"Not sure I understand the complaints"4.5 starson by UTPSE81
Facebook app (HELLO iPad 2... it's only one of the MOST POPULAR social networking tools around)
Freedom to customize
Cons: No Netflix/Hulu Plus at the moment... I had to think of something negative
Summary: I have had the opportunity to work with both the Galaxy 10.1 and iPad 2. Let me begin by saying this... I have a MacBook Pro, have owned an iPhone 3GS, and currently have a Samsung Fascinate. Therefore I have experience with both companies products and OS's. I absolutely LOVE Android over iOS. Why Apple feels the need to be so restrictive with customization in iOS is beyond me. And no Flash?? Yes, Steve Jobs hates Flash. Yet you allow Mac computer owners the ability to use Flash, so why not on your tablets/cell phones? With as much money as these tablets are, I completely believe the user should have the choice. You don't have to install Flash if you don't want it, but for God's sake, at least give the user the option.
All that said, I find these products both excellent in their own ways (I mean honestly, it only makes sense to compare the Galaxy 10.1 and iPad 2 as they are the best in their respective categories IMO at the moment). Apple lacks in screen resolution, ability to customize the iOS, and no Facebook?? Seriously?? iOS 5 is not looking any more customizable than iOS 4. Widgets... I personally love them. Again, Android only. People have to realize that yes, iOS may be more reliable to an extent, but Honeycomb will come around as it ages, just like any OS. Windows 7 needs updates; iOS needs updates; Android OS's need updates. Welcome to life people. How have you not learned by now that all OS's take time to work bugs out even after they are released?
As far a performance goes, are we honestly going to complain about minute differences? "Well, the iPad 2 can load a picture to Facebook 5 seconds faster!" Really, 5 seconds!?!?! Realize that the quality of the picture from the Galaxy is higher quality (3MP rear and 2MP front) than the iPad 2 (1MP rear, 0.3MP front... 0.3MP front, really???), in turn making it larger, in turn making it take a WHOPPING 5 seconds longer to upload. Come on people.
Ports... why people have such a burning desire for USB, HDMI, etc., is beyond me. My MacBook Pro doesn't even connect to HDMI or VGA/DVI without having to have an adapter. You want ports, then be willing to accept larger, heavier tablets. I mean, it's like people think the world will end if they have to take 3 seconds to attach an adapter to connect a USB drive. Maybe I just lead a slow life and can afford to take 3 seconds of time to add an adapter if I must really use a USB drive. Or, you could welcome yourselves to the age of the Internet/WiFi and use things like cloud drives and VPN's, or Bluetooth... then you can get that precious file you need from your USB drive without needing your USB drive because you can pull it off your cloud drive or your computer. Bottom line is that these are tablets, NOT computers, NOT laptops, NOT even netbooks. You want USB without an adapter, then tote around you laptop/netbook. But try holding that while walking around, I dare you!
I have enjoyed both the iPad 2 and the Galaxy, and they both have their strengths and weaknesses. When it comes to computers, I will never go back to a PC. Mac wins that battle, no question, for me. But when it comes to a tablet, I must admit that I have to give my edge to the Galaxy. Android OS's to me just offer that freedom that you don't get from iOS. The screen resolution is better. It's lighter. It has higher quality cameras. I am not going to lose sleep if a few tasks are a tiny fraction (and it literally is a tiny fraction) slower than the iPad 2. Yes, there are more apps for iPad 2. But for me, there isn't an app I have NEEDED that I can't get from the Android Market. Netflix would be nice, but again, I don't NEED it. And it will come, of that I am quite certain. It seems most reviews are not of the hardware, but of the OS's. The fact is both tablets are amazing in design and harware. It is simply a matter of which OS you prefer. For me, that's Android. Oh, and as for the "plastic back" of the Galaxy... trust me, it's not an issue. I have a plastic back on my phone, and there isn't a scratch on it or crack in it, and I have had it for over a year now. It's completely fine.