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Okay I'm between the iPad 2 and Samsung Tablet 10.1 schedule to be released on June 8th in the US.

So I know there's no flash,no external SD option,no HDMI etc...

I've heard that,before using the iPad I will need to sync to my iTunes ? Why would I need to do that ?

If I get it I don't want music,movies etc...Whatever is in my home PC iTunes stays there,only because If I get I will only get a 16GB one.

Why do I need to file my Credit Card with iTunes ? I'm not buying nothing,only getting the free apps.

So if I have taken some pictures with my digital camera how do I install them on the iPad to view them ? Same for documents.

I guess just these ones for now,can't thing of anything else.

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Okay I'm between the iPad 2 and Samsung Tablet 10.1 schedule to be released on June 8th in the US.
Why not just get a Samsung Tablet now? If you've seen one craptastic Android product, you've seen them all.

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So I know there's no flash,no external SD option,no HDMI etc...
HDMI and SD (via a digital camera) are optional dongles.

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I've heard that,before using the iPad I will need to sync to my iTunes ? Why would I need to do that ?
That's true. Why, I'm not sure. They treat it like a glorified iPod, so it is paired with iTunes (at least for the initial setup). One positive thing is that you always get a full backup of your device, so there's no potential to lose your purchases (like there is with Android, particularly during firmware updates).

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If I get it I don't want music,movies etc...Whatever is in my home PC iTunes stays there,only because If I get I will only get a 16GB one.
You can certainly set it up to sync that way. It's entirely up to you.

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Why do I need to file my Credit Card with iTunes ? I'm not buying nothing,only getting the free apps.
It uniquely identifies the account and opens you up to make purchases at some point if you so desire. You can also use an iTunes gift card, if need be.

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So if I have taken some pictures with my digital camera how do I install them on the iPad to view them ? Same for documents.
iTunes will handle that for you. You can also pull them from the cloud (via email) or with the digital camera kit.

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I guess just these ones for now,can't thing of anything else.

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I would just caution you that the iPad is really intended to be a companion device to a full PC. It's not meant to be an entirely standalone computing device. That's not necessarily true of Android, but then, Android has its own share of (IMO far more annoying) eccentricities.

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I can answer a couple of your questions. Synching your iPad with your iTunes library does not mean that you have to transfer your music video, etc to the iPad When the iPad is attached there are several tabs in iTunes where one can control what is synched and how much. You could for example synch only part of your library.

Synching with iTunes, in addition to transferring content is a means of backing up the iPad's content

Ignore what I said CWA did a much better job answering the question.

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Okay I'm between the iPad 2 and Samsung Tablet 10.1 schedule to be released on June 8th in the US.
I echo cwa on this first point. Samsung is currently being sued by Apple for stealing their designs and patents on that tablet ... given Apple's track record on "trade dress" type litigation, I wouldn't expect there to be a long shelf life on that model.

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So I know there's no flash,no external SD option,no HDMI etc...
You "know" incorrectly. SD and HDMI both possible (requires dongle). Flash is also possible via third-party trickery (basically the company runs the flash on their own servers and streams the result to you in HTML5), but it's not too satisfying.

Having said that, every review of Android devices -- without exception -- has made mention of the fact that although Flash is supported on those devices, it a) drains the battery and b) doesn't actually work very well.

Bottom line: No matter what you think of Flash, the mobile version of Flash is simply not ready for prime time, and despite some improvement it looks to take years before it is on par with desktop Flash. The lack of Flash has not stopped Apple from selling more iPads than they can actually make, so I leave it as an exercise for the reader to figure out if the lack of Flash is really a "problem" or not.

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I've heard that,before using the iPad I will need to sync to my iTunes ? Why would I need to do that ?
Because only dummies would not backup their data or update their software or transfer some of the assets on their computer to the iPad.

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If I get it I don't want music,movies etc...Whatever is in my home PC iTunes stays there,only because If I get I will only get a 16GB one.
That's entirely up to you. You CAN add music, media, apps and docs via iTunes, or sync it only when you want to make a backup or update software if that's all you want. Your choice.

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Why do I need to file my Credit Card with iTunes ?
You don't. It's suggested, but not mandatory.

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So if I have taken some pictures with my digital camera how do I install them on the iPad to view them ? Same for documents.
Through iTunes. Say, that iTunes turns out to be darn handy for a lot of things! Maybe you should spend some time learning a bit more about it.
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Why not just get a Samsung Tablet now? If you've seen one craptastic Android product, you've seen them all.
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And it is good to do an app count comparison between androids and iPads. 350,000 for iPads, many of which are free. How many for androids? Hmmmmmm?

Androinica Android Market has 10,000 apps, many of which don’t appeal to users
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