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I just loaded the leak of the Touchwiz update. I thought I would let people know a bit about it, especially since a lot of people I'm sure are on the fence. Not sure how many Tab 10.1 owners there are, but I imagine there are a few.

A big difference, and one that made this review that much easier. The screenshot button. Samsung figured it out, people like screenshots. Big + 1. You'll see this button throughout this review. It's in the same location as the back, home, and multitasking buttons. It looks like two rectangles inside each other.

The next major difference. This thing is themed. A lot. Some of it is good, some not so good. A few screenies, forgive the messy homescreen:



Here is the notification drawer. On stock honeycomb, you have to click it twice to get to settings, and they are seperated from notifications. On Touchwiz, they are all combined. I like it. The bottom bar is also grey instead of black, the buttons are different, and the clock is a different font. These make for a less industrial/futuristic UI. It's cleaner and easier on the eyes, but I miss the old UI personally on this part.

You'll also notice the arrow, this is your mini app tray. Swipe or press it, and you get a popup of all the mini apps available.



From here, you can select which you want to launch. I thought these would be useless, and time will tell. However, the fact that they are persistant is very nice. You could browse a web page while adding numbers or making notes. I can see some use to them.

When you touch something outside of the mini app, the app gets a slightly transparent look, so it's still there, but not blocking your view.




The last major change is the stock browser. This is huge. First, like much of the UI, they made it light themed. Bleh, not my favorite thing.



However, there are some real improvements. For one, labs is back. Quick controls and a chrome like most visited page for the homepage are amazing. Glad to have them, and the quick controls hides the ugly white browser.



On other big thing is the motion controls. Very nice addition. They are throughout the UI, but the browser is where it shines I think.

One last note about the browser. Google, be ashamed. Samsung completely eliminated input lag in forums. Amazing. Sadly, they didn't add a UA string option. This mod fixes it. They also didn't fix the fact that the browser will occasionally stop loading web pages till it is killed. That remains one of my biggest complaints.

Other than that, the whole UI seems faster. In my opinion, this is an update worth having. If you have a Tab 10.1, don't dismiss it out of hand.
    
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the transformer already had a screenshot button :] just had to enable it. tee hee. that calculator widget seems very big. greetings from Visalia though :] i see fresno in the picture. ^^ nice review. +1
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Man, I wish that TouchWiz port to the Transformer will be out soon.
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How does it feel? Is it worth getting the update?
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the transformer already had a screenshot button :] just had to enable it. tee hee. that calculator widget seems very big. greetings from Visalia though :] i see fresno in the picture. ^^ nice review. +1
Hadn't heard about the Transformer having a screenshot button. Is it like the tab, where it's on the bottom bar? Definitely glad to see manufacturers adding them.

The calculator isn't a widget, it's a mini app. I could theoretically have it open over the web browser, calendar, whatever. Same with the other mini apps.

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How does it feel? Is it worth getting the update?
In my opinion, yes. Some may disagree, but typing in the browser alone makes a huge difference. You could accept it, and if you don't like it, flash back to stock.
    
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Hadn't heard about the Transformer having a screenshot button. Is it like the tab, where it's on the bottom bar? Definitely glad to see manufacturers adding them.
Screenshots are taken by long-pressing the multitasking/task switcher button. There will be a confirmation if the user will continue to use the button for taking screenies or not.
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Screenshots are taken by long-pressing the multitasking/task switcher button. There will be a confirmation if the user will continue to use the button for taking screenies or not.
That's nice. I've already taken a few accidental screenshots. That way might be better, if a little less discoverable.
    
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Is there an option to remove the screenshot button?
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Is there an option to remove the screenshot button?
Not that I know of.
    
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I just downloaded it and am blown away Samsung fixed all of the browser problems typing lag etc. The tablet is so snappy now it's like an Ipad just so responsive and quick!
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