Honeycomb turns out to be pretty sweet, and as far away from
Apple’s iOS as you could imagine. In fact, its closer to
something like Windows XP in terms of the look and feel, albeit
with a very responsive, finger-friendly touch interface.
Yeah, sounds real sweet.
From the front, then, the Tab 10.1 is easily the equal of the
iPad. Then things start to go wrong. It’s very clear that a $500
tablet is impossible for anyone but Apple to build without cutting
corners. The Tab not only has a plastic back, but the
metal-looking bezel is in fact silvered plastic, and looks as
tacky as the dime-store toy-tablets that will surely flood stores
soon. This does make the Tab 10.1 light (600g vs. 730g for the 3G
iPad), but it also makes it feel cheap. And while overall the Tab
10.1 is thinner than the iPad (10.9mm vs. 13.4mm), the iPad feels
thinner thanks to its tapered edges.