Review of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Tab S

I thought this was a reasonably objective review. Worth reading for the details, but here’s the conclusion:

Modifications and additions such as these are dangerous; even if they’re useful, as some of Samsung’s tweaks appear to be, they introduce the risk of bloat and inconsistency. But the thing is, no matter how capably Samsung customizes Android, it can’t do anything about the most glaring weak spot of any competent Android tablet: the paucity of third-party apps designed to work well on a tablet.

And the kicker:

I happen to think that iOS has won the mobile app wars, but the selection of apps for Android smartphones, even if it’s in second place, is more than good enough. That’s not true for tablets: More than three years after Google first got serious about tablets with Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it’s not even the league next door to the league inhabited by the iPad, which now has more than a half-million apps designed especially for it.

  • I have to think there’s a Chrome subtext to Android’s tablet story.

  • Nick

    Something I hadn’t really considered until now is that outside Google and Android specific sites, a large number of Android tablet reviews are written from the perspective of how they compare to the iPad. It seems a bit telling that the continued focus is on measuring up to the iPad rather than how a device might actually exceed the iPad.

    Samsung can roll out faster, lighter, and more powerful devices, and the collective response is still generally “Meh, but it’s not an iPad.” Without the good developers and good apps, Android tablets are going to continue to languish behind the iPad, and it seems unlikely that is going to change in the near future.

  • dr.none

    Consumers reports did a review of gaming tablets and Samsung Tab Pro won against ipad

    all the reviews are bought and paid for.