The three-month sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Samsung tablet was lifted in early October, allowing sales of one of Samsung’s more popular products to resume. The charge by Apple was that the Galaxy Tab infringed upon its design for the iPad, but the jury saw otherwise and decided that no such copyright infringement had taken place. This ruling offered a single ray of light for Korean electronics manufacturer Samsung.
They had previously been ordered to pay one $1 billion to Apple in a separate case. While a morale booster, the ruling—which concerns only the Tab 10.1—is not likely to have a significant effect on Samsung’s bottom line as the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not their latest tablet PC. That honor goes to the Galaxy Note 10.1, the large version of their popular phone tablet.
The Samsung Galaxy Note
This tablet is widely considered to be the best Samsung tablet around, and arguably the best Android tablet, period. The term “iPad killer” has been used by reviewers when describing it. The price tag on this Samsung Tablet is indeed hefty, but still less than that of the iPad and most will find it to be a wise investment. Appearance-wise, it is very similar to the Galaxy Tab, in fact it could be said that the two devices are almost identical.
Differences between the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Note 10.1
Users will get more color options with a Galaxy Note than they did with the Tab. The newer Samsung tablets are available in white, gray and black, and not just gray as is the case with the Tab. There are a few minor design differences as well in that the Note has a wider bezel and is a bit thinner than the Tab, though it weighs more.
The Note also comes with a stylus, which makes it useful for people who use their tablets to draw and for applications like Photoshop, as the stylus allows for enhanced precision. Most others will not find the stylus more useful than using their fingers, especially when typing. Both the Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Note weigh considerably less than the iPad and the Note has a larger screen (10.1 inches versus the iPad’s 9.7).
Samsung Galaxy Note Specs
The Note gets shipped with Ice Cream Sandwich version of the Android OS, but Samsung has stated that it will be upgraded to Jellybean at some point in 2012. It is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Exynos Processor that allows the device to handle multitasking well though some users of the graphics functions may notice a slight lag when using the stylus, also called the “S-pen.”
Artists considering this Samsung tablet should note that it does support pressure sensitivity whereas the iPad, despite its many assets, does not. Among the tablet’s other features are the front and rear facing cameras and the microSD slot that allows the storage to be upgraded to 64GB.
Apple is still pursuing bans on other Samsung devices along with more than $700 million in damages beyond the $1 billion ruling. Samsung is appealing that ruling while also pursuing claims that the iPhone 5 infringes on its intellectual property.