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Pros: I was first quite pleased with it, especially after reading all the reviews. Although the drive was not the fastest SSD out there. It was easy to install...
Cons: I purchased two in Oct. 2012. Now Jan. 2014, one drive unexpectedly failed. I had it installed as drive C: with Windows 8 on it, but this morning while rebooting Windows failed to boot. When I booted up into recovery console and did C:\ DIR I got 0 files. So here you go, Samsung...
Other Thoughts: I tried to contact Samsung on their web site. They have an online chat... that conveniently does not deal with SSDs. :) They gave me an 800 number to call instead. Moreover when I tried to send them an email, the page that I was supposed to use did not even load correctly and I got stuck on that step as well.... So good luck contacting their support if something goes wrong!READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Here are pros for this tablet:
1. Big screen. Responsive touch.
2. Long lasting battery. I also own an iPad 2 and the battery life on this tablet is comparable to it, although obviously this tablet is brand new. So I don't know how well it will fair in 2 years?
3. Very good price. I got it on NewEgg during their promotional period (so sign up to their email newsletter.)
4. The tablet is not too heavy for general use, although may be such if you hold it for a long time, say, when you read stuff or watch a movie.
5. Comes with a full version of Windows 8 Professional, or the one that is backward compatible with previous versions of Windows.
6. Windows 8 with Metro UI is very nice on a tablet. I never thought that I would say this -- I hated Windows 8 on my desktop computer, but on a tablet it is quite usable. I especially like their live tiles so you can quickly see the weather, news, emails, stocks, etc. The UI is also very fluent with touch.
7. Fast flash-memory storage drive makes it boot very quickly. Also everything seems to run much faster.
Cons: And now cons:
1. No full sized USB port. The tablet has a single mini-USB port which is also used as a charging port and a dock for the external keyboard/dock. This is a big let-down! For instance, just to plug in a USB flash drive one needs a mini-USB-to-USB cable. Come on, Lenovo, really! Also if you're using a USB port for, say, creating a recovery drive the tablet cannot be charged at the same time because both are coming from the same mini-USB port. Also, I am still not sure how to boot from a USB drive w/o an external keyboard.
2. I did not buy the external keyboard/dock because of other bad reviews but now I see that it is probably needed for the operation of this tablet. What was confusing to me is that the pictures for this tablet included the keyboard dock so I assumed that it would come with it. Well, it did not! From what I can see you will need it for the following: full size USB ports, and the ability to boot from USB, if need arises, such as booting from a recovery USB drive.
3. Although I liked Windows 8 metro apps, it was absolutely impossible to use any of the old-style desktop apps without a conventional mouse & a physical keyboard. Picture this, when you install your old-school Windows 7 app it will look tiny on the desktop screen. So on top of that, imagine clicking small buttons or scroll bars with your finger. Moreover, how about right-clicks? All that stuff will drive you mad if you ever need to use old-style apps on this tablet.
4. Big lack of apps. I mean really big! I am used to the Apple's App Store having pretty much anything for any taste. The same about Android store. But not the Windows store. Maybe it will change in the future, but now I was seriously disappointed, especially since Metro apps are the only usable apps on this tablet.
5. Anything that involves extensive typing would be an issue. It's OK to type a short email, but anything more, especially with an on-screen virtual keyboard will be a headache.
6. CPU is somewhat under-powered. This of course also comes as a pro, since it guarantees a longer battery life. Still you will see it even when you load up a moderately simple game or an app that required a little bit of oomph. Also low RAM, 2GB. Also a big chuck of the hard drive is consumed by the Windows stuff and a recovery partition -- i.e. 16GB out of 48GB were used up right from the get-go.
7. It came with not too much but some crapware that I spent time removing -- stuff like Norton, etc. Btw, you don't need Norton on Windows 8 anymore, since it now comes with a built-in anti-virus. Yay! Still it takes time to remove all that nuisance.
8. It comes with a low-res (2 mega pixel) front facing camera. No back camera at all. So forget about making any decent photo with it. All this camera is OK for is doing video chat.
9. No built-in GPS. Not a big deal for the home use, but may become an issue for a traveler.
10. There's a port for a SIM card but I'm not sure how one'd use it
Other Thoughts: Here's who should buy this tablet, in my view:
- If all you need it for is checking your emails, reading online news, browsing the web, being on social networking sites, reading books, viewing pictures, doing Skype, watching movies or YouTube, listening to podcasts, etc. This tablet will be the best for you.
- If you're on a tight budget. Look for NewEgg promotions (the best way in my view is to sign up for their newsletter and watch for any specials they may email you.) This tablet is pretty good for three-hundred plus dollar price range.
- If you're getting it as a second or third entertainment device, or in other words, for any non-serious computing.
Here's who should NOT buy it:
- If whatever you do involves a lot of typing: writers, students, programmers, etc. You will be absolutely miserable typing on this thing.
- If you're a serious gamer.
- If you need it for an older Windows 7 or earlier type app. Get an actual laptop with Windows 7 instead.
- If you travel a lot and need it as a portable computer. Although having a big screen may be a plus, it will also be a nuisance if you have to carry it in your purse or a small bag. It is somewhat big: 12"x7". If you rely on cellular data connection, this tablet works with WiFi so you may be out of luck there. (I have to say though that I haven't tried to hook it up to a cellular data plan, and I'm not even sure if it's possible. So check it out for yourself.)
Pros: I got this drive to be able to burn full sized XGD3 games. I am not using it for anything else.
Cons: Did not get the B model, but it is not a problem anymore. Look for the "BurnerMAX Payload Tool" and it will let you easily to extend the drive's capacity to the full sized XGD3 game. There's also a good tut on YouTube how to use it.READ FULL REVIEW