The next big thing in tablets appears to be a very mixed bag.
The 10.1" Galaxy Tab has been released to developers and industry journalists who attended the 2011 Google I/O show. These early users have already started to post their opinions of the much ballyhooed tablet. TechCrunch writer Jason Kincaid described it as "buggy as hell". Although he was a huge fan of the design, Honeycomb is apparently still not ready for the great mass of users.
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I took to the XDA forums to get a look at what the first devs with the Tab 10.1" were posting. One user lambasted the next-gen tablet for poor graphics performance. He noted that games seemed to play with a lower frame rate than they do on the Xoom. He posted the video below, which shows the fruit ninja game lagging significantly. The user notes that both the THD and regular version of the app have this performance problem.
Another user was emphatic that he found the tablet FANTASTIC!!! but that the default browser suffered from major lag.
"The browser was slow and is incomparable to ipad2. I was not trying to praise ipad2 or what, i just simply get upset with the performance of the browser."
That user noted having the same issues with the Dolphin web browser. This may point to the problem lying in the hardware. Several other Tab owners reported the same problem. Problems ran the gamut from strange browser artifacts embedded in websites and issues getting Quick Controls to work, to general slowness. One early owner had harsh criticism for Samsung's Messiah Tablet:
"I wanted to love this tablet but seriously the bugs make this thing crappy. The browser issues are bad. Dolphin works but tweaks out from time to time. Add in the wifi and disappearing status bar issues. Makes me wish I had sold this puppy. So unhappy with this thing. Really disappointing. Glad it was free."
At least one user has reported a faulty GPS unit. Another claims that his tablet will periodically turn off the GPS without his input.
Perhaps the most troubling problem I've found is this peculiar reboot error. One owner complains that his Tab will "behave as if shut down" after several hours of use. Pressing the power button causes it to reboot normally.
For the most part, devs tend to have a positive opinion of the 10.1" Galaxy Tab. The design and the hardware received a great deal of praise. The overall mood of early owners was optimistic, but that feeling was far from universal. Unless Samsung can close a lot of holes in a short period of time, their tablet risks the same fate as the Xoom- condemned for the bugginess of its user experience.