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Discover the next generation of portable entertainment with the thin, light, and powerful Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch. Showcasing a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and a dual-core processor for stunning detail and speed, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 delivers sharper movies, better game graphics, and crystal-clear video chats. Surf the web in its full glory with Adobe Flash compatibility and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS provides open access to over 200,000 Android Market apps, giving you the freedom to customize your Tab however you please. At 1.25 pounds, this sleek, 0.34-inch-thick tablet is designed for premium mobile computing around the house and on the go.
Operating System/Interface/Web Browsing – Slight edge to the Tab 10.1 running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). This may just be more of a personal preference as I don’t like products (like the iPad 2) which are locked down. I feel a company has no right to tell a consumer how he/she is allowed to use a product (as Apple does with theirs). Anyway, Android 3.1 OS is blazing fast and going along with the Android Open Source Project’s philosophy, the OS and by rote, the Tab 10.1, is ultimately configurable. Out of the box, you can easily personalize an Android 3.1 tablet any way you want, and if you can’t, there is free software out there to let you do it — there is no hacking/jailbreaking required. The Tab 10.1′s interface is also a lot cleaner than the iPad 2′s which can get downright cluttered the more apps you have installed. I’ll also note that there doesn’t seem to be a discernible difference in the actual speed/performance (loading pages, etc) of the two products. So, we’re pretty even so far, but Tab 10.1 clearly gets the edge for one thing — Flash. Enough said.
Battery life – Strong edge to iPad 2. Both the Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 are rated for 10 hours. Keeping the screen at about 75% max brightness, I seem to get between about 7 to 8 hours on the Tab 10.1 and 9 to 10 hours on an iPad 2. This may be a result of the screen brightness as I’ve noticed the Tab 10.1 has a slightly brighter screen at 100% than the iPad 2. Regardless, the iPad 2 has better battery life.
Resolution/Screen – Strong edge to the Tab 10.1′s 1280×800 screen vs the iPad 2′s 1024×768 one. If you think this is negligible, you are very wrong. This means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen has a 30% greater resolution than the iPad 2. You’ll notice this difference in every thing you do — not just when watching movies and photos. The increased resolution causes much less eye strain especially when reading webpages. Additionally, the Tab 10.1′s widescreen aspect ratio seems to work a lot better for watching anything in HD. It’s a shame the iPad 2 uses the dying 4:3 aspect ratio as there is a lot of wasted real estate on the screen in the form of black bars when watching anything in widescreen. With the Tab 10.1, the screen is entirely filled with video.
Cameras – Strong edge to the Tab 10.1. The Tab 10.1 blows the iPad 2 out of the water here and it’s not even close. The Tab has a front-facing 2.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2′s 0.3 megapixel) camera and rear-facing 3.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2′s 0.7 megapixel) camera. Sure, you’re never going to replace your P&S/SLR/video camera with a tablet, but it is nice to have a camera on there that can take a decent picture/video when you’re in a pinch.
Portability – Even. The Tab 10.1 is a negligible 0.03 lbs lighter and 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2.
Cachet – Strong edge to the iPad 2. Apple has a monopoly on this, it seems. Apple is just the trendier product. Odds are nobody will look at a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and think “Wow, that looks really nice. I need to get me one of those.” I’m not saying the Tab 10.1 is ugly, but the brushed metal finish on the iPad does feel and look a bit nicer.
Price – Even. I’m really surprised Samsung didn’t undercut the iPad 2 prices, even by $50.
Is this the iPad 2 killer as has been reported here and there in the media? Honestly, no, but that’s more because most Apple consumers purchasing iPad 2s are brand loyal — not necessarily looking to buy the best product. I really wish I could rate the Tab 10.1 with 4.5 stars. For reference, if I were to write a review of an iPad 2, I would give it a 4 stars. Giving the Tab 10.1 5 stars seems a bit too generous as I feel the lack of an SD slot and slight plasticky feel are noticeable drawbacks, as is the price (which isn’t lower than an iPad 2 with the same amount of memory). And giving the Tab 10.1 4 stars seems a disservice as I feel that it is ultimately an outstanding tablet and, in my opinion, definitely has an edge over the iPad 2.
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.
I’m not going to go too far into Honeycomb 3.1, as that experience merits it’s own review, and has already been covered extensively.
So I’ll just jump straight into what makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 good/bad. In a word, s-e-x-y!
The perception of Android Honeycomb hasn’t been helped by the plethora of cheap no-name manufacturers tarnishing the Android brand with 150 dollar resistive touch screen devices loaded with Android 2.0. Even the bigger names, like Acer, Motorola, even Samsungs own Tab 7″, have been left in the dust with “other” company’s superior materials, manufacturing and design. For the first time, I can confidently say that an Android tablet has not only matched the iPad 2, but potentially surpassed it (that’s debatable).
First off, the good:
1. LIGHT. 10″ tablets, particularly at the 16:9 aspect ratio have always been unwieldy, especially in portrait. the 4:3 ratio of the iPad’s 1024×768 has always translated to a more comfortable portrait experience. Well, the Tab 10.1 is so svelte and light, that even at 16:9 portrait, the top doesn’t outweigh the ability for one hand to hold it from the bottom.
2. Skinny. First time I held an iPad 2, it was about the only thing that really impressed me. It’s skinny. Well, the Tab 10 matches it (technically it’s like 1-2mm skinnier I think). It feels GREAT in the hand. It almost feels more like a heavy e-reader. Something this light should not be able to do what it can do. Amazing.
3. Grippy back. Love love love the back material. I don’t think it’s the same as the Special Edition Google i/o, as that one looks glossy. This back is a matte black, and very pleasant to hold w/ 1 hand.
4. Camera’s are noticably better then the Asus Transformer, although still not stellar. Whether or not this is an issue depends on how much you rely on your camera on a tablet. Video calls through Google chat were acceptable, but definitely not Skype quality. Waiting patiently for Skype video on Android.
5. Screen is gorgeous. I believe it’s PLS technology, which is technically superior to the much vaunted IPS on the iPads. Personally, they look about the same to me. The Samsung might have a slight edge in color saturation, but generally speaking, they’re on par w/ each other.
6. Stereo speakers work surprisingly well. Better quality then that on the Asus transformer, with less distortion at high volumes.
1. As stated, camera quality is sub-par in general, but in context of tablet cameras, it’s probably one of the better ones (this isn’t saying much).
2. No SD CARD slot, this sucks. Hard. But I knew it when I bought it.
3. Proprietary connector hole thingy. C’mon, really… how Apple of you.
Another note. I read some disparaging comments about the plastic back construction vs aluminum or some other metal. I don’t know if people are making that comment about the Google i/O version or what, but I absolutely love the plastic back. It’s grippy, looks like the business, and overall, it just looks sexy. There’s no noticable flex, and at first glance, you might even mistake it for a piece of brushed metal.
It comes with a set of black earbuds/mic, kinda nice for VOIP calls, and a wall charger.
Again, I’m not going into Honeycomb too much. 3.1 is great. If you want to read my thoughts on Honeycomb, look for my Asus Transformer review, should be in the top 3. As for the Transformer, granted this thing is 100 bucks more, but you can absolutely see the 100 dollars and where it went. The build quality and design is leaps and bounds beyond the Transformer, but of course, the Asus.. well.. Transforms.. which is awesome in it’s own right.
I’ve had it for a day, and it’s already replaced my Transformer and iPad. Not just as a new toy, but with it’s skinny and light form factor, it feels almost invisible, like it doesn’t get in the way when I’m not using it. Definitely my new primary tablet.
On to the tablet.
-BEAUTIFUL DISPLAY (really great viewing angles, high resolution, pls, great color, bright)
-VERY solid build quality (grey metallic is awesome looking and feels good, volume and power buttons have very solid build quality)
-VERY thin and light
-Honeycomb is excellent (so customizable, so easy to use, looks really cool)
-Fast (very fast)
-Swype keyboard is excellent(so much better for a touch screen)
-Being able to use a bluetooth mouse (AND SEE A MOUSE CURSOR) and keyboard is great to make it more like a laptop (if needed)
-Quick Office HD is included and works great for Word, Office, Power Point, etc… Also, integrates with Google Docs
-Google Music, Picasa Web Albums integrate great
-Movies look phenomenal and because the screen is scaled like a tv …it is perfect for this
-Android Market Movies available online now and an Google Movie app is coming very soon
-Google Talk with Video works excellent
-Built in GPS works great – Google Maps is really great on it
-Widgets are very useful
-Dual stereo speakers sound very good
-Battery life(getting 10 hours)
-No Touch Wiz yet (coming soon..however I am still up in the air on how much I would use it)
-Waiting on the Samsung accessories which are backordered at the moment
Also, try splashtop out for remote desktop….it works great and is perfect for this tablet.
1. Build quality
The 10.1 Tab is fantastically built. Although mostly made of plastic, it surprisingly exudes quality, with firm and high quality materials without any flex or creaking at all during use. I was most concerned about the plastic back, but it is actually quite nice (I have the gray back version) and not cheap looking or feeling at all. It’s matte (brushed metal type texture) and gets no fingerprints on it. There are ony two buttons, a power button and a voume rocker button. Both feel good when you press them and are easy to press.
It looks great! It’s 1280×800 and has excellent vertical and horizontal viewing angles. It’s bright (I have it set to 50%) and colors are vibrant.
The 10.1 performs very well. Websites load up quickly, the screen auto-rotates promptly, and applications boot and operate fluidly and without any perceptible lag most of the time. I have not been disappointed by any performance issues thus far.
4. Battery Life
I haven’t done any real battery tests but it seems to last a good amount of time. I’m not sure if it’ll last 10 hours with moderate usage (frequent internet browsing, music streaming from Pandora or Google Music, email checking, wifi on continuously, GPS not in use, etc.) but I feel fairly confident that it’ll last a good 6 hours with moderate to heavy usage, and 8+ hours with lighter use. For me, this is satisfactory and allows me to go a full day on a single charge.
5. Android 3.1 (Honeycomb)
Overall, I think Honeycomb is great. It has great functionality versus the iPad 2 which is still basically a huge iPod touch with pages of icons and most of the functionality coming from the optimized apps. With Honeycomb, you get ultimate integration if you are a Google user, with integration of your Google account (contacts, gmail, chrome settings/bookmarks, Google music beta, web albums, etc.). You get widgets (now resizeable), notifications, and many customization options. It’s not just Android on a phone in a larger device — you get tabbed browsing, nice Honeycomb optimized Google apps (gmail, youtube, music beta, etc.). And unlike the native android phone browser (2.2 on my Evo 4G), websites pretty much all display properly.
Yes, Flash does work pretty well overall with the websites that I’ve used it on, and adds to the functionality of this device.
The Omissions that Some May Care About, but I Don’t:
1. Lack of SD/microSD card slot or HDMI/micro-HDMI ports
I personally don’t care about these omissions because I find that with streaming music from internet radio (Pandora) and Google Music Beta, I don’t need or care about having expandable storage like I thought I would. The reason I got the 32GB is for putting videos/movies on for watching when on long plane trips or times when I don’t have wifi access. HDMI out I don’t need or want since I can use wireless media streaming to watch any video/photos from my Tab. It’s mostly a marketing gimmick feature IMO.
2. Lack of USB/micro-USB jack
Since Honeycomb apparently supports USB hosting, it is a bit disappointing that there is no USB port. But in reality, it does not make much difference because unless this tablet had a full size USB port (like the upcoming Toshiba tablet), you wouldn’t be able to directly plug in many USB devices. For this thin tablet, a full size USB jack is not realistic (it would be as thick as the tablet itself). And for devices that accept a full size USB plug, you can just use the proprietary connector USB cable (cheap replicas available from China on ebay/online) just fine. So using the USB adapter is mostly a cost issue.
The Not So Good:
1. Derth of Optimized Apps
This is really the main area in which Honeycomb lags behind the iPad. There just aren’t many optimized apps, even with big time apps like Facebook, where it’s basically stretched out to fill the screen. This will no doubt improve over time as it did with Android for phones.
2. YouTube ‘HD’
Rather disappointingly, the ‘HD’ videos on YouTube that you can view on Honeycomb appear to be the same ‘HD’ quality as when viewed on an android phone, so while it looks great on my Evo 4G it looks distinctly non-HD when viewed full screen on the 10.1 screen. I’m not sure what resolution the ‘HD’ videos are but it could definitely be improved to 720p when available.
My score: 90/100
Conclusions: The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pretty fantastic and overall I think it’s awesome, with great buiid quality, solid performance, and good battery life. Highly recommended.
So, I’ve been using my 10.1 Tab heavily over the past 10 days or so since I bought it and I can say that it is still a great device and I love using it. A few updated pros and cons:
(+) Slingbox compatible – I bought a Slingbox Pro HD specifically to see if it would work on my Tab and yes, it does. You have to buy the 30 dollar Slingbox Mobile app but it does perform quite well on the Tab. It plays fullscreen, with SD-quality type resolution (definitely not sharp) that is acceptable to me. All the functions of Slingbox Mobile work great on it too, although it is a bit tedious sometimes to navigate the on screen guide/menus. Also, when you buy the $30 app you can also install it on any other android devices that you use with the same Slingbox account (it works great on my Evo 4G as well).
(+) IP Camera view-able – I have a Paanasonic BL-C230A wireless wifi camera that I can view easily on the tab with a 5 dollar app I downloaded, It’s great for those who use these types of cameras for either security or as a baby cam.
(-) Random/Odd quirks – Occasionally (maybe a few times an hour) the screen will rotate by itself even when the Tab is docked in the keyboard dock and then quickly return to the original orientation. It’s not a biggie, but is vaguely annoying when it does happen (mostly because you want to believe that the device would not do such a thing).
(-) Headphone vs speaker audio output issue – I’ve occasionally had the problem where sound will come out of the speakers even after I’ve plugged in headphones. A power off/on cycle will solve the issue, but it’s annoying that it happens on a somewhat regular basis (almost everyday).
(-) Keyboard docking issue – When docked in the Samsung keyboard dock, sometimes the screen will show a clock screen (in which the home button does not work and you have to use the back key to get to the home screen) and sometimes it will just show the home screen, as it should. In any case, it’s fine to have a clock screen show when you first dock the Tab but it should be possible to easily go to the home screen by pressing a button so that you can actually use it while in the keyboard dock and not have to keep hitting the back button to get the main screen. Annoying, but perhaps more of a keyboard dock issue or Honeycomb than an issue with the Tab itself.
Hardware…The device specs are similar to the other 10.1 tablets. Tegra 2. 10.1 inch screen. The screen on this device is supposed to be a bit brighter than even the IPS screens of the iPad 2 and the Transformer. It does look brighter and sharper as far as I can tell. It only has the one 30 pin port and has no micro sd slot. This is the devices’s biggest drawback. Samsung remedies some of these issues with several accessories that are coming. They include HDMI and RCA adapters for connecting to an external monitor or TV. A USB adapter, and an SD card adapter. When I saw that these things had already been considered, I was sold. I personally don’t see the need right now, for an HDMI out, but the fact that there will be one coming, is a nice thing to have. And remember all of those extra ports, which would be nice, reduce the form factor…and believe me the form factor/aesthetics is what makes this device a cut above the others.
Android/Software–Honeycomb 3.1 is a great OS for tablets. This is where Android beats IOS. The ability to customize home screens, add widgets etc, helps to make one’s android tablet “his or her own.” The native apps such as gmail, gtalk, calendar are all redesigned and optimized for the tablet and work great. The tegra 2 processor runs all of it smoothly. Scrolling between home screens is very smooth. The best part of the OS is the true multi-tasking environment. Switching between apps is easy. There are some occasional glitches, but firmware updates will help this. Honeycomb is still new and will only get better. 3rd party android apps are the other big drawback. There simply are not that many out yet that are optimized for Honeycomb, but I have found that most, if not all of apps that run my galaxy s 4g smartphone run on the tab.
One other thing to consider. I had trouble connecting the Galaxy Tab to my Windows 7 computer. Tech support for this device is in South Carolina…at least during the day. I was able to get right to someone who helped me resolve the issue. FYI, the issue was not with the tab but rather the USB port on the front of my PC. IT took some time to troubleshoot and resolve, but the quality of service and the ability to speak with someone without the language barriers was extremely helpful and convenient.
I just returned from a 10 day road trip, having taken the tablet with me. There are a few things I would like to add.
1) Even though the specs do not say this, the tablet supports MP4 videos. I converted several of my own DVD’s and put them on the galaxy. I also downloaded MOBO player from the Market. It is a great device for watching movies.
2) After two weeks with the device, I can honestly say I love Honeycomb 3.1, but it is not perfect. I still love the fact that I can customize the home screens. I did notice that after being on a couple days that the OS does get a bit sluggish, so I restart my device every day or two. It starts up and is ready to use so fast that this is almost a non issue.
3) My biggest complaints are entering text in the stock browser and flash in the stock browser. There is significant delay that can be annoying. It does not render the device unusable, but it is a slight annoyance. Flash is not flawless on this device. Flash video playback is hit and miss, sometimes choppy, sometimes laggy. I don’t visit a whole lot of flash sites, and it is nice to have it, but this needs work. (IOS still does not support flash at all).
The device retains its 5 stars, because I feel the overall experience is excellent. In the market when I got the device there were 96 featured tablet apps. In two weeks this has grown to 108. This is only going to get better. When the market matures, look out iPad.
I will post another update when TouchWiz is pushed to the device. i own an Galaxy S 4G, and i really do like the touchwiz interface on it, so I will let yall know.
About the same time, I read about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and so I decided to wait. I am glad I did. I bought the Galaxy Tab on Amazon the day it was released and have been using it for a week now. I absolutely love it.
By now this is old news, but its worth reiterating that this device feels great in your hands. Its light, well balanced and feels sturdy. Even though on paper it is a hair lighter than the iPad 2, in practice that minor weight difference matters when you hold both for an extended period of time. The Tab is meant to be held in landscape orientation unlike the iPad 2, and that makes for a better tablet experience. The two side speakers are good enough that I’ve had music playing in the background on the Tab while I do work on it. I have yet to use the supplied earbuds since I like the quality of the sound coming from the speakers enough that the buds have been unnecessary.
I like that there is no big button on the bezel unlike the iPad. The softkeys on the lower left that appear when the Tab is on get the navigation job done cleanly and gives the front of the Tab a clean look. The notification bar on the lower right informs me of incoming email and important events – very useful.
This is where I think the Tab and Android Honeycomb excel over the iPad 2 and iOS. While the purpose of the desktop on an iPad is to just launch applications by clicking on the icons, the desktop on the Tab is designed to be much more functional and interactive. I absolutely love the widgets that I can place on the Tab’s desktop. I have a desktop set up with widgets for my work email, my calendar, the weather, CNN headlines, NY Times headlines and a widget that shows me how long it will take me to drive to work in the morning (and back home in the evening). I start my day by turning on the Tab and at a glance I have information I need to start my day. I have similar screens set up with a Pandora widget, Amazon Cloud music player, Facebook, Twitter, Catch notes and my grocery list that I share with my significant other. To me, the widgets allow me to interact with the Tab and actually use it as a platform to help organize my life. This is the big differentiator between Android Honeycomb and iPad’s iOS – and the main reason I am glad I got the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Oh, and one more thing. I love the Live Wallpapers. I downloaded and installed the Aquarium Live Wallpaper from the Android Market. Now I have a configurable animated aquarium as the background on my Tab with fish, turtles and jelly fish swimming around behind my desktop icons and widgets. Totally useless but also totally fun and a great way to personalize the Tab.
Everyone knows there are not a ton of apps for Android Honeycomb yet. But there are enough to make you productive. The two apps I wish I had are Netflix and the NY Times Crosswords (though both apparently are coming out in July 2011). Other than those two apps, I have pretty much everything I need. The one’s I use the most are:
The built-in web browser: works well, clean interface, easy to use, and fast. Of course it synchronizes your bookmarks.
Amazon Cloud Player: I am loving streaming music from the Amazon Cloud. I’ve uploaded my existing music from my iTunes library and am now buying all my music from Amazon (bought music is automatically stored in the Cloud for no additional cost). I am done with iTunes. I’ve downloaded no music to the Tab, though I can if I need to. This frees up a ton of space of my 32GB that would otherwise be taken up by my music library. The Amazon Cloud player lets me play my music on my Tab, my Macbook Pro, and my PC laptop. Pretty neat and a must have.
Pandora: great on the Tab
Exchange email, Yahoo email and GMail: The email client is very well done and easy to use. GMail on the Tab is exceptional.
SharePlus: a full featured Tablet optimized Sharepoint client that lets me access my work Sharepoint site.
News360: best news aggregator I’ve seen. It has a unique “360 View” feature that lets you view the news through photos that scroll past your tablet screen. It looks great on the Tab and is fun to use.
Pulse: another news aggregator that works very well on the Tab.
CNN, USA Today and NYT: all optimized for the Tab, all with widgets. The CNN app is especially nice.
Kindle: love my Kindle and the tablet app also works great.
Google Talk: video chatting works really well with anyone else on Google Talk on another tablet or PC.
Youtube: the Youtube app is fun to use. I really like the 3D scrollable interface.
Opentable, Yelp and Flixter: dinner and movies, of course!
Plume: gorgeous Twitter app with a desktop widget that keeps you up to date and helps you tweet what you are eating for lunch, etc.
Facebook: so-so app (as bad as the one on the iPhone) but it does have a desktop widget that redeems it.
GroceryIQ: very nice interface on the Tab. Helps keep my groceries and shopping lists in order and lets me share my list so I can send someone else to the store.
Catch: this is a app that lets you take notes and keep the notes synchronized across devices. The tablet app looks and works great. I use it between my Tab, iPhone and laptop to keep my notes jotted down and organized. This is a must have little app.
Angry Birds, Plants vs. Zombies, Pinball HD: must haves to waste away your free time.
Bottom line: Light, easy to hold, it will replace your laptop for most uses. The widgets really make the tablet come alive and worthwhile. The Tab’s desktop makes the iPad 2 desktop look dated. Highly recommended.