Samsung Galaxy Tab Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab can do voice calls over a mobile network (the U.S. versions can't), which is a great thing, of course (after all, phones rock). It works without a hitch, so you'll simply have to get yourselves a decent handsfree, or put up with the sound coming through the loudspeakers, if this is an option for you, that is. However, with regards to the call quality on the Galaxy Tab, we would say that the speakers do not perform at the necessary level. For starters, they are pretty weak. Sound volume might be okay if you are alone in a quiet room, but once there's some ambient noise, you'll immediately start to have problems making out your caller's words. At least the microphone of the Galaxy Tab (situated on its left side) does a good job at transferring your voice with a decent loudness. However, it also makes it sound a bit unnatural.
You surely won't find your typical smartphone battery inside the Samsung Galaxy Tab. Instead, the tablet is powered by a massive 4000mAh unit, which seems capable enough of delivering pretty impressing usage and standby times, although Android's non-smart multitasking can surely take its toll on battery life. But we guess that's why Samsung is shipping the Galaxy Tab with a pre-installed task manager!
Samsung's very first tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, is surely a device with its own philosophy. It is very compact and easy to carry around, and due to a healthy-sized 7" display, it is a great offering for casual users. It is still quite versatile though, being equipped with a lot of connectivity options and also two cameras for occasional shots and video calls. In the meantime, its design is solid and contemporary, although executed mainly out of plastic.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab can hardly qualify as a productivity device. Of course, you can use it for email correspondence, calendar and data organization without a hitch, but that's pretty much the extent of its business capabilities. Android is still not mature enough to be able to offer some more advanced applications for the workaholics (neither is iOS, although it's significantly closer to reaching that goal). However, if you don't really need such advanced functionality, but a smartphone display is just not big enough for you to conveniently browse the web or do some other stuff, then the Galaxy Tab is perfectly suitable. The only thing you'll have to put up with is the price, which is quite high. It is no secret that for the same price you can also get yourself an iPad, which is far superior when it comes to software and performance. The iPad is also significantly bulkier though, and here lies one of the Galaxy Tab's strongest advantages - its portability. The device is very easy to pick up and use, which makes it a preferable offering to netbooks or other consumer-oriented mobile computers.
In the purely hardware aspect of things, we have absolutely no complaints about the Samsung Galaxy Tab, except for its easy to press by accident capacitive keys. What holds it back, so to speak, is Android. Don't get us wrong - the system is fine for the most part, and with Samsung's personalizations, it's gotten even better, not to mention suitable for a tablet. However, we found its browser to perform not as smoothly as needed, especially when there's Flash content. The other drawback we see is Android Market. The amount of apps you'll find there is more than ample, but the quality of available software is still not high enough. That's why we consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab a very good tablet, if you are not a power user. Pricing of the Galaxy Tab is also pretty hard to swallow. In the U.S., Verizon is selling the device at a retail price of $599 with a month-to-month service, while Sprint's offer is set at $599 unsubsidized, and $399 subsidized (with a contract). T-Mobile, on the other hand, has stuck a price tag of $649 unsubsidized and $399 subsidized. AT&T is yet to announce pricing, but the rumor has it the number two U.S. carrier will offer the tablet at a non-commitment price of $649.99 - a price which actually makes it more expensive than the 3G-enabled Apple iPad. To us, this seems like another reason to make the Samsung Galaxy Tab one tough buy.
Software version of the reviewed unit: Android 2.2, Build FROYO.XXJI4
Samsung Galaxy Tab Video Review:
- Compact size
- High resolution screen
- Lots of connectivity options
- 3.2MP main camera and a secondary one for video chat
- Flash Player 10.1 support
- Predominantly plastic construction
- The loudspeaker could sound better
- Lagging browser, especially when there's Flash content
- Not enough quality apps available
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- Display 7.0" 1024 x 600 pixels
- Camera 3 MP / 1.3 MP front
- Storage 32 GB
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