I”ve been encouraging everyone that will listen to think about their business purpose for their tablets, and to consider alternatives that meet their needs. The easy decision is to select an iPad, and that is not a problem as long as you recognize what your cost of ownership will be mine has been great than $1,000 annually for the iPad, iPad2, and new iPad (3).
The Samsung Galaxy is an interesting competitor offering multiple models from the tab 2 7.0 at $249, which runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, up through a 10″ model which would be most comparable to the iPad. Here are some observations based on my experience on this product.
1) I have Citrix and VMware View running Windows applications quite acceptably. I can run all of my Windows applications through either platform on the GALAXY Tab.
2) Android 4.0 has some bugs, but none that keep the device from working – Yes, fewer than Android 3.x. I have had two system failures. BTW, I have had four on the iPad.
3) The lighter weight and smaller size is good for my hands.
4) The Samsung leather case is an amazing bargain at $9.
5) The Exchange email that is included keeps you from buying a separate app like the Kindle Fire. Moving email is slower than it should be. Folder tree structure shown is not as elegant as the iPad, but probably better than Touchdown on the Kindle Fire. Email setup is more clumsy that I would like, too.
6) For a lot of users the <$300 price point will be attractive – The price is very good, and it is a great unit if the person has never touched an iPad.
7) The Kindle reader app on the device works about as well as the Kindle itself.
8) I have some concerns about some of the apps that seem to be dependent on the Samsung cloud, for example video hub. But remember, I’m not a fan of iCloud for security, either. Samsung wantsto capture some of your user IDs and passwords for synchronization purposes. Sounds like a security breech waiting to happen, kind of like Sony. Amazon Prime worked fine.
9) There seem to be some local file structures. Good to have files, bad from a security risk.
10) I like the widgets and the ability to set up your own screens.
11) The remote control app works amazingly well on my Samsung TV. I was very pleased with this feature.
12) I received the Dropbox 50GB upgrade. I'm not a fan of Dropbox security, but it is nice to have the extra space for documents where security doesn't matter.
13) I haven’t been able to try the chat on or voice calling services at this time. Skype works great.
14) I’ve only taken pictures in low light…as expected, not the greatest pictures under these conditions – low resolution cameras, and this is part of how Samsung got to the $250 price tag. I do not see people generally using something of this form factor as a camera.
15) I don’t like the product’s back design – removable Serial #, hard to read model number.
16) There is a 10” version of this product that has a keyboard from Samsung. I'd love to have a keyboard for my Tab 2 7". I'm using the ZaggFolio on the iPad, and this has made a big difference for me. My skin type is such that many touch screens do not respond.
17) The 10” version has an HDMI adapter. I'd like to have HDMI, VGA or both on this model.
18) Accessories are listed here: http://www.samsung.com/us/mobile/galaxy-tab-accessories, and certainly worth browsing before purchasing.
With everything said and done, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 is a better value than the Apple iPad2 at reduced prices or the iPad. The iPad is still the safe buy, but if you need a large number of units, Samsung could save your organization thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars and provide a tablet product that does everything you need.