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Samsung Galaxy Tab review

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab currently has an Informr score of 7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 32 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Ubergizmo

So, what does Tab do that a Galaxy S phone (or any Android or iPhone) doesn’t do as well or that a laptop does better? Maybe video watching and, maybe, game playing. In other words, what does it do? What function does it create or improve upon? It can’t be a laptop replacement, it’s a worse camera t...

- Stewart Wolpin, Ubergizmo
Techland

As 7-inch tablets go, this is the one to beat for now. Fortunately for consumers the bar hasn't been set impossibly high, so the next round of 7-inch tablets may have a few contenders in it right away.If Samsung put out a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab at $300, it'd be a much easier sell for most p...

- Doug Aamoth , Techland
PC Magazine

With solid, well-designed hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Tab for Sprint is the first viable Android-based competitor to the Apple iPad. But so far, it doesn't have apps that will compel you to buy one.For now, I can't recommend buying a Galaxy Tab—even though I like it, and it's well-made, and it work...

- Sascha Segan, PC Magazine
MobileBurn

I'm a big fan of the Galaxy Tab for two reasons: I like the Android operating system, and I like the Tab's smaller, more pocketable size. It won't fit in regular pockets, but it's easy enough to slide the device right into a coat pocket. It's also less cumbersome to take out at a dinner table an...

- Todd Haselton, MobileBurn
PhoneDog

Let me start this by saying the Galaxy Tab is not a necessity, it's a luxury item that can be very useful. I've tried three or four different tablets now and the Tab is the perfect one for me. Is it for everyone? Definitely not. It hits the  sweet spot when it comes to size, weight, portability, and...

- Taylor Martin , PhoneDog


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Screen Size
7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab's screen size is 7 inches with 600 x 1024 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Cortex-A8 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 2.2 Froyo operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 1 days standby time, 17 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab Specs

Overview
Release date April 10, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, HSDPA 7.2, HSUPA
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 2.2 Froyo

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Secondary OS No
Processor Cortex-A8 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 32 GB
RAM 512 MB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 7 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 17 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 1 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Dimensions [H x W x D] 19.0 x 12.0 x 1.2 cm (7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 380 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 600 x 1024 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive Touchscreen, Gorilla Glass Display, TouchWiz UI
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Swype
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols No
Additional Email Features Push Email
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Panorama, Self-timer, Smile detection
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Video Recording Parameters
720 x 480 pixels, 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, AAC, AMR-WB, AIFF, WAV, M4A, OGG
Radio Yes
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, XviD
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps Thinkfree Office, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Picasa, Media Hub
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P1010, Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi

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Critic Reviews


Ubergizmo

Only customers with no smartphones will want the benefits of a larger screen for Web surfing, movie-watching and game play

from Ubergizmo

So, what does Tab do that a Galaxy S phone (or any Android or iPhone) doesn’t do as well or that a laptop does better? Maybe video watching and, maybe, game playing. In other words, what does it do? What function does it create or improve upon? It can’t be a laptop replacement, it’s a worse...More

So, what does Tab do that a Galaxy S phone (or any Android or iPhone) doesn’t do as well or that a laptop does better? Maybe video watching and, maybe, game playing. In other words, what does it do? What function does it create or improve upon? It can’t be a laptop replacement, it’s a worse camera than any Android phone or iPhone, there’s no desktop ecosystem supporting it, and, worst of all – it’s expensive. Sprint’s version with a 16 GB card is $649 for a giant Android phone that doesn’t make phone calls. The only customers are those with a “dumb” cell phone who want the benefits of a larger screen for Web surfing, movie-watching and game play. And in a few months, Tab is going to have a LOT of cheaper, better endowed competitors.

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Techland

The Galaxy Tab sets the bar high, but still leaves a lot of room for new tablets to catch up

from Techland

As 7-inch tablets go, this is the one to beat for now. Fortunately for consumers the bar hasn't been set impossibly high, so the next round of 7-inch tablets may have a few contenders in it right away.
If Samsung put out a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab at $300, it'd be a much easier sell f...More

As 7-inch tablets go, this is the one to beat for now. Fortunately for consumers the bar hasn't been set impossibly high, so the next round of 7-inch tablets may have a few contenders in it right away.
If Samsung put out a Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab at $300, it'd be a much easier sell for most people. Early reports indicate that it'll cost $500, though, which still feels too expensive for what you're getting.
As it stands now, the Galaxy Tab will likely be able to find a home with early adopters, certain business uses, and people with deep pockets. The rest of us should be okay waiting a few months to see what comes along next.

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PC Magazine

Limited applications may cost the Galaxy Tab's success over it's rival

from PC Magazine

With solid, well-designed hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Tab for Sprint is the first viable Android-based competitor to the Apple iPad. But so far, it doesn't have apps that will compel you to buy one.

For now, I can't recommend buying a Galaxy Tab—even though I like it, and it's well-made,...More

With solid, well-designed hardware, the Samsung Galaxy Tab for Sprint is the first viable Android-based competitor to the Apple iPad. But so far, it doesn't have apps that will compel you to buy one.

For now, I can't recommend buying a Galaxy Tab—even though I like it, and it's well-made, and it works well. There's just no killer app for it yet. Instead of a Galaxy Tab, go get a Galaxy S smartphone on the carrier of your choice and a Wi-Fi-only iPad. For now, that's how to get the best of both worlds.

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MobileBurn

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is nothing more than an Android phone with a bigger screen

from MobileBurn

I'm a big fan of the Galaxy Tab for two reasons: I like the Android operating system, and I like the Tab's smaller, more pocketable size. It won't fit in regular pockets, but it's easy enough to slide the device right into a coat pocket. It's also less cumbersome to take out at a dinner table and show somebody something. But the smaller display comes with some setbacks when it comes to app support....

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I'm a big fan of the Galaxy Tab for two reasons: I like the Android operating system, and I like the Tab's smaller, more pocketable size. It won't fit in regular pockets, but it's easy enough to slide the device right into a coat pocket. It's also less cumbersome to take out at a dinner table and show somebody something. But the smaller display comes with some setbacks when it comes to app support.

Battery life was just fine for me. I typically don't complain if I can get a full day of use of an gadget before the battery dies. My biggest issue with the device is that it doesn't offer a whole lot more than a high-end Android smartphone. In fact, many of the features are the exact same. And some Android smartphones have better cameras.

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PhoneDog

The build and performance justifies the price you are paying for the Galaxy Tab

from PhoneDog

Let me start this by saying the Galaxy Tab is not a necessity, it's a luxury item that can be very useful. I've tried three or four different tablets now and the Tab is the perfect one for me. Is it for everyone? Definitely not. It hits the  sweet spot when it comes to size, weight, portability,...More

Let me start this by saying the Galaxy Tab is not a necessity, it's a luxury item that can be very useful. I've tried three or four different tablets now and the Tab is the perfect one for me. Is it for everyone? Definitely not. It hits the  sweet spot when it comes to size, weight, portability, and usability. Great battery life combined with a beautiful screen and a Hummingbird processor are just some things that set it apart from its Android counterparts, along with its much higher price tag. It's, without a doubt, the quality of the product that you're paying extra for.

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PC Magazine

AT&T's version of the iPad is the least likeable with it's restriction to non-Android apps

from PC Magazine

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the best non-Apple tablet so far, and there are reasons you might want it over an iPad—for example, because it fits in one hand. But AT&T's model isn't the best choice. They have the only model of the Galaxy Tab that has a restriction when it comes  to non-Android app...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the best non-Apple tablet so far, and there are reasons you might want it over an iPad—for example, because it fits in one hand. But AT&T's model isn't the best choice. They have the only model of the Galaxy Tab that has a restriction when it comes  to non-Android apps. AT&T must love selling iPads, because the carrier hasn't given consumers much reason to choose its Galaxy Tab over the four competing carrier models.

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PC Magazine

U.S. Cellular lives up to its friendly rep with a squeaky-clean version of the best Android tablet

from PC Magazine

There are really two questions you have to think about when considering the U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy Tab. First: Do I want a Galaxy Tab? And second, do I want it with this carrier?
The Galaxy Tab is currently the only high-quality consumer tablet other than the Apple iPad. The iPad is be...More

There are really two questions you have to think about when considering the U.S. Cellular Samsung Galaxy Tab. First: Do I want a Galaxy Tab? And second, do I want it with this carrier?
The Galaxy Tab is currently the only high-quality consumer tablet other than the Apple iPad. The iPad is better because of its thousands of great apps, but the Galaxy Tab fits easily into a coat pocket and is available from a range of wireless carriers. U.S. Cellular offers a terrific deal if you're a light user who lives in the U.S. Cellular coverage area.

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IntoMobile

It can seriously compete with the iPad, but it won't win

from IntoMobile

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a good Android tablet. As it stands right now, it’s the best Android tablet you can buy. The hardware is great. We love the more portable-than-iPad form factor, which makes it great for experienced thumb-typers and newbies alike. Aside from the fact that the Tab can fit in some jacket pockets and a helluva lot of purses out there, it’s lightweight enough to comfortably use in bed with one hand. You know, so you don’t get a cramp. That would not be fun....

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a good Android tablet. As it stands right now, it’s the best Android tablet you can buy. The hardware is great. We love the more portable-than-iPad form factor, which makes it great for experienced thumb-typers and newbies alike. Aside from the fact that the Tab can fit in some jacket pockets and a helluva lot of purses out there, it’s lightweight enough to comfortably use in bed with one hand. You know, so you don’t get a cramp. That would not be fun.

The software is almost as good as the hardware. It’s customized enough to almost fool you into forgetting that you’re using an Android device. The extra colors and UI tweaks are just enough to help make the Android experience better (enhanced text selection, modified notifications bar, TaskManager, etc.). Unfortunately, no amount of custom homescreen magic can cover up the fact that Android 2.2 Froyo is just not ready to take on the larger tablet form-factor. The higher resolutions required by larger displays seems to be the most pressing problem. But, with the exception of webpage scrolling lagginess and sometimes inaccurate pinch-zooming, the Tab’s software performs well.

So, is it an iPad killer? Not yet. The software is still too buggy to make it an iPad killer. The iPad’s software is the gold standard, and there’s a reason for that. Apple made some serious tweaks to the iOS to make it iPad-friendly. Android is just not at that point (yet). The hardware, as good as it is, could still stand feel like a more “premium” device in the hand – the kind of premium feel that the iPad delivers in spades.

That said, if a tablet is definitely in your near-term future, and you aren’t willing to join the cult of Apple, the Tab is your best Android-powered option.

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CNET

The Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with a hefty price, but proves that it's all worth every penny

from CNET

Samsung's 7-inch Android tablet is a serious contender to the Apple iPad. The Galaxy Tab is a beautiful product with features that will make iPad owners envious, boasting two cameras, Flash compatibility, and a more convenient size. But the Tab behaves more like a supersize Android phone than a N...More

Samsung's 7-inch Android tablet is a serious contender to the Apple iPad. The Galaxy Tab is a beautiful product with features that will make iPad owners envious, boasting two cameras, Flash compatibility, and a more convenient size. But the Tab behaves more like a supersize Android phone than a Netbook alternative. The Android OS and its apps aren't yet optimized for the larger screen. Depending on your plan, you may be in for a two-year contract and a commitment to monthly charges.

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Mobile Tech Review

If your big-screen Android phones are not enough for you, then the Galaxy Tab is a good choice

from Mobile Tech Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one sexy gadget. To play with it is to want it. That said, it's not cheap, and the Sprint and T-Mobile versions add yet another contract to your life. Is the Tab worth it? If you want the best Android tablet on the market, then it is.

The display is excellent, spee...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is one sexy gadget. To play with it is to want it. That said, it's not cheap, and the Sprint and T-Mobile versions add yet another contract to your life. Is the Tab worth it? If you want the best Android tablet on the market, then it is.

The display is excellent, speed is very good and 3G anywhere means the Tab can be your road warrior go-to gadget for the web, email, social networking and light MS Office work (the on-screen keyboard is quite good but I wouldn't want to write the next American novel on it or even on the iPad). If your Samsung Vibrant, Captivate, Fascinate or other big-screen Android phones do it all for you, but you find their 4" displays too small for long bouts of use, the Tab could rock your world.

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