There's nothing quite like Apple's Retina display (left) with its dazzling 264 pixels per inch. And like iPad's processor, its 9.7-inch LCD panel also is manufactured by Samsung. Too bad Samsung didn't put a few aside for its own tablet. Instead, the Galaxy Note is built around a 10.1-inch, 1,280-x-800 pixel panel with a comparatively meager 149 ppi. Even the 7-inch display of Google's Nexus 7 beats that at 216 ppi.
Still, Galaxy Note's screen is bright, crisp and responsive, and incorporates the same touch-sensitive grid technology found in Wacom graphics tablets. This is no minor detail, and helps to drive Samsung's S-pen stylus and its 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity. For note-taking and graphical content creation and editing, Samsung also includes a proprietary handwriting recognition engine along with palm-rejection technology for natural hand positioning. Such breakthroughs give Samsung's device an edge in terms of content creation.