- Features Good ideas, not well executed all the time.
- Display I could see the pixels and regular use distances.
- Battery life No comments
- Ease of use Fine, but felt more like a Honeycomb tablet than ICS.
- Storage capacity 16 GB + microSD is plenty for me.
- Design and form factor Initally, I liked the design (in store). After getting it home, I liked it less and less. The metal border ruins the lines of the product.
- Portability (size / weight) Thin. LIght. Nice
- Durability No real tests, but it seemed sturdy enough. Not iPad solid, but solid none the less.
Worst thing was that the S Pen performance was worst than I can get on my 3rd gen iPad with a Bamboo stylus. The pen couldn't always keep up with my writing or drawing, causing skipping in the lines/letters at times (not often, but enough that I immediately noticed it). This is inexcusable for a stylus-oriented device. Really too bad, because I love the idea of an active digitizer layer on a tablet. I would not recommend this to anyone who actually needs reliable pen input.
Maybe this thing will improve once they finish studying Jelly Bean enough to roll it out, but I'm not betting on it. It's too bad, too, they've got some good ideas in there, just still flailing on the execution. I got this because I want to integrate stylus more into my workflow and I wanted to give Samsung a chance (if it went well, I might have gone from iPhone 4S to GS III). As it stands, I've given Samsung 2 chances to get me as a customer this year (Galaxy Tab 7 2.0 and this), and they've failed. I will continue to enjoy my iPad, iPhone and Nexus 7 for now.
For further context, I've been a stylus fan for a long time. I just sold my HTC Flyer recently, which had it's own stylus issues, but actually performed not that far off from the Galaxy Note in many ways -- which is a big deal: the Flyer is single core, Honeycomb. The Galaxy Note should blow its doors off, it doesn't. I have long tried to use stylus input for notes, etc. on my iPad. Current styluses (Bamboo, Adonit) are big improvements recently. I am a lefty, though, so palm/wrist rejection has always been an issue, which is why I appreciate what active digitizers do, in addition to pressure sensitivity, etc.
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