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Samsung cherry-picks in Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. new iPad

updated 07:20 pm EST, Wed March 7, 2012

Samsung struggles to make Note 10.1 vs iPad look

Samsung had an immediate reaction to the new iPad where it crafted a skewed comparison between Apple's new hardware and the Galaxy Note 10.1. The argument contends that Samsung's tablet is better primarily because it has native pen input, which would let it draw, edit photos, and write with a pressure-sensitive pen. "Popular" demand for aftermarket iPad pens at Amazon was portrayed as a sign users wanted the feature, Samsung said.

The Korean firm went on to argue that the Note 10.1 could use two apps side-by-side, although it had to admit that it required explicit support for simultaneous viewing support that's absent in nearly every Android app.

Only a handful of less ambiguous advantages were mentioned in the comparison, such as the thinner and lighter body, USB mouse support, a microSDHC slot, and an IR port for home theater. The IR is somewhat undermined by the growing number of apps to remote-control home theaters over Wi-Fi, including Samsung's own remote app for iOS.

While it was to be expected, the side-by-side look conspicuously sidestepped those areas where the Galaxy Note 10.1 was well behind its Apple counterpart. At 2048x1536, the new iPad has almost exactly three times the display resolution of the Android device. The A5X processor should be faster overall, and Apple can now tout a superior rear camera, a feature that had once been pitched as a selling point for Galaxy Tabs.

Of all advantages, Apple may have won simply through availability. Of the two, it's currently the only one that can claim to be shipping its product to stores, while Samsung has been vague as to when the Note 10.1 might show.

by MacNN Staff



  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    please tell me

    why I would want to work with two apps side-by-side.

    Really, I'm curious: what's the advantage to doing that on a tablet-sized screen?

  1. Bobfozz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    who is in Samsung's Marketing Dept.?

    Unless the PEN is tethered to the tablet, lots of them will be misplaced and lost. I am trying to figure out how 55 million buyers, so far, have survived without a pen. And since there IS an after market pen available for the iPad, how does Samsung's offering undermine Apple?
    Everytime Samsung says something in the media, it sounds really dumb.

  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Android fanbois want to run

    apps side-by-side because they feel they are superior to the average iPad user. They can do everything a lot faster with more stuff on the screen. Android fanbois are born multi-taskers. Android OS lets them work to their full potential while iOS slows them down. If they could run five apps side-by-side, they would just because they can and claim that iOS is nothing but a crippled OS built for one-app-at-a-time sissies.

  1. drumrobot

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Laughable at best

    You can easily cut and paste between two apps on the iPad. Use multitasking gestures to go from one to the other in half a second.
    Also, the rest are only marginally better than lies:
    "No, you can't use a stylus on the iPad! Unless you buy one, anyway."
    "No, you can't edit photos on the iPad... unless you download an application that will let you."

  1. global.philosopher

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You can buy third party pens for the iPad

    I would like to see side by side functionality and I believe IOS will do it....being able to watch a movie and answer emails, type messages, browse the web or play a game or blog at the same time would be good and it is feasible on a 10" screen...not really for a 7" screen though. Remember that a 10" screen is actually bigger than two 7" screens side-by-side.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969




  1. Arne_Saknussemm

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: "third party pens for the iPad"


    None of them are:
    - Sharp enough to emulate real drawing tools
    - Pressure sensitive
    - Slant angle sensitive
    - Inductive, thus with hardware palm rejection.

    Given that,
    The retina display on the new iPad
    Just ROCKS!

    I used to work on a 22" desktop monitor with the same resolution,
    on a 10 inch device those pixels must feel just like an Iris print.

    On tablets the display is N1.
    Apple has defenitely taken the lead here,
    unless Samsung comes up with a similar
    dot density LCD (or even better AmoLED)
    placing the 2 side would be almost cruel.

  1. ASathin8R

    Joined: Dec 1969


    After thought

    The note taking capability for the 10.1 with the new s-pen was added as an after thought. How else can you explain the fact that they supposedly can't find room for storage slot on the device when they can on the Note 5.3? The only reason they rushed that idea out to market before they properly redesigned the 10.1 to accommodate the s-pen is because they weren't shifting as many 10.1s as they thought they would. Yet they were selling more Note 5.3s then they originally thought they might.

    That is the only real angle that Samesung have got at the moment - users who also really want pen input on a tablet. Other than that, they've got nothing.

  1. nowwhatareyoulookingat

    Joined: Dec 1969



    They list the same feature 4 times [that you can use 2 apps at the same time].

  1. Jubeikiwagami

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Ha they lost me at "Stylus"

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