Monday, August 22, 2011

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs. 7.0

Samsung originally entered the U.S. Android tablet market with the Galaxy Tab 7.0 running Google Android. This 7" tablet is considerably smaller than the Apple iPad, so it appealed to folks who wanted something small and pocketable in a white coat pocket. The small form factor wasn't appealing to those who wanted to larger tablet that also facilitated on-screen touch typing in landscape mode.

Now, Samsung has the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and this is a very nice tablet. I've been testing both units for the past week and here are some initial thoughts:

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is very thin and fast. Compared to the original Galaxy Tab 7.0, you're getting numerous enhancements and upgrades by choosing the 10.1.
  • The 10.1 is much thinner than the 7.0. Here are the 10.1 specs (10.10”x6.90”x0.34”) vs. the 7.0 specs (7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches)
  • The 10.1 is much faster than the 7.0, thanks to a dual-core processor.
  • The 7.0 is still a nice, basic tablet for those who wish to buy a cost-effective alternative.
  • The 10.1 runs Android 3.1 while the 7.0 still runs Android 2.2.
Right now, you can get the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Sprint. If you want to get a 4G model, then you can either wait or get one from Verizon.

You can find original Galaxy Tab 7.0 tablets for Sprint or Verizon. You won't find any that have a 4G antenna. All of these are 3G and I don't see Samsung refreshing the Galaxy Tab 7.0 with a 4G antenna.

At the end of the day, I think that 10" tablets will be more popular than 7" tablets. You can do much more when you have the larger screen. It's much easier to navigate an electronic health record (EHR) system when you have a 10" screen. It's also much easier to type using both hands when you have a 10" tablet in landscape mode.

Early adopters and technology lovers (like me) will probably find themselves using several different tablets. You may choose to use a smaller tablet when you're moving around the hospital. When you're seeing patients in the office, you may opt for the larger tablet. If you're storing all your data remotely either via cloud computing or remote desktop access, then it really doesn't matter which device you pick up to use. I have several mobile computers where I can access all of my data because my information is on the cloud and it's constantly syncing with all my devices.

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