Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Game changer for business?

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Game changer for business?

Summary: The Galaxy Note 10.1 supports Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption, Cisco VPN and Juniper Junos Pulse VPN and the electronic pen could appeal to industry-specific uses.

Credit: CNET

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 will hit store shelves on Thursday complete with a stylus, PhotoShop Touch and a feature to run two apps at the same time on one screen. But two questions linger: Is this device really a game changer? And can it be a business tool?

The first Galaxy Note, which sold 5 million units, was interesting and I've noticed people either love it or forget it. Ditto for the stylus.

Eric Franklin at CNET gives the Galaxy Note 10.1 high marks, but did note that few apps exist to take advantage of the stylus.

With the inclusion of a stylus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 attempts something different for full-size tablets. In certain apps the S Pen (as the stylus is called) does improve precision and can make note taking a much faster affair. Also, if you're willing to put in the time learning the apps and gestures, the S Pen can deliver a useful and rewarding interface experience. But if you've no artistic aspirations and typing out your notes is your preferred method, does the S Pen offer any real benefit?

Not really.

However, Franklin added that unless you have a need for an electronic pen, the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the stylus isn't for you. Vertical industries---health care, insurance and transportation---could certainly use these devices. The Galaxy Note 10.1 supports Exchange ActiveSync, on-device encryption, Cisco VPN and Juniper Junos Pulse VPN.

In other words, the stylus---assuming developers can target apps at it---could be a differentiator for the enterprise. The real wild card, however, may be price. The device runs $499 for a 16GB version and $549 for 32GB. Businesses may opt for the iPad 2 at $399.


Topics: Tablets, Hardware, Mobility, Samsung

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  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    I've been using the Note for the last few months mainly for organising my business. Using it to get involved with things like browsing articles such as this one and taking notes, then adding widgets to my home screen of those notes and the ability to write out comments as l am here by handwriting are just some of the reasons why l love it.

    If you by a tablet just to watch Tv then that's all it becomes. Buying a tablet with a stylus should mean you know what you're buying it for.
    If you like writing or drawing, or both, get a tablet with a pen. All the little notes you can send to your friends and family or all the fun you can have with picture and photo editing makes the experience almost addictive!
    I'd definitely recommend getting one of these. If not, and you've got a tablet, have a look around for the best stylus available for your make and model and try out all those photo apps you've already been through.
    You may be pleasantly surprised..

    Blueflux Design-Martin Hookem
    • stylus

      The thing a proper stylus does for me is allow me to use a spreadsheet or edit text without zooming in so that the data is finger size for selection and then zooming out so I can see more data.
      The accuracy of an active stylus like the s-pen is worth a lot of time to me. If you need to do a fair bit of data editing with a mobile device and keyboard/mouse is not an option, the s-pen is the best option.
      And that's not even going into the 3 dimensional (4 dimensions if you count the button) aspect of the s-pen vs the regular 2 dimensional stylus/finger.
  • Stylus still searching for a market

    Looks like the stylus, uh excuse me, I meant to say S Pen is still searching for a market. We've been hearing since 2001 how businessmen and women everywhere will find use for these tablet PCs using stylus. To take notes (or doodle) with in meetings. Maybe manufacturers like Smasung just need to try harder.
    • Caveman antics

      Yea I'm not ready to go back to playing with sticks for my input. I had enough with WM devices and their "pens". Maybe if there is real handwriting recognition but for now the pen confuses apps like Documents to Go into deleting data instantly. The Samsung Tab is cool, but this is an advertisement article. You can buy a stylus for most devices, add vpn apps and storage encryption and exchange support has been around forever on android (at least on the Motorola devices I've used for years). Samsung's implementation of Exchange, which looks like just AOSP in previous devices, is badly lacking in folder manipulation support.
      • Big difference between buying a stylus for most devices and the S Pen...

        If you haven't used it then you don't know. There is a huge difference. I own several different tablets, iPad and android, and have used these stylus for all of them. The difference between what Samsung is offering with the S Pen can't even be compared. The stylus that you buy for any other device has a big fat rubber end on it. The S Pen is has a very fine point and is much more precise. I have a Galaxy Note and never thought I would use the S Pen like I do Compared to any tablet and stylus out there this thing is a large leap ahead of the others.
    • There are business markets looking for a stylus tablet.

      Doctors and hospitals want tablets that can access their data entry and medical charting (EHR) programs. These programs have many little check boxes on a single page which must be accurately checked as the doctor treats the patient. In some cases, you cannot uncheck a box if you make a mistake. (You might accidentally order a $2,000 test for a patient who doesn't need it.) Our doctors found they had a lot of trouble accurately filling out these charts with an iPad. Index fingers are too big and the doctors didn't have the time or patience to enlarge and reduce the size of portions of the screen in order to use their fingers to check the boxes. We tried the iPad and it just wasn't the right tool for the job. You need a real stylus(with a point) in order to be accurate when filling out medical charts. Also, signing your name on a chart with your fingertip is not easy. You need a pointed stylus for that as well. Depending upon the precision of the stylus and the actual battery life, this Samsung 10.1 tablet might hold promise for the medical industry. Whoever gets the product right will be able to sell millions of tablets to an industry with lots of money to spend. Currently, Fujitsu sells most of the tablets used by doctors and hospitals. We have not been impressed with their battery life, weight, or durability.
      • Yep

        My older daughter's pediatrician (John Muir system) uses a tablet with a stylus right now, although it isn't an Android/Apple/Windows 7 or 8 tablet.
      • That's not an iPad problem

        That's a software UI problem.

        Make the boxes bigger and use scrolling. :-\
        • not an ipad problem

          While you can make apps more suitable for fingers, to say it is not an ipad problem is saying you need to change the way you work to suit the machine rather than design a machine to suit the way you work.
          There is no doubt a good stylus lends itself to work the way a lot of people would like to.
          • It's not about the way you work

            It's about tthe way the software works. You have to write the software to suite the device and device's interface.

            Of course using new technology will always affect the way you work, but it should be in a manner that improves productivity. You cannot have technology without change, even a stylus changes the way you work.

            You can cling nostalgically to a pen but a true professional is more concerned with productivity than they are with petty nostalgia.

            I personally like styluses, but I don't see how a doctor would need one. Styluses are best suited to drawing not entering text, and keeping it just to click check boxs is really a narrow way of thinking. If you want true progress you must consider all possibilities.
      • Or

        Replace check boxes with drag and drop. If done right this can be very quick and efficient you just need smarter software developers.
      • Doctors could also grab a pen for their iPads

        There's plenty of choice in the market. Check out iPen or the one from Wacom.

        Stylus have their uses but I just don't see it being the determining factor for purchasing a $500 tablet device.
        • ipad stylus

          All the ipad stylus are capacitive including the wacom stylus.
          They are just dumb fake fingers with the accuracy and functionality of a finger.
          Not remotely in the same league as the Samsung s-pen
          • shame on wacom

            For putting their name to a capacitive stylus. Forever tarnishing the brand by jumping on the ipad bandwagon with a compromised stylus. Shame on you WACOM!
          • iPen

          • That's no S-pen.

            And the kickstarter is probably going leave a lot of dissapointed fans.
          • active stylus for ipad

            Thanks to the shortsightedness of Apple in not including a mouse driver or any kind of pointer protocol/API in iOS, these kind of active stylus will only work with apps designed specifically for it.
            The ipen is not pressure sensitive and requires a dongle adapter on the ipads port for it to work. Furthermore it doesn't have a button for added control.
            Not in the same league as samsung s-pen.
          • You forgot one

            "It doesn't say Samsung on it so it's got to be worse"
          • That is all that is needed

            The only people that care how "smart" the s-pen is would be small minded haters like you and their only use for it is to say how much "smarter" it is than any iPad stylus. The truth is you don't have to waste the money and resource on a "smart" stylus when any "dumb fake fingers" stylus would have done the job just fine with no need to swap out hardware and rewrite software. Of course you would probably take the route of permanent fiscal damage to the company rather than slight revisions or add a stylus so the iPad worked just fine for the application.
          • I've used capacitative styluses

            To put it bluntly, the separate styluses (styli?) are really clumsy. I've yet to see one that isn't just a big fat rubber-tipped thing. They're very inaccurate. The only styluses I've ever been truly happy with were the ones for resistive touch screens, which didn't rely on electrical capacitance to detect touch and therefore could handle a much narrower tip. The S-Pen actually brings that accuracy back.

            So no, a "dumb fake fingers" stylus *doesn't* do the job just fine.