The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 was made available in American stores today, and it has a lot going on. First, the specs: the new Note has the same quad-core processor as the Galaxy S III, along with 2GB RAM, 16 GB of internal memory (32 GB if you’re willing to pay a little extra), microSD expansion, a 1200 x 800 pixel TFT display, and more. But the hardware isn’t what’s important about the Note. Instead, it’s all about the software. Most specifically, it’s all about the new stylus the new Note brings to the party, the S-Pen. Yes, the Note does some pretty exciting things. Operating on Ice Cream Sandwich (with Jellybean rumored to be available this fall) and Touchwiz as you may have expected, the Note has pop-up video, multi-screen functionality for a limited number of apps (Internet, video, email, and a few others), and several other goodies. However, the S-Pen steals the spotlight.

I could talk about it, about the how the S-Pen is pressure sensitive, able to detect when it’s hovering over the Note to allow menu browsing without having to “click,” and more. Instead of going over the details in writing, however, I can give you the following video (courtesy of Android Central), so you can see the S-Pen and the Note in action for yourselves.


In my opinion, it’s definitely the best on the market. You can buy one yourself to play with for $499 for the 16GB model, or $549 for the 32GB version.


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