I have carried a backpack full of binders and books for most of my academic career. In this era of technological advancement, there are alternatives. Instead of carrying around that paper, think about technology such as the Samsung’s Note 10.1 2014 tablet.
Released Oct. 11, the Note comes with a host of hardware and software upgrades from last year’s model. It’s powered by a 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa 5420 quad core CPU with MALI T-628 graphics processor and three gigabytes of RAM, making the Note a top performer in my benchmarking categories.
Benchmarking software is designed to push the hardware to see where its limits are and compare those results to other similar products.
It isn’t the end all and be all of a product, but it does give the user an idea of what a device is capable of doing. I ran AnTuTu, a free benchmarking app that helps users know their Android devices through hard numbers and solid facts, and 3dmark benchmark software suite, which tested the speed of the CPU, memory and graphics. Both ranked the Note as a top performer.
What really makes the Note stand out from the rest of the Android operating system market is the marriage between Samsung’s applications and Wacom’s active digitizer, dubbed the S-pen. More than a stylus, the S-pen works with the tablet to actively track the position and pressure applied giving the precision to accurately write in digital “ink.”
During the past week, I’ve been using the included software, S-Note, to write physics and math study notes, as well as my homework.
The tablet performed beautifully. After setting the software to only respond to input from the S-Pen, away I wrote. No matter the speed of movement, the Note kept pace, never missing a pen stroke. Looking over the words written, it’s obvious to see the changes in pressure I applied throughout.
A big issue with my paper notes was keeping them organized. With the Note, each subject has its own separate file with a titled thumbnail for easy searching. I can also take pictures of the information exactly as it’s presented to me.
Whether this information is from a book or lecture, it saves time from having to copy it by hand or draw it into my notes.
These are only a few of the Note’s hardware and software advantages over pen and paper. The biggest drawback is the price. At $550 for the 16-GB model and $600 for the 32-GB model, the Note is high-end hardware with a high-end price. With that in mind, I’m still happy with my purchase, and finally think I can put my binders to rest.
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