Hi everyone! I signed up here to try to get some advice on whether to buy an iPad2 or Samsung GT10.1. I'm trying to compare the two tablets on a list of specific points, so please leave any comments on what's the best tab/OS overall to another thread ;-)
I come from a Linux/Android background with basically no Apple experience whatsoever. It would therefor seem natural to get an Android tablet, but reviews have made me think twice about it.
Why I want a tablet in the first place
Mainly for reading, actually. Specifically ePub, PDF, and The Economist and Financial Times. In my judgement, iOS is has superior content availability in this department (it seems news companies have quite a crush on the iPad). Feel free to recommend similar apps!
Too bad then that the Samsung GT (according to reviews) have a better screen, for reading. How do you feel about reading news, books, etc on the iPad2? I'd spend at least ~3-4 hours/day reading (since it's part of my job, and I do a lot of that on the computer now).
Formats, iTunes, etc
Apart from my 5 year old iPod, I have no experience with the whole iTunes/synch thing going on. I've heard iOS5 will mean that you'll no longer need to hook up the device to a computer with iTunes to activate it, but is that it?
How exactly would I be dependent on iTunes if I bought an iPad? I understand you buy apps, music, books etc through iTunes, and as long as it's on the device it's fine, but I'd rather not have to get it running on my Linux machine.
I read about iBooks, which seems like a beautiful app, but it said you'd have to put the books in your iTunes library and then sync to the device. Is that the only way? I'd much rather just use Dropbox to pull down the stuff I want on my tablet.
Having to use iTunes to move files from the computer to the tablet is almost a dealbreaker for me, so I really hope there's a workaround. What about audio and video file formats, any restrictions?
Last but not least: Jailbreaking and iOS5
So, I'm used to Android. Doing whatever I want, using widgets, etc. I'm glad to see that iOS5 will introduce widgets and some other neat stuff. I assume that'll grow into a big thing, leading to more customization. But what can currently be done? I know about jailbreaking, but not much about what it can be used for. What, IYO, do you believe an Android enthusiast would miss (if anything) with a jailbroken iPad?
Those are probably my biggest concerns, and getting answers would greatly help me in my buying decision :-)