Greg and Jack,
The link that Emery gave earlier (this one http://www.youtube.c...eature=youtu.be
) part 1 with a link to part two, is the best review of the top five tablets. It is actually the top four Android tablets compared to each other with the iPad in line for a referent. The Galaxy does quite well and the zoom wins for its connectors.
Having said that, what I am trying to get across is that until you have one, and use it with your Internet and/or phone service, those reviews make little sense. If you already have an iPhone or Android phone, then you will likely get more out of them than I did before owning this tablet. Also consider that I was not shopping for one, and dislike the privacy intrusions of Google. I was innocently minding my own business thinking about getting rid of my netbook and Vista laptop when a Xmas present laptop that is perfect and Win 7 comes up at 1/2 off and at the same time i find a Galaxy offered for trade for a laptop, any laptop in excellent condition capable of playing a certain game. I went over and picked up my new laptop after checking it out, and had brought my old one with a promise to call the person with the Galaxy Tab as soon as I was ready to come over, I called, and we swapped.
So I did not shop this, I did not choose this, I stumbled across this! I figured the Galaxy would sell faster than a Vista laptop regardless of how cherry it was or how tweaked if I decided I didn't like it. I consider it a trade for fun, not intent, and now am kind of glad I did. But until I actually owned one, not read about one, not picked up one with no Internet access in a store, not watched a million videos, would I be able to grasp what they are talking about. Perhaps I am a good objective user report because I refuse to have any electronic leash (Read cell Phone) personally. ( My SH has one) So I have no previous tablet experience or android/iOS experience and even had to go online to figure out how to swipe it on with the unlock button. None of them come with a manual, that is downloaded online which I did. I haven't gotten into apps yet beyond what is there. I am focusing on the android version and possibly learning to root it to a custom ROM for Ice Cream Sandwich. I do better once I understand the OS and the hardware, before I start picking software apps. I now know I have 3.2 and screwed up my email when I switched my desktop to Outlook for email, and it turned my accounts to IMAP so none of my pop3 accounts work anymore. I am waiting for the ISP to get back with level 2 and a fix. I can change my local computers, but the server is stuck on something and won't go back to POP3. So I got sidetracked while setting up email on the tablet.
I am still learning the multi desktops, and basic apps. My next learning curve is connecting to the desktop and looking into back ups. It would be nice to be able to system image it somehow. Then I would not worry and can make major tweaks. I doubt that is available for tablets but you never know. But first priority now is the get the email back to POP3 at my ISP right now.
The biggest thing I can say is that nothing brings home the things we see in videos and reviews like owning one. Most ads assume we know what the heck they are doing that is better than the next one.
My Galaxy is far and away much more useful and fun to use than I realized it would be, and even feels good to the touch. There is a debate on whether the day of the desktop (which includes laptops by all manufacturers and OS') is over and tablets/smartphones will take over. For me my desktop and full size keyboard will stay king, but there is room for the others as adjuncts. I am hoping for a Windows 8 tablet with metro. Or to find out this Galaxy can be rooted for it. Then my computer ecosystem remains the same. Remember I have played with Win 8 and hated Metro before i had a touchpad tablet. Now I understand and want to try it out. The Win 8 full Consumer Preview (read beta) debuts a week from next Wednesday, the 29th. It is free to anyone that is willing to download it, and can be used until the retail version is ready. I just image my laptop and Netbook and load it on each and decide which stays with it and then restore the images back as I finish testing it or I leave one with it on to test all the updates and changes of the final RC (Realease Candidate.) The RC is the completed as going to be released, last reality check, before putting the OS out for sale to the end users and vendors.
There are those that say that MS is evil, that Apple is Evil, and now that Google is evil, and even some that now think that Samsung is evil!
Instead of the old days when we waited to see what Apple or Windows would come out with next, now in the smartphone and tablet wars there are three. I am in the Google Android camp and MS camp by ownership at the moment. Whether I go all MS or stay straddling both fences remains to be seen as MS comes out with their touch and portable answer.
Edited by RV, 19 February 2012 - 12:06 PM.