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Samsung Galaxy Tab in Medicine

I predicted a massive role of tablets in 2011 and also wrote about the pros and cons of using iPad in healthcare when it became a hit last year. So it’s time to talk about Samsung Galaxy Tab which actually has changed totally my online activities in the past 3-4 weeks.


  • Flash-based websites don’t mean any problems.
  • Multi-tasking works nicely.
  • Has a camera (both photo and video), plus videoconferencing is possible.
  • Battery life seemed to be over 15 hours.
  • Much smaller than iPad, really easy to hold for long time.
  • Has barcode scanner app.
  • Reading medical papers, e-book and PDFs is comfortable.
  • The voice-controlled search app Vlingo is at least as good as Siri on iPhones.


  • If it’s connected through USB to laptops, battery won’t be charged.
  • There are still more and better apps on iPhone, though the newly introduced medical category in the Android Marketplace improves nicely.
  • Price is still high (although there will soon be a cheaper only Wi-fi version).
  • Other cons are normal tablet problems (no mouse connection, cannot use it in gloves, etc.)

I use the Galaxy Tab instead of PC or laptop in several tasks:

  • Fast search (Vlingo)
  • Reading e-books and medical papers (Adobe Reader és Amazon Kindle)
  • Organizing to-do lists (Task List)
  • Radio (TuneIn Radio), music, video, camera
  • Twitter, Skype, Facebook clients are really user-friendly on Galaxy Tab.
  • Medical databases (Epocrates, Medscape)
  • Drug databases (iPharmacy +), medical descriptions (iTriage)
  • Document editing (ThinkFree Office)
  • Being up-to-date (Speed Anatomy, Fluid & Electrolytes, Google Reader)

What is your experience?

10 Comments Post a comment
  1. Tus consejos y tu experiencia en el uso de las Tablets son muy buenos, especialmente a los que vamos recién a adquirir uno.
    Gracias por esta información

    January 10, 2011
  2. M. Nestor #

    Rather makes me wish I’d waited for the Wi-Fi tab instead of procuring a convertible tablet. Ah well.

    They should make scalpels and similar implements with blunt capacitive ends on top like the Tarqus/Boxwave/Griffin styli so you can use with gloves. ;)

    January 16, 2011
  3. dr afshan anis #

    please tell me about ipad 2 .. because when you post this article there was’t ipad2 .. how about the ipad 2 and galaxy tab .. which is good for physician or doctors please compare !

    March 4, 2011
  4. hi, can you use it to project powerpoint presentations directly to an lcd projector? Im heavy on delivering medical lectures.

    September 10, 2012
  5. This is my first time visit at here and i am genuinely happy
    to read all at alone place.

    May 23, 2015

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