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Samsung Galaxy Tab review

Dennis Hissink
Photokina report
Saturday 25th, December 2010
Posted by: Dennis Hissink

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is based on another cell phone with sales success, the Samsung Galaxy S Smartphone. If you look at it simply, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy S. At 7 inches, the screenís format is 3 inches bigger than that of the Samsung Galaxy S, and the amount of pixels has been reduced by 2 million, which results in a 3 Megapixel digital camera. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is run by a Power VR SGX540 and a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and is equipped with a 16GB or 32GB internal memory. This can also be extended with a micro SDHC memory card, to achieve a total storage capacity of 48/64GB. The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 Froyo.

Samsung Galaxy Tab review

Samsung Galaxy Tab review
The Samsung Galaxy Tabís price tag is about $600 / 749 Euros (varies per region), but will probably have a lower price in combination with a data subscription offered by a provider. At first, it seems like a big price tag, but when you compare the price composition with that of the Samsung Galaxy S, for example, and the subscription prices that the providers offer, the price tag is understandable. Still, we had definitely expected a lower price tag, especially seeing the price level of the Apple iPad, which seems more attractive. We compared the Samsung Galaxy Tabís screen to that of the iPad. Next to the obvious difference in format, the Tabís screen has noticeably less contrast. The iPadís viewing angle is also a bit bigger, while maintaining a good display. With the appropriate settings, the brightness of the Tabís display can be adjusted. The many fingerprints that remain on the screen are visible, so you just keep polishing. This is not unique for the Tab; the Apple iPad is also a keen collector of fingerprints.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab review

Samsung Galaxy Tab
After having used the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet for a while, it has become clear to us that the Galaxy Tab is an all-round tablet with specifications that you would expect from a modern tablet. The Samsung Galaxy tab also shows us the difference with the Apple iPad, for example. The comparison is inevitable. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with a microSDHC card slot and a standard format SIM card is used for telecommunication. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is equipped with a digital camera. It may seem obvious, but just these features are missing in the Apple iPad. There are several accessories available for the Samsung Galaxy Tab. During the introduction, we were able to use a keyboard that we really enjoyed. There is also an optional dock available with which HDMI output is possible. What is missing from the Samsung Tab package is an appropriate case, as this is actually an accessory that shouldnít be missing, even if it were just a standard case. It is expected that the tablet accessory market will increase quickly.

Samsung Galaxy Tab review

Samsung Galaxy Tab review
The Samsung Galaxy Tabís advantage is optimal dimensions for carrying it with you. In your inside pocket is a realistic option and the relatively lightweight also allows for the Tab to be held in one hand. Whether this is decisive for a user depends on his or her needs. We can imagine that both devices will be placed next to each other on the market, without one having to replace the other. Of course, this will partly be the case, but we still see an intense competition between the two parties. Read the full Samsung Galaxy Tab review review at LetsGoMobile.

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