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My New Favorite Tablet: Samsung’s New Series 7 Slate Tablet

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I recently posted an article about the Asus Eee Slate EP121. It's an exciting tablet, but one of the things that worries me about it is that it's been out for about 6 months already. That makes me suspect that something newer and better may release soon. I don't want to purchase a top of the line (expensive) tablet that will be out of date in a month. It turns out my hunch was right. Samsung has announced a new tablet that's my new favorite. This hasn't released yet. It's currently scheduled to go on sale in October, so these specs might not be completely accurate. This is one to watch for though.

The Advantages of Samsung's Series 7 Slate over the Asus Eee Slate (Windows 7 Tablet Comparison)

Twice the Available Hard Drive Space

The Series 7 Slate can have a 64GB or 128GB SSD. Windows 7 is a decent size installation, so 32GB or even 64GB sounds a bit crowded. The Eee Slate has the option for a 32GB or 64GB drive. A 64GB drive is probably usable if you don't have many large files. I doubt you'll have much room left on a 32GB drive after the installation. A 128GB drive sounds like the way to go.

Newer Intel i5 Processor

The Samsung's processor will be one generation newer. I'm hoping this means it will support WiDi as well. Either way, it should be a bit more power for a bit less power.

Docking Station

This isn't really that big of a deal since both tablets have all the ports you need to emulate having a docking station anyway. This is a nice feature though and happens to add an Ethernet port and full size USB and HDMI ports. I'd rather have it than not.

Windows 7 Professional

I would just upgrade to this anyway, and most people probably don't care about the difference between Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Home Premium. I want to be able to log into my domain so Windows 7 Professional is a must for me. This is also an important one for anyone planning to use their tablet in a business environment.

Half a Pound Lighter

The Asus Eee Slate is about 2.5 pounds. The Samsung Slate is about 2 pounds. This can make a big difference when holding it in front of you for a long time.

Windows 8

The Series 7 Slate is designed to upgrade to Windows 8. Since these are both basically full PCs I'm guessing they'll both upgrade to Window 8 without problem, but it's officially planned for the Series 7 Slate.

Longer Battery Life

The Samsung Series 7 Slate supposedly can get 7 hours of battery life. I won't really believe the numbers until it's in the wild, but that's the current claim.

Two Cameras

The Series 7 has a front and back camera so you're covered for most uses. The Eee Slate only has one camera facing front.

Ten Finger Multitouch

The Eee Slate only has two finger multitouch. I'm not sure I need more than two fingers, but ten sounds better.

Sim Card Slot for 3G

I tether to my phone anyway and don't really want another data plan. I'm sure this is an important feature for some people though. No word on who the supported carriers will be yet.

GPS

The Series 7 Slate has integrated GPS. This will be a nice addition with Google Map, Navigation, and Latitude. The Eee Slate has no GPS.

Things that are the same:

Input

Both support multitouch and have a Wacom Digitizer for pen input. As I mentioned the Asus Eee Slate can only track two fingers, but that's probably enough for most people.

Ports

The ports are slightly different between the two, but the important thing is both have HDMI, USB, and a microphone\headphone port.

Resolution

The Asus Eee Slate has a resolution of 1200 x 800 the Samsung Slate is (1366 x 768). These are pretty close (the Samsung has a bit more real estate), one is 16:10, the other is 16:9. These are technically different, but I'm going to call it close enough.

Both run Windows 7 64 bit

Not surprising, this is a comparison of Win7 tablets after all. It's good that both support 64bit so you can really take advantage of the 4GB of RAM.

Both have 4GB of RAM

Enough RAM that you won't go crazy; not quite enough RAM to go crazy. Given the Wacom digitizer pen, it would be nice to have a bit more RAM to support Adobe Photoshop or other such apps. Although, now that I check; I'm only using about 3GB of RAM while in Photoshop, but most people probably push the app a bit harder than me. The Eee Slate is available with just 2GB, that sounds pretty confining though. I would opt for the 4GB version.

Both have Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a great technology for connecting your peripherals wirelessly. It had the potential to be much more, but that's a story for a different article. The Eee Slate has 3.0 and the Samsung is 2.1. Although 3.0 is probably better, I doubt many people use the technology in such a way that it matters.

Both are Expensive

These aren't toys. These are full on work computers that happen to be in tablet form. If you're looking for something small to play Angry Birds and read on, this isn't the right tablet for you. If you want a tablet that can also be your desktop and run all your application, one of these might be the right tablet for you. The Asus Eee Slate is between $1100 and $1250, the Samsung Slate is between $1100 and $1350.

Conclusion

It isn't really that the Samsung Slate is leaps and bounds above the Asus Eee Slate. It just looks like it's going to be a little bit better in a bunch of areas. It's also going to be a little bit more expensive for the high end spec though, so that's something to consider. If I already had the Asus Eee Slate, it wouldn't be worth upgrading. Since I don't have a tablet yet, I'm going to wait a bit longer for this one.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 October 2011 04:22  

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