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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 comes to life

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet was something special from the moment it first popped out from beneath its top-secret coverings at Mobile World Congress last February. It's in this tablet that Samsung's Galaxy Note's S Pen stylus for work and for play meets a form factor that gives it room to run.
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The larger display allows for side-by-side multitaskting, starting with six apps total. In addition, Samsung has partnered with app-makers like Adobe and Polaris Office to make their creative and productivity tools compatible with the S Pen. A quad-core Samsung processor promises to multitask with speed.

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A closer look at that S Pen

Thanks to its 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and click-in holster, the Wacom-licensed S Pen is a great tool for the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet.

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New S Pen design

The Note 10.1's S Pen is larger and more square than its smartphone cousin. Its flat sides resist rolling and the grooved button is designed to avoid accidental presses.

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S Pen family tree

From top to bottom, there's the original Galaxy Note S Pen, followed by the wand for the Note 10.1 tablet, an aftermarket pen with an "eraser" tip, and the S Pen Holder Kit, which has a wider, more comfortable rubber grip and comes with an extra S Pen to slip inside.

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Camera bump

The Note 10.1 has a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.9-megapixel lens up front. This is a nice bump up from the 3-megapixel camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.

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From port to port

A microSD card takes up to 32GB in external storage, has an infra-red (IR) blaster, and supports a USB connection through an adapter port.

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You can get the Galaxy Note 10.1 in two colors, deep gray or white, with a silver trim.

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Pricing and availability

There are similarly two storage capacities for the Note 10.1. Buying the 16GB version on August 16 costs you $499.00, but spend $50 more, $549.00, to take home the 32GB model with double the internal storage. RAM will be 2GB for both.

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