Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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The tablet market is hot right now obviously, and Samsung is ready to capture its share of the market with its Galaxy Tab. This tablet is widely available from all of the top four U.S. cellular providers at a competitive price. Powered by Android 2.2 (Froyo) and a 1GHz Hummingbird processor with 3D graphics, the Galaxy Tab is very responsive to any task you throw at it. The Galaxy Tab's battery life is also impressive and will surely get you through the day.

The Galaxy Tab comes with many of the key software features you'd want in a tablet such as a full-featured Web browser, powerful email client, calendar, media player, navigation, and much more. In addition, you can customize the Galaxy Tab with thousands of apps from the Android Market. The tablet also supports Flash, which helps provide a true desktop-like browsing experience on the tablet.

We appreciate the fact that the Galaxy Tab has a microSD expansion slot that's easily accessible from the side of the tablet. The included 16GB microSD card provides plenty of space for movies, music, and more.

We've heard people make the argument that a 7-inch tablet doesn't provide enough additional screen real estate to make a tablet such as the Galaxy Tab more compelling than a smartphone. We didn't feel this was the case. During our tests, we felt the Galaxy Tab's 7-inch display provided a much more enjoyable experience browsing the Web, playing games, and watching movies, than you'll get on a smartphone.

 

There's no secret the Samsung Galaxy Tab aims to compete with the Apple iPad. Which device is better? It's hard to say. Both have their strengths and weaknesses. Some users feel a 7-inch screen doesn't provide enough additional space beyond a smartphone. Other users may prefer the added portability a 7-inch tablet provides over the iPad's larger footprint. At the end of the day, it really comes down to personal preference. There are certainly die-hard iOS users as well as true Android fans. Weight and footprint are also key factors to consider.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy Tab met and exceeded expectations during our evaluation process. We thoroughly enjoyed surfing the Web, watching movies, checking email, and playing games on this tablet. The screen is bright and crisp and all in all, the unit felt very responsive.  If you're in the market for a tablet PC this holiday shopping season, the Galaxy Tab is definitely one to consider.

 

 

     
  • Fast 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • Thin & lightweight
  • Bright, beautiful display
  • microSD slot
  • Dual cameras
  • No USB port
  • Screen will attract fingerprints
  • No user-replaceable battery

 


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