Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

In an ef­fort to in­vade the tablet galaxy, now dom­i­nated by the Ap­ple iPad, Sam­sung has in­tro­duced its pop­u­lar dig­i­tal pen in­ter­face for a 10.1-inch touch de­vice. The con­cept has been around for a while and even HTC had tried its luck with the Flyer.

Along with the ex­tra real es­tate, the plas­tic-bod­ied Galaxy Note 800 also comes with a spe­cial slot for stor­ing the S Pen. As soon as you pull out the pen, a spe­cial menu pops up on the screen. This fea­tures S Note, S Plan­ner, Crayon Physics, PS Touch, Po­laris Of­fice and set­tings. The S Note has some util­ity fea­tures like for­mula match, shape match and hand­writ­ing-to-text, all of which work well. Sim­i­larly, the for­mula match recog­nises any for­mu­lae scrib­bled on the note pad.

To ini­ti­ate a search, the screen gets di­vided into S Note and the browser. Al­ter­na­tively, just hit the multi-screen op­tion at the top right to open a par­ti­tion for an app. You can swap the panes by just drag­ging the win­dow from the top.

Shape match, mean­while, fine­tunes shapes drawn us­ing the dig­i­tal pen. The hand­writ­ing-to-text fea­tures was a bit slow as the soft­ware read ev­ery line in­di­vid­u­ally, dur­ing which time we could not write any fur­ther. We can also add an im­age from the gallery or click a new im­age. The bright HD dis­play was good for watch­ing movies and play­ing games. The speak­ers on the front edges of­fer great sound.

We ac­cessed our emails flaw­lessly, browsed the web and down­loaded third party apps. Along with the 3G SIM slot you can use Wi-Fi to go on­line.

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