Head-to-Head: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 vs. Apple iPad 3

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The Bottom Line

We were impressed with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, both as a device for content consumption and, perhaps more importantly, for content creation. We're particularly enthusiastic about the return of the stylus, which for us is preferable to a soft keyboard for note-taking; it will be adored by graphic artists. And while Samsung's handwriting recognition is quite capable, it's limited to realtime conversion; it cannot be set upon to decipher a previously handwritten page.

Still, as impressive as Samsung's software might be, Apple's software library continues to grow along with the devotion of its fan base and the elegance and mystique of its operating system. So all that remains to be seen is whether Samsung can carve a niche for a device that's unique in some aspects and commonplace in others.

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