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I recently was given the opportunity to have my Samsung Galaxy Tab back from my brother. I had won this a few years ago now in a competition and as my brother had nothing to access the internet on at the time, I lent him this. (I know,what a kind sister I am.)
I'm not the most technical person in the world so this review will mostly be of my experience using it rather than its spec. The model number for mine is GT-P1010 which sounds like gobbledygook to me but may help some of you clever, technically minded readers.
It is a touchscreen device which has the added benefit of being able to access the internet through using your wi-fi connection. Obviously, as its going to get touched plenty, I was worried about the cleanign aspect to it but I'm happy to report that the marks simply wipe away. Being slightly bigger than the size of your hand, I find it quite hard to hold in operate so I always make sure that I am sitting on a sofa or bed when using it to avoid the potentially damaging fall. Cases are available to purchase for these which I would strongly recommend as the back of the tab is very shiny and therefore slippery. It has done incredibly well at avoiding scratches on the screen or the backing which I am extremely happy with although very surprised. My brother is a farmer and often works in dusty environments and, on occasion, he has used this in that kind of atmosphere and it hasn't affected it. Very impressive! (I'd not put that to the test all the time though ~ wouldn't want to tempt fate.)
It has been designed to be used with the longest side running top to bottom as at the bottom of the front of the screen you have your option 'buttons'. These comprise of a home, up, back and search options where you simple touch them to operate. Of course, when using the tab you can turn it so the screen is horizontal if you wish. (The clever feature that some phones also use). The on/off key is situated at the top right just above the volume button. Half way down on the same side is the slot for a micro SD card which I understand enables you to be able to store things on it and then move the information to other devices.
My children have thoroughly enjoyed using some of the apps that can be downloaded onto it. This is extremely easy to do by just clicking the market app icon and then searching for what you'd like. As with some of the modern smart phones, you have a choice of free apps and ones that you can pay for. Being a money-saver, I go for the free ones as there is such a vast range of them anyway. Why pay? Angry birds is a particular favourite of mine and the graphics are prefect. The colours are bold and sharp and I have no problem finding an hour slip by whilst playing it.
Reading books on the tab is of course possible too as well as being able to use it as a calculator, a memo pad or as an easy way to Google things. I also now use it to access Facebook as well have being able to quickly see my e-mails.
There is a camera feature to this tab too which is a joy to use. You are able to zoom in and out , operate a flash, change different settings as well as doing a self-portrait mode. It gives some fantastic results which can then be shared or e-mailed. There is also the option to be able to print it on a Samsung printer but as I don't own one of those, I've never used that.
After all this positivity, I feel that I have to introduce just one negative. The battery life is exceptional but it's when you need to charge it, my little niggle rears its head. The charger that it is supplied with simply clicks into the bottom of the tab but the end that is plugged into the socket is so big that it sticks out from the wall a good 3 inches. This cable is used to connect to a computer using the USB port though which is handy as it is all contained in the one item. A small point but relevant to me.
Overall, I would recommend the Samsung Galaxy tab as it a joy to own and I am still learning and finding new things that it is capable of doing. I may find myself updating this review as I learn how it does more things.
Let start with the hardware, this is a great piece of hardware, it feels solid, though the back of the device is shiny and slippery, making gripping the device troublesome at times, for this reason if you are going to buy this I suggest a case. This solid feeling comes at a cost though; the device is heavier than its competition and a fair bit bulkier. The proprietary (marks down for proprietary connections Samsung!) connection port seems to let it down as it feels flimsy.
The screen on this device is fantastic, not as good as apples products but certainly good, the screen has a good range of brightness's as to preserve battery. The touch screen works well enough to be usable; problems arise though due to the small bezel on the screen causing fingers to touch the screen slightly, causing some strange reactions, though my hands are quite large so this isn't a major problem.
The processor behind this thing isn't the best to be honest, a single core 1ghz A8 chip, most if not all apps like run fine on it, but navigating the interface with apps running in the background may not be as smooth as expected. Again the graphics chip is also mediocre, it will most likely do what you want, but slowdowns may occur at times. The microphone is of the quality you would expect to find on a cheapish android phone. The front facing camera (the one that looks at you) is of terrible quality, the other camera is much better, again it's what you would expect to find on a cheapish android phone.
Now comes the biggest problem, the software, this device suffers from one major problem, some people seem to get it and some done. Sometimes on startup the device will go into a strange mode where everything seems reset, and the menu that appears when the on button is held down has only 2 items instead of the normal 4. The only solution I have found has been to do a hard reset of the device.
Another thing to take into consideration is that there is no more official support for this product anymore, it will forever be stuck on android 2.2, though unofficial port to later versions of android may be available from xda, though that solution is not for everybody.
In conclusion, if you're looking at purchasing this, don't, or if you're looking to purchase this and you're not worried about some technical stuff, go buy an Archos 7o and put android market on it
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a tablet computer running off Android and features a wide variety of technologies that sets it apart from the IPAD.
Firstly, the tablet is very light due to the plastic frame it is made with. Unfortunately, this also makes it feel rather cheap but there is absolutely no problem with the build quality. It comes with a 16GB built in memory and also supports up to 32GB microSD flash memory. If you buy the 32GB version, this gives you a total 64GB. However, 48GB combined is a decent amount of memory for a wide ranged of usage needs.
The best features of this tab is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi which allows you to roam around the house or in wi-fi hotspots and use the net for browsing, streaming and whatever else you may do. The Galaxy tab also comes with other highspeed mobile technologies like HSDPA but I don't use those as much due to the fact that its mostly used at home or office.
Samsung Galaxy tab comes with a 7inch screen that features a 1024x600 resolution which is very good; the colours are sharp and clear and the icons are of decent size. Android OS virtually the phone version with minor changes which includes Samsungs own apps.
Applications are easily available to download or buy due to the growing android app market. Many free apps are absolutely brilliant. In fact, the hit game Angry Birds can be played for free when you install Chrome on the tab. Obviously the apps aren't as robust or refined as the Apple iPad but there is always something that you are looking for.
Using the tab to browse, email and carry out tasks like word proccessing is easy due to the touch screen being sensitive. However, it isn't as fine tuned as the iPad; sometimes you have to carry out more than one touch to carry out a task. On the whole though it is responsive enough to get things done.
The OS is very user friendly and has menus clearly sorted out to cater for various aspects of using the 48GB is a lot of space and you can store photos, documents videos and a good amount of them. Which reminds me, video playback is very decent and watching movies on the tab isn't a problem.
Android 2.2 is the standard OS it ships with, you can upgrade it by flashing the ROM (I've updated the review). Essential apps are Chrome (or you could run Firefox) for browsing, Thunderbird for emails, I also run BBC News app - these are all available for free. The best free app is Kindle. Not only does this allow you to buy books from Amazon, but you can also write and preview it if you wish to self publish on Amazon.
There are default social media apps for Facebook, Twitter and also apps for gmail. Also included is a media player, although I ended up installing VLC media player. Thats the great thing about the android platform is that there are so many good quality apps available for free.
As per the camera, its decent; nothing spectacular but it can record videos at 720p. I am not a fan of the cam but if you want to snap pictures on the go, it will take good pictures but don't expect amazing results.
Battery life is pretty average lasting a day or two between charges depending on how you use it. I do a lot of reading on the go and the tab has native support for PDF. Reading is easy on the eye due to the text being sharp and clear with the good amount of resolution.
Very pleased with the product, but the iPad is still king.
I almost leaped out of my skin when I won this samsung galaxy tab at an online competition that I had participated in just for the fun of it, honestly forgetting all about it until I was informed I was the insanely lucky winner! Lucky because there`s no way I would have ever afforded to buy this amazing gadget for myself, as it retails from everything from 399.99 to even more so... I do believe you can find it costing less as time goes by, and both amazon and argos will probably have good deals on this kit after it`s not so new and interesting any more. I was very excited to find out whether Samsung could give iPad a run for its money, and for sure it can!
This tab is a celebration of amazing and impressive features, all of good quality and with user friendly ways of learning how to use it. I was a bit worried at first that I would find this tab difficult to use, as I didn`t have much experience with such gadgets, and therefore wondered if I would get a hang of touch screens and such, luckily now not having any difficulties whatsoever. This is a great tab, with for instance two cameras, fantastic sound and video capacity, a screen that is great for when you want to surf the internet, write and read or watch video clips... When I use this tab a lot during the day, it does require me to recharge it every seven hours, which is ok, but maybe a bit more often than say the iPad or a Kindle. However, in light of how much I have come to use my galaxy tab during the day, this isn`t bad at all! The cameras on this tab is not brilliant, I`ll agree to that, with only 1.3 and 3 mp. But there`s so much more to this tab than its cameras,and with amazing capacity to watch videos and read e-books, surf the internet and listen to music, and so on and so on, this tab is wonderful in every aspect, including its modern and classic design, making it look very exclusive and stylish!
To sum up, I am overall very pleased with my Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it`s become my companion during long hours of travelling and for those moments of the day where I need some into the future ways of entertainment!
Ten points if possible.
When buying this, I was having difficulty in choosing between buying this or an iPad. After my friends recommending this, I finally bought this. I wont say I'm dissatisfied, I was just expecting more functionality and freedom.
The tab's screen measures 7 inches, and runs Google Android OS 2.2 . I bought the tab for $399 with a two-year contract and a monthly data plan from Sprint, priced at $59 with a 5 GB cap. This is very annoying, as I'd like to change my carrier to AT&T or Verizon.
The tablet has a nice, glossy and beautiful screen display.Movies and videos look quite gorgeous. The touch screen is very responsive, to my fingers at least.
On the back is a 3 Megapixel camera that shoots very clear video and photos, provided that the shooting conditions are not, uh, unfavorable.
The tablet is small, and light. That's the exact reason I bought it, and I would be lying if I said it didn't stand up to what I expected from it. Battery life is decent, at least for my personal needs.
Now for the cons:
I noticed that most apps I download from the Android market look very weird, i.e, makes my display look like the display of something very cheap.
As I mentioned before, I had to buy it with a contract from Sprint. Now I'm caught for another year with Sprint and its crappy data plans.
Let's see... i bought the standart package one ( without keyboard, just got wall adaptor, leather case, screen protector, and some skin but i didn;t use it because i'd prefer to use the leather case)
when i hold it, it's felt a little bit small ( compared to my ipad 2) but if i hold it using one hands, i got the impression that it will slip and fall from my hands, although it didn't actually happens ( i didn''t know the exact word to describe it). But after i use the supplied leather case, it's no longer a problem.
When i got it, it/s use a 2.2 froyo android. Unlike my other SE X8 android, this android is not customized. Rather, samsung just add their preferred software, which is make it easiser to modify ( i spent hard time working on x8 android, lot's of uncompatible mods)
the screen is good enoug for watching movie, but the tint is too high for me, means that color displayed is really strong.
Capaitive touchscreen work well except that sometimes it get over sensitive. It rarely happen though.
but i LOVE that 4 touch button below the screen ( in portrait). white glow over black standby, it just classy ( once again, two thumbs up for samsung product designer) and elegant of course.
One thing that i didn;t like from this gadget is the speaker position. WHY does they put both stereo speaker in one side of the screen in landscape? i mean, didn't most people watch video and gaming in landscape? sometimes i didn't understand about a product design
(well i use headphones anyway when i'm watching movie or gaming, but i still prefer is they placed it on both side of screen in landscape)
although samsung stated that this gadget won't had honeycomb ( stuck in 2.3 ) but gingerbread or even froyo itself is more than enough for daily use.
and my favourite : although it's offer generous internal, it still provide microSD slot. all hail samsung \:D/ i placed lots of movies on my 16 gig external ( not provided, buy it separately)
oh and make sure you upgrade the youtube app from market. supplied youtube app works but the one from market is better. it actually enable you to browse comment etc without closing the video screen ( the supplied one didn;t you must exit video screen to view comments etc)
for those who felt that whose galaxy tab is running out of battery far too fast ( i.e. only 4 hours e-book reading) you should check your battery health level dand background process !
for the 1st one : there;s some free apps in the market for checking battery health, cross check the standby time with the technical spec in their website, if it didn't make ever 60% of the claimed ( cek the standby so do not use it when your checking it and turn of background software such as twitter, facebook, e-mail client) you should complain, some of my friend got their batteries replaced for free ( as long as in warranty period)
for the 2nd one, just a tip : there's some application like non-standart e-mail client that refresh for new email far too fast. the indication is although youre doing nothing ( just listening to music/ offline gaming/ even just reading) the up and down arrow is keep blinking ( if it's not blinking but not greyed/ stay green-red means that youre downloading somtehing). throttle down it a bit, just say every 15-30 minutes. If it's urgent the sender will call/text you anyway :D. ANd look for an apps that could join all email into one inbox, they'll bit friendly about the b/w
Two years ago, someone bought me an iPad.... Initially I hated it, but over time grew to find more and more uses for it, not least playing angry birds whilst I was meant to be working. The problem I found though was that after 12 months, not only had there been another version out, but that my iPad had begun to show some SERIOUS wear and tear.
When it needed replacing, I looked into alternatives to apple based products..... feeling that atleast if I bought an android product, I could update the OS periodically rather than having a completely archaic piece of shiny plastic.. the galaxy ticked all the boxes.
I suppose this review is going to be more of a comparison of the two.....
*The first thing I noticed was the materials that the galaxy is constructed from... my iPad was made of apples trademark white plastic, with a wonderfully black fascia on the front. The iPad has a reassuring weight about it, I didn't find this to be the case with Samsung's Galaxy. The Galaxy is made of a similar kind of plastic but without any of apples nice little design touches (the metal apple logo). I was a little concerned, and ever so slightly p***** off that it seemed although Samsung had scrimped and saved with this...... after all, they're trying to enter a market dominated by apple with a more expensive (at the time based on amazon price) product. One would think they'd at least give me my monies worth and buy some nice solidly constructed materials.
*For me, the obvious sticking point about the Galaxy was the screen, not so much the SIZE of the screen, but the resolution and brightness. From the offset, I'll say that the iPad has a larger screen, not by much but it's noticeable. IMHO, the Galaxy shows a better depth of colour, comparing the same photo on both devices its clear that the Galaxy shows more colour. That said, the Galaxy is a bit harder to read in sunlight due to it's brightness.
*One major problem I faced was the differences between Apple OS and Android 2...... My life is Apple dominated, I've became accustomed to using my iPad to control my iMac and my MacBook etc., this proved a little harder with android, which has less apps available to do the task. For most people it's not a deal breaker, I just think it's worth considering..... if your life is predominantly apple, the Galaxy seems like a bit of a weak link in the circle... That said, I have an android phone that works great. It's all about need I suppose. One final point about the OS's I would make is that the android marketplace totally dwarfs apples.... Apple maintain a close control over what can be published, which in my experience has led to apples app's being predominantly paid for and less varied.... With android anyone can develop and app and publish it.
*Battery life isn't SUCH a huge deal for me, I tend to be within reach of a power source at all times apart from a few hours In Costa or on the tube occasionally. At first, I considered sending the Galaxy back, the battery barely lasted 10 minutes, but then I remembered the problems Id had with my android phone initially. Once Id fully charged and ran the battery down, all was good. The good thing about android is that you can install a task manager and kill off any idle processes you don't need that are running in the background.
*The galaxy has two cameras... neither of which I've ever been inclined to use. Perhaps when skype becomes more available on android I might have a go. From what I've read, neither the iPad nor the Galaxy have supberb cameras. Which is okay, considering how small the tablets are.
*One thing which annoyed me slightly is that whilst Wacom have developed a PEN STYLUS for the iPad, allowing me to annotate and email on the move, there is no such galaxy product of the same quality.... Sort it out Wacom.
****WHAT THE GALAXY IS:
*A good little tablet for browsing facebook/twitter, for watching youtube movies, for playing games, for some minor office work such as emailing
*A valid alternative to the iPad, on the premise that you're not tied down to iMacs and macBooks in which case it doesn't quite measure up
*A valid Kindle alternative for reading on the move, there's plenty of online newspapers that support android via free/paid apps.
*****WHAT THE GALAXY IS NOT:
*A replacement for having a laptop- there is no good replacement for a laptop as of yet, except well, a desktop or a mac ;) A few tablets are in development which come with a keyboard docking station that fits in, if this is what youre after, wait a few months.
*****A FEW LITTLE TIPS:
*Go down to John Lewis or another electrical shop and have a play, the people there are more than happy to let you try things, anything to get a sale.....
*If you decide you like them, try amazon... at the moment there's just been a new iPad out, and as such amazon are trying to shift Galaxy's. Amazon works by supply and demand to moderate its pricing, so if you just watch amazon for a fortnight you'll find the price fluctuates by upwards of £40.
It's not an iPad killer for me.... I have too much other apple stuff to be happy with an android tablet. Don't get me wrong, the Galaxy is GREAT, and to all extents and purposes I use it for checking the internet whilst I'm not at my desk , and its GREAT for showing people photos etc.... I suppose I'm just too set in my ways, and I think that Samsung could have made the transition slightly better, perhaps modifying android for a more tablety experience, or developing custom Galaxy apps.
If you're new to tablets, I'd strongly suggest the Galaxy, it's one of the best out there, and because its android, it can only get better as google starts developing their OS
After years of never following the technological revelution, i finally decided to buy something new. I went for the samsung galaxy tab, and i am so glad that i did.
Unfortunately, i am not to techno orientated so i cant give you very specific information.
It is a basic touch screen tablet. The touch screen is very sensitive which means you can easily press the wrong things. However, the zoom control (similar to that of the iphone) allows you to zoom in to show just one letter on thw screen. The resolution is relatively clear. I must say youtube videos can be a little pixelated.
There aren't a good selection of apps available as of yet, howevever, the ones that are available are very good indeed. The 'readers hub' allows you to download and read books and the music hub allows you to acces music.
To be honest when i first got it, it all looked pretty intimidating but a few taps here and a few taps there and i was off. It must be said though that even now i am still finding stuff out about it.
It has a 7" screen and 600*1024 resolution. At the moment it is only available in one colour (shiny white back with a black front). This does look very stylish though so dont be too disappointed that you cant get it in bright purple.
Performance is very fast. It does slow down though if you have videos buffering in the background. It is possible to multitask on it by opening several windows at once, and usually the performance stays rather high. There is, on the home screen, an app that tells you how much performance each window is taking up and then flashes red when too much is going on. With one click you can end the app and everything goes green.
As i said the touchscreen is very sensitive, which is how you want it to be really, but the great thing about it is that if you accidentally click 'home' you can click back on the app or browser and it loads straight back up from where you left off. This is also true for videos.
The battery lasts for around 6 hours when constantly being used on the 3g network. When just left alone battery life is around a day and a half. On the settings however, there are options to reduce performance to increase battery life and the option to turn off 3g.
Sound quality isnt great. However with earphones (which do come with the tab) or poryable speakers the sound is much improved.
I am not really a gamer so i cant give you an indepth analysis of the positives and megatives. Wjat i can say is that for simple fun addicting games, this is one of the best ways to play them. However, for games that arent made for the touch screen generation it may take you a while to figure out the controls.
Yes, it is possible to call, video call and message on this tab. Its all pretty self explanatory and relarively cheap aswell depending on the deals you are getting. It works by inserting a sim card that you get by going to your local mobile shop. Messaging is easy due to the size of the qwerty keyboard. Unlike the iphone you are much less likely to make mistakes
Perhaps the most important question, it is possible to buy one off the shelf for around £500. However i recommend going into a shop and going on contract. This works out a lot cheaper if you want the 3g internet. Prices differ depending on the package you choose. I do recommend shopping round for the besy deal though.
Finally, this whole review was written on my galaxy, need i say more!
I HAVE ONLY HAD THIS PHONE 6 WEEKS AND I AM STILL LEARNING HOW TO USE IT. I AM COMPUTER LITERATE, BUT I FIND SOME OF THE ICONS DIFFICULT ON THIS PHONE, ITS A GREAT PHONE IF YOUR AN I.T WIZZ KID, IT TAKES SOME TIME TO WORK YOUR WAY AROUND THE ICONS. IT DOES EVERYTHING EXCEPT COOK FOR YOU!! WHEN I FIRST OPENED UP THE PHONE I HAD TO CHOOSE WHAT LANGUAGE I WANTED TO USE AND WITH IT BEING A SLIDE SCREEN ANDROID I TOUCHED THE GERMAN BUTTON (I AM ENGLISH) AND FROM THEN I COULDN'T WORK OUT HOW TO GET BACK TO ENGLISH BECAUSE I COULD NOT READ GERMAN. I ENDED UP RINGING VIRGIN MEDIA AND THE GUY HAD TO TALK ME THROUGH HOW TO GET BACK TO ENGLISH. ONCE I WAS BACK INTO THE ENGLISH MODE I FOUND IT RELATIVELY EASY TO ADD MY PHONE BOOK CONTACTS.
ITS A GREAT PHONE IN THE SENSE THAT IF YOUR LOOKING FOR YOUR CONTACT YOU JUST SCROLL WITH YOUR FINGER AND THE CONTACTS ROLL UP VERY QUICKLY, AT THE SIDE OF THE SCREEN THERE ARE ALPHABET SO SAY YOU WANT 'KATE' YOU TOUCH K AND THE SCREEN ROLLS RIGHT TO IT. ITS A SLIM PHONE AND EASILY FITS IN YOUR HAND AND POCKET, HOWEVER I FIND EVEN IN IDLE MODE IF YOU TOUCH THE SCREEN SLIGHTLY IT TAKES YOU AWAY FROM IDLE WHEN YOU DON'T WANT TO BE AWAY, I FIND ANSWERING THE PHONE FRUSTRATING BECAUSE WHEN THE PHONE RINGS A GREEN ANSWER BUTTON IS ON THE LEFT AND A RED END CALL BUTTON IS ON THE RIGHT, TO ANSWER YOU NEED TO TOUCH GREEN AND SLIDE TO THE RIGHT TO RECEIVE THE CALL, I HAVE MISSED SEVERAL CALLS BECAUSE THE SCREEN REFUSED TO SLIDE, THEN I ENDED UP RINGING THE CALLER BACK SO THIS COST ME MORE MONEY IN CALLS OR USED MY FREE MINUTES. HOWEVER, I DISCOVERED THAT IF I DAMPENED MY FINGER AND SLID THE ANSWER BUTTON ON IT WORKED!! BUT NO ONE WANTS TO KEEP LICKING THERE FINGERS TO ANSWER THEIR PHONE!!
INTERNET ACCESS IS RELATIVELY EASY FOR FACEBOOK AND OTHER CHAT PAGES, HOWEVER I OPENED A GOOGLE ACCOUNT FOR THE PHONE AND WHEN I TRY TO GET ON AMAZON AND OTHER SITES ITS SAYS NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET AND I KNOW IT IS I HAVE WIRELESS INTERNET WITH A GOOD SIGNAL. THE PHONE HAS ITS OWN SAT NAV BUT I HAVE NOT TRIED THAT YET IT HAS A MAP PLANNER WHICH IS VERY GOOD, IT ALSO HAS THE ALDIKO BOOK READER WITH TWO BOOKS ON BUT I CANNOT WORK OUT HOW TO ADD MORE BOOKS TO IT. IT ALSO HAS AMAZON KINDLE ON IT I HAVE YET TO WORK OUT HOW TO BUY BOOKS FROM AMAZON TO READ. I HAVE HAD A TERRIBLE JOB TRYING TO REGISTER WITH THE AMAZON BUT NO DOUBT THAT WILL BE MY FAULT, SOMETHING I AM DOING WRONG.
THE PHONE HAS A CALCULATOR CALANDER AND CLOCK. IF YOU NEED TO SET AN ALARM THE CLOCK IS VERY GOOD IT IS SO EASY TO SET YOU JUST TOUCH THE SCREEN ON THE ALARM CLOCK GREEN ICON AND TOUCH DAY AND TIME I REALLY LIKE THIS. IT HAS A GREAT MUSIC PLAYER CRYSTAL CLEAR SOUND, IT ALSO HAS AN AMZING CAMERA THE PHOTOS YOU TAKE ARE OF EXCELLENT QUALITY AND THE VIDEOS ARE CLEAR TOO BUT SOMETIMES MY PHONE WILL ONLY STAY ON CAMERA AND WONT GO INTO VIDEO MODE WHICH IS FRUSTRATING, THE ANDROID HAS 46 APPS I AM STILL FINDING NEW ONES, ITS A GREAT PHONE IF YOU HAVE TIME TO HAVE FUN ON IT, GALAXY STORAGE IS GOOD FOR YOUR PHOTOS TOO. ALL IN ALL ITS A GOOD PHONE BUT IT TAKES A WHILE TO FIND YOUR WAY AROUND ALL THE APPS AND WHAT THEY DO, YOU ALSO NEED TO BE CAREFUL YOU ARE NOT LOGGED ONTO SOMETHING THAT UNKNOWINGLY TO YOU COSTS YOU MONEY AND RUN UP YOUR PHONE BILL. I THINK THIS PHONE IS SUITABLE FOR AGES 15-50 ITS TOO COMPLICATED FOR AN OLDER PERSON TO USE.
I had been looking into getting a tablet computer for some time ever since the Ipad came out. I have been into the shop looking at the Ipad countless times and weighing up the cost against the cool factor and trying to decide if it would be just another gadget that I would buy and use constantly for a week before the novelty wore off.
There was one other big problem with the Ipad for me and that is that no matter how desirable it might be I really didn't want to be trapped into having to use itunes again which I detest with a passion. I also wasn't overly keen on the size as I found it quite heavy and cumbersome when holding it.
As soon as the Galaxy tab came out last year it looked to be the ideal solution to my problems with the Ipad as it was smaller, more lightweight and ran on the Android operating system. however it was also extrememly expensive, more so than the Ipad so I immediately dismissed it. Just before christmas when I should have been shopping for my family I was browsing the technology section again and noticed that the Galaxy tab had been significantly reduced and was now a more realistic price so I decided to treat myself to one as a christmas present to myself.
I really like the look of the Galaxy tab and actually much prefer it to the look of the Ipad but this will be a matter of personal taste. The screen takes up the majority of the front with a black bezel which is about an inch thick going the whole way round. The back of the tab is completely white which I really like and the white is nice and shiny and really makes it stand out.
Unfortunately the white back is made entirely of plastic and whilst it is solid feeling and doesn't look cheap in the slightest for the amount of money Samsung are charging I feel like they could have used a little more premium materials.
The tab is 7 inches in size which may not seem much of a difference compared to the Ipad but in comparison the Ipad absolutely dwarfs it. Because of the bezel the screen isn't actually 7 inches in size and in an ideal world I would have liked that extra inch taken up by the bezel but the screen is lovely to look at and is large enough for most things.
It has a 1024x600 resolution and this shows up everything on it in gorgeous contrast. The colours are really bright and vivid and pictures and text show up really clear and in lovely detail.
The screen is responsive and scrolling and tapping is good and nice and qucik. I have only ever noticed a couple of times where I have had to press on an icon again to get it to open and the speed in which is opens apps is good.
The tab comes with two cameras, one on the back and one on the front for video calling. Neither of these are particulary great though with the front one being 1.3MP and the back being just 3MP. There is a flash and whilst the pictures are not the sharpest it is nice to have the cameras even though I don't use them very often.
My one comes with 16GB of onboard storage but it also has a micro SD slot so that I can load on movies onto that instead of taking up onboard storage.
It comes with both WIFI and 3G and has 512MB of RAM.
The operating system is android 2.2 which is what is found on most new phones now. This was one of the things that initially put me off the tab as I had read that it wasn't intended to be used on tablet computers. To be honest it might not have been meant for tablets but I have barely noticed any sort of problems with it. Yes a couple of times I have downloaded some apps only for them not to stretch the full size of the screen but this is rare and the majority of them do strectch absolutely fine.
I am assuming most people will be buying a tablet computer like me for entertainment purposes instead of as a pc replacement and this is where the apps come in. Because it is android the galaxy tab has access to the android store where you can access literaly hundreds of thousand of apps. All the main ones are there of course such as facebook and twitter but there are also thousand of one's that you will never have heard of and these can be extremely helpful or absolute rubbish but as a lot of them are free there is no harm in downloading some and having a go with them to see what you think.
Most of them look great on the larger screen and playing angry birds for example on the bigger screen is much more enjoyable than on my phone.
The tab is exactly the same size as my Kindle and I find it so much more practical for everyday use and it is light enough to carry around with me without being annoying.
I use it for the internet and apps mostly and for this I personally think it is fantastic. the internet is relatively fast and I find it so much more pleasurable to use than with my phone which I hate because of the small screen. It has pinch to zoom but I find that in landscape mode I don't really hve to use this feature much as it is large enough and the pixel count is high enough for me to be able to read everything fine. It can handle flash sites absolutely fine also and it is pretty much just like the internet on my laptop.
As I mentioned earlier apps all look much better scaled up bigger and facebook is so much better on the bigger screen. I have downloaded loads of apps and whilst some have been deleted because they were useless I have found that some are extremely helpful such as the one to find a near by takeaway or taxi firm etc. I have never been a huge fan of apps before as I just didn't enjoy using them on my small screen but I have now become a convert and can be found most days trawling the store looking for any new one's.
The screen is great for watching movies and playing games but one extra thing that I wasn't expecting was that it is absolutely fantastic at reading magazines. Magazines look great on the tab and flicking to the next page is slick and I now can't imagine going back to buying paper one's again. Travelling anywhere is never a boring experience now as there is just so much enertainment at my fingertips in one little tablet.
For those of you with a kindle there is an app where by you can read your kindle books on the tab and these look crisp and I actually enjoy being able to swipe to change the page. However as enjoyable as this ebook app is I would never consider using it instead of my kindle as I really do notice the difference between the E-ink and the tablet screen and my eyes do start to tire after awhile.
Also the battery life on this can never compete with the kindle as it will only last about 8 hours before needing charged again but it is nice to have the option if I am only going to be gone a few hours and don't wan to take my kindle with me.
The best thing about the tab for me is that I no longer have to rely on itunes and the experience of adding content to my tab is so much easier and quicker than it was with my ipod touch. I loved my actual touch and it was a fantastic piece of kit but Apple just made things more and more of a pain it got to the point where I never wanted to use it again. samsung and Android have made the user experience one that is easy and enjoyable and I would highly recommend it to anyone.
Of course no one who has a computer needs a tablet but they are fin gadgets to own and if you can afford one then I would say get it. Sure the galaxy tab isn't as desirable as the ipad but the size is much better for carrying around with you and for those of you who are sick to death of itunes then this is the better option.
The price has gone down from £700 to under £400 in the last couple of months so it is definately a good time to buy one but I have just found out that the release of the Galaxy tab 2 is imminent so if you like to have the latest version of things then you might be better to wait a couple of months before you buy it.
As the Ipad is somewhat the lead contender in the tablet market, its kind of hard not to compare the Galaxy tab to it.
The Galaxy tab has a 7" display, in my opinion this is just about right for a tablet. Its not so big that its a hassle to carry round, yet its not to small to that it affects the display. You can fit the tab into your pocket, although just! The display is small than the Ipads, but size isn't everything ;-)
One of the main attractions of going for the Galaxy tab as opposed to the Ipad, was the fact you can make calls and send/receive text messages. Yeah you look a bit of an idiot talking into a tablet but you can use a bluetooth earpiece (Bluetooth 3.0). Or you can you the headphones/mic that come pre packaged.
Other advantages over the Ipad are: The Galaxy has 2 cameras, a 3 mega pixel with an LED flash on the back and a 1.3 mega pixel camera on the front for basic video calling. Storage, you can buy the basic model of GB and just put your own mini SD card in.
The Tab comes with Androids 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, pre loaded with applications like Google Maps, Youtube etc. Open up the market place and you have access to over 70,000 applications. Samsung's own market places like game loft and Samsung movies are quite buggy. Movies take forever to download and the applications that are installed seem to disappear. Movie playback though is immense with HD viewing, you can also connect the Tab to your television for video playback.