Galaxy tab 10.1 – User review

Hello,
Once again I’m writing about stuff I recently bought. This time it’s about my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (LTE, 16GB storage).
I’ve bought it 2 months ago (more or less) and it’s been my companion since, it’s my favorite gadget and the one i use more when I’m not working. So… why do i like it this much, what is it’s strengths and weakness?

Strong points:

  • Size and looks
  • Processing power and available ram
  • Applications available
  • Net
  • Display quality and resolution
  • Sound quality including microphone
  • Flash availability
  • Cameras quality despite low resolution
  • Battery endurance
  • Easy root access

Weak points

  • Samsung software including slow update release cycle and specially touchwiz
  • Android honeycomb (I’ll explain this afterwards)
  • Connectors place (some on the top, some at the bottom)
  • 16GB storage (I never found the 32 GB available on stores (LTE version)
  • No sdcard slot (although there’s an external adapter)
  • No USB mass storage availability (that’s really annoying)

Apps that I really enjoy:

  • Angry birds
  • Astro
  • Better Terminal
  • Bloomberg
  • Dolphin Browser
  • Evernote
  • ezPDF reader
  • Facebook
  • Firefox
  • HP Home & Biz (for printing support)
  • LogMeIn
  • Network Info II
  • Network Mapper
  • OpenVPN
  • PressReader (a must)
  • RomManager (a must)
  • ScreamingNetTools (a must)
  • Skype (a must have)
  • SuperUser
  • Thumbs keyboard
  • Titanium Backup
  • Torque (if you like to control your car with your mobile/tab)
  • WifiAnalyser
  • X Construct
  • and many others 🙂

Conclusions
The galaxy tab is great and I love it. it has a large display that allows you to see perfect high def. movies during a flight, the battery run for 12+ hours (in flight mode), I’ve also about 50 apps that complement my tab usage so I find the apps availability very good. I also enjoy the freedom that LTE (4G,3G) gives me while on the road.
I also enjoy the ability to use it for remote access to servers (MS and Linux), it’s my first gadget where i can really do some work for a while without getting too tired (if you use ssh on your mobile phone you know what I mean).
Another good thing about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that I almost don’t use my laptop at home, it’s perfect for browsing the web and replying email, but better that it all it’s the newspaper and magazine applications that allow me to read all the things I want without carrying too much stuff with me.

But, and there’s always a but, Samsung and Google fail on this device and it’s software. Samsung uses touchwiz on top of honeycomb, and thats a pain, then the kies software for the desktop is only available on windows, and to finish it Google didn’t release the source code for honeycomb.
Most of the bad things on this device don’t affect the regular, non informed user but they limit the hardware usage where you don’t have the freedom to choose the type of installation you like, you’ll have a hard time to compile your own kernel modules and to tune your hardware as you like it. All this is more of Google fault than Samsung but there’s hope with ice cream sandwich (android v4).
on Samsung I complain on the slow release cycle and on their Touchwiz software that is a piece of crap, also the desktop software is also buggy and slow (I just used it twice though).
Whenever I need to transfer a file to the Galaxy Tab I use an ssh server on the Tab and send the file through wireless connection with scp or rsync.

To finish I recommend this to everyone, it made my life easier both on the professional side as well at home, it’s a great product, well build with quality components and very easy to use.
Now I only hope Samsung do a better work on the software side, the device is sure worth it.
Cheers,
Pedro Oliveira

Wikipedia needs us!

Today I was working on something and had to check something related to the IP protocol so I went to the Wikipedia page. On the main page usually there is a chart and a message asking people to contribute so wikipedia can continue to be free, in the matter free as free of adds, free so profile matching and free of schemes to pay itself and it’s main collaborators. This time wikipedia had a message from it’s original founder.

You may cheek it here.

This message inspired me to make a small donation to help this project. Why don’t you do the same and help this and other opensource projects. The developers will enjoy your contributions and will keep improving the software or service.

Cheers,

Pedro Oliveira

Kde 4.3 – Innovation or just patching?

Recently I upgraded my KDE version 4.2 to the 4.3 and I’ve been using it for a few days now. As said before I don’t mind using betas and do some testing, but as with everything there is an exception, in my case it was KDE, I used the first KDE4 betas and come back to 3.5 then used the 4.1 when it was stable, then 4.2 and tried the beta 4.3… once again came back to the 4.2, now that is stable I’m using version 4.3, and for the first time in KDE4 I can say it’s stable. In my opinion KDE4 was released way to early, and although usable it was needing serious work around it. I’m a Linux user with several years of experience and didn’t have much trouble using it, but for instance my wife would go crazy, so till KDE4.3 she was using KDE3.5.

What changed in this last version of KDE that made me upgrade all my machines to KDE4.3?

The KDE community has fixed over 10,000 bugs.

Implemented almost 2,000 feature requests in the last 6 months.

Close to 63,000 changes were checked in by a little under 700 contributors.

If you want to read more about it just check this link.

All this made KDE4.3 more user friendly, more reliable, more polished and prettier.

So, what more can I say about it? JUST INSTALL IT AND GIVE A TRY you won’t be disappointed.

In conclusion is there innovation or just patching in KDE 4.3? Definitely both, there’s hundreds of new features and even more bug fixes. Both are equally important and KDE really need this ultimate push to be the ultimate Desktop Manger.

Cheers and see you next time

Pedro Oliveira

ps – bellow there are the install instructions and a vid of kde4.3 in action.

If you need help to install it just check the install instructions (from www.kde.org):

Debian KDE 4.3.0 packages are available in the unstable repository.

  • Fedora
    • Rawhide development repository, however the packages there may depend on other Rawhide packages and are therefore not suitable for installation on previous releases.
    • Unofficial Fedora 11/10 packages are hosted at the kde-redhat project.
    • Kubuntu packages are available for 9.04. More details can be found in the announcement on Kubuntu.org.
    • Mandriva provide packages for
2009.0 i586 2009.0 x86_64 2009.0 SRPMS
2009.1 i586 2009.1 x86_64 2009.1 SRPMS

Please refer to README to more information.
For Mandriva Cooker ( development ) users, 4.3.0 is will be available at cooker repositories.

openSUSE packages are available for openSUSE 11.1 (one-click install), for openSUSE 11.0 (one-click install) and for openSUSE 10.3 (one-click install) and openSUSE Factory (one-click install). A KDE Four Live CD with these packages is also available.

Magic Linux KDE 4.3.0 packages are available for Magic Linux 2.5. See the release notes for detailed information and the FTP tree for packages.