"Top-notch hardware, but is windows based"5.0 starson by gparade
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