Pros Portable, screen resolution, customizable screens
Cons No USB port, expensive, Gorilla Glass holds fingerprints
Summary This is the tablet I've been waiting for. I do a lot of business travel, I blog, and volunteer with several non-profits. I also prefer to read magazines and newspapers online.
For years, I vacillated over which netbook to purchase because I needed something powerful and portable. I checked out the iPad (and I actually use a work issued one) I feel like it was designed for men. It feels rather clunky and large in my hands plus it's kinda heavy.
I'm so glad that I waited for the Galaxy 8.9 Tablet. It's lightweight and can fit in most average size handbags. I really like the screen resolution and having multiple customizable screens. I'm not a big apps fiend and truthfully, many of the most popular apps are available on Android as well. I plan to purchase the Samsung keyboard so that I use this write.
In terms of cons, this tablet is really expensive given the market demand for smaller tablet pcs. Luckily, I was able to negotiate a package deal for a Samsung phone and this tablet at a reasonable price. Otherwise, I may have waited another year to purchase it or considered an Asus tablet instead. Also, a USB port would have been good.
Lastly, the so-called "Gorilla Glass" on the Galaxy Tab seems to hold fingerprints and smugs far more than the iPad. But, I understand that the Galaxy Tab screen is less likely to break/crack if it falls. I don't plan to test that hypothesis however :-)
Overall, I recommend the Galaxy Tablet 8.9 - especially for women business travelers or anyone who desires a smaller tablet that rivals the power of the iPad.
Pros ICS, 4G LTE, battery
Cons no expandable storage
Summary Terrific tablet. I'm a graphic designer living in New York, and this tablet serves me in capacities unimagined. I can mock-up design ideas, refine them, and then send them off to my clients over AT&T's 4G LTE network. Simply spectacular.
Pros Perfect size
Cons Headphone jack
Summary Overall this device is great for all users and everyone who wants to move away from laptop or desktop, however if you rely on this device it will not surve its needed.
1. Audio jack is not meant to be used... it will break in a matter of few times... its base will not support daily usage for more then 2 month.
2. Customer support from Sumsung will force you to wipe a device in order to perform any troubleshooting. (considering that this device is a replacement for all your work and data)
3. Customer support from Sumsung will force you to service a device by shipping it out to support center when they will wipe it and device will be return is same condition without headphone jack working)
4. Sumsung site is not user friendly in order to complete or track any information.
History on the person who write this review: I am a Pro user with over 20 years of experiance in IT.
Pros Screen (16:9 / 1280x800)
Light Weight (compared to ipad)
8.9 is a perfect size only 1" less than the ipads 9.7
Cons No SD expansion
No HDMI out (although there is a cheap adapter)
Plastic back (however this may help with weight, plus its in a case anyway)
Proprietary charging port
Summary Screen is awesome at 1280x800 and 16:9 aspect ratio unlike the 4:3 ipad. If you want a lighter tablet without loosing too much real estate like the 7" tablets. Then this is the one. Sure I could have the bigger heavy ipad to compliment my phone, but in all honesty it just felt like I would have been buying the same thing I already have just bigger. I like the Android OS even though it does take a bit more getting used too. But all the apps I use work great on this device.Also, at $350 at Best Buy this was a great deal.
I already have an iPhone so the iPad seemed like nothing new, just bigger. I love the 8.9 form factor since it lets you hold the tablet with one hand, for reading and browsing. We will get ICS soon and that should make it all the better. I spent 3hrs in the store trying to decide: iPad, Fire, Iconia, 10.1 tab, 7 tab and after all that time this one just made sense. Its lighter, smaller, has a great OS and supports Flash (kids can play Cartoon Network Games). I am disappointed with the lack of SD, but in reality I will never need it all my music is on my phone and home PC. Also could use HDMI out but again not something critical for me.
Updated on Apr 2, 2012
Pros the camera, the color, the front facing camera, the battery
Cons the speed the graphics, resolution
Summary this is a great tablet i bought just last week it rocks the tablet is so cool, because its my first tablet, i would totally recommend this to people