Good e-Reader is live at CES and we are putting the spotlight on just the most innovative devices that catch our fancy. Samsung was showing off three new Galaxy Note tablets of varying sizes. They had a 8.4, 10.1 and 12.2 inch editions that all had the exact same resolution by 2560,1600.
All of the new Samsung Galaxy Note PRO tablets were running Android 4.4, Kit-Kat. The 8.4 and 10.1 had 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory, while the 12.2 inch had 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of memory.
There were literary 50 new tablets debuted on the showroom floor, so what makes the new Samsung line different? The home screen is heavily customizable and bears a striking resemblance to live tiles found on Windows 8. The demo unit had Twitter, Facebook, New York Times, Rotten Tomatoes and all content was updated in real time. If you download apps from Google Play, Samsung App Store or the Good e-Reader App Store, you can setup your home screens to your liking.
The Galaxy PRO 8.4 and 10.1 have a duel screen view function. For example you can swipe the bezel on the right hand side and see a list of apps. You can drag Excel to the left hand side of the screen and Word to the right. So you can work on both in real time. The 12.2 model has a quad view, so you can have 4 apps open at once and be actively interacting with them. You can be watching a movie, talk to someone via Whatsapp and then bash it on Rotten Tomatoes and participate in a Reditt thread.
There is no estimated date yet, but most likely there will be data models of all three. I saw a AT&T logo on the settings menu, which leads me to believe that will be one of the first carriers in the US to adopt it in their stores and data plans.
All in all, these tablets were all fairly compelling wand offered a non-traditional Android experience that I have not seen before.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times.