iPad is ready for its debut March 7, and one new device many will no doubt be comparing it to is Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet that debuted at MWC 2012. Both are unique, but two of their coolest features are the iPad's new OnLive Desktop app and the Note's digitizer stylus for writing notes and editing artwork. The Note 10.1 really is an almost exact cross between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Note smartphone. The hardware is same as the tablet with an added chrome flourish along the edges.
The white color only adds to the iPad-esque look of the device, but it does run Android 4.0 we can assure you. Along with the Google operating system, Samsung has added an all new Wacom stylus and software. The stylus is reportedly a bit more responsive than the S Pen on the Galaxy Note smartphone. In fact, the tablet stylus will work on the smartphone, but it will not have the added responsiveness.
Additionally, Samsung is including the PhotoShop app, and the stylus can be used for editing photos, including new shots taken with the tablet's camera. What the Note 10.1 can't do is turn handwriting into text, so that might make a difference for some buyers. iPad 3 is already confirmed to have a 4G LTE antenna, a high-resolution QXGA 2048x1536p resolution display and improved cameras, but the OnLive Desktop app is one of its best features. OnLive is best known for their streaming games, but the Desktop app is totally new, and it's just for the iPad. It will make use of the 4G connection to stream more than just games.
OnLive will store Microsoft Office, and indeed an entire PC desktop on their servers and stream it to the iPad at speeds surpassing even a home Internet connection. In other words, all the editing and storage is not local, so you don't have to send changes to a Word document, for example, and then wait for your home computer to respond. OnLive makes the whole process faster by keeping everything on their end and just streaming what is basically a live screenshot to your iPad.
Both the iPad 3 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are amazing devices, and there is no doubt something for almost everyone to like if you can afford them. iPad 3 could debut at nearly $600 for the 16 gigabyte Wi-Fi only version. There's no pricing given for the Galaxy Note 10.1, but it is set to go on sale in the U.S. in April. We'll wait to get hands on with these two great tablets before declaring a winner, but in the meantime, tell us in the comments if you're leaning toward one or the other.