Looking for the next best thing is no longer a wish for many smart mobile users looking for the device that’ll do-it-all. Following a trend started with the Galaxy Note II, the Galaxy Note 10.1® features the advanced S Pen™stylus. Business professionals can take notes during meetings with handwriting-to-text capabilities, and drawing tools to jot down plans. Notes can be saved and shared over 4G LTE with coworkers and clients.
Students can use the multiscreen feature to view two apps at once by splitting the screen. For example, users can read a news article while taking notes or watch a video while replying with feedback. (Looking for a few of unique multitasking features using the Note? Check them out HERE.)
For photo editing, the Galaxy Note 10.1® runs Adobe® Photoshop® Touch. Combined with the S Pen™, building visual effects, such as layering, blending and filters, can be used by designers to show drafts or mock-ups to potential clients. Users can combine and manipulate images creatively with the S Pen™, then upload work to the cloud using 4G LTE to access their portfolio just about anywhere.
Watching television with a second screen has become second nature for many. For TV fans, the Galaxy Note 10.1® features the Smart Remote, powered by Peel, to turn the tablet into a universal remote control. The tablet can control an entire home entertainment system and even recommend programs.
Like many other Samsung Galaxy devices, the Note 10.1 runs on Verizon Wireless 4G LTE and comes with Android™ 4.1, Jelly Bean. Now you don’t have to wait for the next best thing in mobile productivity, it’s already here. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1® with 4G LTE will be available online and in stores starting Thursday, March 7 for $599.99. Users can add this tablet to their Share Everything account for $10 per month.
What is the Microsoft Surface?
Haven’t you heard? Microsoft has launched its first tablet – Surface is what they call it and just like other tablets on the market it comes in a few flavors – Surface Windows RT and Surface Windows 8 Pro.
The Surface Windows RT was launched October 2012, and the Surface Windows 8 Pro will launch near the end of January 2013. Yes, these two tablets are identical in its sleek styling, durability, detachable keyboard, kickstand, front facing camera and social media and networking features. The sales and reviews for the RT version were not that great due to the omission of one key component buyers where looking for – Microsoft Office. Windows RT sold just 1 million tablets since its release in October. In comparison, the iPad sold 3 million tablets its first 3 days on the market. However, the high-end Windows 8 version as garnered much praised and it’s not even available yet. Why? Let’s compare the two.
|Starting Price||$499 Surface Windows RT||$899 Surface Windows 8 Pro|
|Operating Systems||Runs Windows RT – best for mobile computing with tablets.||Runs Windows 8, uses Windows desktop applications and integrates with enterprise infrastructure.|
|Stylus Pen||n/a||Standard with Stylus Pen|
|CPU||Quad-core NVDIA Tegra 3 2GB RAM||Intel Core i5 Processor with Intel HD Graphics 4000, 4GB RAM|
|Cloud Computing||SkyDrive, Xbox Music||SkyDrive, Xbox Music|
|Productivity||Microsoft Office Home, Student 2013 RT Preview (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, OneNote), joy of Xbox||Microsoft Office Outlook, Word, SharePoint Designer, PowerPoint and more.|
|Connections/Slots||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port||Full size USB port, microSD card slot, HD video out port|
|Storage||32gb, 64gb||64gb, 128gb|
|Screen||10.6in, 1366 x 768||10.6in, 1920 x 1080|
|Interoperability||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store||Can download software and apps from the Windows Store and add software that are not Windows based.|
The big differences between these two tablets is the storage space, the size and screen quality, the powerful CPU, and full Microsoft Office applications installed on the Surface Windows 8 Pro. Also, the added benefit of adding non-Microsoft products is a plus. Tell a diva – which would you buy?
We checked out the Surface and other Microsoft goodies a while back, check out our Microsoft Times Square visit below…
As the tech savvy matriarch of the family, I find it important to keep my nieces & nephews on top of the latest tech trends and new releases. However, I’m still deciding if I’m more of a fan of smartphone/tablet use as entertainment vs education for children – check out a few facts below…
Many parents seem to think gadgets don’t just keep kids occupied — they can also help them grow and learn. 77% of parents think tablets are beneficial to kids, and 77% think they help develop creativity, according to Schools.com’s findings. More than a quarter of parents have downloaded apps for their kids. The top genres? Fun, at 46%; education, at 42%; and creative, at 28%.
Are you a tech-heavy parent raising tech-heavy kids? Do you think smartphones and tablets do more to help or hurt the development of kids today? Sound off below.