Samsung Galaxy Tab: 7inch Android tablet with 1GHz ARM CPU shown at IFA 2010
When Samsung launched the Galaxy tab the TechGurus declared it to be the iPad killer but the claims the truth in the claims could not be verified. The device launched with some absolutely stunning features and it was almost a certainty that the device will hit the tablet market very hard. After the release at IFA recently concluded in Berlin the tab has really made big news and we here decided to take a closer look at the tab on our review table. But before going into the details of each feature let us try to look at the specs that the device carries in brief:
Samsung Galaxy Tab Specifications:
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- A8 processor running at 1.2GHz
- 16GB of internal memory and a microSD slot
- 3G network
- Built-in e-book application
- GPS navigation
- Flash Support
- HD Movie Playback
- Video calling
Besides these, the tab also features a 7-inch Super AMOLED display that comes with a 1024×600 pixel resolution. Apparently, the Galaxy Tab also functions as a phone for voice calls besides using its cellular connection for data purposes evident by its huge dialer screen that will be working together with Samsung’s Touchwiz UI. With the specs in mind let us start with the operational details of the device and then jump into the performance evaluation head on
- Design- As far as the design of the device goes the tab ships with an absolutely plastic body which is the feature of most Samsung devices these days but that in no way means that he device looks cheap. At .08 pounds, Tab is feather light, yet feels similar to a Kindle or a Nook, What struck our eyes for the first time is 2.7’’ difference in size amounting to a huge difference in the total screen size. The display quality of the tab is also not as good as the iPad while the iPad can be positioned on the table to enjoy good quality viewing the tab needs to be brought close to the eyes for the same. Like iPad, Tab offers a 360-degree accelerometer. While iPad has an external orientation lock switch, Tab’s is stored in software, an icon behind Android’s pull-down shade.
- Typing- On the typing front well we would not like to say much as the tab offered the same smartphone like typing comfort. However, the Tab’s landscape keyboard is a problem. You can’t thumb type unless you’re double-jointed – the middle keys are just too distant.
- Video Chatting- A Tab-optimized version of the Qik video chat application is preloaded with the Galaxy tab, but the 1.3 MP front video is too herky-jerky compared to the Face Time feature on the iPhone 4. And, like the iPhone 4, you can chat only in WiFi. We assume you’ll be able to Qik call with other Qik-enabled devices, such as Sprint’s EVO phone in WiFi – the Sprint version of the Tab will be 3G only, not 4G like the Galaxy S Epic (How does that sound-disappointing?).
- Camera- Before the tab was launched there was a lot of chaos in the market as to whether the camera bearing feature of the app fail the iPad but we think that it will not matter the low capacity 3MP camera that has been attached with the tab is more of a formality than a real feature, even the smartphone of the dame make ships with a better camera. You can bet if Apple upgrades the iPad this holiday season, as it is rumored to do, it’ll have at least iPhone 4′s 5 MP HDR still snapper and HD video recorder.
As far as our opinion goes the tab is not going to affect the sales of the iPad much, unless of course Samsung does something out of the blue like dropping the prices etc. A lot of the Tab’s chances for success will be based on its price, especially when matched up against other Android tablets and, of course, iPad. Go to http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/ for complete details. Ok then let’s wait and watch you do that too and do let us know us of your opinions in the comments section below.
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