Tablets are predominantly media consumption devices, rather than productivity devices, has been something of a stance of mine on this blog. Increasingly, it’s a stance from which I’m willing to back off somewhat. And with a video like that one, I’m almost sold.
For me, this is the first time I’ve seen a tablet do something I really want, but haven’t quite found elsewhere--that moment where hand-written text is converted into type. I love writing by hand (mostly on paper...but I suppose I could learn a new medium), but the piles of notebooks I’ve accumulated are, to put it mildly, impractical. Which notebook’s from my trip to Paris? And which page did I record that funny anecdote a friend told me? Handwriting simply isn’t searchable--except when it is, and that’s what the Galaxy Note 10.1 promises to do.
Other features I find especially impressive are an apparent ability to run two apps side-by-side in tandem. Also, towards the end of the video, my imagination is piqued by the AllShare Play GroupCast--the power to collaborate across multiple tablets, more or less at the same time.
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