Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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There's no doubt the Apple iPad has taken the market by storm. Although tablets have been around for some time, no other manufacturer has managed to create the same level of demand for a tablet like Apple has created for the iPad. These days, it seems everyone wants an iPad—kids included. Of course, other manufacturers aren't going to let Apple be the only competitor in this hot market. There are a number of tablets in the works, many of which will run on Android, the first solid competitor it seems, to Apple's iOS.

Today, we're going to take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab. This 7-inch tablet is doesn't have the same amount of screen real estate as Apple's iPad, but its smaller screen also makes it more portable. Running Android 2.2 (Froyo), the Galaxy Tab also offers support for Adobe Flash Player 10.1, which Apple's iPad lacks. Another key feature the Galaxy Tab offers is storage expansion by means of a microSD card slot, USB and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Galaxy Tab is based on Samsung's 1GHz Hummingbird ARM core driven processor with a 3D graphics engine on board as well. The device comes equipped with front and rear-facing cameras for video chat and shares many of the characteristics of the successful Galaxy S smartphone line such as Samsung’s Media Hub which provides access to premium movies and TV episodes.

At the time of this publication, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is available from Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and AT&T. We have evaluation units from both Sprint and Verizon Wireless in house and we'll address the slight differences between the two units. Prices for the Galaxy Tab vary by carrier; the Verizon Wireless variant is available for $599.99 under a month-to-month contract. Sprint offers the Galaxy Tab for $599.99 without a contract and $399.99 with an eligible two-year contract. Verizon Wireless' monthly service plans for the Galaxy Tab start at $20 for 1GB of access. Sprint's monthly service plans start at $29.99 for 2GB of access.

Apple's App Store has certainly helped drive the success of the iPad. Without a viable app store, it's doubtful that any competing tablet could really make a dent in Apple's market share. This is where the Android platform comes in. Android has been taking market share away from iOS for some time, and it's more open to manufacturers for customization. All in all, Android seems like the perfect OS for a tablet device–it's touch-friendly, offers many of today's popular features, and it has an app store that is growing quickly.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Specifications

Network
CDMA 800/1900; Wi-Fi
Operating System
Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Form Factor
Tablet - Portrait Primary
Dimensions (H x W x D)
7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches (HxWxD)
Weight
13.58 ounces
CPU
Cortex A8, 1GHz CPU, Hummingbird
Display Type
7.0" WSVGA TFT (w x h: 600 x 1024 px)         
Memory Capacity
Verizon Wireless: 512MB(ROM) + 592MB(RAM) + 2GB (User Memory) + 16GB microSD card preinstalled (supports up to 32GB microSD card)

Sprint: 512MB(ROM) + 512MB(RAM) + 128MB(One D-RAM) + 2GB (User Memory) + 16GB microSD card preinstalled (supports up to 32GB microSD card)

Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n; USB; Bluetooth; 3.5mm Headphone Input
Sensor Type
Accelerometer, Geomagnetic, Luminance, Gyro
Battery
4000mAh lithium ion battery for up to 13 hours active use time
Camera (Front)
1.3MP
Camera (Rear)
3MP Auto Focus

Certainly the Galaxy Tab has a lot of high-demand features and the right combination of specs to appear to be a worthy competitor to the Apple iPad.  Read on as we take a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab in our hands-on review to see if it's a worthy competitor to Apple's popular iPad.

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Yeah; the Apple iPad is the big fish in this pond right now. However; it is also a rather expensive one, at least for it's available components, as well as it's capabilities. This in many ways comes down to one thing. The main function of any Apple device is to gain access to the iTunes/iSoftware site. Other than that you have no luck. Talk about a closed product Apple is the most dominating and closed in there space.

I find it kind of funny that you always hear people griping about how Microsoft has ruined the world, and they kill open software packages such as Linux etc. You never hear a word about Apple, which for all applications basically runs on a modified custom version of Unix. Therefore; in reality Apple runs on a custom version of Linux, but your not supposed to run Linux applications on there platform.This would seem more like a direct affront to me.

Anyways back to the main subject at hand Slate devices. I really think these type of devices to have a big market wide impact. The reason I say this is because for a general user it is a very simple mobile computing, media consumption, E-reading multi-device.

Now as well as in the immediate future a lot of these type of devices are coming from many many avenues be it the big players like HP/DELL, and the newer players in the market. as well

So Apple will keep there closed device, and market, and the rest of the world will continue. This as I am sure you've heard reference to has happened before, and Apple was a very big player at that time. Then they lost it almost completely. This is a new device as well as category really, but they are still using the same play book.

At the end game that play book is full of loosing drives. So therefore in the end they loose. I don't mind if you believe me, and I also know they have lightened up on the software inclusion side to a degree. In the end closed platforms loose in the world of computing on a consumer side of things.

You can ask HP, IBM, Compaq (which is now owned by HP), or just about any other OEM. They kept the closed only works with approved software much longer at least successfully than Apple did (PCdos,OS2 etc).

This was through varying version of DOS, custom Windows versions, software locks in there components etc. That in the end was a loosing strategy, because people like to do what they want with the devices they have purchased in general. Closed minds, software platforms etc may to some point win for some time in corporate environments, but not in commercial ones.

SO this may run for a while, but from what I have heard the number one selling smart phone in the world now runs on Android. Apple is now in the number two spot, next year it will be #3, the following year #4, the next year it won't matter anymore.

Fads change, Android development outpaces Apple development, and in the end Apple will have a little closed off back corner at the PC store, just like they did 5 years ago. There will be one person there who will be the only rep in the store on duty, and waiting for one of 5-10 people at most who come in for equipment a day. I do think it will be faster than it was last time because the internet shakes the dust off it's shoulders much quicker than was at that time the case.

That is also not to mention there are several other platforms being developed or operational now, which are all tied by one thing. They are open to some degree if not entirely. They are being developed by the big or biggest players as well. So I see Apple being steam rolled all over again. The day following it most will be amazed, the day following that they will forget.

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I disagree, Apple just has to many tricks up their sleeve, and I'm sure they learned from their past mistakes and if you been following in these last years, their play book drives are mostly , all winning.

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SO this may run for a while, but from what I have heard the number one selling smart phone in the world now runs on Android. Apple is now in the number two spot, next year it will be #3, the following year #4, the next year it won't matter anymore.

I dont believe that, next year the I-Phone will be available on Verizon, and soon after,other carriers, plus the fact that they are widely available in networks all around the world and steadily rising in popularity. Also remember that I-Pad version 2 and I-Phone 5 are coming, not to mention, some trendy new devices that'll surely shake the world again.

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Is this locked down to running their Android images only, or is it an open device that could also easily accept a real Linux distro?

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Good question 3vi1..... Not a clue but we should ask.

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>> we should ask.

Please do! I'm one of those geeks that likes to have complete control over his devices for programming/hacking-around.... so the ability to reinstall with my own image and run tons of free GNU software would definitely bring this thing up a few levels in my mind.

It would also potentially greatly extend the life of the unit... by allowing people to run custom compiled kernels long after Samsung is done supporting it. Of course, with the built-in battery that might be moot anyway... unless someone else continues to make replacements that aren't hard to install.

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My GF has the Galaxy tab, and my mom and dad have iPads.

I love the Galaxy, it's just plain awesome.

The iPad is prety nice but I had a less than stellar experience attempting to browse the internet.

The one thing the iPad does that I really wish the Galaxy tab did... is stream netflix. But supposedly that is coming. Who knows when tho.

And 3vi1. I know people are already working on getting linux on this thing. I think I read somewhere that someone got ubuntu on it. A quick google search would probably provide an answer.

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For comparison sake, I'd like to weigh in here about 'speedtest' on my iphone4.

With it, I am consistently able to achieve 18,500 kbps download speeds; and 3,300 kbps -up.

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