Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
Introduction:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
Although AT&T’s 4G LTE network is still available in limited capacity across the country, we’ve already seen a handful of devices taking advantage of its speediness – like the HTC Jetstream, Vivid, and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Well, Samsung is at it yet again by brining 4G goodness to the tablet form factor in the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE.


Design:

Collectively, this LTE enabled version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 retains all of the lovable design qualities of the original model, while maintaining its sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction. What’s there not to like?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE has a sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE has a sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE has a sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE has a sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction


Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

Featuring the same 8.9” PLS LCD display as before, it’s clearly a high-quality panel with its strong luminance, wide viewing angles, and natural looking colors. Meanwhile, its 1280 x  800 resolution is unchanged, and it’s definitely ample enough to exhibit strong details that make fine text very legible.

The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review
The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

The 8.9” PLS LCD display has strong luminance and wide viewing angles


Seeing that this is a cellular connected device, it packs a SIM card slot that’s tucked away on the top edge. Additionally, it features two speakers, a proprietary charging port, volume rocker, 3.5mm headset jack, power button, microphone, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3.2-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with a single LED flash.

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The 3.2-megapixel rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 LTE Review

The 3.2-megapixel rear camera



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5 Comments

1. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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.

2. shanesol

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

3. Jkidd569

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 05, 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.

6. shanesol

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

7. gregdaniels

Posts: 3; Member since: Jul 27, 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.
GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE
  • Display 8.9" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 16 GB
  • Battery 6100 mAh

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