Camera:

Taking pictures with the Samsung Galaxy Tab's 3MP autofocus camera is a fun experience. What makes it fun is the large viewfinder, which basically allows you to get a better idea of the image you are going to take. It's the standard Android camera interface with options for scene modes, brightness and contrast, white balance, ISO, effects, saturation and sharpness. Switching to video capturing mode is done with the touch of a single button.

Although we have an unfinished prototype at our hands (which actually has a 3.2MP fixed focus camera!), we couldn't help but take some photos outdoors and indoors, just for a sneak peek at what the Galaxy Tab's shooter is going to offer. By the looks of it, outdoor shots are pretty sharp, with realistic colors and a tendency for overexposure in certain small areas. Indoor samples came out a bit blurry, although still decent when there's enough light. We hope the LED flash in the final product will help in those situations!




Videos can be recorded in 720x480 pixels at 29fps. Unfortunately, it isn't HD, but at least the video we produced is smooth enough and fine-looking, as you can see.



Multimedia:

The preloaded music player is nothing spectacular, as it simply lets you filter your content through tabs. Switching to horizontal mode will make things easier for you. For example, you might have filtered by Albums. This will actually show your albums on the left, while the track list of the selected album will appear on the right. The player displays large album covers (as it should), and you also have a bunch of equalizer presets and effects to enhance your audio. The two speakers at the bottom of the Samsung Galaxy Tab are powerful enough, although they may start crackling once you take things to the maximum.



The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one truly magnificent device to watch videos on! We could flawlessly play MPEG-4, H.264, DivX and Xvid videos at 720p HD resolution and high bitrate, resulting in brilliant image quality and smooth playback (according to the official specs, the device will be able to play full HD 1080p video). Truly amazing experience right out of the box, no issues at all. Moreover, the Galaxy Tab's screen aspect ratio is more suitable for watching movies than the iPad's. As we said, the loudspeaker is pretty loud and does a good job at producing the audio to your movies or music videos or whatever.

Internet and Connectivity:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is categorized by Samsung as a “Portable Smart Web Book”, somewhat stressing the fact that this is a device mainly for web browsing. For the purpose, you have the Android WebKit browser, which is one of the most advanced mobile browsers right now. Zooming can be done in three ways: a) double-tap; b) pinch-to-zoom; or c) on-screen zoom keys. We mainly preferred to use the pinch-to-zoom function, as double-tap is not always accurate, while using the on-screen keys can be slow.


Since it is using Froyo, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features full Flash Player 10.1 support and this certainly widens the range of content that you can view on the device. It may not be this way in the future, but for now Flash is still a heavily-utilized platform on the web, so it's definitely a big advantage for the Galaxy Tab to have it. Sure, most Flash elements are slowing the general performance of the browser down and sometimes in a big way, but then again, there are some pages that you'd never be able to load without Flash. Moreover, we are pretty satisfied with how non-YouTube videos are playing – most of them aren't perfectly smooth, but are still quite viewable.


The Samsung Galaxy Tab's browser supports text shrinking so that it matches the width of your view, making it easier for you to read. This is definitely a handy feature, as it saves you the need to scroll horizontally to read each line of text, and instead allows you to only scroll vertically. It doesn't do it automatically as you zoom though. Once you have applied your preferred level of zoom, you'll have to double-tab on the text for it to reorder.

All in all, surfing the web on the Samsung Galaxy Tab is an incredibly fun experience. Not only can you see almost all of the Internet's beauty, but the device also has fine resolution, which almost removes the need to zoom, once you are in landscape mode. Finally, we are glad that Samsung isn't using the PenTile-based AMOLED screen technology, because this would have made the text harder to read.

In contrast to the Apple iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is coming with Wi-Fi + 3G support right from the start. In addition, it also features a GPS module, plus the ability to place and receive normal voice calls over a mobile network – something the iPad lacks. Once again, good added value here.


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