Samsung Galaxy Tab review

By on October 27, 2010
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Is it a worthy competitor to the iPad?

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The Verdict:
Although the Galaxy Tab is a good device, it just didn’t live up to my expectations

When the Apple iPad first came out, I’ll admit that I was fascinated by it. Whether I was actually going to buy one or not was another story, but the way it was presented and marketed was fantastic. After all, it was a sleek device that was apparently going to rekindle our love for reading comics and newspapers on the go. Because you know, carrying an actual newspaper around is just plain boring.

Considering the massive success Apple has had with the iPad, it was only a matter of time before other industry giants would dive into this now extremely lucrative market. LG, RIM, Dell and Toshiba are all rushing to join the tablet race and while we wait for their devices, Samsung is the first heavy weight to announce its arrival with the tablet that I am going to review today– the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Now contrary to what some might think, tablets have actually been around for a long time. Need proof? This is a photo of my still operational Compaq TC-1000 tablet PC.

When I used to take this to university with me, I’d always draw envious looks as I scribbled about with the stylus and the device magically transcribed my notes. I could comfortably surf websites, record short videos, listen to online radio – the thing even had a swivel out keyboard if I got tired of tapping at the on-screen one. At the time, it was pure genius.

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A former IT & Marketing Manager turned full time Editor, Nick enjoys hurling fireballs and tinkering with the latest gadgets. Follow him on Twitter as @theregos

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  • khalid

    about flash, and web browsing being better on ipad for not having flash:

    you can switch flash to on demand, where it does not run flash stuff until you click on it (much like flash blocking browser extensions).

    • Ron Saldanha

      As Khalid stated above flash can be swithed off or even an on demand mode, the 2.2 version benchmarks simply blows any mobile browser out the window at the moment (flash turned off and quite close with it turned on if not beating it that way too!) Further more you actually have an option of like 4+ browsers on an android device, some mimimcing chrome on the PC quite well, xscope brower, dolphine, opera etc. Personal opinion all tablets seem to have 0 ergonomics and at the end most peeps end up buying and aftermarket case/keyboard if anything the future looks more in line with a lenevo lepad the perfect hybrid!

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  • Downhill Dude

    Well, not quite a balanced report.

    Most reviews are by guys who have iPads (our have extensively used one). That’s fine, but the problem is that the reviewers now have preconceived ideas of what you use a tablet for, and therefore what criteria are most important, and how you weight them.

    In most reviews, although the Tab is shown to have more tech in it (cameras, mobile access point, DLNA, BT 3.0,Swype, Flash, etc., ultimately the reviewer decides that the increased size of the iPad screen outweighs every advantage of the Tab. They fail to acknowledge that the increased portability of the Tab lets you take it with you far more often (It fits in the inside pocket of my suit jacket, or the back pocket of my jeans). I’m more likely to use my Tab on the train because I can use it with one hand while I hold the overhead rail with the other. If you’re an ebook reader, it makes more sense, as it is half the weight of the iPad, and you tuck it away in the same space you’d tuck your paperback book.

    Around the house, the iPad would be preferred due to its bigger screen (except for reading books), but for anything outside the house, I’d probably prefer the Tab.

    I think there’s a time and place for both products, but you have to watch your own experience-based biases.

    If you want to beam an HD movie (with 5.1 surround sound) from your tablet, wirelessly, you need the Tab. The iPad can’t do it (yet).

  • Downhill Dude

    …and you can play that movie natively in Divx format, if you want. And with no compression loss.

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