Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Takes a Stab at Tablet Multitasking

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For tablets that want to compete with Apple’s iPad, proving superior at productivity is seen as a holy grail, and true multitasking is the key. If users can jump between apps with ease, the logic goes, the tablet might attract users who think the iPad is only good for consumption.

That’s why I’m suddenly interested in Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1, an Android-based tablet that launches later this month. Although Samsung first revealed the Galaxy Note 10.1 back in February, at the time it looked like a rehash of the company’s earlier 10-inch tablets, but with a stylus thrown in. Since then, Samsung has souped up the tablet’s specs to include a quad-core processor and 2 GB of RAM. More importantly, Samsung’s added some software features to help the new Note stand out.

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As you can see in Samsung’s demo video, the Note 10.1 will let users run certain apps side-by-side on the screen, including the web browser, a note-taking app, an e-mail app, a video player and a document editor. As with Samsung’s earlier tablets, the Note 10.1 will also come with “mini-apps” such as a calculator and calendar, which can float on top of whatever else you’re doing.

Watching that video, I’m reminded of the aborted Microsoft project known as Courier, a stylus-driven, dual-touch screen device that was meant to be a digital sketchbook. Though Courier never escaped the prototype stage, it generated buzz in the tech world a couple years ago as a productive antidote to Apple’s consumption-minded iPad.

The iPad has proven to be a powerful content creation device in some ways, but its laser-focus on the single task can be limiting. Even basic Internet research gets frustrating on the iPad because you must jump back and forth from the browser to whatever app you’re using to take notes. Doing so requires you to double tap the home button, tap on the app you want to open and wait for the app-switching animation to play out, ad nauseum. Some third-party iPad apps such as Tapose and Blogsy try to solve this problem by mashing several functions into a single program, but none are as versatile as what Samsung has come up with.

Other platforms have tried to tackle multitasking in their own ways. Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8, for instance, will let users snap a second app into a narrow sidebar on the left edge of the screen, so you can keep an eye on Twitter, e-mail or other programs while focusing mainly on a single app. RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook and HP’s TouchPad–both commercial failures–allowed users to quickly swipe from one app to the next with a simple gesture. Samsung’s approach seems even faster for bouncing between tasks, with the downside that it’s limited to a handful of built-in apps.

I haven’t actually used the Galaxy Note 10.1, so for now I can’t say how its approach to multitasking works in practice. But I am interested to find out.

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11 comments
jose Marquez
jose Marquez

hi all, here I'll leave a link in the galaxy rewiew note 10.1, be what you think.

The only thing is in English, but you can appreciate it all its functions and its new applications and all of its features, I hope you like it.

here the link: http://7070e942.theseblogs.com

Starshiprarity
Starshiprarity

I'm glad this is a thing. Imagine- Windows 8 sacrifices the ability to have multiple things on one screen and samsung picks it right back up.

stealthware
stealthware

what people dont understand is that this is not trying to compete with tablets, of course it is a tablet, but is opening a different market, the market of notes, what do I mean by that ? well, this is a wacom pen not a stylus, stylus are those ugly things that all the other tablets in the market use, a 1 inch thick line when you write, with this tablet you can take notes, imagine having a piece of paper and a pencil, it simulates the same feeling, the pen is thin and depending on how hard you push on the screen the line could be thinker and thinner, you can rest your palm on the screen while you write giving you a real paper pencil feeling, if you go to school and carry alot of books like I used to before i bought the lenovo thinkpad tablet, this tablet will actually reach those who look for something like I did without the need of doing a big research because everyone will find out how it works, you can organize your notes by books in your virtual notebook " tablet " , and upload them into ever-note if you like your classmates to see the notes they missed "instead of having them borrow ure stuff",  to see the pen in actual in drawing action go here, 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v..., is a pencil and paper get it ? if you have a job im sure you have to take notes of what you are doing on some projects well, this is virtual paper and is very comfy to write on like I said it simulates paper and pencil feeling 

mtngoatjoe
mtngoatjoe

I can see the appeal of this type of functionality, but I

wonder about its practicality on a 10 inch screen. The video showed the apps

side by side, but they looked really small. The floating widgets look much more

promising. Also, the Tab is shown on a table. Who uses a tablet on a table? I

use my iPad on the couch, in bed, and in the car. If you need a table, you

might as well use a desktop or laptop and take advantage of the extra real-estate.

 

Anyway, the new Tab looks interesting, but I still don't see

the point of a stylus.

Stocklone
Stocklone

I currently have a 7" tablet with an active stylus that I use by itself at meetings to take notes or next to me in the lab with my laptop as a digital notepad where I do all of my scratch work while I'm trying to design software.  It works very well for me and is not something I could as easily accomplish by fingers alone on a tablet.  I like using the tablet over regular paper because it's instantly digitized, searchable, shareable and organized.  As opposed to say a stack of old paper notebooks in a drawer or a random sticky note I misplaced last week.  I will be buying this to replace my 7" tablet and I am buying one for my wife to take notes in her engineering classes.

For home, I use the stylus for Draw Something.  And that's about it. :)  So I totally see where you are coming from.

stealthware
stealthware

is not a stylus, and do you write in a piece of paper ? do u ever take notes and lose them ? do you ever write down what you need to do later, well this is a wacom pen and when you open the app the tablet stops being a tablet and is now simulating a piece of paper with a pencil, you can even rest ure palm on the screen like if it was paper and it will only recognize the pen, and the pen resembles a pencil in such amazing way that if you push on the screen with the pen the line gets darker and thinker, is not a stylus is a pencil, and the tablet becomes a piece of virtual paper now thats what this tablet concept is, so if you have a job or go to school and you like to take a quick note on some stuff having a virtual paper is amazing thats why im  getting 2

Thomas Luptowski
Thomas Luptowski

on the ipad you can also switch between active apps with a four finger horizontal swipe, a four finger swipe up also reveals the active apps at the bottom of the screen if you prefer over the home button method

juliusaugustus
juliusaugustus

that is app-switching not multitasking I can also do that on my HTC flyer. Multi tasking is having applications side by side doing multiple things at once

Seth Cohen
Seth Cohen

That's not considered multi-tasking.