"Hardware is great, but what about the software?"4.5 starson by kgloffice
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.
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