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    Assuming that they can actually sell it. Samsung is being sued because apparently they were the only company that dared to try and copy the full iPad user interface. Assuming that they are able to continue producing the tablets in their current form, that make Samsung the only real alternative to the iPad at this time IMO. As for the OLED, I think thayt they are still very pricey in that size range, although probably not the $3000 that Sony wanted for their first 13 inch OLED Tv that they released a year or two back. I am a convert. After years of using other gear, i switched over to a Mac in December of 2006 and I still wonder what took me so long. My subsequent experience with the iPhone and iPad has not changed my opinion.
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    The next version of Samsung tablet is going to be really great, Samsung also makes the IPAD hardware, it will have OLED and very fast cpu. No word on price it could get pricey with the OLED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tgraypots View Post
    I bought an Acer A500 last March and have been very happy with it, for what it is. If I were to buy one now I'd probably go with a Samsung though, simply because they build the Ipad2's. My sister has an IPad2 and is happy with hers. But then she has become an "I" person, phone, pod, etc. I like the Android stuff simply because it isn't as proprietary as Apple stuff.
    This may sound strange, but one of the things that I really like about Apple stuff is that it is so proprietary. To me, that means that there isn't some 17 year old Jolt cola drinking geek out there writing harmful apps for my equipment with no adult supervision.

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    Depends what you want to use it for, but I do a lot of photography and graphics so if I had to pick something right this minute, the Asus Slate wins hands-down. Has an i5 processor w/ 4G (expandable), runs full 64-bit windows 7, has a pressure sensitive pen for drawing (and enough power to run Photoshop). The real blessing here is not having to deal with another OS... most of your desktop software will run in the same environment that you're used to. It might look pricey, but when you factor in the pressure sensitive tablet and the bluetooth keyboard, it's not that bad a deal.

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    Wow, an Android vs Apple thread... that's almost as bad as discussing politics or religion.

    I'll try my best to respectfully participate and offer a vote of opposition to the ifanclub.

    Here's some background on me (so you know that Im not just offering blind loyalty or unfounded criticism).
    At one point I used a mac desktop, an ipod and an iphone(went through 3 actually). I never bough one of my own, but I did spend more than enough time with a friend's ipad.

    I switched to windows years ago and finally made the jump to android earlier this year. Now I am totally sans -apple and couldn't be happier.

    I really gave liking Apple products my best shot, but just couldn't ever get fully onboard. Apple has done a great job convincing people that they don't need/want certain basic features and functionality or full control over their hardware and digital content that they purchase, but I guess Im resistant to Jedi mind tricks.

    For example: its absurd to think that a lack of flash support isnt a big deal. It means that simple things like imbeded YouTube videos in the forum don't work! Yes, flash eats batter and data faster, but you have to option to turn it off in Android.
    It's equally absurd that there is no memory card support, that you can't freely transfer your own files, and that apple controls what you can and can't install on your own device.

    For a long time android was an immature system: the UI was chunky, the hardware was cobbled together and the aps where sparse. However, IMO, it's finally grown up and has passed apple in many ways. In IOS 5 Apple copied features from android for the first time.

    I bought a Samsung Gallery S2 and its the best phone that I've ever owed or used.When I buy a tablet it will also likely be a Samsung running android.

    The apple / Samsung suit is more anti competitive BS abuse of the patent system's huge failure to understand software. When Apple is running a bit dry on innovation or starting to get scared of the competition catching up, they resort to wet blanket and stall tactics.

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    I married into Apple, so I am giving apple a try. I just bought and iPhone 2 days ago, but it was a reluctant purchase. I have converted to Mac though. My brother works for Microsoft and he also (secretly) converted to Mac. Interesting note, Microsoft employees have to hide their iPhones at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ******* View Post
    Assuming that they can actually sell it. Samsung is being sued because apparently they were the only company that dared to try and copy the full iPad user interface. Assuming that they are able to continue producing the tablets in their current form, that make Samsung the only real alternative to the iPad at this time IMO. As for the OLED, I think thayt they are still very pricey in that size range, although probably not the $3000 that Sony wanted for their first 13 inch OLED Tv that they released a year or two back. I am a convert. After years of using other gear, i switched over to a Mac in December of 2006 and I still wonder what took me so long. My subsequent experience with the iPhone and iPad has not changed my opinion.
    I thought Sony only wanted 2300 for the 13 inch :-p. Ya they are in a law suit and it is funny because the current samsung table looks Exactly like an iPad. They had one running at the Best Buy and it was funny how the hardware and software performed just like an iPad. I bought an iPad at launch with for my wife and we use it alot in the kitchen and as a facebook and reader. If I were buying something now there would be alot more options than I had then but the ipad is a great device we use constantly at my house.

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    There's no question that Apple does a great job of inovating, creating a market, and opening up a huge head start where they own that market for a few years.

    The tablet and mobile markets have just changed/begun to mature to the point where Apple is not the only viable option / clearly the best anymore. Just like knives, it all comes down to user preferences at this point.

    I kind of feel the same way about Apple products as I do Suisin: intellectual not that appealing, not the best specs and expensive compared to other options. However, they've got enough good looks and"x factor" that I still wouldn't mind playing with them for a bit.

    Kinda like a girl who you know you could never stand to live with, but for some reason you still find oddly attractive / would be fun to take on a weekend gateway.

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    I am reading this post using a mac and sitting outside of an Apple store to piggy back on their free wi-fi. Everything is so white.

    Anyhow, Justin, I would counter that Apple and Suisin are innately and not oddly attractive. There is an immediate attraction, but you have to dig deeper to pull away and ditch her after that first date.

    And by the way, let's end this comparison of knives to women. Last thing we need is this sort of talk being revealed to our spouses. Women have boobs, knives have choils. End story.

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    Edit: I used 'choil' because it sounded like 'mohel' if you didn't catch it.
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    Guys, click on the link below and let me know what you think about this offer, I'm considering buying one for my wife's Christmas present:
    http://www.dealfind.com/toronto/dino...dd-thin&a=

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    It didn't really occur to me that pretty much nobody else other than Apple and Samsung had things like the "pinch" feature and such until i was talking to by neighbor about it and he had a blank look on his face. He had an Android phone and was pretty suprised to see how I could enlarge the page on my iPhone. My experience with Apple products is that the don't break on their own. I went through 8 phones in about 4 years before I got my first iPhone 3G and the only one that didn't have hardware probelems was a cheap nokia that I bought in London to replace my third Motorola in 15 months the first of which replaced my third bad Palm Treo in about the same time period. I am not very gentle on phones. The bezel on that last Nokia was held together by multiple applications of super glue. I now have a 3GS which I got instead of replacing the battery in my 3G after 2 1/2 years because the phone was $5 was cheaper AND it didn't count as an upgrade, so I can still get a 4S for the promo price anytime that I feel like it.
    Quote Originally Posted by rahimlee54 View Post
    I thought Sony only wanted 2300 for the 13 inch :-p. Ya they are in a law suit and it is funny because the current samsung table looks Exactly like an iPad. They had one running at the Best Buy and it was funny how the hardware and software performed just like an iPad. I bought an iPad at launch with for my wife and we use it alot in the kitchen and as a facebook and reader. If I were buying something now there would be alot more options than I had then but the ipad is a great device we use constantly at my house.

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