Samsung Galaxy Tab in Medicine

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?