a traditionalist when it comes to finding programming. I’m use to the programming grid.

All in all I say this Samsung tablet is a little overpriced for what you get, the only reason this made it into my arsenal is because of the pen functions. If you have an artist in the family and you are choosing between the Apple iPad or the Samsung Galaxy Note you are going to want to think long and hard about what you are going to want to use the device for a majority of the time.

Because while it’s great to have the pen/stylus unfortunately Android still sucks as far as its tablet offerings, anything above 7″ feels like a big phone apps verses one designed to run on the available real estate. It does work in a pinch, but for me personally I’d still go with an iPad if I were to only pick up one device.

So that Wraps up another this episode of that iPad guy. Again thanks for watching and be sure to like me on Facebook, follow me on twitter, or Circle me on Google Plus and visit “That iPad Guy . Com ” to subscribe!

See ya next time!

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