The world changed in 2020, as we well know. In the Covid-19 wasteland, finding work-life balance is even more challenging given that so many are working from home, and there are fewer people in workplace environments such as offices, showrooms, conferences and live events.
At home there are many of us who soon realised the limitations of our smartphone. We found we were flipping the phone to a horizontal format because the screen simply was not big enough.
Many of us have found the solution in a tablet as a mobile device – they’re useful for home-educating kids, for watching shows on a second screen while you work, for conducting video calls while you’re doing other things, and more. A tablet is also less cumbersome and conspicuous than a laptop. Portability and practicality weigh heavily in its favour.
The advantages of owning a tablet, or something more than a smartphone are stacking up. There is a growing compelling case for investing in a tablet as we are about to see.
To demonstrate our point we’ve selected five recent additions to Cool Stuf’s product line-up – three of which are tablets, the other two are from the new Samsung Note 20 offering.
The inclusion of the Note 20 in this article is where the line crosses between smartphone, tablet and laptop. In its sales pitch for the Note 20 Ultra, Samsung proclaims:
“Forget work-life balance, Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G gives you work-life flow. Hold the power of a computer in the palm of your hand and scribble with the S Pen that feels just like pen-to-paper.”
If you feel your smartphone should be a whole lot smarter, then your answer is probably here. Read on!
iPad 10.2” (8th Gen) 32GB (2020) Apple has combined a beautiful 10.2-inch Retina display and tremendous capability with unmatched versatility and ease of use. It comes with the powerful A12 Bionic chip, support for Apple Pencil (not included), and the amazing new things you can do with iPad OS 14. It’s your digital notebook, mobile office, photo studio, game console, and personal cinema, with the A12 Bionic chip that can easily power essential apps and immersive games. So you can edit a document while researching on the web and making a FaceTime call to a colleague at the same time. 8MP back camera, 1.2MP FaceTime HD front camera. Stereo speakers. Up to 10 hours of battery life. Lightning connector for charging and accessories. Touch ID for secure authentication. Price: K3690
Samsung Galaxy P205 Tab A8 S Pen versatility under a sleek exterior. Samsung Tabs and Notes all come with the mighty S Pen. The keyless all black front design of the Galaxy Tab A with S Pen conveys the serenity of form the Galaxy name represents. Inside find a dense extended graphics array for a landscape feel even when held vertically, and embedded S Pen in every device for ultimate on-the-go productivity. Vivid when it’s bright, gentle when it’s dark. Discover a display crafted to match your needs – a blue light filter turns on with a single tap to protect your eyes at night so you can enjoy long periods of reading on the 8.0″ widescreen. And with its IP68 rating, S Pen is resistant to water and dust. The powerful 4,200mAh battery lets you use it for long periods of time. 3/32GB Price: K1290
Samsung Galaxy P615 Tab S6 Lite The Samsung Galaxy Tab S6 Lite tablet offers a wide field of view in a very compact device. The large 10.4″ screen size does not have logos or a home button on the screen, in addition to reducing the size of the bezels. It has a 2000 x 1200 resolution with two speakers with Dolby Atmos sound. And last but not least it comes accompanied by the Samsung S-Pen, the electronic pen that will become your best ally for drawing as well as for controlling all your presentations. 4/64GB. Price: K1890
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Works like a computer. A computer suite in your hand. From scribbles, to sketches to meetings minutes and maths, Samsung Notes does it all. You can even write notes, turn them into a professional document and sync them to your compatible Tablet or PC. Take the office anywhere. The S Pen is like a real pen. But more than a pen. Smoother writing is just the tip of the new S Pen experience. Not only does this pen take notes, it translates your handwriting to text, and does much more (see below). 64MP Triple Rear Camera / 30x Space Zoom/ 8K Video Recording capture / 6.7″ Infinity-O Display / FHD+ (2280 x 1080) / Dynamic AMOLED / Dual SIM / 8/256GB 4G Price: K3790
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Forget work-life balance, Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G gives you work-life flow. Hold the power of a computer in the palm of your hand and scribble with the S Pen that feels just like pen-to-paper. Work smarter, play harder with our fastest Galaxy Note processor, smoothest display and super-fast. Capture all of life’s details with a full kit of lenses – 108MP wide camera, telephoto zoom and ultra-wide, at your fingertips. With Note20 Ultra’s stunning 8K video quality, capture more moments for that big screen quality. Like the Galaxy Note, it works like a computer. From scribbles, to sketches to meeting minutes and maths, Samsung Note does it all. You can even write notes, turn them into a professional document and sync them to your compatible Tablet or PC. Take the office anywhere with a 6.9″ Infinity-O Display. Dual SIM. 12/256GB 5G Price: K4790
A final word about Samsung’s S Pen. It’s a common and unifying feature of Samsung’s notes and tabs. Designed to feel like a real pen (complete with a subtle pencil-on-paper sound as you write), the S Pen is great for note-taking, drawing and navigating your phone. But, with the next-level power of the Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra, there is a lot more you can do. The S Pen even acts as a remote for controlling your camera with gestures – playing music and media and flipping through presentation slides.
Click here to learn about the hidden powers of the S Pen in this recent article from the Samsung website https://insights.samsung.com/2020/08/06/13-things-you-didnt-know-you-could-do-with-the-s-pen/