In an interview with LAPTOP Magazine, Samsung product marketing manager Ryan Bidan says that having a pen interface similar to what we see with the Galaxy Note “continues to make a lot of sense across a number of screen sizes,” but won’t go so far as to say that the next 10.1-inch Tab will have a stylus.
Still, the possibility has many all a-buzz with the possibility. I wouldn’t be sad to see a small stylus like the Note’s come with the next Tab as I’m a fan of stylii in general.
The ThinkPad Tablet’s stylus is one of the best parts of using the slate, especially when paired with note-taking apps, handwriting recognition, and document markup. Bring that level of goodness to a Galaxy Tab and I’m on board.
Some may be inclined to dismiss the whole idea of the stylus because Steve Jobs was famously not in favor of pen input. But a glance at the dozens of capacitive stylus products being marketed to and bought by iPad and iPhone owners is all you need to understand the power of the pen.
Pen input isn’t the ideal method for every situation, of course. Bidan also discussed developing better voice commands, gesture control, even facial recognition. I think we’re coming up on a time when multiple intuitive and natural input methods revolutionize how we interact with our gadgets just as iOS revolutionized touch interaction with the iPhone.
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