My good friends at Verizon sent me a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 to test for a couple of weeks, and in spite of my initial view of a tablet as a toy, I’ve come to regard it as a serious tool.
My main use for the tablet has been as a news reader. To write well, one must read, and to that end, I follow many dozens of RSS feeds on a wide variety of subjects. Until recently, I used Google Reader to keep track of these, but since that app’s demise, have used Feedly. The desktop version is perfectly adequate, but I’ve found that the Android app on the 10.1 inch screen is an absolute delight. Flipping through the articles with swipes of the hand reminds me of reading a newspaper or magazine.
The other reading application I found is similar: News 360. Rather than delivering a hand selected group of RSS feeds, however, this offers news headlines on various selected topics from a wide variety of sources.
Related to this is that both apps let me select and article and Tweet it, or send to my Facebook Page, Google Plus or other social applications. I really like the ease with which this can be done.
I’ve also tried blogging on the go with the Galaxy’s 4G capabilities. It works pretty well, though the on screen keyboard takes a while to get used to. I had more luck pairing it with a bluetooth keyboard that I had for an old Sony desktop.
All of these things can be done my my venerable and reliable Sony laptop, but there is just a different feel with using the tablet—more organic, if you will.
I haven’t even begun to scratch the surface of what the note can do, however. It has a Wacom stylus that lets you draw, take hand notes and modify photos, for example. I’ll write more about my experiences in the coming weeks.
What I know right now is this: I desperately want one of these for my very own.