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Android 4.1 Premium Suite for Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

by Alistair Lowe on 23 November 2012, 10:15

Tags: Samsung (005935.KS)

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There's no denying that Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 is a nice piece of kit, featuring a quad-core Exynos processor, a plentiful 2GB of RAM and most importantly, a Wacom digital stylus; however, there are many other points of differentiation for tablets right now, such as keyboard attachments, high-resolution screens, bleeding edge processors and even Windows 8, bringing significant software functionality.

It's with this in-mind that Samsung has been working hard to continue to play on the Note's unique selling-point, its stylus. In the next update, to be released soon, Samsung will move to the 'butter smooth' Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, which should have a significant impact on a digitizer product, with high accuracy and high responsiveness, where judders are at their most noticeable. Samsung isn't stopping here, however.

Introducing 'Premium Suite', Samsung's new coinage for a package of improvements/additions to the S Pen experience. You'll want to watch the video above to truly understand what these new features are going to offer, however here's a brief breakdown:

  • Enhanced Multi Window (more multi view apps, 16 simultaneously, dynamic resizing, moving and pinning)
  • Air View (hovering of S Pen above the screen can be used for tool-tips and content previews)
  • Easy Clip (cut and paste content by drawing around it in applications such as the web-browser)
  • Quick Command (S Pen gesture to perform an operation)
  • Photo Note (write notes and ideas on the back of a digital photo)
  • Paper Artist (fun photo sketch app)
  • Enhanced S Note (new default presets, paper transition effect, usability tweaks and more note templates)
All we can say is, keep up the good work Samsung, though, we do wonder how this product will fare in the market once Windows 8 tablets with styluses become common place; the firm perhaps has two angles; to play on Android's quick to use functionality and build up an extensive software integration and, to enter price war. For now though, the Galaxy Note 10.1 remains a compelling and unique product in the market.



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Well pleased since it's the tablet I chose to go with and now own...
All we can say is, keep up the good work Samsung, though, we do wonder how this product will fare in the market once Windows 8 tablets with styluses become common place

First off, I thought Microsoft weren't pushing stylus driven tablets these days - too "old school"?
Secondly, there's a difference between a stylus driven tablet and one with a "proper" (pressure sensitive) digitizer like the Note's have. The latter being more capable, and more expensive.
Anyone got an ETA for the JB update, since it sounds like it could be a nice Christmas present! ;-D
Clydonian
Well pleased since it's the tablet I chose to go with and now own...

Ditto, although I can't help thinking that if Samsung did a "proper" keyboard dock a la Asus Transformer (my other Android tablet) then it'd be a much more capable device. Yes, I know Samsung do a keyboard dock, but it's a dumb one that doesn't have the extra battery and ports that Asus were smart enough to spec up for their tablet. :-(
crossy
Ditto, although I can't help thinking that if Samsung did a "proper" keyboard dock a la Asus Transformer (my other Android tablet) then it'd be a much more capable device. Yes, I know Samsung do a keyboard dock, but it's a dumb one that doesn't have the extra battery and ports that Asus were smart enough to spec up for their tablet. :-(


Totally agree with you on that, their existing options truly do suck...
about time they released it to the wifi version!
Clydonian
Totally agree with you on that, their existing options truly do suck...
Oh, and while I'm slagging off Samsung ... guys how about some accessories for the S3 that are actually BETTER than those that 3rd parties come up with? The charging/audio dock is a particular "favourite" of mine - the guy who designed that should be pushing a broom instead of a pencil. Check out the reviews on Amazon UK if you don't believe me - there's an awful lot of negative ones.

Hopefully (and I realise this is a little OT) the new lower price on the Note 10.1 at the moment will persuade a lot of folks to try it, in which case we can look forward perhaps to seeing a good selection of 3rd party add-ons.