My first impressions
I bought this because my fiance stole my other tablet to use as her eReader and general play about while shes on the go. My job reimburses me for learning materials (eBooks and the like) and i now have about 70+ eBooks mostly from Smashing Magazine. I realize this is a bit of overkill for an eBook reader but that beside the point. Unfortunately my work will not reimburse me for the tablet itself but hey I like it all the same.
I am a little disappointed in the Samsung rep that was at my local Best Buy, I went in to compare the Nexus 7 and the Nexus 10 and buy one of those as I am a huge fan of the idea of a vanilla version of Android. The rep sold me on this tablet saying the one I was getting ad a 2.4Ghz Quad Core CPU (16GB Wifi Model) and that the android on here was as vanilla as you can get and only had a slight mod from Samsung for the S Pen. As it turns out they sold me a 32GB Wifi model which I didn't notice until after I got half way down the road and was thinking "man that's a lot of tax" in reference to the price difference between the 16Gb model and what came up on the register. Upon doing some research when I got home it seems only the LTE models have the 2.4GHz CPU mine comes in at about 1.9GHz. As it turns out also the Samsung flavor of Android is a fair bit different than the vanilla version, the big feature it is missing is multi-user. I know my fiance will steal this thing any time she gets a chance, it would have been nice to have it so she can login from the lock screen and get her own apps and such without messing with all of mine.
So I am a bit put off with the Samsung representative. Moving on though this tablet is pretty darn fast a far cry better than my Acer Iconia Tab A501 (that thinks its an A500 after my first ever root/CFW attempt) which is the device my lady stole from me. The pen took only a few seconds for me to get accustomed too, its thin so I do feel like I might break it sometimes the same goes for the tablet itself, I need to find a nice armored case for it. The display is gorgeous, absolutely beautiful. The sound seems pretty good, its loud. I have yet to push it in the lower ranges. I am thinking I might have to run some Bass Mechanics or Skrillex later today to see how the quality is. I am not expecting a miracle but we'll see how well it can hold up. The ram I am a little concerned about, it boast 3GB of ram but with everything shut down but the OS itself it still uses some 1.68 GB/2.78GB which seems a little bloated but I could be wrong.
I want to get some time under my belt with this thing, but all in all I think it was a good purchase. I can't wait to see what the community comes up with in the way of rooting and CFW.