This week Samsung is officially presenting their final release version of the Galaxy Note 10.1, a tablet which brings a unique battle to Apple's iPad. The newest version of the iPad is the 3rd generation of said device, it toting one massive battery, a "retina" quality display, and a classic minimalistic design. The Galaxy Note 10.1 brings with it an "S-Pen" stylus tool which docks with the device itself, an IR-blaster to connect with your HDTV, and front-facing speakers for fabulous all-in-one entertainment.
We've got full reviews of both of these devices prepared for you, if you'd like to take a look, but note this: what it really comes down to is your own personal preference. If you've got an iPhone and a bunch of Apple-specific docks at home, you might want to stick with the iPad. If you're the sort of person who has a Galaxy S III and loves Android - especially Samsung's unique iteration of Android - you'll want the Galaxy Note 10.1.
Have a peek at some specifications for each hero tablet for the two manufacturers:
iPad (3rd Generation)
• Size: 241.2 x 185.7 x 9.4mm
• Weight: 652g
• Display: 9.7-inch 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution IPS LCD
• Processor: Apple A5X (dual-core)
• Camera: 5MP rear, 0.3MP front, 1080p video
• Software: iOS 5.1 (iOS 6 inside 2012 very likely)
• Storage: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 4G LTE
• Battery: 11,666 mAh
[iPad 3rd Gen full review here]
Galaxy Note 10.1
• Size: 262 x 180 x 8.9mm
• Weight: 597g
• Display: 10.1-inch 1280 x 800 pixel resolution LCD
• Processor: Exynos 4 Quad (quad-core)
• Camera: 5MP rear, 1.9MP front, 720p video
• Software: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean inside 2012)
• Storage: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB internal + 32GB capable microSD card slot
• Connectivity: Wi-Fi, HSPA+
• Battery: 7,000 mAh
[Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 full review here]
Samsung is banking on the idea that features such as Multiscreen and the many, many thing you can do with the S-Pen will entice users to think twice about picking up an iPad which, Apple will gladly admit, does not split screens or have any built-in pens hiding anywhere. The iPad is the most popular tablet on the market right this minute and the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 has just entered the race with some new and inventive features never seen before on a mobile device.
Have a peek at the timeline below to get a better idea of what it means to consider each of these devices and let us know which one has your attention right now!