The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an example of how different sizes of electronics manufacturing must be complemented by software designed to run at that scale, suggests Will Findlater, editor of electronics guide Stuff.
He explains that the tablet computer is based on the same Android operating system as Google's Nexus One mobile phone handset.
But the software simply is not designed to run on larger screens, having been envisioned for electronics manufacturing purely in the mobile phones market up until the launch of the iPad.
As a result of this, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is capable of running the software at a high performance level, but the overall experience is not as good as a truly scalable operating system might be able to manage.
"The iPad is going to be a massive hit this year," says Mr Findlater, looking ahead to Christmas. "I think that it can see off the competition that's presented itself so far."