Pros Dense and solid design,accurate touch-screen, Gesture support, pen input seamless, superior hardware under the hood,and best of all, up to 10-simultaneous-finger support!
Cons Expensive, accelerometer slow when rotated, auto-brightness too sensitive.
Summary I was a fan of Dan Ackerman's review, but he seemed to getting biased towards Apple products. True, Apple has made the products that set industrial standard in few areas, but it's not the end of the world for a product that's not 'like' iDevice. And CNET's reviews seem to be less accurate day-by-day.
Pros Light and solid battery for an x86 device.
Cons Build quality could be better, bad and practically useless cameras
Summary A tablet that was designed to do everything and with future support for Windows 8 there will be little this device can't do. It is a bit heavier than mobile OS devices and only has about half the battery life but it's very snappy, will run standard desktop applications in addition to the new generation of Windows 8 applications that are designed with tablets in mind.
Dan, why no mention of the Wacom pen? The pen and OneNote make this a fantastic table for note taking.
Pros Fast, fast, fast! Did I say fast!
Cons Windows 7 is still buggy. For some reason, it still can resolve other systems in my network.
Summary I agree with a previous reviewer that CNET's bias towards "i" products has blinded them to the positives of the Samsung Slate. In fact, the Slate isn't in the same category as the tablets. The Slate is a professional level device whereas the Ipad is really an everyday average user device that "strives" but does not reach the capabilities of a full OS device. If I wanted to check my e-mail, surf the web, look cool carrying around a big device that plays Angry birds on a big screen, sure, Ipad. However, if I wanted to do that as well as take notes for class, use it in a business meeting (to actually be productive and not just play games), or have my "notebook" computer available with me everywhere I go, the Slate is where you need to be.After 3 months of usage, when I dock the slate, sometimes it will have a wired internet connection and sometimes it won't. Often times when I dock it, the network card in task manager will display "disconnected" and my CPU with run at a constant 25-35% and will start to get rather hot. You will also find that the system interrupt service is the one that's constantly running. I sent the item in for repair but after about 3 weeks, the same problem. Further, after the item was repaired, I could no longer access my encrypted TPM drives. When I go to "start initialization" the Infineon software tells me that I need to enable the TPM in the BIOS. I go to BIOS and notice that it's already enabled. I tried to disable then re-enable the TPM chip only to get the same error message when I try running the TPM again. On the Info screen, the Chip is noted to be "Disabled" even though the BIOS shows "enabled." So apparently, reliability is an issue. 1-star now!
As mentioned, it is still Windows based and I've always felt that the windows interface isn't as stable as it should be, but then again, I do install a lot of junk. Still, it's a big step up from Vista, and if windows 8 can really bring a friendly interface to the forefront and be all that it could be, the slate will bring down the house.
I can also say that I have only received accolades and inquiries about the Slate when those around me have seen me with it, and even those Ipad users say that the slate is better.
I think that the Ipad fits a certain place in the market, but if you want a professional device, the SS7S is where you need to be. After I purchased mine, 4 other members of my department purchased theirs, and their Ipad now belongs to their kids! Ipad=toy, Slate=Computing device.
Updated on Mar 31, 2012
Pros -Small AC adapter
Cons -Thick power cord
-Ambient light sensor is a bit buggy
-Back camera is so-so
Pros Samsung added great additions
Runs Windows 7 efficiently for power usage and speed
WiFi sees and connects to all WiFi a/b/g/n
Battery life is generally over 5 hours
Typing on Windows virtual keyboard works great
Mini-HDMI out, USB, MicroSD
Cons Could be a little more solid in construction
Would have been nice to include accessories (dock, keyboard, case)
Hybrid Sleep and Hibernation are not working on mine
Needs another USB port
Could have setup Windows 7 to be more touch(able)
Summary Overall, this slate is well worth every penny. By far, the best Windows tablet/slate yet. Waking from sleep is amazingly fast, less than 10s. Though Windows 7 can be setup to work fairly well with touch, the default settings are not. Rotation changes are slow at responding, but having a lock button on rotation is great. I also setup the device to dual boot Windows Developer Preview (Win8), and it runs that fairly well. I've used many times to remote desktop to servers and my home computer, copying files and running various tasks. It works as a laptop replacement for me, being much more portable.