The other Samsung enhancements are small. One is the ability to change the system font. (A word of caution: The other fonts are hard to read, so don't bother. Maybe when the font store goes live there'll be ones worth using.) Another is the ability to set up your ChatOn, Dropbox, and even Web server accounts where you establish your email and related accounts. All that's missing is the ability to print, a capability that only Motorola Mobility has brought to an Android tablet.
Of course, the Note 10.1 takes full advantage of the strengths of Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich." Except for the ads placed on the home screens (Samsung, please don't become a Dell!), the Android 4 experience is unmarred by the dubious UI changes common to Android devices.
Taken all together, the Galaxy Note 10.1 offers the polish, usability, and sophistication that have long been the province of the iPad. It also adds pen capabilities the iPad doesn't even attempt. The iPad still has some big advantages -- AirPrint, AirPlay, iCloud, and much better apps -- but the differences have narrowed noticeably thanks to the Note 10.1. Let me explain its strengths -- and weaknesses -- in more detail.
Welcome to pen computingThe big differentiator in the Galaxy Note 10.1 is its support for a pen -- or stylus, if you prefer. There's one tucked in the bezel, where it's out of the way and yet always available. The pen capabilities in the Note 10.1 tablet are similar to those in the Note phablet. But there are some differences.