Samsung Galaxy Tab – A user review, Tech Specs and Model details

Apple did it with iPad and now Samsung has done it with Galaxy Tab. It’s a 7-inch tablet believed to be the knockout punch for iPad. But let’s just delve into only the offerings of this great new innovative concept introduced by Apple and now being carried forward by Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Tab is powered by a 1 GHz ARM Cortex A8 processor which is more powerful than a Snapdragon of similar type. This is an absolute necessity considering the dimensions of this device. Although this is a smartphone it has to have better processors for the same amount of throughput because of the size. The high end Graphics rendering is taken care of by Power VR SGX 540 chip. It is supported by 512MB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage expandable till 32GB.

Galaxy Tab has a resolution of 1024×600 with 7-inch display and 16.7 Million colors. The display is protected by a robust glass exterior. It runs on Android 2.2 Froyo which is better than the previous Android version Eclair. Micro SD card allows for installation of various apps. Google map are easily downloadable along with other apps from online Android stores. The clincher with this kind of device is the fact that it provides a large reading frame and hence with e reader software users can enjoy gorging over eBooks, magazines and comics. This is one of the breakthrough values which tablets are providing.

Now this device is actually also a smartphone, so it has a full featured Contact and Calendar manager with the organizer getting an upgrade from the previous Android flavors. As we move over to the UI and input capabilities iPad comes up trumps. Apple is renowned for its fluidity and elegance in terms of user experience. The Galaxy Tab UI touch and feel is not as fluid but it’s definitely worth the price. It has both Swype and virtual keypad as the text input options. Swype becomes easier to use as the user gets the hang of its word predictions. Virtual keypad can be used in both portrait and landscape.

Samsung Galaxy Tab running Android 2.2, the default browser is probably the most full-featured mobile browser today. Along with now standard features such as a bookmarks manager and multiple tab/window support, the browser also supports Adobe Flash 10.1. While it sounds good on paper, in the end that proves to be the browser’s undoing on some levels. The browser gets a substantial performance hit when a Flash heavy site is loaded and it gets really sluggish with touch navigation getting leggy and unresponsive. While the presence of Flash support is great, it really doesn’t amount to much when the performance and usability take a backseat.

It uses Samsung Touchwiz and has side scrolling pages similar to iPad. The notification bar has controls to Power Switch, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS etc.

The Galaxy Tab is built for watching videos and it supports all the popular video formats (including DivX/Xvid and even MKV formats). It even manages to playback 720p and 1080p videos although there were some stuttering issues when I tried to play 1080p MKV videos. Overall though, videos look great on the Galaxy Tab’s screen with the right amount of sharpness and colors. The Galaxy Tab’s audio playback impressed me. Thanks to the large screen, the album art completely dominates the music player’s interface which itself is easy to use. The Tab also offers sound customization options including EQ presets, effects and 5.1 Dolby Surround. The Tab’s external speakers are also quite loud. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab doesn’t offer an FM radio.

It’s also fun playing games on the Galaxy Tab and it offers very good graphical performance. We ran the Neocore video benchmark on the Tab and it gave a score of 54fps. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone outputted 57fps and the OlivePad tablet gave a score of 37fps. The Galaxy Tab is good enough to run some of the more graphically intensive games and applications on the Android Market.

There are 2 cameras, 3.2MP autofocus with lash and front facing 1.3MP camera which is suitable for video chat.

It is available in almost every European country, American subcontinent and many Asian and African countries as well. It is available with Telecom service providers of respective countries with data plans and calling services. Samsung is planning to launch the 4G version of Galaxy Tab soon for USA and 10.1 inches display size version is also going to available soon to compete with Apple iPad face to face.

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General Specifications

Network HSUPA 5.76/HSDPA 7.2 Mbps 900/1900/2100 EDGE / GPRS 850/900/1800/2100 WiFi a/b/g/n, BT3.0, DLNA
Dimensions 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98 mm / 380gm
Display 7.0 inch WSVGA, 1024 x 600
OS Android 2.2 Froyo
Social Hub Integrated SNS, email, IM, Calendar accounts, Google/Facebook/Outlook
Android Samsung UI Multiple Home screens, Hybrd Widgets
Processor 1.0 GHz with Power VR SGX540
Battery 4000 mAh
Camera 3.0 MP with Flash and 1.3 MP (VT)
Video Full HD 1080p, Video Recorder (720 x 480) @30fps
Music 3.5mm Ear Jack and SpeakerMp3, AAC, OGG, wma, AMR-NB/WB, LAC, WAV, AC3, MIDI
Android Browser Flash Player 10.1 support, RSS Reader
Memory 16/32 GB + Micro SD upto 32 GB
Touch Multi Touch
eReading Papers, Books, Magazines
Other Features Integrated email, Samsung Apps, Swype

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