Sunday, December 5, 2010

Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab - in the hand
Samsung Galaxy Tab (GT-P1000) tablet is one of the best selling 7-inch Android tablet computer in 2010. Many people compare Galaxy Tab to Apple iPad, the best selling tablet.
Read on to find out how good (bad?) is Galaxy Tab.

Samsung Galaxy Tab specs

Samsung Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch touch screen tablet runs on Android version 2.2, which also supports phone calls and video calls.
Here are the highlights of Galaxy Tab specification:
  • CPU: 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 CPU
  • OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo)
  • Size: 190.09mm x 120.45mm x 11.98mm, weight: 380g
  • Display: 7-inch WSVGA (1024 x 600 pixel)
  • Battery capacity: 4000mAh
  • Camera: 3.0 megapixel with flash, auto focus. 1.3 megapixel front camera.
  • Storage: build-in 16GB, external memory: microSD (up to 32GB)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth, WiFi, AGPS, TV-output (HDMI, Composite), 3.5mm audio jack, charging/USB connection port
  • Phone function: SMS, MMS, phone call, video call, speakerphone, caller ID, call logs.
The retail price of Samsung Galaxy Tab (GT-P1000) in Malaysia is: RM2699
Galaxy Tab review after the break.

Samsung Galaxy Tab, the design

Samsung Galaxy Tab has a shining white back cover but a black front and side, with curved corners. It looks sleek and stylish.
There are not many buttons on Galaxy Tab. On the right side, there are power/lock button and volume keys and slots for SIM card and microSD memory card. It is clean at the left side, only a mic.
Samsung Galaxy Tab - speakers and the connector slot
At the top, there is a 3.5mm audio jack. At the bottom of Galaxy Tab has the connecting port (for charging and USB connection), and stereo speakers.
Samsung Galaxy Tab - size compare to iPad and iPhone 3GS
Samsung Galaxy Tab is about half size of Apple iPad and 3 times bigger than Apple iPhone.

Galaxy Tab review

Holding Galaxy Tab in my hand, it is lighter (380g) than I expected. OK, maybe I was wrong to assume its weight which was only slighter less than Apple iPad, which is quite heavy.
The display is bright and clear. Colors are nice. Text is clear.
I can hold Galaxy Tab with one hand in my big palm. Girls might not able to hold it with one hand.

Typing on Galaxy Tab

Samsung Galaxy Tab - two hands typing (vertical mode)
With 7-inch display, typing on Galaxy Tab with two hands in vertical mode is a pleasure. The size is just nice to hold with two hands and tab with your thumbs. The virtual keys are big.
However, when holding Galaxy Tab with one hand in vertical mode and type with another hand (see pic here), it could become difficult because I have to carefully rest my thumb on the thin border and not to “miss touch” the touch screen.

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