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10
Jan
2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab review

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Written by Vedran Dakic   

Samsung's Galaxy Tab looks like a device that's a bit confusing - it's a phone, it's a tablet, yet, it's too big for first and too small for the second market. What Samsung tried to do here is - just make a device that will have best from the both worlds - mobile phone and a tablet. It's armed with the 7" screen and a price that looks like an invitation to fight with the undisputed king of the tablet market - Apple's iPad. Also, besides the fact that it's smaller (we've got a metaphore for that around here - half-iPad), it's also thinner then iPad - by a mm or so. Let's see what it can offer in real life.


@WORK

This thing is definitely too big to carry around "as a phone". Yes, its size is supposed to be "one size fits all the usage models", but it does leave you with quite a tradeoff to make. Just take a look at the introduction video over at Samsung Galaxy's website. A normal-sized hand is just barely enough to hold this device so we don't see you using it while walking - you'll just end up looking silly. So, it's a "sit down and use it" type of device, to cut the long story short. Its overall capabilities are no slouch, however - it can do everything you'd expect from a smartphone. But there's one other thought that we've been entertaining for awhile - this is like a picture-perfect device to be used in a car - by your kids, on the back seat, or for your co-driver. It's got a very nice, crisp screen that's very good for GPS, and video quality is also very good so you can use it as a portable video device. Also, it has a forward-facing camera so it can be used to do some videoconferencing if you need to do so.

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@CONNECTIVITY

In terms of connectivity, it's feature-packed - HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps and HSUPA up to 5.76 will make your mobile Internet access a lot easier. Of course, it has a built-in Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity and wireless-N compatible adapter so you can hook it up anywhere you want. Also, you get a custom USB cable with it (connection is USB2.0 compatible).

@BATTERY

This thing has a 4000mAh Lithium-Polymer battery that's rated at 14.8Whr. iPad has a 25Whr battery so obviously - you'd expect a much better battery life and - that's definitely true, but it would be kind-of like comparing apples to oranges as respective screen sizes cannot be compared. But you can expect to have some six hours of continous H.264 playback (6:07 in our test), which is pretty good for a device of this size. Also, remember that this thing las a LED-based screen, which doesn't have nearly the same contrast as the iPad screen, which is important for battery life.


@CONCLUSION

4000mAh, 3.2MP rear camera with flash and a 1.3MP front-facing one, full-HD-compatible video playback (1080p) and a 720x480 video recorder, a built-in speaker and 16-32GB of memory (plus a microSD slot), Flash support - these are all good and valid reasons to go with the Galaxy Tab. However, we feel that it might be worth to do something else - wait for the v2. We'd expect for it to be more of the 10" size and to go with newer Android OS (Honeycomb), which would level the field and offer a valid platform to compare the two. As it stands, iPad is just better, as you could see in our review.

 

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