While reading a brief note in one of the tech briefings today, it was announced that Apple was trying to squeeze its iPad into the iPad mini and after looking at and using Samsung’s Galaxy Note 20 Unlocked Quad Band smartphone, we can easily see why.
First we’ll give you a look at the basics you’ll find with the Samsung and the first is a dual core 1.4 GHz processor whose Android 2.3.0 (Gingerbread version) software gives you access to somewhere around 200,000 apps that do not lock you into a proprietary operating system such as Apple has done with its 300,000 or so apps and the latest version of its iPad.
In this case, though, you will find that the competition that Apple rightly fears comes from Samsung which is clearly aiming at the market leader by delivering a high-resolution device (the superAMOLED 1280 by 800 resolution display) that easily delivers bright colors and good contrast so that you can not only use the Note 20 as a tablet, but you can also take advantage of its dual-camera capability — an 8 MP rearward facing autofocus camera and 2 MP forward-facing camera that allows you to use your Note 20 for real videoconferencing where you see more than just little outlines and squiggles. You can actually see a Project slide easily and interact with other folks in your group.
Not only that, you have the ability to either use a standard texting keyboard, if you want to go that way or, if you prefer, you can use the display and a stylus that will not only allow you to circle areas of your screen and have them show up on the other end, but you can use it to tap out your messages, which does prevent the aching thumbs that come with too much texting.
Plus, the super AMOLED touchscreen does allow you to expand and contract thumbnails and other images so you can either show your friends the photos you have received or you can let others involved in your project see exactly what you want.
The Note 20 is an unlocked multi-band device that allows you to work with the ISP of your choice. For example, if you are content using the 800, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz band favored by GSM-serving ISPs then you can use this device which offers all of the WiFi standards a/b/g/n. This means that you can not only have high-speed WiFi because the n standard allows the pairing of upstream and downstream channels, but you can also use the other bands offered by the ISPs offering HSPDA/EDGE 850, 1900 and 2100 MHz so you have another way of obtaining your data.
Best of all, the voice reception is clear and with the right app, you can even set up your phone for any of the online music services as the Android operating systems seems to be daily offering more and more streaming video and audio capability.
Apple had better be watching over its shoulder closely when folks like Samsung offer devices that are not only tablets, but also smartphones and superfast cameras in a package that is about 6 inches by 7 inches by 0.38 inches and that weight only 6 ounces because this is the heart of Apple’s market.
And, best of all, this allows you the ability to run at native 1080p high definition video native mode so that with the right adapter cable this can be part of the heart of your home/business entertainment system.
It can easily shoot videos as it offers 16 GB of built in video and you can add another 32 GB with an SDHC card. This gives you the ability to shoot at least eight or more hours or video, if you would like and you can then share it which is great if you are at a conference where the information you are receiving is important not only to you but your whole company.