Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Posted by Jon Westfall in "Android Slates/Tablets & Accessories" @ 07:00 AM
Before you go out running to buy a Galaxy Tab, you'll probably want to consider the following:
- The cost of another data plan, especially if you already have data on your phone.
- Your own experience playing with one - I can definitely see how some might find it too small, especially after using an iPad (even though most of my colleagues in the Blogosphere have told me they find it just the right size!).
- If you're a diehard Apple iDevice user, you might want to make sure that your favorite apps have transitioned over to Android first. Most have at this point, however if you're dependent on one or two apps, be sure to find out if the app has been ported over or has a counterpart on the Android platform.
- The cost is higher than a basic iPad - while you get less screen but more customization. It's a trade off!
- If you're the minimalist type that wouldn't like having another cable/charger to carry, you may want to consider that. Honestly though, for me, carrying an iPad was much more of an issue than the smaller Tab and it's charger!
- Remember that while Android 2.2 is a great OS, it isn't built for larger-than-phone sizes yet, so you will have some oddities (such as my PIN entry example above). If Samsung releases updates with major Android versions, I suspect this issue will go away as time goes by.
In conclusion, the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab is one heck of a device. It fits the essentials into a small package that can easily be used in many different situations, from cramped airline seats, to laying in bed reading. Described as possibly "Just the right size" it might provide that middle ground between iPad-size and phone-size, while not sacrificing speed and quality. It is certainly the top of the Android tablet field to date!
Jon Westfall is the Executive Editor of Android Thoughts, a member of the Thoughts Media Network. In his spare time he studies how humans make decisions as a member of the PAMLab and Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School. He lives in Peekskill, New York, with his wife Karey, cat, and antisocial parakeet.
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