The Royal Commonwealth Society chose to give The Queen a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 rather than an iPad to add to the Royal Collection so that she can view the ‘digital time-capsule’ that has been created by the public.
The BBC reports that the Android tablet will be used to provide Queen Elizabeth with video, photographs and text memories of events during her 60 years on the throne that have been submitted to the time-capsule by members of the public.
“The digital nature of the project required a digital device to present to Her Majesty and The Queen will be able to press ‘play’ on the tablet before watching a video of some of the best Jubilee time-capsule entries,” Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society charity Danny Sriskandarajah said.
According to the BBC, “the organisation said that it had at one point considered using an Apple iPad but ultimately opted for Samsung’s tablet after discussing the project with both firms.”
More than 150GB of data was collected for the time capsule, submitted by more than 37,000 people from 66 countries, including The Queen’s grandson Prince Harry and other famous faces, through a website and app.
Not all 150GB of data was able to fit onto the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 of course, as the maximum capacity version of the tablet is 64GB, so judges including the director general of The Royal Photographic Society and the Royal Librarian picked 60 items to present to the Queen.
All 80,000 entries will remain available online for the public to view.
The most popular occasion described by participants was Will and Kate’s Royal Wedding in 2011, and other events include the London riots, Alan Turning’s death and more.