When a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab S arrives on the doorstep, I'd imagine most people would tear it open like the Christmas present you have been salivating over.
In my case it took me almost 2 weeks to open it but it only took about 2 seconds to find two great features. Over the next few days I found many more and in case you are wondering, the first two features were a back button and the ability to turn off all your running apps at once.
And before I get to anymore I'll come clean with full disclosure; I'm an Apple user. I have been for some time with computers, iPods, iPhones and iPads.
Typically when I use a non-Apple product I wonder why it doesn't have some of the features I'm used to. In this case I went back to my iPad wondering why it doesn't have some of the features the Galaxy Tab S has, but I'm thinking these companies fight enough in courtrooms these days over who stole each other's technology.
New tablets seem to come up with new creative ways to describe the touch screens' picture clarity and each time I see one I think it can't get any better.
Sure enough I'm wrong again.
The new Tab S has what Samsung calls a "4 million pixel Super AMOLED display." No need to take out the dictionary, all you need to know is the display is amazing with a crystal clear (1600 x 2560) resolution, described by Samsung as 2X better than HDTV.
The new Samsung tablet (WiFi, Bluetooth) has 16GB of internal memory, is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat and is available with an 8.4-inch screen. The actual body size is 21.3 x 12.6 x 0.7 cm and weighs just 294 grams.
Another thing I've liked about most non-Apple brand tablets is the unlimited removable storage with a built-in mircoSD memory card slot. SDHC/SHD and SD memory cards up to 128GB can be used (not included).
I carry a SanDisk wireless flash drive for travel, loaded with a 128GB microUSB card. The Tab S can connect to it wirelessly like most other tablets and smartphones. But there's no need; I just removed the memory card from the flash drive and loaded it into the tablet's card reader.
All of your necessary apps for setting up the tablet come preloaded including simple connections to the Google Play store (account required). You'll even find a bunch of free apps with trial subscriptions loaded.
The built-in virtual keyboard is easy to navigate or as in my case to pair with a portable ZAGG Keys keyboard.
There's also an 8MP rear camera with flash and a 2.1MP front camera, which is perfect for the selfie world as well as online face chats. Stereo speakers are built into the bottom and top of the tablet, very convenient so your hands or lap won't block the sound.
A case is snapped into the backside of the tablet. A built-in 3.8 volt, Lithium Ion, 4900 mAh rechargeable battery is good for 10 hours of internet surfing, 12 hours of video or 80 hours of music playing.
Something I really enjoyed while using the Tab S and writing this column was watching video in small box while turning on another app. When I switched into this mode, I tried to surf the internet while watching the video, but I found it kind of distracting since it was blocking the address bar. Not a problem, just drag the video to wherever you want on the screen in either landscape or portrait modes.
An obvious question you'll ask yourself after reading this; is it better than an iPad? You'll have to decide that yourself, but before you contact me for my thoughts, this is a winner.
The 16GB, 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S costs $748.99. A larger screen version and options for more internal memory are available.