Tablet for student - Galaxy Note 10.1 or wait?

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  1. srvs

    srvs Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hello,

    I'm looking for tablet; I will only use it to make digital notes during class. I've done some extensive searching and the Note 10.1 seems to be what I'm looking for -- multi-tasking, large screen to work on and a very sensitive pen whose input (regular text and most important of all: equations) is correctly "digitalized". However, a few questions:

    a) am I correct in these assumptions? I'm not asking for a lot, I just need a tablet that can flawlessly keep up with me, can convert my input correctly and can sync with some sort of application online.

    b) Would there be a note 10.1 2 in the near future? That is: less than 2 months. Summer for the new Wacom tablet is too long of a wait.

    c) Should I buy a note 8 instead? I prefer a 10 inch screen, but the 10.1 is already a year old and I am concerned I would be buying outdated hardware. One review says: " ... an 8-inch tablet that offers all the features of the Note 10.1 and ostensibly none of its issues. It has a faster processor, a newer version of Android". However, they point back to a 10.1 review in which Android 4 was used. I've read that 4.1 supposedly makes the 10.1 faster et cetera, but is that just marketing talk or is it really noticeable? I.e.: even though I prefer a 10 inch, should I buy the 8 because it is more recent and supposedly has less flaws than the 10.1?

    I have also considerd a Surface Pro but at 900$ that is too expensive. See my next post for the filled in template.
     
  2. srvs

    srvs Pen Pal - Newbie

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    General Questions.

    1. What is your budget?
    400-500 euro.

    2. Would you consider purchasing used/refurbished?
    No.

    3. Do you prefer a media/mobile tablet like the iPad, Windows tablet PC, or notebook convertible?
    No. It would be cool to play a movie on it, once in a while, but it is definately not a replacement notebook. First and foremost it is used to take notes.

    4. What size Tablet PC would you prefer?
    10 to 13-inches
    Above 13-inches

    5. Which country do you intent to purchase from [where do you live]?
    The Netherlands.

    6. Do you have any preferences to brand loyalty or dislikes?
    No Apple, everything else is OK.

    7. How many hours battery life do you require?
    Min. of 4 hours.

    8. What will be the primary usage scenario of this tablet? (Email/Web Surfing/Drawing/Word Processing/Entertainment/Notetaking etc)
    Notetaking.

    9. Do you have an OS preference? For example, do you own an iPhone and a Mac, or are you a Windows fan? Do you own an Android device and use Google services frequently?
    No preference.

    10. What software and tasks do you intend to run? (Microsoft Office or other Word Processing Suite/Photoshop/3D Studio Max/Autocad etc)
    Some sort of notetaking app -- I've researched but since forgotten.

    11. Do you intend on playing Games? If so please list.
    No.

    12. Would you like to stream content through your home theater system?
    No.

    Screen Specifics

    1. Any preference on screen resolution?
    No.

    2. Will you be using the tablet outdoors? Do you need to be able to see it through glare from the sun?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    No.

    3. Do you require a pen? With or without pressure sensitivity? Do you prefer Wacom or N-trig?
    See the above linked FAQ for guidance
    Yes. Sensitivity of pen/input is primary.

    Component Specifics

    1. What size Hard Drive and Memory do you require? Would you like expandable memory?
    16GB is fine.

    2. What sort of inputs do you require, if any? Would you like full-sized USB and SD card slots? Are microUSB and microSD ok? Do you require HDMI inputs?
    USB input would be cool, to attach an external optical drive or something -- but not really necessary. SD card would be cool to add extra hard drive space.

    Misc
    2. Additional requests ~ anything other you wish to take into consideration?
    Speed of processor - it must be able to keep up with me during lectures.
     
  3. srvs

    srvs Pen Pal - Newbie

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    To add: (I would edit but that somehow doesn't seem possible?) I'm also very interested in experiences of fellow students using tablets to take notes. What I would want: something that allows me to immediately change written text in digital print and an app that allows me to add media to the notes. Like, I would have a web browser open at the same time and add a link to a biography of whoever we are discussing, or an applet that gives an interactive experience about some sort of theorem, stuff like that. I don't want just text - I'd just write on paper in that case, but now I rewrite the written text I have and add stuff to it; I want a tablet so I can do it all in once. Plus, something that allows me to easily navigate and sort notes. Sometimes my written ones go lost.

    Also very interested in anyone using the Note 10.1 on Android 4.1 -- all the reviews I've found are on Android 4.
     
  4. cleft

    cleft Scribbler - Standard Member

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    Hi srvs, for your concerns:

    a. GN10.1 indeed comes with S-Note with OCR support which "digitalises" your hand-writing.

    b. Not sure but I doubt that

    c. Hardware concern, there generally is no difference between the 8 and the 10 afaik. In regards to Android 4.0 and 4.1 (ICS and JB), there shouldn't be noticeable difference in performance as well unless the company released a horrible update. Anyway didn't you mention that you prefer 10in+

    I'm a maths student and have been taking lecture notes on a Thinkpad tablet for a while and really content with it, yet mind you that I don't use OCR at all. I'm also using a convertible with Onenote for few years but rarely find myself using OCR. Text recognition is good but it was troublesome to re-format the "digitalised" text and occasionally inaccurate when it comes to equations (If I want digital prints in the maths lectures, typing in latex is viable and surprisingly faster)

    I don't think S-Note on the GN has better OCR either, but Note 10.1 is still a good call. If you really fancy OCR, try looking up for Atom-based Windows tablets like ThinkPad tablet2 or Samsung Ativ 500t as well
     
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    I don't either. I find almost nothing good about it. It's a hassle to convert, and I recognize converted text slower than I do my own handwriting. I don't mind background OCR that maintains my handwriting though. That allows my handwritten notes to be searched, but it's still my own handwriting.
     
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    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    Above 13 inch ?????
    That's not available with a stylus as of now.(Was available 2-3 years back)
    For a student,I would recommend Motion Computing J3600 or Tablet Kiosk's around 12.2 inch Tablet PCs.(These have a decent processing speed,not the best processing power.)
    13.3 inches with very high processing Capabilities are available but I won't recomend for students,as they are bulky.

    Or try out PaceBlade "home and office series" Tablet PCs (around 12.2 inches).
     
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  8. srvs

    srvs Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thanks all for your comments.

    In regards to the OCR: if I understand correctly, OCR does not necessarily mean that your handwritten text is transformed in digital text; it just means your computer "understands" what is written, e.g. allowing you to search through your handwritten notes, correct? If so: I had not considered that, actually, and thinking about it now I don't really think it's so important to me. I mean, it's just for sorting purposes probably?

    Most of all I was interested in something that transforms your handwriting to digital text -- but you mention that is too inaccurate? Because then that sort of disappointing; it's one of the reasons I would change from pen and paper. Can you expand on your comment on Latex? Right now I am making handwritten notes and converting them in Latex on my laptop. It might be relatively fast but my hopes for the tablet is that I don't have to take a sidestep (handwriting) and just have it in Latex while in the lecture -- but then not by typing (I would just bring my laptop and it's way too slow to keep up), but by writing by hand and have the computer convert it. You're both saying that conversion is too inaccurate to be viable and you prefer to create handwritten notes on your tablet?

    Cleft: would you be so kind as to run me through one of your notetaking sessions? :) (also a math student myself, hey!) So you have the tablet in front of you and you're writing in some sort of application -- do you just write or do you also add media to your notes? (Or in other words, is it viable to have a browser open at the same time and add a link to biography or perhaps embed a java applet with an interactive example? I know reviews mention it's possible to do, but there's a difference between possible and viable; it needs to be fast enough to keep up with the prof :) ). Do you think it's a big improvement over pen and paper?
     
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    Anyway, I've had a look at the ThinkPad tablet2 and Samsung Ativ 500t. The latter does not support OneNote 2013 (from another thread) so I suppose that's out? The ThinkPad looks really good and I've had good experiences with their laptop line -- I'm just concerned it's not worth the extra 400$ (if being a refurbished Note 10.1; Bronsky) for me. It has a better screen and runs Windows 8 but eh - do I need that? The ThinkPad seems more like a mini-PC, but I just want something to take notes on -- and the Note seems to be more bang for the buck in that case. The biggest concern would then be Windows 8 over Android, I suppose. I've read OneNote is unmatched in usability and every Android app is inferior. Is it truly much better than e.g. Evernote?
     
  10. Bronsky

    Bronsky Wait and Hope. Senior Member

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    It really depends. If you need searchable hand-written notes, it is in a class by itself. One other thing to look at. I purchased the Fuji I have in my sig for $340 on the Fujitsu store on ebay. It is a refurbished Q552 with a dual core N2600 Atom running W7. Nobody really knows if it can be upgraded to W8 due to a lack of driver support for the Intel GMA 3600 IGPU. This thread might help if you're interested. http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/fujitsu/51851-q552-10.html I love the display on mine. The Atom is okay if not stellar (I do miss my Surface Pro but that's another story).
     
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