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Just a thought, for reading / textbooks (if they become available), the 4:3 ratio of the iPad 2 is better. I'd highly recommend the iPad 2. It's got solid hardware and you already know how the OS works. As has been said, try both and see what you think.
Not if you show 2 pages at once its not, and with a screen that large you're left with either comically large font or overly large page size in portrait. On my 3.7" Desire I set my font size and margins to match the actual page size, so if I'm reading a 300 page book it shows up as 300 pages in FBReader. For anything larger than 7" I think I'd want to go for a dual page configuration.

Plus the Android tablet has accessible storage, so you can transfer books to the device without relying on iTunes or a web service (that was actually one of the reasons I gave up my iPod Touch. Having to run my own web server just to import a book was ridiculous)
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I think you will be able to play .mkv files if you download the VLC app from the appstore (free)
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Not if you show 2 pages at once its not, and with a screen that large you're left with either comically large font or overly large page size in portrait. On my 3.7" Desire I set my font size and margins to match the actual page size, so if I'm reading a 300 page book it shows up as 300 pages in FBReader. For anything larger than 7" I think I'd want to go for a dual page configuration.

Plus the Android tablet has accessible storage, so you can transfer books to the device without relying on iTunes or a web service (that was actually one of the reasons I gave up my iPod Touch. Having to run my own web server just to import a book was ridiculous)
The iPad 2 has plenty of space in landscape to display two pages. You can easily adjust the font in iBooks, although I'm not sure about PDFs or in other apps, etc.

There's a lot of people who like iTunes, and considering the OP didn't complain about it in his OP and he owns an iPhone 4, I don't see it as an issue for him.
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post #24 of 27
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Although I may be biased, I'd say it has to go to Samsung. The screen on the 10.1 is very good, and it's 16:9. The 10.1 is thinner, lighter, and thus easier to hold. Battery life is phenomenal (I recharge once a week, and use the tablet 1-2 hours a day). Flash + desktop user agent in the browser makes for a less water-down feel over Safari. App compatibility is a big thing as well. There are android apps for .mkv compatibility, but I'm not sure if it natively supports that format.

But that's not to say the iPad 2 is a bad tablet. The GPU in that thing is literally insane, check out the benchmarks. The App store also has tons more tablet-oriented apps than the market, but with ICS incoming and more developers targeting tablets, it's slowly gaining momentum.
this is what was said when the 1st honeycomb tablets launched, its way LESS true now.

Think about it, the most successful android tablet for xmas will be the kindle fire. Fire is on froyo, (or maybe gingerbread)

If youre and android developer with limited resources, what would you allocate resources for? ICS with almost zero installed base or the Kindle fire?
post #25 of 27
I'd wait to see how good the Asus Transformer Prime (AKA Transformer 2) ends up to be. It looks very promising with a quad-core Tegra 3 chip (first tablet to have it), ultra slim 8.3mm profile (thinner than both the iPad 2 and Galaxy Tab 10.1), and a beautiful aluminum exterior similar to the Asus Zenbook. It's supposed to launch on November 9.
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Not if you show 2 pages at once its not, and with a screen that large you're left with either comically large font or overly large page size in portrait. On my 3.7" Desire I set my font size and margins to match the actual page size, so if I'm reading a 300 page book it shows up as 300 pages in FBReader. For anything larger than 7" I think I'd want to go for a dual page configuration.
For fiction or easily reflowable text, yes. For math textbooks, etc, the iPad's screen is just the right size and GoodReader is an absolute God-send.
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I went through this same exact situation about 2 months ago. I just couldnt decide between the iPad 2 and the Galaxy 10.1.

They are both very capable tablets.

I own a macbook pro and an iphone, so my final decision was the iPad 2 since I would be able to sync between them seamlessly. And i must say, having all of my devices synced the same way without me having to do anything is awesome. I can add an app to my phone, and when i go to my iPad, the iPad version of that app will be loaded. It is just incredibly convenient. the fact that all of my contacts, music, and photos are all automatically shared between my devices makes picking any one up and using it very easy.

I cant speak to the note taking, but with the new split keyboard feature in iOS 5, I can type like i text on my phone, so typing is pretty quick for me.

I also really like Newstand. magazines are very readable on the iPad. Although, some magazines do have some work to do to make the best use of the iPad.

Safari is now tabbed in iOS 5 which made a HUGE difference to the web browsing experience for me.

All in all, I think that the seamless sync between the apple devices is what really made my decision up to go with the iPad. I really liked the galaxy but i didnt want to have to deal with another form of software to keep the galaxy synced properly and it would have just been completely disconnected from my iPhone and macbook.

Hope this info helps you choose. And im sure you will be happy with whatever choice you make.
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