Product Type: Samsung Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Samsung Galaxy Tab
Member Name: GrayWizard
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Date: 17/02/12, updated on 17/02/12 (24 review reads)
Advantages: good resolution and screen size
Disadvantages: feels light and cheap
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.
Summary: Good tablet pc if you don't want to spend too much.
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