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I am in the market for a tablet, and have been looking at the review. Not having used a tablet myself, however, I am not always sure how to look at the pros and cons listed in the reviews. What I'd really like to know is which ones I need to pay most attention to and what I can ignore. Obviously, none of you can tell me exactly how I will use a tablet (though I have some ideas), but It's likely to be in line with other users.

With that in mind. I was wondering what kind of usage you guys put your tablets through. Everyone and his mother likes to talk about how thin and light their tablet is compared to the competitors, but how thin is thin enough and how light is light enough (is the Thrive's massive size fatigue causing or just ugly)? Does anyone use those HDMI ports or USB ports the Galaxy Tab doesn't have (unless you buy and adapter) (for my part I can't imagine ever needing an HDMI port ever, the USB is a huge maybe, not sure if there's any peripherals I'd even want o plug into the thing). How much storage gets used up (is it worth paying for the 32GB model, or will half of that never get used?); additionally, do SDcards even matter; is the extra storage worth anything and is there a reason to be able to remove half the memory when there's a USB cable bundled with every device to connect it to your PC (Will it be like my phone, the SD card is just sort of there)? What's a good battery life? Also, while I am of the opinion that a bagger screen is better, I would live to see your thoughts on this. A last item that I might ignore is if anyone sees a point to getting a tablet from a cell phone carrier, how well does tethering/using your phone as a mobile hotspot work?

Basically, if you guys could comment on what tablet you have, and what features you actually use, that'd be great.
Edited by BirdofPrey - 8/8/11 at 10:38am
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I've personally used an ee pad transformer, a xoom, an ipad 1 and 2, the original galaxy tab, and own the galaxy tab 10.1 32gb edition. I highly recommend the 32gb edition. 16 gb is just not big enough.. I love android and honeycomb 3.1 but it isn't perfect yet. Not quite polished. Either choose the ipad 2 or glaxy tab 10.1 32gb. And it does pain me to advise the ipad 2 in any way...
    
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I'm assuming the major problem with the original galaxy tab is Froyo. I am wondering why you wouldn't recommend the transformer. Everyone else on this site seems to be pushing it heavily. As for the iPad 2, I only glanced over it briefly. I like android a lot better than iOS. For my part, I was looking at getting the Galaxy tab, but the comments in favor of the Asus have given me pause.

Can you give me an idea just what is using up space that makes the 32GB model better? How much of that storage is taken up by system stuff, and how much of it is video and music. I don't own much in the way of either, preferring to subscribe to Pandora and Netflix, and I nver seem to get rid of those youtube tabs on my desktop. (Speaking of which can tablets stream netflix yet?). What I do have a lot of are books, I just never pulled the trigger on an e-reader since their screens are too small for comfortable reading of anything that isn't a novel, and I don't feel comfortable paying so much for a single use device.
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Both are great tablets. I like the galaxy tab 10.1 more because of the design, battery life, and quality of the speakers. The transformer has the edge in battery life when you add the keyboard accessory. I use my tablet for web browsing and light gaming normally dungeon defenders. They're both dual cores at 1 ghz. I have a lot of music, videos, photos on it. I use it as a digital picture frame some times. I recommended the 10.1 mostly because of the design and having no problems with it. And officicial support not yet. If you root, gaining administrator access akin to jailbreaking, you can get netflix i
have and do use it. And from what your saying with pandora and such it may be better for you to go woth the 16gb version. If your watching netflix and youtube and care about how it sounds go with 10.1 if you will be watching with headphones and want slightly longer battery. (normal use for me aka as 1.5 hours wireless streaming a day, I'm 17 and on summer break, don't judge, my 10.1 lasts 4 days.).

In the end do you care more about design, speaker quality, superb battery life without accessories or a less expensive, slightly better battery life, and a keyboard you can add that improves battery life.

Ps. The 10.1 is a lot more eye pleasing than the ipad at least to me. And sorry for all the redundancy and the wall of text that holds it.
    
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SymeSne brings up great points about the asus transformer and the Samsung 10.1 tablet.

Both are great tablets and you cant go wrong with either of them. The Samsung is thinner/lighter, and has a better speaker. It also has a different display TFT LCD which is supposed to be better than the IPS display that the Transformer has. Also comparing tablets the Samsung has a 10hr life on the battery while the Transformer has 8hrs without the dock (16hrs with the dock), and a flash on the back camera.

The transformer is a great tablet however. I cant tell the difference between the tft lcd vs the ips panel. With the dock the battery life is the best of any tablet (but then again it is no longer a tablet but a netbook imo) It also supports a micro sd card so you can expand up to 32gig if you wanted from the base 16/32gig internal drive space. It has a much better dock which also allows for 2 full usb ports and a flash card reader (which allows for even more drive space)

I was torn between the 2 different tablets when i was looking at them. However I decided to go with the Asus Transformer because the differences between the Samsung Tablet was not worth the $100 difference. And the fact i could spend $50 more than the Samsung Tablet and get a docking station which ended up doubling battery life, added 2 usb ports, and Flash card port. To me you get better value for your dollar with the Transformer over the Samsung 10.1 Tab.

As for the Ipad2 i haven't gotten to play with one extensively. I prefer android over IOS as I like to tinker with my devices and apple products there is limited tinkering vs android products.
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Hey, I just wanted to let you know that I've got the Galaxy Tab 10.1 32Gb wifi only and my roommate just bought the Asus Eee-Pad Transformer with the keyboard dock and he loves it to death, too. I bought mine because 1) I'm a technophile (I can admit it, that's the first step) and 2) it's perfect for mobile gaming, light entertainment use, and minor productivity.

For my Galaxy Tab 10.1 I would prefer a micro-USB charging port over the 32-pin proprietary port by Samsung but it's not a deal-killer (obviously, since I bought it). As I alluded to before, my tablet use falls into 3 categories: 1) Gaming - I play quite a few different games on my tablet. The screen is gorgeous and the programs and OS are snappy and responsive. 2) Entertainment - Netflix isn't out for the Tab 10.1 yet but I will use it like mad when it is. Also, I have the Kindle app which I use a lot, I surf the web and find informational sites while I'm gaming on my desktop or Xbox. Stitcher, Pandora, and Google Music Beta round out this category. 3) Minor Productivity - I say minor productivity because this is not a laptop replacement. If I have serious emails to send I'd much rather do it from my or my gf's laptop. The touchscreen keyboard is alright and I can type really quickly on it, but it's just not the same as a real keyboard. I don't do word-processing, spreadsheets, or anything like that on my Tab 10.1. I just send and receive short emails, Gtalk, Gtalk video, or Skype with my brother in London or other friends, and read up on news.

My roommate has the Eee-Pad Transformer and he loves the crap out of it. He uses it for many of the same things I do but he's got the keyboard dock and that essentially makes it a netbook. It's cheaper than the Tab 10.1, it's got the longer battery life (with the dock), and it's of solid, quality manufacture. It also has the 2 USB ports and the SD card reader. I'd recommend the Transformer if you actually wanted to use it for some productivity or if you specifically needed those extra ports on the dock.

I got the Galaxy Tab as opposed to the Transformer because of its gorgeous design, beautiful display, quality hardware, and brand-name reliability. Don't get me wrong, Asus is a great company (I use their MoBos exclusively), but I've got a lot of Samsung products, all of which are high quality and they have never given me trouble. Hope this helps!
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I know if you root your phone, you can say goodbye to any support, does rooting a tablet similarly void the warranty?

I think the better battery life is absolutely a must. I can't always get to a charger. Does the dock on the Asus hamper it's ability to be used as a tablet when you bring it? I would imagine trying to touch the screen with it attached would be cumbersome. Of course, I have a laptop for word processing so a keyboard doesn't get me anywhere anyways. Pity there's no extended battery option for either of them that I saw (you know it's bad when someone markets a tablet with a user replaceable battery as a selling point). Now those 10 and 8 hour battery lives are theoretical written down for advertisement purposes. How do they do with real usage?

As for the screen tech, as far as I know IPS is supposed to be better, but the only real differences are a larger viewing angle and the screen doesn't change colors when you press on it (most modern devices have thick enough faceplates you can;t even squish the LCD so that doesn't matter).

The value comment is the real clincher. A cheaper tablet always has more appeal, especially if it has a few more options, but the galaxy tab is just so damn pretty and I can most certainly find a way to use up that extra battery life.

If it helps here's a theoretical usage scenario. I take the bus to work, so I like to surf the web on the bus, sometimes I watch a video or two, but right now I only have a smartphone so it's a pain in the ass, and there's no way in hell I am dragging my laptop with me. I also listen to music on the bus, so that's an added drain on the battery, if I had a decent sized screen I might substitute reading books, I also like to scribble down notes sometimes. (have either of you tried a stylus with these tablets?). At home it's likely to sit there and charge unless I need to move around the house with some information (say to take a recipe to the kitchen without printing something out, or maybe watch some video in another room), it's likely I'll want to access files on the PC, maybe remote to it (I understand the ASUS is supposed to come with a remote desktop app preloaded, but I'm sure I can find the same thing on the app market for the Samsung). I admit I haven't used my smartphone for gaming at all, but I wouldn't rule it our for a tablet. I don't need it for productivity beyond scrawling a few notes. I have a full sized laptop for doing that on the road, and a desktop for doing everything at home.

I have to agree with Lazarus's microUSB sentiment. Proprietary anything pisses me off, hence my membership in the "Apple must DIE" club. If they wanted a multifunctional connector they could have used PDMI, has USB 3.0, 2 link Displayport v1.1a, audio in/out and charging lines.
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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the best tablet screen but Samsung always seems to ruin their displays w/ poor, oversaturated/showroom calibration, and it doesn't help that you can't calibrate the Galaxy Tab's screen yourself.

The transformer has quality materials but rather lax/inconsistent quality control in their contruction. I've owned over 7 Transformers and every one of them had their own build quality quirks (such as black dots on the screen, stuck pixels, or places where the bezel isn't flush w/ the glass. This is my first Asus product but in my experience w/ the Transformer I don't believe Asus makes quality products.
    
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Well.. If you root warranty is gone and support is gone from the company but the android community is so helpful its amazing. And you can also unroot. Flash the stock os back on. And gain warranty and company support back. They never know you did break it. And if you root you can get better battery life with custom rom's. Overclock. So much you can do with android.

Written from my ThunderBolt btw.
    
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I'm actually surprised by the Transformer's quality issues. I've never had any trouble with their other products. The one that I keep hearing about the most is that whole sleep issue. That sounds like a sofware issue, have they pushed out an update to fix that yet?

How are the other Honeycomb tablets? I understand the Thrive is supposed to have full sized ports and a removable battery, and I haven't really heard anything about the Xoom or the Iconia Tab
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