While other companies were dithering about thinking of coming up with a decent response to Apple’s iPad, Samsung revealed the Galaxy Tab, a 7-inch Android powered salvo directed at the iPad. The Galaxy Tab entered our labs two weeks back and since then we have putting it through its paces to ascertain whether it is primed to take the lead in the Tablet Wars from Apple.
So, two weeks later, here we are, with our review of the Galaxy Tab- the Tablet which could be king.
The Galaxy Tab also takes good care of all your productivity needs with a full featured contacts manager and calendar.
Features Owing to the fact that it has bigger dimensions than a regular smartphone, a tablet necessarily needs to have better specs. That’s one reason you will find that low-budget Chinese tablets in the market almost always perform pathetically because they try to make do with smartphone hardware.
Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab doesn’t fall into that trap and sports impressive specs. It’s powered by a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor and graphics are taken care of separately by a PowerVR SGX540 chip. The Tab also has 512MB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. Imaging is taken care of by a 3.2MP autofocus camera with an LED flash. The Tab also offers a second front facing 1.3MP camera for when you want to take a self portrait or engage in video chatting. The Galaxy Tab sports a 7-inch capacitive display with color output of 16M colors and resolution of 1024x600 pixels. The display is protected by Gorilla Glass that protects it from scratches.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) which means that it’s got extra features such as the ability to install apps on the microSD card and Flash 10.1 support. Of course, the Galaxy Tab also gets the full quota of Google mobile apps and the ability to get more apps from the Android Market. The Galaxy Tab has telephony capabilities so you can use it as a regular smartphone but I would suggest using a hands-free accessory unless you want to take the risk of looking like a complete fool with such a large device plastered to the side of your face.
Samsung also bundles a couple of extra accessories along with the Galaxy Tab including a charger, a USB cable (the Tab uses a proprietary port to connect to the PC and to charge), a pair of in-ear headphones, a 2GB memory card (with Map My India Navigation tools pre-installed) and a leather sleeve to slip the Tab in. ‘3 Idiots,’ the movie is also pre-stored on the tab’s internal memory so if you’re an Aamir Khan fan, you’re in luck.
The Galaxy Tab also takes good care of all your productivity needs with a full featured contacts manager and calendar. Samsung has tweaked the default Android contacts book and added a better looking skin and made the UI simpler to use. The calendar/organizer also gets an upgrade both in terms of looks and usability.
The Calendar app and the ThinkFree Office app.
The Galaxy Tab also comes pre-installed with the full version of the paid ThinkFree Office Android app that lets you create, view and edit Microsoft Office Word, PowerPoint and Excel files.
The Tab as an e-Reader
The Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch display makes it an ideal device to read e-books, comics and magazines. To keep users satiated Samsung has incorporated a Reader’s Hub app that includes the Zinio magazine reader, Press Display news reader and the Kobo e-book reader. In all cases, not only do the apps serve as readers but also let you purchase hundreds of books, magazines and newspapers from all around the world. All the apps work great and they're fun to use. You can also download plenty of apps from the Android Market which also let you read comics.
The Reader's Hub on the Galaxy Tab.
An e-Book reader app and the Zinio magazine catalog on the Galaxy Tab.