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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Apr 15, 2011.
Just saw a nice article about it in the NY Daily News. Seemed as if they liked it.
Betanews's Joe Wilcox posted his "first impressions" of the Galaxy:
Some of the comments after the article are brutal. :lol:
I guess the Android fan-boys can be as snippy as the Apple fan-boys. Pretty unfair criticism, considering he made a point of saying this was about his "first impressions" out of the box.
Expecting an average customer to know how to change the browser "User Agent string" so you don't see a "mobile" version of a website like NYTimes.com is kind of far-fetched, don't you think? :lol:
BTW, I agree with him about disliking the aspect ratio vs. the iPad, but liking the 160 DPI font-rendering better, based on my own limited Xoom testing. I also thought the Xoom UI was a bit "snappier" than the iPad's, so doesn't surprise me the Galaxy's is too.
I also learned from this review how quickly Honeycomb apps load, and how well Droid phone apps scale to the larger screen. All in all, a pretty objective "first look", IMHO.
From the article:
Way to start the review out. I hate to agree with those commenters, but could somebody with a clue have reviewed the thing?
Stupid way to start, I agree. But he said lots of positive things (below) if you get past the first graph. I like Wilcox because he represents an average user, not a geek like me. Just my .02.
Dimensions aside, I like how the Galaxy Tab 10.1 feels compared to iPad 2
Setup delivers a great first impression, and it will be familiar to anyone using Android
I find Android's font rendering to be more pleasing than that of iOS.
Navigating Honeycomb is surprisingly intuitive.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 feels fast, more than does iPad 2. But it responds differently, with more fluidity and movement that may be as much about how the user interface behaves than the hardware driving it. Regardless, it makes a helluva good first impression.
By the way, to my surprise, all the dozen apps I tested scaled wonderfully.
I found myself wanting to explore and play with Tab 10.1 more than either the first- or second-generation iPads out of the box. Also, Honeycomb's overall look and feel is pleasing, much more than iPad 2.
Lots of good things to say about the browser, along with what he didn't like about it.
BTW, IMHO, it is stupid for Google to present a phone browser User Agent string for a 10" wide 16:9 horizontal display. More sites are going to look wrong than right.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 was rated 3.5/5 stars by PCMag today.
Based on the review, it seems like the only thing that differentiates it from other Honeycomb tablets is that it's as thin and light as the iPad2, does not have USB or memory expansion ports and it comes with headphones.
The reviewer wonders if Samsung's upcoming customized UI for it will be a blessing or a curse, because of the potential for it to delay OS updating.
BTW, the PCMag review also complained about the Galaxy's Honeycomb browser advertising itself as a mobile client:
Here's their other ratings:
Motorola Xoom 3.5
Acer Iconia 3.5
T-Mobile G Slate 3.5
HP Elitebook 3.5
Lenova IdeaPad 3.5
At least they're consistent. What do they give the iPad 2?
4.5, same rating as the original iPad
Another detailed Galaxy review yesterday from the UK. PC Advisor gave it 4 stars. By comparison, they gave the iPad2 4.5 stars, the Blackberry Playbook 4 stars, the Asus Transformer 3.5 stars, and the Acer Iconia 3 stars.
What's notable, IMHO, is this bit of information:
Without knowing the specifics, though, it's still unknown if OS updates for this hardware may be delayed, which was PCMag's concern.
If pens are your thing, you may be interesting in this recent review of the HTC Flyer.
It's relatively expensive at $500 for a 7" tablet, but I figured the electronic pen might be the reason. Not so... it's an $80 option!
According to this report, the HP webOS tab will finally ship on July 1. $499 for 16gb and $599 for 32gb.
I thought HP might be able to make it a 3-horse race if they could price these things at perhaps $349 for a 16gb tab and $425 for 32gb. Either it's not possible to manufacture them that inexpensively, or HP may be hoping to sell these to corporate customers... the RIM Playbook crowd.
From what I've heard, webOS is pretty slick, which is why I thought a $350 MSRP wi-fi tablet had some potential. Shows you what I know!
BTW, this tablet is just supposed to be the "tip" of a webOS iceberg. HP expects to ship 100 million webOS devices per year, including phones, tablets, PC's and printers.
Ok, here's the pre-order for the Toshiba Thrive tablet. Strange name. They say it will ship in mid July. Three models with 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB, priced at $430, $480, and $580. It does show the one USB 2.0, one Mini USB, one HDMI and an SD Card Slot. They also link to other retailers where you can pre-order from.
Here are the specs for the 8GB model. FWIW, at .62" thick, it's almost twice as thick as the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (.34").
5/8 of an inch seems pretty chunky these days.
Price of a replaceable battery, I guess. It does allow them to incorporate a full-sized HDMI port, e.g., but I think it will be tiring to hold, based on my limited Xoom testing. I held the Xoom for about an hour while putting it throught its paces at BestBuy, and by the time I was done, it felt like it weighed a ton. And it's only .51" thick and about the same 1.6 pounds as the Thrive.
I have the same weight problem with the iPad2 when I use it with the SmartCover attached. Happily it snaps on and off easily.
Came across a couple of webOS demo videos. I like the way they treat all open apps as "cards" that can be "stacked", if they're related to each other.
This tablet could be a big hit for Verizon FiOS field techs and others who currently use Panasonic Toughbook laptops.