I'm depressed about my Gal-Tab
I have had a Samsung Galaxy Tablet since it came out in late November/early December. I own a landscape firm and it has increased productivity off the charts, since the first week I learned to use it. The 7" size is flawless, for me and I "thought" I couldn't be happier.
Then, I started reading articles about the new iPad2. I tried to stay away from Fanbois sites and read ONLY articles about it at what I thought were "neutral sites". And that's what got me depressed.
What it boils down to is this:
A) The consensus is "Every other tablet manufacturer should just toss in the towel. Apple won the war and NO ONE is going to come close. Articles from MAJOR sources called the "Xoom...Doomed", the "Galaxy, Obsolete" and "every other product being launched or even thought of as ridiculous." Mind you, these were NOT Apple sites!!!
B) The World Boils Down into Three Types of People:
1) Those smart enough to buy the iPad and each generation.
2) Those too poor or dumb to buy the iPad so they buy Nooks, Xoom's or Galaxy's.
3) Those people who "claim" they don't want/need an iPad so they buy a Kindle, which Apple will toss that bone to them.
They claim that the sales figures for Gal-Tab are fake and made up and that they are all sitting in a warehouse somewhere; no one wants them, along with the "tragic Xoom".
Honestly, I feel dirty reading those articles. I write recaps for a Tech Forum so part of my volunteer job is to read tech updates and report on them at our forum. I've never felt so....stupid or dumb or misled, even though the Galaxy tablet is so flawless for my applications. It's like a big band of bullies came up to you as a kid, took away your favourite toy, tore the arms off of it and left it in a puddle of mud, laughing all the way.
I have no emnity towards Apple. I'd just like a choice, like in real life where I may eat an apple on Monday, but a banana or pear on Tuesday, etc. I feel that the Government of Apple has stepped into and onto my life and said, "You WILL eat an Apple a Day, and love it!" Mother's are buying their 8 year olds the iPad2, for school. Schools are holding "iPad #101" classes. I feel like I'm the only one not drinking the Kool Aid.
For those in the know, is it really that grim for Android tablets? In article, after article, from CNN to Cnet and others, there is NO option but an iPad. Every article they write is titled, "Will this tablet be the iPad Killer?" or "Good enough to go against the iPad?" Honestly, I can't think of a phone, car, camera, or anything else that has such a crushing feel to it that if you don't own one, there is something tragically wrong with you.
I have NO intention of selling my Galaxy tablet and I guess I could hide it in a paper bag, for the shame of owning it. Does anyone else feel pressured beyond believe into owning an iPad 1, 2, 3, .....? Aren't monopolies illegal in the U.S.? I thought free enterprise was a "good thing"?
If it wasn't part of my job as a forum moderator to read those articles, I wish I could scrub my brain clean of all the hating going on.
- 03-12-2011, 08:42 PM #2
I'm keeping mine too, because it does everything I want/need. Do you mean change hobbies because ????? In my defense, you can only read so many articles bashing something before even the most strong-willed begins to waver. I have threads on myriad MP3 players, smart phones, laptops, gaming systems and e-readers; not in any of those worlds do you see the "Eat $h-t and Die" philosophy if you don't own a specific product, as in the iPad. Just wish I could once read a review on the Gal-Tab or anything without the word "Apple" being in the first paragraph.
I wanted to add, with no snark, thanks for responding; I was interested in what others had to say.
- 03-12-2011, 09:13 PM #4
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I just bought my tab a couple weeks ago and absolutely love it. I know what you mean about what everyone is saying with the iPad. If the galaxy works for you, why worry about it. Most everything you read is someones opinion. The only way to know if its better would be to go buy one.
The biggest hang ups I have with the iPad is price and its size. When I first got mine I worried I wasted my money. That lasted about one night. After personalizing it and getting a few apps on it, I'm totally hooked. I even find myself grabbing the Tab for general web browsing instead of our desktop our laptop.
I love this thing, iPad or not, and will be hard pressed to ever go away from the seven inch design.
anyway, just a bit of my opinion, and also my first post on AC.com forums.
- 03-13-2011, 12:15 AM #5
I have an ipad 1 (since it was released), I have the samsung tab, and now I have the xoom, with the xoom, yes the samsung tab is obselete, its slow and it crashes, the ipad works like it is suppose to, except the wifi seriously sucks, as it has from day one. but its apps work really good, its smooth, but you have to have itunes and conect it to a computer with the most recent itunes do get any software updates. One ipad looks exactly like another, there is only one, one flavor, one manufactor, so what you have, the next guys has the EXACT same thing.
the xoom, smoking fast, now that flash for it is out, thats a non issue, you can customize it, make it yours. nothing has crashed on me yet with the zoom. its a total package. I would not trade it for a ipad 2, I can afford it, I am pretty smart, smart enough not to buy an ifad.
the ONLY thing the ifad has over the xoom is number of app's, that it. the xoom has to many things over the ifad to list.
- 03-13-2011, 07:31 AM #6
Having owned both of them the Galaxy Tab and the iPad 1 i can honestly say i love my Galaxy Tab more. Why?..... Size yeah ok not as polished as iOS and does have some quirks but for what i use it for kicks A$$. I own several devices i.e. iPhone, OG Droid, Eris, Palm Pre + plus a few dumb phones. Fads are just that Fads. Granted iPad jumped on the scene first but there are also options out there.
Hey! Thanks to each and every one of you who chose to respond to my question. I know, as an adult, that I shouldn't feel so vulnerable about a purchase (the Gal-Tab) that I did FOUR MONTHS of research on in 2010. And, if it wasn't my volunteer job as a forum host for a Tech Thread forcing me to read days worth of spiral-eyed articles about the iPad being "King of the World", I doubt that this subject would even be on my personal radar. But, it is, and that's how I was feeling and I came to an Android-friendly site to ask how others were feeling about their Gal-Tab purchase.
I bought my Tab through HSN, the last bit of November. They had pre-sales, you could lock the price "in" and you had 5 months to pay for it, interest free. You also got a $350 dollar rebate for buying it through HSN. In the 3.5 months of constant and chronic use, it has performed FLAWLESSLY! First and foremost, I use it as a business tool and it shaves up to 2-3 hours off of my work day, each day. The size of 7" is flawless for business applications and I feel safe and secure, being able to conceal it in a jacket pocket or any purse except a clutch. It's never frozen or had a single download problem. I daily go to HSN to check reviews of the Gal-Tab and not only is it listed as a "Customer Pick" but of the 140 reviews, almost every single one is a 5 star review. (the negative ones have to do with Sprint or UPS problems).
So, I have to ask myself, WHY hasn't this device been more embraced by the professional public? I had the Entourage Edge; didn't care for it after 3 weeks of use and returned it. Tried the Nextbook2 and it was too much of an e-reader and not enough "laptop". Got it right with the Gal-Tab.
Over and over again, in the articles from PC Tablets, cnn, cnet, Alltouch, etc., I kept reading about "Apps! Apps! Apps!" for iPad2. How they have a ba-zillioin million apps. That GarageBand kicks arse. Really?!? THAT is why people are standing in line for days and forking over a minimum of $500.00....to play Angry Birds and tap on virtual drums? Wow. And wow, again, only a smaller "wow". I thought we were still in a recession where every.penny.counted., yet I read over and over again about how iPads are being bought for kids, REAL single-digit humans, so they can play on it! To date, I haven't read a single article outlining how the iPad is used as a business tool.
I guess that must be the problem with the Gal-Tab. It falls into the drudgery pile of "Work Tool" and people are less likely to cough up $$$ to make MORE $$$$$. How truly sad. Yes, I use the e-reader function, yes! I watch videos and movies via the MediaHub, but that's after I've had my tab at work with me for 10-12 hours straight. Let's see an article for iPad address THAT use for it!
Once again, to each and every one of you who posted, thank you. Your responses were well read and interesting.
- 03-13-2011, 02:33 PM #8
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Here's my 2 cents worth, too:
My list of toys includes the Galaxy Tab, iPhone 4, HTC Touch Pro 2 (WinMo 6.5), HTC HD2 (WinMo 6.5), HTC HD7 (WinPhone 7), HTC G2 (Android).
I have been playing with a Galaxy Tab since the middle of November. The 7 inch screen is what prompted me to buy this device. I am in the service industry and support a field staff of nearly 500 technicians across the country.
Currently we have a custom designed mobile workforce application that the technicians can access on their mobile phones. The application is nice, but once you start doing some research on an issue, the screen on a mobile phone gets pretty limiting. What to do....
Each tech has a laptop, but they don't have aircards for internet access. Booting up a laptop to find one simple answer is time consuming. And then there is the "my laptop is in my vehicle 4 blocks away."
The iPad is nice, but it is big and expensive. Plus, the wireless is flaky.
In walks the Galaxy Tab. The size: The 7 inch screen size is perfect for the field staff to carry in their coat pocket or their tool bag. Not too big, yet a helluva lot bigger than a mobile phone screen. Perfect for my group. We have about 25 of these being tested and look to be deploying to the rest of the staff very soon.
The iPad is nice, no doubt. But this is a tool, not a toy. And it's turning out to be a production-enhancing tool, as well. I have no regrets about this device.
- 03-13-2011, 02:35 PM #9
7" is the perfect tablet. Especially at 1024x768, it doesn't shrink most website, and generally loses nothing comparing to a 1024x768 10" tab. If somebody want a 10", sort of portable devices, they can get a 10-11" notebook that can do a million more things than an iOS or android or webOS can do.
its stupid for all the people blindly go after ipad size, like HP, motorola, and new samsung's 10" tab. The bigger, the less useful.
- 03-13-2011, 03:17 PM #10
By staying with Android you are doing the right thing. I hope you realize at this point in your life, that a large majority of the people in the world are idiots today. You need to wake up to life. In this world, you have to do your homework and understand what is really good and right or else you will be dumb like everyone else. Lots of people buying Apple stuff doesn't mean they are good products, its shows how many dumb people there are who don't do their homework and know the capabilities of their device before they buy it. Sorry to sound like a a$$, but I hate how people think Apple is the only right way to think.I should now be referred to as "ThunderMaster"
Copy This: I really, really needed to read your reply. The fact that your company is using the Gal-Tab as a business TOOl reaffirms how I'm using mine and that I made a wise choice. I am 6 months away from my 60th birthday; yes, I am one of those "old dogs" learning New Tricks and I've taught myself to expand into the digital age. I've been self employed since 18 years old, had and rolled over 3 companies. My background is in Plant Genetics, Geology and Pests & Diseases and that's what my current firm specializes in. The value of being able to instantly reference a disease killing a $5000 maple tree, and pull up the treatment is invaluable! Being able to take a photo of a necrotic stem and send it right to the lab...priceless! I shared with a friend of mine who is thinking of owning "a tablet" about my use of the Gal-Tab and he said, "Holy Crap! You work that thing like a 25 year old!" (best compliment I've had in ages.)
Since starting this thread, I've been lurking over at a famous Apple site. Didn't need apples tossed at me and called "a troll" if I asked a simple question. NO WHERE on that site, did I see a single member post about business uses of their iPad1 or 2!!!! I found posts such as "GarageBand!!! ONLY reason to buy an iPad2!" or "I'm sticking with my iPad1...who needs a stupid camera in their tablet?" Well, to the uninformed, when I take a shot with my Gal-Tab, it takes me 8 seconds from shoot, share, hit address, imbed, and Send the email to the lab or client. THAT is what a camera in a tablet is for! Also, this week, we were looking for a rare chemical to treat a bad fungus on a tree. Used Google Places to search and found the chemical at a Horticultural Warehouse 4 miles from job site.
I do not like to mock people or make them feel badly about anything, but when it's flipped, and MY choices are mocked and ridiculed, then I become defensive. If the Apple audience is Recession-Proof and can afford to buy, dump, buy each new gen of iPad for some minor upgrades, then I guess I'm in the wrong profession, as I don't generate that degree of slush cash. I work brutally hard for every buck I earn and the Gal-Tab is as important to me as my front end loader. It's a great tool that helps get the job done. Thanks, Copy This, for your sharing your work experiences with it, too.
This thread has been healing. I remember when I got my Entourage Edge, I adored it but when I went Head-to-Toe against the main users: nuclear engineers and literal rocket scientists, I knew the Edge was a bit too much for my use. The 7" size is easy to use at a job site and so many strangers think that I'm using a Kindle that it has a low theft factor! (I guess that a Kindle is too low for even a thief to go!) LOL
- 04-22-2011, 10:51 AM #13
I could afford the iPad2 but its just too **** big and I just don't care about 200k games. So I bought the GT (WiFi only) and had to reset to factory the next day. It has some quirks - maybe thats Froyo - but I have about 30 days to make sure its stable enough for me.
If Apple releases a 7" iPad, THAT will be a game changer ! IMHO
- 04-22-2011, 11:12 AM #14
I bought the Tab like most people, for the size. I run a small company, and I travel two or three days a week. I have a desktop in my office, and a laptop in my briefcase. I also carry an EVO (personal) and an EVO Shift (work). Having all this tech to carry around every day is really kind of annoying. With the Tab and LogMeIn, I have not only stopped carrying my laptop around, I gave it to someone else. I use Google Voice to allow me to carry one cell phone, but "answer" two of them.
The Tab, while not the newest and greatest device out there, does everything I need it to do. I have never had any issues with my Tab, and I am okay with it being "out of date." Eventually the Xoom and iPads will be out of date as well, as new things will come along. I looked at the iPad, but choose the Tab. I have seen the Xoom, but IMHO, there is nothing on either device that makes me think I am living in the stone age with my Tab.
Eventually, the tab will become outdated, just like everything else. When it does, I will again look at the newest iPad, or Xoom, or whatever, and then I will pick what suits me best, which at the moment is the Tab.
- 04-22-2011, 11:24 AM #15
- 04-22-2011, 07:48 PM #16
I love my tab. In the last few weeks I have sold 3 real estate agents I work with on picking one up. Its a great business device.
I think Samsung went the wrong direction marketing this as a tablet when honeycomb was right around the corner. The should have sold it as a "companion device" and hyped up the GPS, ereader and video chat. Buy a tab and get a dumbphone free. That's how I use it anyway
I looked at the g-slate yesterday and the tmo Rep who sold me the tab informed me there is no native texting in honeycomb. If someone sends a text/SMS to the number associated with it, it just never shows up. That is a major downer for me going g forward. I do all my texting from the tab with its big keyboard.
Sent from my Galaxy Tab using Tapatalk
- 04-22-2011, 09:34 PM #17
As technology addict (I can truly say I am one), I have owned just about everything and anything including the iPad 1, twice. I got my first one on launch day and went app buying crazy, too crazy. I found myself 6 months later realizing I didn't have a good use case for it so I sold it early and moved on.
At that time I had the iPhone (sadly I left my DInc for it) and in six months realized what I should have known, the phone had major issues with the antenna (S.Jobs denies it, I say he lies about it). I sold the iPhone in November and moved my single AT&T number back to my 4 Verizon numbers.
I couldn't be happier with Android, choice, awesome dev support and a community that is about community support, not flashing an expensive status symbol around.
Apple is the king of a) Spin, b) Marketing, C) Convincing you that last years model is broken even though it works, D) Upgrading devices at a glacial pace so you feel you gotta have the new one.
Both my wife and I have MAC's, iMac for her MacBook Air for me (should have kept my MacBook Pro, another story). I will say their computers are far more solid than other computers, but the OS is on par with Windows 7. Yes on par but the hardware is better.
Steve Jobs says 7" Tablets are junk, DOA, but 2 million users and growing are proving him wrong. If Samsung had not royally messed things up and launched the WiFi model with the Carrier models in November they would have sold far more.
I had the XOOM, its a sweet device, super fast, powerful and crippled . . . for now. In a effort to race it out the door Google took shortcuts and well 4G isn't in there neither is microSD support and there is no timeline for it either. I also found it to be too big for my real case use.
So I find myself right where you are, should I get (or keep in your case) a 7" tablet or get the iPad 2. The funny thing is I ordered an iPad 2 saying to myself, "Self you have loads of apps so go for it". I called Apple today and canceled my iPad 2 order. I am getting a 7" Android Tablet its really that simple.
7" tablets are the right size for on the go use, 10 Inch tablets are whats too big. Enjoy, be happy and never listen to the crowd of judgement for they too will be judged they just don't know it.
One final note, there were to non device motivating factors that pushed me away from the iOS community. The rude, condescending attitude that seems to come from a good portion of the iOS community and also I no longer listen to MacBreak Weekly. While its a great show, I got tired of the weekly attacks on anything non apple, because if it wasn't apple it was junk. Some of them (most) are journalists, not very unbiased it would seem.
- 04-26-2011, 12:10 PM #18
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The iPad and iOS are really nice. I won't deny that. I'm a create of customization though. Android allows me the freedom to customize my tab to my liking. The 7" size is perfect for what a tablet should be for, portability (try putting a Xoom or an iPad in your coat pocket). The Galaxy Tab was introduced too early (the same as the original iPad was) with a mobile phone software. The iPad was never called obsolete because iOS is exclusive to one tablet, unlike Android. Apple simply updated the iPad with the tablet optimized iOS. Samsung has left the 7" Tab behind for greener pastures. If Samsung would have at least updated the software to a tablet optimized 2.3 (like the HTC Flyer) people would be much happier. Coincidentally, the HTC Evo View (Sprint's version of the Flyer) will most likely be my next purchase. I'm really liking what I see so far. After that, my Galaxy Tab will be passed down to my 5-year-old so he can continue his mission to destroy all of those pesky pigs that keep stealing those Angry Bird's eggs.
Dropped from my Galaxy Tab with a little tiger bloodSent from the future on my Evo 4G LTE
- 04-28-2011, 08:36 AM #19
I am still torn... I really want the GTAB but it seems like my iPad has taken over my life, or more appropriately my life has been organized around the iPad...
I travel quite a bit, so I load the iPad up with movies before I go on the plane... I have Zinio loaded up with magazines to read while I am out.
I use Reeder to go through my 1000+ RSS articles a day, and send them to Read It Later to go through when I am done.
Lately, I upgraded my wife to the Droid2Global and took her Original Droid to hack, and test apps on... I wanted to make sure my life can still be the same, if not better with the Android.
It will be a transition, but the #1 reason is the sizer of the GTAB.
My only thing I am concerned about is movie rentals (the only nice thing about itunes) and Zinio (which I hear can be hacked to work on GTAB)
Hopefully I will join the band of merry brothers...Trying the ONE X again...
iPhone 4 (RIP)
Blackberry Torch (BES email)
NEW MBA 11", NEW 4G iPad 16G
- 04-28-2011, 11:42 AM #20
I just ordered my GTab from Verizon last night, my decision was several weeks in research, thought of how it was to be used and time spent with the Ipad2.
My son has the Ipad2 and while it is nice, there was just too many limitations that I did not want to live without, Widgets are big to me on my Droid 2 Global. Plus really I was able to do anything on my D2G that he could do on his iPad execpt for Flash, I really wanted something smaller than an iPad 2 as well, I use corp email, surf, read, listen to music and just found the GTab to do what I wanted. HTC Flyer looks nice but price and features sold me on the GTab. I will be more active here once it arrives I am sure. Just my FYI (A 40 something techie)
I wanted to update this thread from the time that I began it on March 12, 2011. But first, a special "Thank You" to ALL of you who have continued to post in this thread with well-thought out and insightful posts. I have enjoyed reading every one of them and why you went with the Gal-Tab. Thank you for your time in posting your response.
Now, to my updates: I intentionally bought the Samsung Galaxy for THREE reasons:
1) I was hoping and praying that it would be an incredible Business Tool and make me boat-loads of money. (more on this, later)
2) Because I had zero iProducts, I didn't want to get sucked in the iWorld and buy an iPad, which forced me to buy iBooks and iTunes. I already had a Sony Reader for e-books and a Zune Pass for all my music downloads. Since Steve Jobs refuses to allow me to use a device I pay for, for my own decisions, I logically couldn't buy and iPad. And with the Kindle, Nook and Sony app, I stopped using my Sony e-Reader and now exclusively use my Gal-Tab for reading books.
3) The 7" footprint was the deal breaker for me. I run a landscape company. I am in steel-toed work boots, walking over and through trenches, fallen trees, and gas/electrical lines on a daily basis. I knew that a 7" tablet could very securely fit into one single hand and could be jammed into a standard pocket on a work jacket. Not so much with a 10" tablet from any company.
I intentionally bought my Gal-Tab at 1st launch, in late November (got it December 4th, 2010) so that I could self-train myself on it for 3-4 months until landscape season began. It was pure and hopeful speculation on my part, if this tablet was going to make me money so I could recover the $400 cost of it. (I got a $300 rebate check from Sprint for signing up for their 3G service.)
So, now, the snow has melted (flood waters aside from 2 solid weeks of rain and storms) and I've been able to "test drive" my tablets potential.
In the 1st solid week of use, I made $552.00 because I had my tablet!
The 2nd week, I made an additional $2,200.00 extra income because of my tablet!
The 3rd week, I made an additional $5,248 extra income!
How did I do it? By being so versed in the tablets features that I could instantly utilize them.
I took full advantage of the camera/share/email options. Took photos of items I thought my clients might want, sent them to them via email, upsold the jobs.
Brought my tablet pre-loaded with patio shots we had created and upsold the job.
Took photos of fountains, planters and premium nursery stock, and upsold the job.
And the nice thing was, every.single.place. that I went, from clients to wholesalers to retailers, when I hauled that sweet Galaxy tablet out of my normal-sized purse, I got "Oooo's" and "Ahhhhh's" and "What the heck is that thing!?" from everyone! Clients had to hold it; wholesalers had to see it in action; sales staff was amazed at how efficient it could help you run a job site. Just that boost of confidence from how strangers reacted to my Gal-Tab has convinced me that I made the right decision with buying the Galaxy tablet.
When I first started this thread, it was only theory that I thought it would perform. Now, with a month's worth of hard landscape use, it has paid for itself 10 times over the initial cost! I still don't own a single game (never will) and still see it as a business tool first, a pleasure item second. But, that's okay. I do use it for storing all my recipes and the Pandora app rocks, so that is keeping my Personal Life side happy.
And I no longer give a rat's arse that it has Froyo on it and not the mythical, coveted Honeycomb. It's still brilliantly faster than any of my four laptops and the only time I actually use my laptops any longer is to create long posts (like this) or do generate quotes for clients. The remainder of the time, I use my much beloved Gal-Tab now. Oh, and the 3G has become manditory for my use, so I'm so glad that I bought that model vs. the later Wi-Fi only model. When I've been in the wilds of Michigan, on a raw job site with no Hot Spot for 20 miles, getting 3G to work and send back photos and quotes to a client is PRICELESS!!!!
So, that's my update and how the difference between time and practical application can change your mind. I don't care that Steve Jobs is laughing at me and my "Tweener" tablet of 7". As I'm looking at my bank balance and seeing a + sign vs. a - sign, I know I made the correct choice, for me.
I hope my updates inspire or encourage someone else to buy a Galaxy Tablet.
- 04-28-2011, 06:09 PM #22
Beautifully and well said! The bottom line to all these tablets is how useful are they to us! If Honeycomb is pretty, but is complicated or lacking apps or experiencing issues, it isn't worth the cost. (I also agree with your assessment of how the iPad would tie you to iTunes etc). You now own a device that does PRECISELY what you had hoped it would do, regardless of whether it has (or ever will have) the "latest and greatest" version of software. I don't own a GTab but have been watching this thread nonetheless to see how things turned out for you. Glad I stuck around, and very glad it has worked out as well as (or perhaps better than) you hoped!
I'm glad that I was on the computer when this notice came up. Thanks so much for your comments; it makes it all worth while, taking the time to do a proper update.
And you're right...if the current "primitive version" of this Gal-Tab works for me, then it IS the "perfect tablet", isn't it?
I was upset and heartbroken when I read about a google poll of tablet useage, and found out that 84% of all tablet users main use of their tablets is for gaming!!! Really? That's identical to using a car as a planter box!!! ANY person who is self-employed or a blogger or anyone that needs immediate delivery of information should get this tablet. I mentioned the amount of money I made with the tablet with hesitation; my goal was to show that although it's expensive, if used correctly, in a week or so, the tablet pays for itself.
For instance: I met a new client at an upscale nursery to help her select TWO pots, that's it. But, while there, she was asking about an unplanted area of her garden and I helped put together a collection of ELEVEN pots for that area. She loved it but "fear of what would hubby say/think" prevented her from buying them. So, I suggested we take a photo of the pots, send them in an email to her husband and she could call him. In less than 5 minutes, he saw the email, agreed that they would be perfect for their new area, and I got the sale! That would have been impossible without a tablet with a camera, period. In the old days, even 5 years ago, I would have taken digital shots, not been able to email them to the husband until the end of the day, he would have already vetoed the idea, and I would have lost the sale.
For people in real estate, artists, bloggers, web site forum hosts (me) or any other business that relies heavily on visual information or being able to pull up information instantly, this tablet rocks! A good friend of mine who owns a tree company, gave me a call, looking for 50 pound bags of pelletized sulfur for a client. With the Places app, I put in the address of where he was, and located a wholesale nursery only 5 miles from his clients. He got the product, treated the tree, and now he's buying a Gal-tab, too.
I have great goals in life. Some are free but a lot involve money. If I can do some noodling around on a tablet and gain enough extra income to go with my BFF to Paris next year to celebrate her birthday, then this tablet's purchase was the right decision, for me.
I just want folks to "think outside the box" in regards to tablets, so they just don't think that "email, browsing and killing green pigs" is their only use. You're only limited by your imagination.
- 04-29-2011, 08:51 AM #24
I am glad that the Tab has been so productive for you, and of course makes you more money. All of the devices that are discussed have a place in someone's life, but everyones needs are different.
I think that a lot of us, especially on these forums, get caught up in wanting the newest technology. I myself have been that way for a long time (What? An updated device from my two day old device? Okay, I'll buy that too...).
It's nice when you realize that if what you have works for you, then the "next greatest evolution" isn't always great. If I had an endless source of cash, sure, I would buy the Xoom, and the new Tabs, and the iPad, and everything else. However, I don't. I chose the Tab, and it does what I need it to do, so I am sticking with it until it doesn't meet those needs anymore. At that point, I will switch to the "next greatest evolution."
- 07-07-2011, 08:24 PM #25
Re: I'm depressed about my Gal-Tab
Hi again! Resurrecting this dated thread to give an update. Since April, I bought my wife a new iPad2. This past weekend she bought me a Galaxy Tab! I can say without question they are both very good devices but serve different purposes. My tab has the data plan with Verizon, so I'm able to take care of emails or get a detailed weather radar report no matter where I am. I haven't fired up the GPS yet, but I'm sure it'll do a great job of getting me wherever I need to go. I've also added a personal finance program (anMoney if anyone's looking for a good one) to track my expenses/bills/loans/budget. And of course I loaded some pics and music. The iPad2 is VERY COOL and has some outstanding apps. But as was already mentioned above, you've got to be ready to live with the iTunes/Apple environment. Plus the size doesn't make it quite as handy/portable as the Tab. I'd say the Tab is fun but more along the lines of a "working person's tablet", while the iPad is just FUN. The apps seem to make full use of the iPad's graphics, so everything is very attractive and eye-catching. Great to watch videos/TV/web stuff while at home. So there you have it. I LOVE my new Tab because as Miss Minn so correctly observed, it just WORKS for her purposes (and mine). I thought about getting the Flyer, but $199 vs $499? I don't think so in my world LOL.