Pros Solid system for casual to professional users
Cons Where's Netflix, and Hulu?
Summary This review will be just as valid whether you have a 16GB or 32GB system.
99% of reviewers agree the hardware is good to excellent. I agree.
Now for some notes on the functions and software.
Stock software touchpad keyboard has excellent response. I am able to practice touch-typing with it, though my error rate is a little higher than normal....mostly because I don't touch the screen strongly enough at times. There are dozens of alternative keyboards at the apps store. Samsung has announced they will add Swype capability in a future update.
Connecting to my PC (Win7 Pro) via the USB cable and transferring files is easy. You can get the USB driver from Samsung's web site if you have problems. (Mini-Kies is not needed). Put your document files in the "download" folder so QuickOffice can find them.
The bundled QuickOffice HD does a good job of allowing you to open PDF, Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents without problems...at least the ones I opened and tested.
Excel with macros opens without problem for the macro sets in the spreadsheets I use. Powerpoint opens normally, with fonts and formatting intact as does Word...again for the documents I normally use. PDF documents display normally as well. Powerpoint presentations play normally.
I would not try to do any heavy editing with these documents without a mouse at this point, but maybe I'll learn how to do it efficiently with the touch pad in the near future.
The iTunes store charges $20 for QuickOffice, which is free on the Samsung.
The Android Amazon Kindle app works flawlessly. I have several books downloaded without problem.
I prefer K-9's email client to the stock Android client: it collects all of my email accounts (except Gmail) into a single area that I can review and respond as needed.
Pulse is a reasonable quick-news application that works without problem. (I use the Huntington Post app from the Android market more often)
Flash 10.3 works well: it does work within the stock browser for my tablet, though someone reported it did not work on theirs.
YouTube, as always, displays and plays beautifully: some buffering when tethered to my Samsung Vibrant 3G, but none on home wi-fi.
Google Talk is beautiful! I have video chatted with members of my family over their PCs without any problems. It is nice to be able to stand up and move if needed. The ability to switch between the front and rear cameras is a plus, especially if you want to show something to the other person on your chat.
Tethering the Tablet to my Samsung Vibrant (T-Mobile) is a piece of cake and works very well. One tech note: if I hide the SSID on the phone, the Tablet does not recognize it. The station ID needs to be broadcast for the Tablet to connect.
(A colleague's iPad2 would not tether to his iPhone unless he called AT&T to get permission...odd, since he has a data plan on both devices.)
OK, I admit, I downloaded Angry Birds and it plays fine.....
I have not tried Movie Studio but plan to in the future.
Weatherbug works beautifully: best implementation of that software that I've seen to date and includes quick connectivity to weather radar.
Other than Angry Birds, I haven't spent much time on the "Samsung Apps" store which just updated itself as I was typing this review...
Bottom line: a robust set of software for basic to professional use with email and common business documents, as well as entertainment and video chatting.
Pros This is a great device. Image quality is fantastic and smooth. Also it is super thin and lite weight and it doesnt feel like it would break anytime soon. This is on par with the ipad 2 if not better. I give it an A++
Cons The only cons I can think of is the lack of plug-ins like a mini or micro sd card. Also there is no expandable storage which i think would have helped.
Pros I love almost everything about this tablet.
-awesome screen resolution
-very long battery life, avg 8.5 hrs on a single charge
-automatically syncs google contacts
-email widget seamlessly integrated my hotmail account
Cons Just one:
-Fingerprints, only visible when the screen is off.
Summary Had a tough time deciding between this and the iPad 2. I went with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 because I liked the Android OS on my Droid X and was familiar with the apps. I've had this for almost two weeks now and have absolutely no regrets.
Pros Beautiful design. Surprisingly decent rear camera. Speakers are clear and loud.
Cons The screen could have a higher pixel density (if you zoom in on words or some pictures you can see rough edges). The Android OS still needs some polish. The 16:10 aspect ratio makes the tablet feel long in your hands.
Summary If you want a high quality tablet and don't want to be tied to iTunes then this is the only REAL option you have... and its a good one. I got the tablet a few days ago and I haven't been disappointed. This isn't a perfect tablet and it is far from an iPad killer, but it's definitely in the same class. The Pros far outweigh the Cons. If you want a really good tablet that isn't hamstrung by iTunes then the 10.1 Tab is a great choice.
Pros Slimmer than Ipad2, Lighter than Ipad2, more customizable than ipad2 (which allows me to run netflix and hulu). Awesome internet browsing experience! Perfect Tablet for the Tech savvy! Can download PDF files for online books (free) and of course FLASH (wh
Cons No expandable storage (however using cloud apps like Mozy, googlemusic, and box may make the need for SD cards a thing of the past). Android Market place still needs work so users can find tablet specific apps! The best thing about this Tablet is being ab
Summary The bottom line is this is the perfect tablet; for those who are tech savvy. For the average user who has no idea or care for what rooting your tab means the simplicity of the ipad may be their safe haven. But for the tech geek like myself the possibilities are endless. I have owned 4 tablets thus far, Galaxy tab 1, Ipad 1, Acer iconia and the Galaxy tab 10.1 is by far is my favorite. Don't get me wrong even if your not geek you will still be able to do twice as much with the Galaxy tab 10.1 than the Ipad. The tab 10.1 is now syncable with kies so I was able to sync it with my PC and Mac to download movies and music to my tab 10.1. Video chatting with the Tango app is great. Games like backbreaker look great on its beautiful screen. Once Android Market gets its act together the Galaxy tab 10.1 won't be able to be beat.I just put download Netflix API in Google and downloaded it. There are videos on YouTube for how to get hulu (advanced but worth it).
Updated on Aug 3, 2011
Updated on Aug 3, 2011Typo - I meant I put Netflix apk in Google