Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is different from the iPad. David Pogue:

Its message to the tablet-buying world is this: “O.K., the iPad is great for consuming stuff — reading books, watching videos, surfing the Web. But our new Galaxy tablet is also good for creating stuff, for one simple reason: it comes with a pen. See how different we are from Apple?”

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is thinner and lighter than the iPad:

When you hold it, you realize why right away: it feels plasticky and insubstantial. The plastic of the back panel is so thin, it could be vinyl; you can feel it flex against the circuit board within. The plastic stylus, which slips into a socket on the lower-right corner, is even airier; it’s so cheap-feeling, it could have fallen out of a cereal box.

But the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 is not better than the iPad:

But the Galaxy Note 10.1 demonstrates that superior specs, more impressive hardware and a much longer list of features don’t necessarily add up to a superior product. Sometimes restraint is just as important as exuberance.

A pixel format of 1280×800 on a 10.1-inch LCD, good for a resolution of 149.45 ppi. This for the same price as a 264-ppi 2048×1536 9.7-inch iPad? You’ve got to be kidding.

Update 2012.08.23: via John Gruber. Ron Amadeo, Android Police:

Well, it’s got one. That’s about the most positive thing I can say about the screen.

Update 2012.08.27: Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica:

The screen is also a disappointment—it’s bright and has good color and viewing angles, but a 1280×800 screen in a $500 tablet is a definite strike when other tablets in the same price range are offering 1920×1200 (in the case of ASUS’ Transformer Pad Infinity) or 2048×1536 (Apple’s newest iPad). It’s a perfectly serviceable screen, but that’s the nicest adjective it elicits.