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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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Camera:

Taking pictures with the Samsung Galaxy Tab's 3.2MP 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. The camera interface features various options like shooting modes, scene modes, exposure, white balance, effects and ISO. Switching to video capturing mode is done with the touch of a single button. Note that autofocusing is done by holding down the on-screen shutter key.

The gallery - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
The camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

The gallery

The camera interface



The photos the Samsung Galaxy Tab takes are a bit on the dull side, when it comes to color reproduction, as they lack any vibrancy. However, we are satisfied with the level of detail that the 3.2MP sensor is able to capture. Exposure is fine for the most part, as objects turn out well-illuminated in non-contrast scenes. More dynamic situations however have a so-so presentation. Thankfully, noise isn't observed in outdoor shots, although indoor ones are quite messy. Speaking of indoor pictures, the Samsung Galaxy Tab does an okay job at capturing memories when there's not much light present, but the LED flash can sometimes cast a strange hue to a photo. It is still capable of illuminating a small room though. As a whole, images made with the tablet are by no means spectacular, but they are good enough, having in mind the Tab won't be doubling as your primary camera.

Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Outdoor samples made with the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Strong - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Low - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Darkness with flash - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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Medium

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Darkness with flash



You might be disappointed to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab lacks HD 720p video recording. Instead, it shoots video at 720x480 pixels, which is still fine. Fortunately, the videos play very smoothly at 29 FPS, with no signs of any stuttering, which, coupled with the still decent detail, makes for one more than acceptable video recording feature. The accompanying audio track sounds clear and audible.

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Multimedia:

The preloaded music player is nothing spectacular, as it simply lets you filter your content through tabs. 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.

Samsung has included its so-called Music Hub, which is basically like iTunes, but for Android. The app lets you search, discover and purchase music and it also allows for 30-second song previews. It works very fluidly, but has an uninviting interface overall.

The music player and the Music Hub - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
The music player and the Music Hub - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
The music player and the Music Hub - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review


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. Truly amazing experience right out of the box, with no issues at all. Moreover, the Galaxy Tab's screen aspect ratio is more suitable for watching movies than the iPad's. The loudspeaker is  loud enough for the purpose and does a good job at producing the audio to your movies or music videos or whatever. All in all, you just need some kind of a dock and you are ready to watch full-length movies with no problems whatsoever.

Although the Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with plenty of built-in storage space, you can easily extend it by inserting a microSDHC card into the slot on the right side of the tablet.


Software:

You didn't think that Samsung is shipping the Galaxy Tab only with stock Android applications on board, did you? Indeed, there are a few interesting pieces of software coming installed on the tablet that really deserve our attention. One of them is Daily Briefing, also available as a widget. What it does is to present you with a weather forecast, stock information, news from the Associated Press and your scheduled appointments.

Live widgets on the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Live widgets on the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Live widgets on the Samsung Galaxy Tab - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review


eBook, on the other hand, does exactly what it says - lets you read ebooks. Similarly to iBooks for iOS, eBook displays some shelves that are eagerly awaiting your ebook purchases, and right from the start, you get a free copy of "The Marvelous Land of Oz". New stuff to read can be obtained from the Readers Hub app, which is integrated with PressDisplay for news, Kobo for books, and Zinio for magazines.

The Readers Hub app - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
The Readers Hub app - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review


Given the Samsung Galaxy Tab's advanced computing capabilities, Samsung has also supplied it with a decent task manager. The app shows you a list with the currently active programs and also allows you to uninstall applications, as well as manage RAM levels.

Specifically for the workaholics, the Samsung Galaxy Tab features the ThinkFree Office suite, which is compatible with Microsoft Office documents. The program includes its own file manager, letting you organize your docs easily, while in the meantime an online account can be created for you to store your docs or share them with someone else.

Task manager - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
The ThinkFree Office app - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Task manager

The ThinkFree Office app



Of course, your main source of applications for the Samsung Galaxy Tab will be Android Market, but how does the tablet handle all those apps that are not designed for its screen resolution? Well, it either stretches them to fill the screen nicely, or displays them in their native resolution. We are not aware of why some are stretched to full-screen, while other aren't, but all in all, we're happy to discover that the tablet has access to quite a few offerings from the Market to diversify your overall experience. According to the latest figures, Android Market should be a host to over 100,000 applications.

Of course, the YouTube client for Android comes pre-installed on the Samsung Galaxy Tab, presenting you with tons of video from the world's most popular video-sharing site. While numerous options are available like rate, comment or share, videos are not streamed with the highest possible quality. They are still perfectly watchable though.

Android Market - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
YouTube client - Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Android Market

YouTube client




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Samsung Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab

OS: Android 2.3.3 2.2
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PhoneArena rating:
7Good
Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Single core, 1000 MHz
0.5 GB RAM
Size7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches
(190.1 x 120.45 x 11.98 mm)
13.40 oz  (380 g)

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