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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
In our time using the tablet, signal strength remains strong in areas of high coverage – plus, we didn’t experience any instances of it fluctuating dramatically.

Naturally, we’re curious to see what kind of battery life it’ll get while consistently surfing on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, but with HSPA+ connectivity, we’re content with the one day of normal usage we’re able to obtain.


Conclusion:

Looking at AT&T’s selection of 4G LTE tablets, it’s obviously limited right now with only the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE and the HTC Jetstream. As much as we feel that its $479.99 on-contract ($629.99 outright) is still on the pricey side, since you’ll be tied down with it for 2 whole years, it’s far more tolerable than the outrageous $599.99 on-contract ($849.99) price associated with the HTC Jetstream. At the same time, this 4G LTE enabled version manages to maintain its good build quality, lightweight feel, and sleek profile.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 3.2
Kernel Version: 2.6.35.11-perf
Build Number: HONEYCOMB.I957UCKJ7


Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Video Review:


Pros

  • Maintains its overall size
  • Very lightweight
  • 4G LTE connectivity

Cons

  • Sluggish performance
  • Still expensive
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posted on 05 Dec 2011, 10:39 1

1. theoak (Posts: 318; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Phonearena ... for these LTE AT&T phones ... you NEED to get in an area where there is AT&T LTE.

Considering LTE is the largest contributing factor, not to have it makes the review really lacking.

And not just this review either.

There are countless other AT&T LTE reviews out there on this site where it was stated to the effect:

"... AT&T’s LTE network is unavailable in our area ..."

It is like doing a review on a sports car and then saying you were only able to drive it in school zones.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:23

2. shanesol (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Considering the fact that AT&T's LTE network is only available in 14 cities as of this time, I think you should cut them a little bit of slack. Complain to AT&T for not setting up a larger LTE network before releasing it.

posted on 05 Dec 2011, 21:37

3. Jkidd569 (Posts: 10; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Its available in 15 cities, it may be 16, because people are reporting that they've seen the LTE icon on their phones with increased data speeds over the weekend in the NYC area.

posted on 07 Dec 2011, 08:23

6. shanesol (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I counted 14 when I checked at&t's website, so I guess I missed one. My point still stands though, 2 more cities isn't suddenly going to cover enough to warrant the above comment.

posted on 28 Jul 2012, 19:22

7. gregdaniels (Posts: 3; Member since: 27 Jul 2012)


Good review. AT&T's 4G LTE data speeds are breakneck here in NY. Perfect for transmitting the graphic design sketches i create on my Galaxy Tab.

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Display8.9 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1500 MHz
Size9.09 x 6.21 x 0.34 inches
(230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm)
16.05 oz  (455 g)

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