The Galaxy Note does chip at the iPad's defenses with other features the Apple tablet lacks.
One is a slot for microSD memory cards, which means you can expand the memory of the Galaxy Note inexpensively. That's very welcome.
The other feature is an infra-red light, which can be used in place of a remote at the home entertainment center.
This is a feature Sony pioneered in its Android tablets.
It's welcome, too - some people spend hundreds of dollars on universal remotes, which the Galaxy Note effectively replaces with this feature.
However, the included software didn't work well with my TV and stereo, so this will take some tinkering to get right.