Is it a worthy competitor to the iPad?
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.