Microsoft announced a Windows 8 tablet designed by themselves last night. They actually announced two versions of it – one that uses an NVIDIA Tegra CPU and one that uses a Core i5 Ivy Bridge. Only the latter can use a stylus similar to the Galaxy Note’s. That is the one that I would recommend considering if you were already planning to buy the Galaxy Note 10.1.
The first consideration is price. The Galaxy Note 10.1’s preorder page was temporarily up on Amazon for $550, but we do not know that this is the official price. The Core i5 Surface is undoubtably going to cost more. Microsoft says that it will cost about as much as an ultrabook of similar specs. This means it could cost somewhere between $800 and $1,000. We know that the Surface will cost more, the only question is how much more.
The next thing to look into is what you want to do with the tablet. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the Surface runs Windows 8 Pro and can run both Metro and desktop apps. The Surface is definitely more powerful on both the software and the hardware level, but not everybody needs that. If you are just going to be taking notes in class, drawing, reading, watching movies, and playing games (not desktop class games), then the Galaxy Note 10.1 will work great. However if you need more, then you will have to go with the Surface.
I am disappointed with the display on the Galaxy Note 10.1 since it is only 1280 x 800. That resolution is decent on the 10.1 inch screen, but a higher resolution is always welcome. The 10.6 inch display on the Surface shows 1920 x 1080.
The Galaxy Note 10.1 is probably a more portable device. Although it has been redesigned, Samsung originally said the Galaxy Note 10.1 weighs in at 1.3 pounds. The Surface on the other hand is 2 pounds.
The Note also comes with a slot to place the S Pen stylus. The stylus on the Surface does not have a dedicated slot but it can magnetically stick to the edges of the tablet. I much prefer Samsung’s dedicated slot because it lowers the chance of losing it. We also know that the Note’s S Pen is pressure sensitive and can erase with the back of the pen. The Surface’s stylus can erase the same way, but that is all we know about it.
There are a lot of considerations that go into picking up a tablet and I just wanted to inform you of the options.
Which are you more interested in?