"The Apples and The Droids!"5.0 starson by W-Fasching
Pros: Fast, lovely screen, good feel, did I mention fast
Portable! Actually, can discretly use it at the office meeting
Cameras, gps, multitasking, swype, voice recognition for email typing etc
Connected to email and wifi superfast and without any issues
Cons: Skype seems to use 3G even when the tab connects via wifi?
Cam is not very good inside
Summary: The "boys with toys" world, like the urban setting of West Side Story, is divided by two competing gangs-the Apples and the Droids. And like the Jets and the Sharks, loyalties run deep. That said, however, who better than a Jet to appreciate the life of a Shark?Edit Link
I got a chance to spend some quality time on a Samsung Galaxy Tab while my brother played with my Apple iPad MC497LL/A Tablet (64GB, Wifi + 3G). I did not strip the little Apple logo decal off the rear window of my car as a result. But there is a lot to like with this tablet that makes it (meaning Droid tablets in a generic sense) the only true competitors to the iPad.
I had an afternoon with a Droid tab, and have over six months with my iPad. I don't claim to fully grasp all of the subtleties of the Galaxy Tab. But it has some features that you will undoubtedly see on the next generation iPad and at least one-flash-which you probably never will.
The big plus here is the camera. Like the iPhone4 the Galaxy Tab has a front and a rear facing camera. This enables users to video chat. Apple cals this feature FaceTime. It is not available on the iPad just now, and if an iPhone4 competed directly with the Galaxy tab, Apple's feature is preferable. But it doesn't. And the iPad lacks any camera so the Droid tab is the winner here.
Flash and USB-Droids have them...iPads don't. And that is not likely to change in this lifetime. Despite the fact that Flash works on every Mac there is, Apple will not be allowing it on anything running its IOS (now up to 4.2).Steve Jobs claims it is unstable and Apple is working hard to create a stable alternative that overcomes his objections. Presumably Adobe, despite its public impersonation of a bride left at the altar, is doing the same thing. But if you need flash, and you may, for right now your best bet is the Android operating system, and for tablets that means the Galaxy Tab.
As to USB, it will not be coming to your iPad, anytime soon, if ever. The Apple App store and application approval process insures virus and malware free software. The ability to install third party apps with no control over its code comes at some risk not just to purchasers but to other users on the same networks. Apple seeks to eliminate this risk by its control of the code reaching its operating system. Google does not. I have had my quarrels with Apple over some of the apps it has excluded or delayed, such as Google Voice (now available at the app store for free). While this may be paternalism, and a bit like chauffeuring your kid to the prom, at the end of the night you know your child will be safely tucked in bed. I have some qualms, but I think Jobs is right about this.
Now lets talk apps. Both the Galaxy Tab and iPad have more apps available than you would ever need. Apple has about 250,000 apps for iPhone and iPad and maybe 50,000 run only on the iPad. Droid is playing catchup, but it is catching up rapidly. However, there are roughly six million iPads out there as of the date of this review, and iPad has a six month head start on the Droids. Apps cost money to develop and many developers will naturally opt for the biggest market and design for other operating systems depending on how successful the app proves. If it bombs in iPads, there little reason to think it will work on a Droid tab. That said the best apps will be available for both OS. The edge here goes to iPad.
Display. I love the Galaxy's display. It is bright and crisp. But so is the display on the iPad, which actually has more lines of resolution but spread out over a larger screen area. Samsung claims it is a better display. It may be but the differences cannot be detected by my eye. Expect Apple to address any technical issues of display on the next generation. As to this issue, I call it a tie.
One area that isn't a tie is screen size. This tab is basically Kindle size and consequently its 7 inch display has only half the area of the iPad with its 9.7 inches of screen real estate (do the math). This is important for business users. I cannot use my iPhone as a substitute for my MacBook Pro ever. I can and do use my iPad to take to court and in depositions. I do not think the Droid has this kind of real world functionality. However I have not tested it and will reserve judgment on the issue of business utility. Otherwise the clear winner is the iPad.
The iPad weighs about 40% more than the Galaxy, but neither is heavy like tablets of yore. Both are heavier than a Kindle2.
Finally I want to report on the kid test. My brother took both tablets out to his eighth grade son, and when I retrieved hem from the teenager he was engrossed in a game-on the iPad.
Since a good trial lawyer always knows when to shut up. I rest my case.
*** P.S. If you will buy this Tablet I suggest at: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004AM5AHW/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=***************&********=as2&camp=217145&creative=399349&************=B004AM5AHW
Updated on Oct 25, 2011
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