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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part I - Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Hands-on Review - Part I

Starting out with Android.
I started out mobile touch devices with a Palm Tungsten T5 before progressing to a Windows Mobile powered LG KS20. Back then mobile computing was always limited to what the device can do, until the arrival of Android. My first Android device is HTC Tattoo, which was an entry-level Android mobile phone. It opened up a lot more possibilities for mobile computing, thanks to the ingenious Google Android platform. I subsequently scored the HTC Desire, which was a one of the best Android phone of its time; HTC was really the only one making Android phones then. This award-winning Android phone was subsequently plagued with lack of on-board memory issue, calling for devices with larger internal memory. It was then when Samsung came into the Android market with the first Galaxy S, which enjoy its share of success. However, I stayed faithful to HTC and got myself the HTC Desire HD. Desire HD is the Bentley of cars, luxurious estate giving mobile computing otakus a whopping 4.3-inch of viewing pleasure. HTC Incredible S was the latest to join my league of Android devices.

The Beginning of the Android Wars
Seeing the success of Android as the next big thing up against Apple's iOS, every other mobile phones manufacturer jumped on the bandwagon of Android with different incarnations of Android Froyo devices. Among them were: Samsung Galaxy Tab (which was really caught between an oversized phone and a undersized tablet); Dell Streak (which sits comfortably in the palm as a mini-tablet/phone but fails in pocketability); Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 (which was rather oddly dated in terms of its Android version with an overly customized UI); Motorola Milestone (which made some impact with a slide-out keyboard for fingertips typing). In 2011, a slew of Gingerbread Android phones powered by Dual Core processors, started making their way in the market and paved the way for the entry of 10-inch dual core Android tablets powered by Google's tablet version of Android OS, Honeycomb. Computer hardware manufacturers saw the potential of Android tablets and immediately launched a couple of Android Honeycomb tablets, among them where models such as Asus EEEpad Transformer, Acer Iconia Tab and Motorola Xoom. The Xoom had its rather short spate of success before Samsung glorified its Galaxy line with two new Honeycomb tablets, Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Seriously, Samsung could have been more innovative with the nomenclature rather than tagging on the original Tab name! Nevertheless, Galaxy Tab 10.1 stands out from every other Android tablet. This is where you will learn to appreciate and tell yourself "I WANT A SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 10.1!"

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Official Site
Samsung first unveiled the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Google I/O this year.
The special edition of Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with an Android monogram rear shell.

Unboxing of Galaxy Tab 10.1
If you are a sucker for packaging, Galaxy Tab 10.1 is not that will impress you at first sight.

Lifting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 out from its tray.
Contents that come with Galaxy Tab 10.1 includes:
Charger, proprietary USB charge/sync cable, earphones, quick start guide and warranty card.
Charger unit
Charger with USB cable

Galaxy Tab 10.1
Physical Specifications
  Network: 2G, 3G, HSDPA/UMTS
Dimensions: 256.6 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm
Weight: 595 grams  
Display Type: WXGA Capacitive Touch Screen
Screen Size: 10.1 inches
Colors & Resolution: 16 Million Colors & 1280×800 Pixels
Hardware Features: Multi-touch,Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray, Gyrosensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor
System Properties 
Operating System: Google Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS
CPU: Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1GHz Processer
Internal storage Capacity: Internal Memory 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
Expandable Memory: SD card or USB flash drive up to 32GB memory through USB adapter (sold separately)
Browser & Messaging:HTML, Flash, MMS, SMS, IM, Email, RSS, 3rd-party apps
Rear Camera: 3 Megapixels (2048 x 1536 pixels) with Auto Focus, LED Flash 
Front Camera: 2 Megapixels (1600 × 1200 pixels)
Video Recording: 720p HD Video Recording capability 
Video Playback: Capable of 1080p HD video playback in various file format (3rd-party app required)
 Connectivity: Bluetooth & USB v2.1 with EDR Stereo & USB 2.0
Headset: 3.5mm stereo headset jack
Radio: Stereo FM with RDS
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA: Capable
HSDPA: Up to 21 Mbps
HSUPA: Up to 5.76 Mbps
Video Formats: AVI, XviD, DivX, WMV, MPEG4, H.263, H.264, RMVB & MKV (3rd-party apps required)
Audio Formats: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, OGG, MIDI
Battery: Type Li-Ion 6860mAh Standard Battery
Playback Time: Up to 10 Hours
Talk Time: Up to 6 Hours
Other features: Adobe 10.3 Flash compatibility

Reader’s Hub, New Music Hub, Social Hub
Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps, GTalk
Twitter and Facebook Integration, YouTube, Polaris Office, Pulse
Surround Speakers, Digital compass

 Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Up Close
Galaxy Tab 10.1, like the earlier Tab P1000, utilizes a proprietary port to sync and charge.
The port bears an uncanny resembrance to the Dock of Apple devices, however, they are not compatible of course.
On both sides of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are speakers giving user a rich, loud and clear stereo sound with a good simulation for surround sound.
The SIM card slot sits on the top of the tab.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 adopts the friendly regular-sized SIM instead of micro-SIM.
Sitting beside the SIM card slot is the usual 3.5mm audio port, which is already a standard.
On the top left corner is power button and volume control buttons.
On the top of the bezel is the front camera and a concealed ambient sensor.
The rear camera and LED flash sits along the top edge in the middle.

Size Comparison to other Toys
Having too much toys is good! There is so little time, so much to play!
Make sure you choose the right stuff to have fun!

Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the hands
Android tablets are meant to be held in a landscape orientation, however, it can be used in portrait orientation comfortably as well.

Pimp my Galaxy Tab 10.1
I love to pimp my iPad 2 with cheap accessories that are not sold at specialty stores are premium prices.
See how I pimp my iPad 2 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
My regular accessories provider has informed me with their new imports of cheap accessories and apparels for the Tab 10.1. I really should pimp the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as well, but since this is a loan review unit, I will only pimp this with a cheap Daiso clear B5 box folder - decent protection with an obvious show-off factor.

What I like about the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
After having used having used Eclair, Froyo and Gingerbread Android OS on mobile phones, it is very clear that Honeycomb Android OS is not going to be much different from the mobile platform. If you already an Android user, getting a hand of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is only about a matter of a few minutes. If you are not an existing Android user, it is not difficult too, since the experience on Honeycomb is very similar to using Windows XP/7 OS. The standard Android buttons have all been positioned on the "taskbar". The "taskbar" and "system tray" is very much like Windows XP/7. In short, Honeycomb is a clean and easy-to-use OS. Samsung's TouchWiz UI did not really change much of the stock Honeycomb OS. A neat feature is the pop-up App Tray, which is like the Swiss Army knife of apps, a panel of fixed general purpose apps. Samsung added a nice Screenshot button to the "taskbar", which captures the current screen (already a standard feature of iOS but requires root on Froyo and Gingerbread). I can now share what I see with others over social media. The joy of Android OS is the capability to have widgets on the home screens. A welcoming feature is resizable widgets. The lightweight Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the unrivaled in its own league and makes the Tab 10.1 more portable-friendly.  The camera on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 despite being only 3MP but captures good quality pictures. The good quality 10-inch screen provides comfortable viewing under most lighting conditions, even under bright sun light. The battery life is acceptable but not fantastic. On a regular day with plenty of emails, surfing and photo-taking, the Tab 10.1 can last till end of the day. I love the stereo speakers! The speakers are loud, clear and gives a good simulation of surround sound. I was playing back Lady Gaga's Judas and could hear the bikes roaring from left to right. The best part of Android system is of course the file system. The Android file system allows you to browse, copy, move, delete files and folders just like you do on a computer. Files stored on Android can be accessed by any installed app, making sharing and app-app integration seamless. Along with the optional USB adaptor, you can read your files stored on SD cards and flash drives. Inside the Tab 10.1, Nvidia Tegra graphics renders smooth running 3D games without lagging. Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes pre-installed with Polaris Office, a full-version Office app which allows you to view and edit Office documents and even .xlsx. The motion zooming feature gives a nice twist to the conventional pinch gesture.

What I dislike about the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
One small and disturbing thing is the lack of directional cursor keys. I really had a hard time positioning the selection marker between text and the full stop. If only they had a magnifying glass like that on the iOS. The feel of the device is plasticky and cheap, though this contributes to the lightweight. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not charge over standard USB port on PC and requires its adaptor to charge. The proprietary port means that I will need to buy another spare cable for office. The tad slow response on rotation can be a pain when you are in rush, but the reason is due to the rendering of the widgets and home screens.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Work with me
I utilize Google's cloud services for my work, since my work involves moving around and require portability of documents. I keep all data synced to Google, hence Android devices allow me to sync my data seamlessly. All my mail accounts are Gmail-based and are immediately synced with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 I do a lot of work on Microsoft Office with most my files stored on cloud, while confidential files on flash drives. In order for me to utilize these files, I either retrieve them from cloud or stick my flash drive via the USB adaptor. Transferring of files onto the Tab can be easily done over the USB connection as well. Simply drag-and-drop any files or folders like you are using Windows explorer; I cannot never get the same done on my iPad. Polaris Office immediately allows me to view, edit and present on-the-go, without having to pay for the app. Kudos to Samsung for pre-installing Polaris Office. After making changes to my files, I will often have to mail out documents and pdf files. The Android file system allows me to browse, select and attach to Gmail easily. If I attempt to do this on an iPad, I can never get it done easily without paying for the right 3rd-party app. The unrivaled lightweight is a saver, especially if you carry it for 8 continuous hours on the move.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Play with me
I love taking photos and putting these photos from my cameras to the tablet is easy with the USB adaptor. When I am travelling or away from my PC, I can preview, do simple edits and immediately upload and post it on social media platforms. There is no longer the need to lug a heavy laptop or netbook and fear running out of juice. I love bringing my music and videos with me, so that wherever I go, I can be entertained. I love my HD videos on the 16:9 aspect ratio screen. When I am sharing with friends and family, the high-quality speakers impressed everyone. The multiple file format support means I can simply drag-and-drop any video files from my PC onto the Tab. The Flash-capable platform gives me the optimum web-browsing experience, no holds barred. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be one brilliant entertainment machine that is easy to setup and ready to go, unlike my iPad. The only next thing is how am I going to charge my Tab on a long-haul flight?

Why Galaxy Tab 10.1 over other Honeycomb tablets?
The reason is simple: Lightweight.
Acer Iconia Tab has a nice addition of mini HDMI and USB port. However, these added to the already heavy metal shell, making the Iconia Tab a brick to carry around!
Asus Transformer has a nice docking station which beefs up the capability of the tablet. If you are to carry the docking station around, might as well bring a laptop! The lack of 3G functionality is a major setback!
Motorola Xoom was almost in my inventory of devices instead of the iPad. Despite the lack of USB port for flash drives, it was clearly the better among the rest of the Honeycomb tablets. However, when I read about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Google I/O, I knew I had to wait for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is much lighter and slimmer than the Xoom!

Am I going to buy the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
I did wait till the cows come home, hence I scored the iPad 2 when it was re-stocked. I can only have one main tablet doing all the work for me. Galaxy Tab 10.1 fits the bill but getting the Tab means letting go my iPad. Will it be a fair trade off? Check out my upcoming post where I compare Galaxy Tab 10.1 v.s. iPad 2!

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Yes, if you haven't got any tablets or want to chuck that netbook.
Yes, if you to do more mobile computing on-the-go.
Yes, if you want a easier and more efficient work flow to transfer, share and utilize files.
Yes, if you want to stand out from the rest of the white tablets gang.
Yes, if you cannot wait to plug that flash drive into your tablet.
Yes, if you have tons of HD videos to watch on the long lonely bus or train ride.
Yes, if you want something lightest.
Yes, if you are already a Galaxy S II fanatic.
Yes, if you are a diehard Samsung fan.
Yes, if you are part of Samsung Master Reviewers Programme.
Yes, if you want to support me

Check other posts in my blog for more juicy reviews on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1!

Part I: Unboxing Review
Part II: Video Review
Part III: Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2
Part IV: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Photography Performance
Part V: Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2 Photography Performance
Part VI: Galaxy Tab 10.1 Videography Performance

This review is made possible thanks to Samsung Singapore for the sponsorship.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part II - Video Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Hands-on Review - Part II
Video Review

In my earlier post of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part I, we looked at the unboxing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and features of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
In this Part II, videos to take you through the Tab 10.1, highlighting the OS, gaming, pictures, videos playback, Facebook and Office.

Video I
This review includes a look into the Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS styled with Samsung TouchWiz UI; Gaming from Angry Birds to hardcore 3D games powered by Nvidia Tegra; Camera and photo gallery on the Tab 10.1 with samples shot using the Tab 10.1's 3.2MP camera. If are currently using an Android mobile phone, getting a hang of the Honeycomb OS is easy. The Back and Home touch buttons are located on the bottom left of the "taskbar". A new button sitting on the 3rd position is the "Alt-Tab" function, that lets you jump to previous used app/screen. The 4th button is neat feature, Screenshot (who says only iOS gets it!), that captures any screen you are currently at.
A "system tray" is located on the bottom right of the "taskbar". The "system tray" brings up the clock, quick settings and notifications. Home screens and widgets should not be unfamiliar to you, except that some apps are resizable to your liking.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 handles gaming with the most demanding 3D games very well with no lag, attributed to the Nvidia Tegra hardware architecture.
For those who love to do mobile photography and bring your photos around, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the perfect device for you. The camera has a nifty Sweep Panorama feature. Like the Android phones, the Honeycomb picks out the folders containing any image files and shows them in the Gallery, a great way to carry your work of art around!

Video II
This review includes using the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for viewing your offline videos as well as working with music playback in the background. It is very easy for you to copy the video files from your PC onto the Tab. The stock video playback app will display all your videos no matter which folder they are copied into. The stock video app playbacks your usual .avi smoothly, giving you option to bookmark certain parts of the video.
 There is a feature to turn on 5.1 Ch sound, but seems like Stereo mode is louder for my liking.
File formats such as .rmvb and .mkv cannot be played on the stock video app. However, there are workarounds.

From the video reviews, you can see that I have customized the home screens to be cluttered and having a 3D live wallpaper. Such a home screen setup definitely drains more memory than the default setup. This makes rotation slightly sluggish and the switching between apps very slightly delayed. However, the operation of apps continue to operate smoothly without any significant lag. If you do feel the system starting to lag, simple bring up Task Manager, clear the running apps and clear the memory in RAM Manager. 
As with all Android devices, app-app integration is something that you will love. I love it when I go into my gallery, tap the Share button and all my photo viewing/editing apps, social media apps and mail apps are listed. I can choose to edit, share or email in a flash!
If you are an experienced PC user, you really want a similar experience when you are on-the-go. You really do not want to bring a gigantic laptop or a heavy weight netbook around. You should go for an Android tablet. You will love it and nothing else comes close (unless you are getting a Windows tablet). With so many Android tablets out there, from Acer, Asus, HTC, Motorola and Viewsonic. There is really only one Android Honeycomb tablet that you should go for; Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
If you are going to get one, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the lightest available today!
Yes, weight does matter!

Coming up next: Comparison of Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2.

Video and Editing by William Tan

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part III - Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Hands-on Review - Part III
Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2

After going through the unboxing in Part I and video review in Part II, are you ready for the showdown?
After all, this is what we are really waiting for! To decide between an Android tablet or an iPad 2.
The best fighter from the Android camp, have to be the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Specifications Comparison

Galaxy Tab 10.1 iPad 2
Model GT-P7500 MC769LL
OS Android Honeycomb 3.1 iOS 4.3.3
Processor 1Ghz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 with ARM Cortex 9 CPUs & GeForce GPU 1Ghz dual-core Apple A5
Memory 1GB RAM; 16GB flash storage 500MB RAM; 16GB flash storage
Display 10.1-in. (diag); 1280×800; 149 ppi 9.7-in. (diag); 1024×768; 132 ppi
Cameras front 2MP; rear 3MP with 720p recording front 0.3MP (640×480); rear 1MP (720p); 30fps recording on both
Speakers stereo mono
Video formats supported H.264, H.263, XviD, WMV7/8, VP8, MP43, VC-1 format: 3GP (MP4), WMV (asf), AVI, RMVB*, MKV* (*3rd-party app required) H.264 with AAC-LC audio in .m4v, .mp4, .mov formats; MPEG-4 video in m4v, .mp4, .mov formats; M-JPEG with audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi format
Audio formats supported MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WAV, AMR, MID, IMY, WMA, Vorbis, RTTTL/RTX, OTA HE-AAC (V1/V2), AAC, Protected AAC , MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Wireless Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1 Wifi (802.11a/b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1
Default installed apps Browser, Email, Gmail, Gallery, Maps, Books, Google Search, Google Talk, Voice Search, Latitude, Music Hub, Navigation, Places, Pulse, Polaris Office, YouTube, Music Player, Android Market, Samsung Apps, Social Hub. Mail, Safari Browser, iBooks, Videos, Photos, Find my iPad, iPod, iTunes, App Store, Maps, YouTube, Game Center, Notes, Calendar, Contacts, FaceTime, Photo Booth
Expansion Proprietary dock port (charging, USB, HDMI); 3.5mm audio in/out
USB Flash Drive supported
Proprietary dock port (USB, sound, video, power); 3.5mm audio in/out
USB Flash Drive not supported
Battery 7000mAH 3.7V Li-polymer 6930mAH 3.8V Li-polymer
Dimensions 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm 241.2 x 185.7 x 8.8 mm
Weight 565 g 613 g
Market apps > 250,000 apps (Jul 2011) 90,000 apps (iPad optimized)
425,000 apps (iPhone apps)
Retail price S$ 848 (16GB + 3G)
S$ 978 (32GB + 3G)
S$ ?,??? (64GB + 3G)
S$ 848 (16GB + 3G)
S$ 978 (32GB + 3G)
S$ 1,108 (64GB + 3G)

Physical Comparison Side-by-Side
The physical dimensions of both tablets are different. However, this should not be affecting your choice.

iPad 2 does have an iconic trend-setting Apple looking.
With the iPad stacked over the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Tab sticks out slightly while the iPad is slightly wider.
Apple ingeniously curved the base plate such that it makes the iPad 2 looks deceiving slimmer than the Tab.
Samsung claims the Tab to be slimmer in specs, however, a side by side comparison says otherwise.
In the Hands
It is important how the tablets sits in the hands.
iPad 2 has almost already set the benchmark for tablet dimensions. iPad is designed to be used in portrait mode.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 rides on the bandwagon of 16:9 Android tablets. The Tab is designed to be used in landscape mode, however, in portrait mode, the Tab feels smaller and easier to hold, especially with single hand.
Weight does matter. The iPad 2 is slightly heavier than the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
This makes a difference especially on prolonged use.

The USB cable bears an uncanny resembrance to that of the Dock connector.
 On closer inspection, the physical shape and size are the same, however, the orientation of the pins are mirrored. So don't ever try to jam your Dock connector into the Tab.

More differences:
  • Home screens capacity
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 holds 35 app icons per screen without folders.
    iPad 2 holds 25 apps or folder icons per home screen.
  • Widgets
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports widgets and resizable widgets.
    iPad 2 does not support widgets.
  • Notification panel
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a pull-up notifications panel with quick access buttons.
    iPad 2 does not (until iOS 5 is released).
  • Rotation speed
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 takes a second or two to render and reload home screen on rotation.
    iPad 2 gives instant rotation.
  • Response and performance speed (subjective)
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 operates smoothly with little lag while loading and switching around apps.
    iPad 2 triumphs with unrivaled speed.
  • App-app integration
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 utilizes Android which support seamless app-app integration.
    iPad 2 utilizes iOS where apps decide what other apps they can integrate with.
  • Email attachments (documents and other file types)
    GMail on Galaxy Tab 10.1 allows you to run file manager app which allows you to select any type of files to attach.
    Mail on iPad 2 only allows pictures to be attached. To attach other files require a file manager app to launch the mail composer.
  • File Management apps
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with File Manager pre-installed with free 3rd-party apps in Market.
    iPad 2 does not support file manager and require paid 3rd-party apps in App Store.
  • File transfer from workstations
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 allows drag-and-drop files and folders from your computer; functions as a mass-storage device.
    iPad 2 requires paid softwares and apps to do file transfers.
  • File System
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 utilizes Android OS which makes use of a centralized file storage system. Apps can browse and pick out files from the file system.
    iPad 2 utilizes iOS which makes use of localized file storage system. Each app creates their own storage space. Any other apps cannot use the files copied or created in one app, unless the app shares it out. This creates a duplicate in another app's file storage space.
  • USB external drives support
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports, read and write on USB flash drives and SD cards, with the use of optional USB dongle.
    iPad 2's Camera Connector does not support external storage devices except SD cards for photos only.
  • 3rd-party apps available
    Android apps are growing in numbers but still lacks in comparison to App Store.
    App Store has more fun, entertaining and useful apps but usually paid.
  • Downloading
    Android file system supports storage of any downloaded files, even apps can be downloaded, shared and installed.
    Downloads are copied to respective apps' file space and are very troublesome to transfer on the computer.
  • Uploading
    Android browsers allow you to access your file system to upload any files.
    iOS browsers do not allow file uploading.
  • Flash-support
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 supports Adobe Flash 10.3 for browsing.
    iPad 2 does not support Flash, though many sites are switching to iOS-friendly formats.
  • Camera performance
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 3MP rear camera.
    iPad 2 has a mere 1MP rear camera.
  • Comfort in hands (subjective)
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 is lighter and comfortable on prolonged use
    iPad 2 starts to sink after 15 mins of continuous use.
  • 3rd-party accessories and apparels
    Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a small numbers.
    iPad 2 has tons of both expensive and dirt cheap accessories and apparels out there.

Will I ditch the iPad 2 for Galaxy Tab 10.1?
No. I still adore my iPad 2 for its speed and simple-to-use interface. I still dread over its limitations to allow me to drag-and-drop, manipulate files and share files. However, having an Android smartphone (HTC Desire HD), I can already do all that. I would want the best of both worlds! The iPad also have a lot more apps that you cannot find on Android Market, for example, instagram, Flipboard, Straits Times. My Android smartphone is still my Swiss Army knife always.

Will I get the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Yes! of course! Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the lightest and best Android Honeycomb tablet out there now. If someone is offering me a 1-1 trade with my iPad 2, I welcome that. However, I will let wife and folks play with the iPad 2 since nothing can go wrong.

Who should get the Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Those who are hardcore supporters for Google and Android.
Those who are hardcore supporters for Samsung products.
Those who carry a laptop around for work, doing spreadsheets, presentations and emailing.
Those who travel with a netbook for work or pleasure.
Those who carry a laptop to school.
Those who already own an iPhone and feels that iPad is an oversized iPhone.
Those who wants the best of both worlds!

What do I recommend you to buy?
Buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the USB connector dongle.

What do you do next?
Ditch the netbook, go out there and experience how much the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can do for you!

Coming up next: Galaxy Tab 10.1 camera performance

This is not a Samsung paid review. I do not get any royalties from Samsung.
 Contents are my personal experiences using both iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1.

You may have a completely different opinion from mine.
I do not own a Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Thank you to Samsung Singapore for letting me try out the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for one week.

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This is an individual and independent user review, for more information on the official product, please refer to: http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab/10.1/spec.html