The 2012 Products of the Year

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Many devices have been referred to by reviewers as “iPad killers” since Apple’s pivotal tablet was introduced in 2010, but none have really come close. The Galaxy Note 10.1 from Samsung is the first real contender to the haughty iPad, and the only Android tablet that can actually do more than iPad out of the box. Much more. For starters, it can run, display and operate multiple applications on the screen at one time. For example, a Galaxy Note can display a Web page on one half of the screen and a presentation in the other, permitting cut-and-paste operations between the two. It’s also possible to watch a video in a resizable window that floats atop any application or pair of apps. This window can be dragged around with a fingertip and pinched and stretched to size.

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