Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Review: Well, Look At What We Have Here

Speeding through Manhattan two weeks ago, I received an email for a press event the following week. Once I had arrived, it was obvious that the Galaxy Note 10.1 was making its debut in the United States of America, with all of its S pen and Adobe Photoshop Touch glory. On top of all of that, a quad-core 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos processor with 2GB of RAM is part of the tablet, internally. Samsung had also seeded out several early units to artists and designers, all with different stories on how the Galaxy Note 10.1 assisted them better in their fields of work than other tablets.

Now, writing this review, it has occurred to me that while this is Samsung’s best attempt, it is the least impressive. Take the Galaxy S III for example, which was reviewed not once on LaptopMemo, but twice (and more so at other technology sites), and you will find it is an absolute marvel — it is everything a smartphone should be, and despite some minor flaws, you could tell someone to buy it with your eyes closed. The problem is, you cannot do that with the Galaxy Note 10.1.

Not for hardware reasons however: battery life is fantastic, the cameras are acceptable, the S pen is a very usable and accurate tool, and the 10.1-inch is incredibly clear. It is the lack of speed that makes the Note 10.1 fowl, despite the quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s weird, but read on.

Samsung starts teasing the Galaxy Note II in video ahead of launch

So, this is a successor to the original Galaxy Note — a Galaxy Note II, which ahead of its announcement at Samsung Unpacked at the IFA technology show, has been teased in a video. In the promo vid, Director Wim Wenders starts talking it up, saying “all the things you can do in the blink on the eye, on such a small and light thing.” Which is quite interesting, because none of the Galaxy Notes announced by Samsung are ever “small”, or at least anything smaller than a 5-inch screens size. So, does Samsung beg to differ or is it just marketing talk?

We’ll see, soon enough!

Pentax K-30 Review: It’s A Brute, But Smart

Having both reviewed the Pentax K-x and Pentax K-r cameras for more than a year, makes us very familiar with Pentax’s ways of producing DSLRs. Enter the K-30, the highest megapixel DSLR in the trilogy with the biggest body, but also is waterproof, shockproof, and also considerably better looking. We took it out for a few jaunts around Manhattan and elsewhere, and after the break, shots in their full glory on the Pentax K-30 are in a gallery. And is this the low to mid-range camera you’d want for $1,200 to $900?

Let’s just say Pentax has something special going on here; it’s best to know how well (or badly) the Pentax K-30 performs by giving it a full review.

So, Turns Out We Just Found Out The Sun Is “Too Round”

Let’s make this interesting and odd as possible: for decades, we thought that the Sun varies in size because of magnetic forces part of an 11-year solar cycle. Turns out, that’s all dead wrong.

The Sun’s shape doesn’t change. It’s round, yet unusually flat at the same time. In fact, it is so round that its roundness may have special attributes that warrant it doing what it does every Earth day. As Jeffrey Kuhn and his team at the University of Hawaii in Pukalani have discovered this, Kuhn went about and explained to Space what his findings meant and will mean:

“The peculiar fact that the sun is slightly too round to agree with our understanding of its rotation is also an important clue in a longstanding mystery,” Kuhn said. “The fact that it is too round means that there are other forces at work making this round shape. We’ve probably misunderstood how the gas turbulence in the sun works, or how the sun organizes the magnetism that we can only see at the surface. Finding problems in our theories is always more exciting than not, since this is the only way we learn more.

This is all too awesome. ViaSpace

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Out Tomorrow In The US For $499

“Meet the new wave” is the tagline used for the Galaxy Note 10.1, and it includes the idea of content creation plus content consumption. Bundled is the S Pen with the rest of the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface (, doubled on with Samsung’s addition of Touchwiz and content creation suites like S Note.”True” multitasking in its true incantation is what is available on the Galaxy Note 10.1, like watching a movie while taking notes on it, or graphing while receiving data.

Launching tomorrow, August 16th, the 16GB Galaxy Note 10.1 will retail starting at $499 with 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.4GHz processor setup. Bundled is Adobe  PhotoShop Touch with special modifications for the S Pen. Students interesting in seeing what Samsung offers for their needs include Kno for over 200,000 textbooks and the Barnes & Noble Nook app. It will be available in either white or dark grey.

The Strike 7 Is The Coolest Gaming Keyboard Out Right Now

The Cyborg Mad Catz Strike 7 keyboard. Yes, it is a long name, but it pretty much stands for the coolest gaming keyboard you could buy, all for $300. For that, you get an all-metal keyboard, with five constituent parts — the main keyboard, function pads and wrist rests — fully adjustable to different positions. There also is a touchscreen display, which lets you quickly reprogram and assign a total of 24 function buttons that are on the keyboard, plus it can also be used to launch and control programs on the PC.And here’s what is really the cool part: there interchangeable WASD and cursor keys and the entire keyboard’s backlighting is capable of 16 million color variants.

Let that sink in. Via: MadCatz

Flash for Android died today: so long, full mobile web experience

Adobe has been fed up with the mobile Flash experience. First on Android, then some mess on webOS, and Adobe has called it quits, now support HTML5. From now on, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices will not receive support to use Flash, and existing phone and tablets below that version number will be unable to start any fresh installs from the Google Play Store.

Long live the web/internet. Long live HTML5!?