I finally decided to buy a tablet because I saw that it could help me be more productive in my work, plus I wouldn’t have to carry books and newspapers when I fly (which is frequently). I’m an obsessive researcher, so I went crazy on line comparing specs and reading expert and lay reviews.
Of course, the default tablet for just about everyone is the iPad, but being militantly (and perhaps irrationally) against Apple products, I just couldn’t bring myself to go down that road.
After much review, the decision came down to the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, Motorola Xoom, and Asus Eee Pad Transformer. I decided that I didn’t need 3G or 32GB. The Xoom didn’t come with 16GB so the Motorola was ruled out. The Samsung and the Asus had almost identical technical specs, but the Samsung is a bit smaller and lighter. Aside from that little difference. The reviews were equally laudatory, with the Samsung being applauded for its sleekness and feel, but criticized for lacking some inputs. The Asus was praised for its greater flexibility and attachable keyboard.
The tiebreaker for me came down to price. At $399, the Asus was a full $100 less than the Samsung.
After setting it up and playing with it for a little while, I am really pleased with it. It too is sleek looking and has a solid and quality feel. Because it runs Android (and I’m a Google and Android guy), I’m very comfortable with its software architecture. I’ve found all the apps I want. I also ordered a case and capacitive stylus so I can take notes with it.
So, over all, I’m happy with my purchase and would recommend it from the current crop of other quality Android tablets, mainly because of the greater bang for the buck.