I predicted a massive role of tablets in 2011 and also wrote about the pros and cons of using iPad in healthcare when it became a hit last year. So it’s time to talk about Samsung Galaxy Tab which actually has changed totally my online activities in the past 3-4 weeks.
- Flash-based websites don’t mean any problems.
- Multi-tasking works nicely.
- Has a camera (both photo and video), plus videoconferencing is possible.
- Battery life seemed to be over 15 hours.
- Much smaller than iPad, really easy to hold for long time.
- Has barcode scanner app.
- Reading medical papers, e-book and PDFs is comfortable.
- The voice-controlled search app Vlingo is at least as good as Siri on iPhones.
- If it’s connected through USB to laptops, battery won’t be charged.
- There are still more and better apps on iPhone, though the newly introduced medical category in the Android Marketplace improves nicely.
- Price is still high (although there will soon be a cheaper only Wi-fi version).
- Other cons are normal tablet problems (no mouse connection, cannot use it in gloves, etc.)
I use the Galaxy Tab instead of PC or laptop in several tasks:
- Fast search (Vlingo)
- Reading e-books and medical papers (Adobe Reader és Amazon Kindle)
- Organizing to-do lists (Task List)
- Radio (TuneIn Radio), music, video, camera
- Twitter, Skype, Facebook clients are really user-friendly on Galaxy Tab.
- Medical databases (Epocrates, Medscape)
- Drug databases (iPharmacy +), medical descriptions (iTriage)
- Document editing (ThinkFree Office)
- Being up-to-date (Speed Anatomy, Fluid & Electrolytes, Google Reader)
What is your experience?