Conclusion: Priced at AED 4999, the Samsung Slate PC Series 7 is certainly not cheap and more than twice of what you could get an iPad or an Android based tablet for. But then again, the Slate is a full blown PC and not a cut-down version of an OS. However, the OS is not the most tablet-friendly OS that exists which is the real dilemma here.
Excerpt: The jury is still out on Windows 7 tablets — and, at this point, it looks like it may never come in — but with the Series 7 Slate , Samsung at least gives this difficult niche the old college try. Our last encounter with a Windows tablet dates back to March’s Viewsonic ViewPad 10 , which disastrously attempted to combine Windows and Android in one device, dramatically failing at both. Here, Samsung is at least wise enough to pick one, and give that OS its all.
Pros: PC-class features in a tablet body. Possibly the most powerful tablet on the market today.
Cons: Windows remains a struggle with a pen-and-finger interface. Samsung’s Tablet-esque add-on is only three-quarters baked. Dock and wireless keyboard cost extra. Tepid battery life of about 4.5 hours.
Summary: The Series 7 Slate PC is a tablet computer that’s powerful enough to be used as a laptop or desktop. It may be the only computer you need, which is something that sets it apart from most Android and iOS tablets which are best seen as items that you might buy
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If you add a keyboard and stand or docking station to the Series 7 Slate, you can use it like a portable laptop — assuming you don’t feel the need to actually place it on your lap to type.
Conclusion: The Samsung Series 7 Slate is definitely the best slate form factor Windows 7 tablets to hit the market, and it's earned our Editor's Choice award. It packs plenty of power thanks to the Intel Core i5 CPU and Intel HD 3000 graphics that trounce Atom-based tablets from HP, Acer and Fujitsu. The display is superb though glossy and colors are almost better than life.
Pros: Relatively light, excellent touch experience by Windows standards, active digitizer with pen, fast, decent battery life.
Summary: Android and iOS tablets get most of the attention these days, but there's still a market for Windows-based slates. The $1,349 Samsung Series 7 Slate PC is certainly worth a look for business users. Its Core i5 processor has more than enough power to take care of your productivity needs, and Samsung's touch-friendly interface and responsive capacitive screen making using Windows 7 less of a pain than other Windows tablets we've tested.
Pros: Strong performance, Solid design, Accessories included, Solid pen support
Cons: Larger and heavier than most tablets, Noticeable lag when rotating display, Expensive, Below-average battery life, Fan can be noisy
Samsung Series 7 Slate – a slim Windows 7 tablet with no compromise in performance
18 October 2011
Conclusion: The price, however, is very high for a tablet – the base model costs $1099 (without the accessories), and the price goes up to $1600 for the top model (including the peripherals). Keeping in mind that this “tablet” has more power than most current notebooks, it might be a good purchase for at least some business owners and corporate users.
Excerpt: Samsung is no stranger to the tablet world, but this model is its first attempt at a Windows-based slate. The Samsung Series 7 Slate benefits from Samsung's overall design experience; at 1.29cm thick, the Series 7 Slate is particularly thin for a Windows 7 tablet. Nevertheless, a number of recent Android tablets are thinner, as is the third-generation Apple iPad .