Samsung Galaxy Tab Review - HotHardware

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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One of the first things you're likely to notice when you pick up the Galaxy Tab is its size – it's not much larger than a paperback novel. Also, unlike the iPad, it's easy to hold the Galaxy Tab in one hand. The device itself feels pretty sturdy. The glossy plastic rear battery cover doesn't feel as high-end as the brush aluminum rear of the iPad, but at the same time, it doesn't feel overly cheap, either. On the back of the Galaxy Tab, you'll also notice the 3 megapixel Auto Focus camera and flash. As you can see from pictures, Sprint's Galaxy Tab has a white cover whereas the Verizon Wireless version has a black cover.

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The Galaxy Tab weighs 13.58 ounces, or approximately 0.85 pounds. The weight is spread pretty evenly over the entire device. To put the weight in perspective, the Galaxy Tab weighs almost half what the iPad weighs. Although the iPad is still a mere 1.5 pounds, when held side-by-side, you'll definitely notice the Galaxy Tab is the lighter of the two tablets.

On the top edge of the Galaxy Tab, you'll find a 3.5mm headset jack. Moving around to the left side, you'll see a microphone. The base of the Galaxy Tab contains two openings for the external speakers as well as the charger/accessory jack. On the right edge of the Galaxy Tab, you'll find the power button, volume rocker, and microSD card slot. Both of our review units came preloaded with a 16GB microSD card.

The front of the Galaxy Tab is largely consumed by the 7-inch WSVGA display which supports a resolution of 600 x 1024. There is a small black bezel around the edge of the display which comes in handy for holding the device between your thumb and palm without accidentally pressing an on-screen button or blocking your view of the screen. The bezel measures about a half inch on the sides and approximately 5/8-inches on the top and bottom of the screen. Overall, it provides just enough space for your thumbs without any wasted space.

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Above the display, you'll find a light sensor and front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera. Similar to other Android devices, there are four touch-sensitive backlit keys (Menu, Home, Back, and Search) located below the display which provide haptic feedback when pressed. At the base of each home screen, you'll also find three application buttons for quick access to the browser, applications, and email.

We were very pleased with the clarity of the display found on the Galaxy Tab. Although the screen is considerably smaller than the iPad's screen, it's still very usable for browsing the web, watching videos, playing games, and other everyday activities. Viewing angles are superb as well, which is especially important considering you're likely to use a tablet to show a neighbor a video clip or gather a few friends to show off some photos. We also had no problem viewing the screen outside in daylight settings, especially when we cranked the brightness. The internal speaker found on the Galaxy Tab is also excellent with solid tonal quality for a device this size.

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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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