Queen gets Galaxy Note 10.1, not iPad, for Royal Collection

The Royal Collection comprises all kinds of goods to be kept for future generations. !t includes a host of technology products, including PCs and DVDs.

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The Royal Collection is getting its first tablet.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 was chosen as the Royal Collection's tablet by the Royal Commonwealth Society charity, the BBC is reporting today. The organization considered going with the iPad, but instead chose Samsung's device. It's not clear why the Galaxy Note 10.1 was picked over the iPad, which, like it or not, essentially defined the tablet era we're entering.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is the device that will house Queen Elizabeth II's "digital time capsule." According to the BBC, people from all over the globe submitted photos and videos and that could be bundled into the tablet for viewing by the Queen and for safekeeping in the Royal Collection. Out of the 150GB of data collected, just 60 entries were bundled into the device, including clips from the 2011 Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton and a rap about the 2011 London riots.

The Queen will be presented with the tablet and will be able to see all 60 entries that in some way relate to her 60-year reign.

The Royal Collection gathers all kinds of goods for future generations. According to the BBC, it includes a host of technology products, including PCs and DVDs.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 10.1 launched earlier this year. The device works with Samsung's S Pen Stylus, which CNET reviewers say, is "a unique addition" to the tablet market. All told, the tablet scored a "very good" rating from CNET reviews, thanks to it being "a sound Android tablet investment."