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While researching tablets I found many reviews were biased towards Android or Apple products. I'm no fangirl and in the past have purchased both and so in this review I'll simply discuss the benefits and disadvantages of choosing the Samsung 10.1 and hopefully will provide some insight into whether this product is right for you.
One of the most noticeable advantages of an android product is the freedom to customize everything from your menu to setup. A typical homepage looks familiarly like a windows desktop homepage. It was incredibly simple to customize my tablet. Instead of a stock standard apple menu I display photographs, thumbnails of websites, the current temperature and the time.
In much the same way it's easy to install updates and upgrade software on this device. Perhaps this device will have better longevity than the iPad which quickly becomes superceded by the next model. My friend brought an iPad for Christmas and was horrified that it is already outdated. However one downside I experienced initially was that the android market (now Google play) had less applications than the apple store. Thankfully in the last few months more companies have begun to create for android and this is less of an issue now.
Another advantage of choosing this device is that you have the options of having little unobtrusive notifications alert you without exciting the website you're viewing or game you're playing. If you're a Gmail user you can also sync your Gmail account with your tablet which I highly recommend. The layout of Gmail on a tablet is superior to the normal layout and I find it's much easier to see the list of incoming emails while composing an email for example.
I also appreciate that this device allows adobe flash (particularly video clips and games) to be shown immediately without any hassle. I also feel that the screen dimensions on this device are better suited to browsing the web or watching a movie than on an iPad.
This device is perfect for my needs. It has built in productivity software such as Excel, Word ect.. which makes viewing assignments I typed up on my desktop a breeze. If your desktop or laptop runs Microsoft I would highly recommend this tablet. Browsing the web is a better experience than on my desktop or laptop as you can double tap on an article or image to enlarge it and move the page left to right ect..
As for the technical specs this tablet is incredibly light (one of the lightest on the market). I've lugged it around all day in a handbag without a second thought. The resolution and images are crisp and bright and I'd argue on par with the iPad. The battery life is decent. I charge mine at night although I find a 30min charge during the day quickly restores the battery. The tablet has both a front and rear camera from which I've been able to take decent photographs and video clips. The processing power is phenomenal and gives users a smooth experience. The system never lags or freezes and downloads are quick.
Strange but perhaps one of the biggest disadvantages is that it's harder to find accessories and attachments for this device while every shop offers a large variety of apple add ons. I had to order and wait a few weeks for my Belkin case to arrive.
I suppose at the end of the day I'd recommend the iPad to Mac users and the Samsung 10.1 to Microsoft users. All in all I'm ecstatic with my tablet and still use it everyday. Three of my family members have also brought one of their own. At first I admit I was tempted to purchase an iPad for the "cool" factor but I don't regret my decision.
P.S Look out for Samsung's special cashback offer that seems to appear every few months. I received a $100 check back.