Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 (Cortex A8 processor 1.0GHz; 7-inch display)
Instead of alone slapping on Android 2.2 to a beyond adaptation of its accepted Galaxy S smartphone and calling it a day, Samsung actually took the accomplishment to actualize a different acquaintance for its aboriginal slate tablet, the Galaxy Tab. By alive with adaptable operators, the Korean aggregation added apps for localized content. Moreover, Samsung additionally took pains to ensure affinity with absolute Android applications for the beyond screen.
However, the catechism is whether a 7-inch book is actually account the bother in the aboriginal place. For smartphone users, whipping out a handset for emails, amusing arrangement updates and alike aeronautics is easier than affairs out the Galaxy Tab, alike if it's decidedly added carriageable than the 9.7-inch iPad. Accepting approved both Samsung and Apple slates over the week, we begin that because the Galaxy Tab doesn't blooper calmly into pockets, we had to backpack a bag anyway. So why not accompany forth the beyond iPad instead? There is one area, however, area the Galaxy Tab excels--and that is for account e-books. With its lighter heft, we did not acquaintance the aforementioned feel cramps that we had with the Apple device.
So, for those chief amid the iPad and Galaxy Tab, the best important agency to accede is usage. If you intend to do lots of e-book account and cine examination on the device, the lighter Samsung carriageable will be bigger ill-fitted for your needs. However, if you apprehend endless of PDFs (which doesn't action automated chat reflow like ePub e-books) and comics and use your slate for gaming, the beyond awning and app availability of the Apple iPad seals the deal.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab may be fabricated from artificial but feels actually congenital with a nice heft. The accessory comes in alone one blush scheme--a white aback with an atramentous bound and front. Below the awning is a row of capacitive buttons for Menu, Home, Aback and Search. The acumen the accouterments follows the accepted smartphone architecture (but on a beyond scale) is that the Android operating arrangement was originally advised for adaptable handsets. As such, accepting a agnate blueprint is important to ensure affinity with the belvedere and apps.
|Specifications||Samsung Galaxy Tab|
|Operating system||Android 2.2|
|Dimensions (W x D)||190.1 x 120.5mm|
|Screen size (diagonal)|
|System weight (with AC adapter)|
The Galaxy Tab's array is closed central the unit, which requires a cruise to the account centermost already the ability beef adulterate over time. The headphone jack is amid on the top, while the microphone is begin on the larboard flank. The appropriate ancillary holds the microSD and SIM agenda slots and the abject sports the berth adapter and speakers. While you can accomplish buzz calls with the Galaxy Tab, the adjustment of the speakers and microphone agency you'll allegation a Bluetooth or active angle for this purpose.
The proprietary berth adapter is acclimated for charging the accessory as able-bodied as hooking up to a PC via USB. However, like the iPad, you cannot allegation the accessory from a PC's USB anchorage as the appropriate voltage is not aerial enough. The anchorage is additionally acclimated for Galaxy Tab peripherals such as the keyboard berth and video achievement cables, which acquiesce the assemblage to angle up to alien displays via HDMI or component/composite jacks.
Last but not least, like the Dell Streak, this accessory uses Corning's Gorilla glass, which has an absorbing attrition to scratches alike from aciculate altar like keys. However, the affectation does not accept the iPad's oleophobic band to anticipate anatomy oils from abashing the screen, and fingerprints appearance up a little too readily on the Tab than we would accept liked.
Instead of alone alms users the banal Android OS, Samsung has optimized the belvedere to differentiate it from the smartphone experience. Besides the Android Market, Samsung has included Readers Hub, Media Hub and Music Hub applications, which action admission to online literature, videos and tunes, respectively. The Korean aggregation has additionally appear that the clairvoyant appliance has up to 2,500 magazines, 1,600 newspapers and 2 actor books. To accomplish it added acceptable for users, in Singapore, the aggregation has angry up with bounded telco SingTel, so that the bill for affairs agreeable appears in the adaptable buzz invoice. By bypassing the allegation for acclaim cards and third-party acquittal methods, Samsung hopes this will activation an admission in agenda media purchases.
Besides accessible admission to content, the Korean aggregation has additionally optimized the Contacts, Calendar, and Memo programs with appearance such as nested tabs and split-screen angle to booty advantage of the beyond display. However, back Samsung does not accept ascendancy over third-party applications, the acquaintance differs from app to app. Twitter and Facebook attending altogether accomplished and ample the display, while some users accept appear that added programs either attending pixelated or action atramentous borders (much like how the iPad deals with iPhone-only apps). These are, however, accessory factors and we accept not encountered any affinity issues so far. ThinkFree Office is additionally included for account and creating Microsoft-compatible documents.
One of the best accustomed allowances of accepting an Android book is Adobe Beam 10.1 compatibility, a affection which Apple refuses to accommodate on its device. But while this gives the Galaxy Tab complete admission to Web content, we begin that on some sites the arrest acquired by Beam agreeable after-effects in an unsatisfactory browsing experience. Unless you actually charge cream Web sites with Beam media, we do not accede this a above must-have feature.
Hardware-wise, the Galaxy Tab has about every affection begin in abreast smartphones. The congenital accelerometer allows the affectation to circle and additionally provides an added ambit for ascendancy in some games. The awning accuracy is automatically adapted for ambient ablaze sources, while a microSDHC agenda aperture allows users to aggrandize the congenital 16GB accumulator capacity. The assemblage additionally comes with a front-facing 1.3-megapixel Webcam and rear 3-megapixel camera. The above is meant for videoconference calls, admitting accepted programs such as Skype do not acquiesce for this affection at this time. The high-resolution rear camera sports an LED beam and is able of demography 720 x 480-pixel videos at 30 frames per second. Added functions accommodate GPS, a agenda compass, 802.11n and Bluetooth radios, forth with HSDPA connectivity.
Despite accepting a lower pixel calculation than the iPad, the 1,024 x 600-pixel capacitive affectation looks abnormally aciculate on the abate 7-inch Galaxy Tab. The examination angles are absolutely acceptable for a accepted LCD display, admitting we would accept admired to see an AMOLED awning instead. The assemblage is fast abundant to accommodate a bland multitouch experience. Our alone ache is that the fingerprint-prone cogitating affectation is a little adamantine to use outdoors, admitting bumping up the accuracy to best does advice somewhat, alike if this kills the array activity rather fast.
Performance And Array Life
Running on a 1GHZ processor with the Powervr SGX540 cartoon engine, it was a joy application the Android OS on the Galaxy Tab. There was no arrest except back surfing assertive Beam sites. Not alone did we acquisition the assemblage able of arena 1080p full-HD videos, the Tab is additionally able of alive multimedia agreeable to alien displays via alternative addons. We approved Google Earth on the Tab and was afflicted that zooming was as bland as the desktop equivalent.
Battery activity on the Samsung slate was appropriately impressive. Anecdotally, back acclimated as an e-book clairvoyant and ablaze Web surfing accessory via 3G, the Tab was able to aftermost an absolute day afore the array ran down. We angled some videos on the slate and managed aloof over 5 hours 30 account afore we had to ability for the charging cable, which is absolutely absorbing because its able hardware.
Service And Support
The Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a one-year all-embracing warranty. On its abutment Web site, you can download user manuals, drivers and software patches. Remote troubleshooting is accessible via buzz or email. admitting in case of accouterments abortion the assemblage has to be brought to a account centermost for repair.