Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab comes in far above most of the other tablets on the market, for example you can tilt the tab and it does not cause the colour to distort

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Our Rating: 82%

Our Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab

Based on the successful Samsung Galaxy S model phones, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android based 'smart' tablet. It is full of specs and fun to use. Users will find the Galaxy comes with a 1 GHZ processor, full flash support, 2 cameras, and Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity. It stands tall above Android based tablets. Samsung has done a respectful job a giving the Galaxy a unique look and feel in a market where everything looks the same. The back is glossy white plastic and front has a black bezel and glass screen. The front includes four touch buttons. The top edge includes a headphone jack. The right side is home to volume controls, a microSD memory card slot, and a power button. Missing is a micro USB port.

The Galaxy comes in at a respectable 7.4 x 4.7 which is perfect for a handheld tablet. It is a little larger than the Kindle and the Dell Streak but still manageable with one handed use. It feels like a solid tablet, not a plastic copy of the iPad.

Screen

The screen is not the Super AMOLED of the Galaxy S smartphone, but is is comparable with a 1024 x 600 resolution LCD. The Galaxy Tab comes in far above most of the other tablets on the market, for example you can tilt the tab and it does not cause the colour to distort. The display is vivid and sharp. If you feel the colors are too saturated you can adjust them to your personal preference. After shooting video in the sun we could still make out the controls. Even though iPad has the higher screen resolution, the Galaxy tab wins with the higher pixel density. This gives you a better e-reading experience and easier to read web pages. The capacitive screen is quick and responsive – similar in response to the iPad. There is no on-device button for turning the device off, (another similarity to the iPad), but you can manipulate the screen settings menu to turn the tablet off.

The Galaxy runs well because of its stellar software. The TouchWiz 3.0 Android Layer is the same software found on the Galaxy S smartphone. The interface is little cartoon-y for us but once you get past that it is easy to use and very dependable. If you thought Android could not support tablets, think again. You will panes, app drawer, home screen, Swype keyboard, and much more that have adapted well to the format.

What We Liked

We love the sleek look and ease of use of the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. We also love the fact that many people thought it could not be done. Samsung has definitely proved doubters wrong. The pixel density is tops in our book.

What We Disliked

A big drawback is the app and software support. Many of the new programs and designs seem to head straight to the iPad. Samsung and other tabs are hoping to change that with reasonable priced entries into the market.

The Final Verdict

This is by far the best smart tablet to stand up to the iPad. It has an excellent clear display and is very user friendly. Its 7 inch size is perfect for one hand use. Samsung and Google are partnering to develop further iterations of Android.

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General

Dimensions 18.9 x 12.0 x 1.1 cm

Processor

Processor Speed 1.0GHz

Memory

RAM 16 GB

Graphics

Screen Type WSVGA TFT
Screen Size 7.00 in

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Multi Card Slot MicroSD (max 32GB)

Software

Operating System Android 2.2 (Froyo)

Samsung Galaxy Tab Full Specification

General

Dimensions 18.9 x 12.0 x 1.1 cm

Processor

Processor Speed 1.0GHz

Memory

RAM 16 GB

Graphics

Screen Type WSVGA TFT
Screen Size 7.00 in

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Multi Card Slot MicroSD (max 32GB)

Software

Operating System Android 2.2 (Froyo)

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