Amazon Review by Louis
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Superb Hardware - marred by the software.
Hardware wise, this tablet is unmatched as far as I know for this price point. The closest contender is the iPad Air 2, or perhaps even the Nvidia shield - both of which pale in comparison to the productivity and ease of use of the S Pen. The iPad Air may be lighter, and it may have a better screen, but it is outmatched in terms of processing power, price and ease of use (S Pen). The Shield is mostly intended for gaming - perhaps not the best choice for someone looking for a productivity and light-graphics tablet.
I wish I could give this tablet a 5. Despite its overall excellent design, screen (which is crisp, bright and colorful), and battery life (I nearly got 3 days out of it before having to recharge), the sheer amount of bloatware is an incredible irritant. Microsoft Office I can understand - Samsung Kids I can tolerate. But Samsung’s inclusion of over 6 GB of bloatware (mostly in the form of Texture, CNN for Samsung, a plethora of microsoft and google apps) is intolerable. And to make it worse, it is all 100% uninstallable. Expect 9 GB of usable storage out of the box ( and that may be generous, considering caching will slowly eat up the rest of the room).
Samsung made, in my eyes, a good choice in dodging the ‘adoptable storage bullet’- what appears as an appealing option to overcome the low internal storage is really just a major hit to performance. Their resistance to allowing users to uninstall the bloatware, however, has been somewhat of a nuisance.
Do not get me wrong - the pros of this gorgeous product outweigh the cons by a landslide. I don’t think I could even recommend another tablet for this price point without misleading you. Ideally, wait until the root patch comes out, and then remove the irremovable bloatware - and pick up a launcher from the Play Store while you’re at it, because Samsung’s default is, much like the bloatware, made with good intentions but somehow incredibly annoying.
Samsung Notes plays wonderfully with the S Pen, and the inclusion of Office has been very useful - the rest of the software, however, can go.