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Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review
This is an overview of the Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. market. For an in-depth look at the device, see our review of the European version, since it's almost identical.

Introduction and Design:


We took an in-depth look at the European version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab just a few weeks back, and now it has landed in the States. While the device remains mostly unchanged we’ll take a brief look at the Sprint offering of this Android 2.2 tablet to see if it’s worth your hard earned money and name on the dotted line. While the radios in this device are different from other US offerings, the overall experience remains the same across the carriers.

The biggest change the Samsung Galaxy Tab underwent while making its way across the pond is the loss of a voice radio (at least officially.) We really can’t see many people using a device this large as a phone; tablets are internet devices and smartphones are phones, so we can’t say we’re too disappointed by this. For those who absolutely must use this as a phone, you can download Skype, though Verizon users will find this application is actively blocked by Big Red.

Samsung Galaxy Tab  fits very well in your hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab  fits very well in your hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab  fits very well in your hand - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab fits very well in your hand


The Samsung Galaxy Tab is immediately going to get compared with the iPad and the first thing that jumps out at you is the comparative size of the Tab. The iPad's display clocks in at 9.7” and is much more squared off. The Galaxy Tab, on the other hand, has a 7” screen and is a very long device. It’s light and thin and fits very well in your hand, much better than the iPad. The Galaxy Tab is more similar to the Amazon Kindle in terms of size, and that is something we like. The decreased size of course means a smaller screen, but for what we do on this 7” is sufficient for our needs whereas 10” is a bit large. You, of course, will have your own opinion on this subject, but the Galaxy Tab can easily share a hand with your morning cup of coffee which isn’t something we can say about the iPad. We wish the 1024x600 display was Super AMOLED, but the LCD used by Samsung is still quite nice. Viewing angles, brightness and color were all quite good. Ebooks and newspaper articles were quite easy to read, and the widescreen resolution is better suited to video content.

The sides of the device - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review
The sides of the device - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review
The sides of the device - Samsung Galaxy Tab for the U.S. Review

The sides of the device


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posted on 17 Nov 2010, 11:24

1. je2345 (Posts: 62; Member since: 05 May 2009)


I'm trying to figure out why this article keeps saying that the Verizon version doesn't have Wi-Fi when it does. I'm tethered to my Samsung Fascinate using Wi-Fi as we speak. Get your facts straight before you post some nonsense. Look at link below as it even clearly states WiFI:b/g/n.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/store/controller?item=phoneFirst&action=viewPhoneOverviewByDevice &deviceCategoryId=12

Also as far as android apps not optimized for this Tablet, I have not had any issues with any apps and their capability of fitting the whole screen yet.

posted on 29 Jan 2011, 18:07

5. ort037 (Posts: 1; Member since: 29 Jan 2011)


Just wondering what article you actually read...? It clearly says that all the carriers have WiFi... last time I checked, Verizon is one of the carriers... ;-)

posted on 17 Nov 2010, 12:05

2. Richard (unregistered)


It's just lazy/sloppy writing... I can't take this site seriously anymore, not when there is Mobile Burn and GSMarena.

posted on 17 Nov 2010, 15:10

3. PhoneArena Team (Posts: 238; Member since: 27 Jun 2006)


Hey, sorry for the silly mistake - it's been fixed. Of course the Verizon Tab has Wi-Fi!

Thank you very much for your feedback!

posted on 23 Nov 2010, 04:49

4. frequent reader (unregistered)


phonearena with new confusing look and its reviews are much less detail and none-sens !

used to be my fav website

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