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A real business tool,
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi) GT-P7510MAVXAB Tablet (Personal Computers)Have had my GT10.1 for a couple of days, and so far it has met or exceeded my expectations in just about every area. I think I have finally found my laptop replacement.
Look and Feel: Very solid, no creaks or flex. Grey plastic back really does look like brushed metal, feels good and does not feel cheap at all. Dang, it's REALLY thin and light.
Performance: Fast. I have run pretty much all my apps on it and have run videos from YouTube without a hiccup. Very responsive, very smooth. The touch screen in not as sensitive as the one on my HTC Incredible 2 Droid phone , but it is still very sensitive (the one on my phone is almost too sensitive, if that's possible).
Apps: Here's the cool part. Because my phone was already an Android device and I had a Google account, when I set up the GT10.1 it immediately and automatically synced, downloaded and installed almost all of the apps that are on my phone. There were just a couple that did not download, probably because they are not compatible with Honeycomb (phone runs Froyo). THAT was slick and saved me a lot of time and energy hunting for apps. The ones that did not download, like the anti-virus and stock market apps, I easily found substitutes for in the Android Market. Most games downloaded and seem to work without a hitch.
Availability of Apps: I have found PLENTY of apps in the Market that work on the GT10.1 - free, too. I even have one (androidVNC) that syncs to my desktop computer, so I can control it remotely. I had a similar program on my laptop and found it to be a lifesaver at times, when on the road. Can edit MS Office docs - Word, Excel, PowerPoint - although all the features of the main programs are not there. Also am using Google Docs, which has its own pluses and minuses. Am debating whether or not to buy DocumentsToGo Full Version to gain more editability. So far, I can get by with just viewing and tweaking. In general I prefer not to do heavy document creation and editing on the road, even with a laptop, so we shall see. K-9 is an excellent email client and provides more functionality than the basic one that comes with the device.
Memory: I bought the 32gig version, just to have plenty of memory down the road. So far, I have only used a small fraction of it. Honeycomb has a nice, small footprint, unlike some other OSs. The entire inventory of office files I could ever need on the road will fit on a 32gig flash drive with over 10 gig to spare, so I am not worried about running out of memory. Connectivity, you ask? See below.
Connectivity: Much lamenting has been done about the lack of ports for the GT10.1. Well, so far, I have not missed them. It's very easy to move data via WiFi. BUT, I know I will need access for things, like the above-mentioned flash drive. And, while most anywhere I go to give presentations these days they ask for the file on a flash drive to put on their own computer/projector, it would be nice to be able to run a video cable out, if needed. At first I thought this would be a deal breaker for me. But, then I read that Samsung is coming out with adapters for their proprietary port. So, I WILL be able to connect a flash drive or video out, when needed. Would it be nice to have these ports on board? Sure. But, frankly, the device is pretty much self-contained and very accessible via WiFi/cloud, so, assuming the adapters come out, I think the lack of ports is a non-issue. And, I am used to buying accessories for my devices as needed. I also use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, to which the GT10.1 connects flawlessly, and the combination of Android phone and Android tablet is pretty killer.
Keyboard: On board virtual keyboard is fine, quite large, in fact, if you are used to using one on a phone, as I am. I also downloaded Swype, which works fine on Honeycomb. Finally, just for those times, when I might need to do some more significant typing, I bought a Menotek flexible Bluetooth keyboard (kind of like the one in 'Live Free or Die Hard' but wireless). It synced immediately, and it works great. And, the keyboard is almost ridiculously portable (it rolls up/folds up). So, I just leave it in my briefcase and have it, when I need it. Have a leather case on order that will allow the tablet to be propped up like a monitor, so the combination of portable keyboard and angled tablet should be a nice substitute for a laptop.
Battery life: Have unplugged the tablet at 0600, used it off and on all day, and it still had just under 20% juice, when I plugged it back in at 0100 - 19 hours later. That was not continuous use, but more real world use - emails (a lot), read docs, downloads, a few YouTube videos, a few games. Not bad. It only reported about 80% charged this morning after 5 hours plugged into an outlet, but from experience with other devices, I expect both the battery life and the charging time to improve over the next week or so, as it cycles several times. As you can imagine, using video-intensive programs, like some games or lots of videos, drains the battery fastest. Even so, I'd say the battery life is pretty good and more than sufficient for a day's work (and probably play).
So, in conclusion, I think I might have found my laptop replacement, a first for me. I thought I was going to get a Xoom, then an ASUS Transformer, and then this one came along. It is really a very powerful device, given its REALLY small footprint. Is it an IPad killer? Who cares? I have handled IPads owned by business associates. Nice device, but all they ever seem to use it for is to show photos and play songs, maybe blog. Large cool factor. I don't see it as a business tool. I DO see the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a true business tool. The same goes for my Android phone. So, depending on your needs, one or the other probably will be better for you. As for me, I am really sold on the Android OS; it is fast, powerful and small. There are some differences between my phone and tablet versions, but they are minor. If the new version that is due out at the end of this year really merged them, but was not downloadable to my current devices, I would keep both of them, since the differences are so small. That should tell you something.
Hope someone, who is considering the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as a business tool, finds the above useful. My recommendation is to go for it; I do not think you will be disappointed. It is not perfect, but I think it executes beautifully on all of its advertised features and capabilities, and for that reason I give it 5 stars.
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Initial post: Jun 24, 2011 9:22:31 AM PDT
Can you print document or web page from this device? If yes, have you run into any limitation on the type of printers?
Posted on Jun 24, 2011 5:31:07 PM PDT
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Sanghoon Lee says:
I have an iPad2, but should have gotten this Galaxy Tab. The main disadvantage of iPad2 is that many websites I use daily do not work. For example, Google finance does not work properly due to the lack of flash. Questrader.com (stock brokerage website) does not work either for whatever reason. True that having a tremendous number of apps improve iPad2 experience. But I find myself using it mostly for browsing webpages and iPad2 sucks in that aspect. Apple was stupid not to allow Flash.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2011 11:02:13 PM PDT
Lamar you shouldn't believe everything that Jobs tells you. I can assure you that any tablet can serve just as useful to doctors, lawyers, or any professional whether it is by apple, hp, or an android tablet. All it needs is the proper software tools and optimization. And I can also assure you that ipads are not replacing books at schools and colleges. They are being used to a small degree in pilot programs but for the most part feedback is that faculty and students prefer their books due to limitations with tablets in terms of note-taking and lecture reinforcement. How do you think an ipad would work with a class on differential equations or physical chemistry? And yes I know a little bit about this since I work in the education field at the secondary and university levels. In regards to your comment about android being hackable this is also a mute point. Every os has its weaknesses. The situation with apple's os is really more of a case where they haven't been as targeted. Its kinda like the old analogy of who is more of a target for crime, someone who lives in the roughest part of town in the big city or someone who lives way out in the country with hardly anyone else around. If you live in the city of course you will be targeted more and as a result you will need more protection. Whereas if you live out in the country you never think of yourself as a target for crime to the point where most of the time you don't even lock your doors. Of course things are changing now and apple is starting to get more of the focus that beforehand was only directed toward windows. If you are a criminal and you know that the houses in the city will be more protected you are going to try and find those country areas since they're more likely to have their guard down. In terms of android being easily hacked I take it you have a lot of evidence to prove your claim? Otherwise you are just regurgitating talking points from the genius bar in the local apple store. Netflicks, hbo, and hulu not being available on android tablets probably has more to do with licensing than anything since other streaming services can be viewed on android tablets. And hbo IS available on android by the way. Netflicks is too. Hulu just joined the fun as well. You CAN get all of these services on android phones so since honeycomb is even more universal hardware wise than with the android cell phone os its only a matter of time before we see proper tablet apps from these companies. Flash is also a mute point. I own an android tablet and I love how I am given a choice as to whether I want to use flash or not. My tablet gives me 3 options: 1. Flash always enabled 2. Flash disabled and 3. Flash enabled on demand.
To me this makes all of the difference in the world. I will admit the browsing experience is much faster with flash disabled but essentially I have that option by choosing either 1. or 3. when I surf the web on my tablet. And just to let you know when I choose flash on demand my web pages load and run just as fast as they do with flash disabled. Apple really is dumb to forbid their consumers from even having the choice of flash. Come out of the RDF (Reality Distortion Field) and be open to other possibilities.
Posted on Jul 4, 2011 8:52:39 AM PDT
Pie Grrrl says:
Hi Bill, From one business owner to another, I thank you for this great review and using the header "A Real Business Tool"!!!! I write a tablet column for a teeny-tiny website and so far, there are ONLY two of us members who have a tablet: one member has an iPad and I have the original 7" Gal-Tab. She uses her iPad just for fun: gaming, reading and emails. I bought my Gal-Tab EXPRESSLY for business purposes and couldn't agree more with your review! I am continually disheartened when I read daily emails from tech sites, stating that (I'm paraphrasing, here), "...that the #1 use for tablets is gaming and the #1 area that they are used is in the bathroom." Geez, what does THAT tell you about "who" is buying the tablets and "why" they aren't being taken seriously yet??? Sorry, sitting on the potty and playing games ain't my lifestyle. I enjoy making and spending money too much to waste my time game playing.
I read your review with great interest because I wanted to see if I should upgrade to a 10" screen vs. my 7" size. As of right now, I'll wait for the next Gen of Gal-Tabs, ONLY because I must have 3G for my job and this doesn't have it. Loved your honesty, however, and look forward to more reviews, honouring business people's use of this tablet. Cheers!
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2011 3:15:00 PM PDT
V. Linnean says:
I to am looking for a tablet for business (I am a real estate professional), and I need something with great functionality. I have an Android phone, so was debating on an Android tablet. I really liked your review (and this response), since the only tablet available in our market is the Xoom (or the iPad, which I've already ruled out). After reading your review and some on the Acer Android tablet, I think I've ruled out the Xoom and plan to either purchase this one or the Acer.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2011 3:34:39 PM PDT
Pie Grrrl says:
V. Linnean: I don't know HOW important having 3G or 4G is to you, but it's the deal breaker for me, and neither this tablet, the Acer, nor the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Tablet Only) have 3G or 4G. As a landscape architect, I am often in rural or raw job sites; nearest Wi-Fi is miles and miles away. I suppose if you already own a GPS in your car or smart phone, you won't need 3G as badly as I do, but I flat out REFUSE to buy another "smart phone"...period! They cost too much, are too fragile if you work in a tough profession, they have too small a screen for photo sharing or reading blueprints and as soon as you pay for one, the "newest and bestest" model is right around the corner. I got a $20.00 "dumb phone" at Walmart, and it's still more "smart" than my $200.00 Motorola that wore out.
I also need the ability to hook up to the web at every job site, so 3G is critical. I do a vast amount of diagnostic work on gardens and trees and being able to I.D. a disease and look up the treatment is also critical and impressive, for client satisfaction.
Although I personally don't need it, with the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer TF101-B1 10.1-Inch Tablet Computer (Tablet Only), you can buy a separate docking key pad if you do extreme typing. I don't, with my tablet; I use SWYPE and can send off more than enough information before I head back to my office and laptop. However, my crew foreman is seriously considering the above model, expressly for the docking keypad, as he creates loads of pdf. files for quotes on our jobs.
I just thought I'd add those points to this discussion, since you haven't bought any tablet yet, and I've been steadily using mine for business for 8 months strong.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 4, 2011 4:14:25 PM PDT
Lillie Young says:
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 2:49:06 AM PDT
B. Hines says:
I have to reply to this post to set a few things straight. If you Google or Bing about HBO Go, Netflix, Hulu, etc in regards to Honeycomb they all are looking to move into the Android market or already have. Netflix is already on Android phones, it is not a question of if, but when (quite shortly) when Honeycomb will have all the services available. Kem said exactly the same thing, go back and read the post. Key word Kem said.."it is only a matter of time before we see apps" in regards to Honeycomb as they are used on Droid phones already. What lie was told?
On record labels backing Google, that was due to money not pirating. The labels wanted more money...From the New York Times, and several other tech sources:
"Neither Google nor the labels would specify which points they stumbled over. But their disagreement follows a long pattern of friction in which the labels demand high prices for licenses or withhold the licenses altogether. The stubbornness of the labels has earned them a particular caricature in Silicon Valley: the bridge troll, demanding payment for passage."
On Consumer reports, I think that you and many others should be aware that Consumer Reports is bought and sold and not really a good place to garner unbiased (cough cough bought) reviews. For example, their reviews on Monster HDMI cables, totally biased and untrue. Some additional problems with CR is that a lot of their studies are outsourced, not to mention that reliability of their surveys/studies have come under fire as well. They have even had to retract some of their publishing's over the years. Again, this can easily be Bing'd or Googled for anyone that wishes to check into this.
No IT group will allow Android devices to access secure information? That has already happened, back some time ago. I know this, as I am in the field (17+ years btw). The bottom line to tech security is that ANY OS can and has been hacked, (even Apple's in less than 30 minutes). Nothing is bullet proof, and if anyone tells you that in the technology field, I would really question the honesty/integrity of that person. Go to YouTube, you will see just about every OS being hacked. All of this again, is on the web.
The bottom line to the whole Pad game is that the field is rapidly evolving, more apps, services, and functionality are being matured. All of the pads I have played with and reviewed all have their strong and weak points, and all have been useful. The Droid pads can be used for business just as an iPad. As a technologist, and a consumer, I prefer choice with things I buy, so to have Flash as a choice is a good thing. Most people I think would agree that choices are best.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 5, 2011 9:02:10 AM PDT
Lillie Young says: