I jumped into it as soon as I had recharged my poor tablets overworked battery. The whole process (using my parent’s less than stellar wireless network) took about 30 minutes. Pretty good considering it was a complete upgrade. My husband’s took far less time using a cable broadband connection.
My first impressions were a bit Magpie “ooh shiny”, but I did notice that my general interface was snappier, and seemed to be a bit more crisp looking. Part due to the new font “Roboto”, it’s very sleek. I really like how sharp it looks. Most noticeably, however, on the lock screen was the new font and the ability to unlock directly to the camera. Nifty! The face recognition unlock seems to be missing on the Tablet, which I was a little disappointed about at first. But after reading some reviews of it from the phone side of things, given the amount of problems they’re having with it, I can wait until they sort it out.
My homescreens weren’t that different, apart from a few icons being updated. There is now, though, a native Google search and voice search icons in the top left corner that eradicates the need for the search widget to take up real estate on your homescreen at all. LOVE that! The notifications area has been updated. New font, larger time, power control bar, screen brightness control and overall it’s much more appealing to look at.
One of the things that I just LOVE about ICS, is when you tap on the “recently opened” apps icon, if there’s an app open that you want to close off, you no longer have to go into app control. You can simply swipe it off the list! Huge time saver right there!
There are a few new apps and changes to existing apps that I can see being helpful. One of which is the ability to add passwords to apps. Particularly good when allowing my son to use my tablet for some DLNA media viewing, I can password my Plume, Email and Google+ apps so that he can’t accidentally open them.
The settings area is completely different. Things are now much easier to find, without too much drilling down into areas, only to find that it was on that other screen you didn’t choose.
I’m sure as time goes on, I’ll find out more about what this new incarnation of Android OS can do. It’s been on my tablet for a day, and I haven’t spent more than an hour or so with my tablet. So once I’ve had a chance to play more, and push it around a bit, I’ll be back with more of a love/hate list.