The Samsung Galaxy Tab is both super thin and light with a 7" touch screen, Android 2.2, dual cameras and Flash support, all for $600. Kevin Pereira and Sara Underwood review what could be the coolest gadget for the holidays.
What You Need To Know
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is actually smaller than we thought it would be.
It's only 7.5" across and 0.5" thick, which is as thick as the iPad.
The Tab is heavier than it looks and weighs a little under a pound (the iPad weighs about 1.5 lbs).
The Samsung Galaxy phones have some of the best touch screens int he business, but the tab's touch screen is only okay.
The responsiveness of the touch screen is hit or miss: sometimes it works exactly like you want it to, and other times it feels slow. That said, you'll get used to it.
There's support for multi-touch and we did like the Android 2.2 experience on the larger 7" touch screen.
It has a 1024x600 resolution which is good but we wish it was Super AMOLED like the other Galaxy devices.
It's fast when launching games and apps.
It will usually beat the iPad or other mobile devices at launching games like Angry Birds.
The Tab didn't do so well with the Internet experience.
The browser seemed sluggish and is not very responsive to the touch, especially when trying to load Flash sites.
It needs to be improved with a software upgrade, because right now it's not even close to the experience of an iPad.
The Droid X is actually faster loading up the Attack of the Show website than the Samsung Galaxy Tab!
The Tab is compatible with all the Android apps in the marketplace, which is nice.
This means they should load pretty quick because they've all been optimized for mobile phones.
The catch is that not many aps are optimized for the tablet experience, so there's no HD version that takes advantage of the larger resolution.
The quality of both the dual cameras (front and back) isn't bad.
The 3 megapixel camera on the back takes relatively good pictures and has a flash.
The 1.3 megapixel camera in the front is more than adequate to handle video conferencing.
There is expandable storage but you can only get up to 34 GB.
The Tab comes with 2 GB of internal memory and comes with a 16 GB micro SD card, but the slot will only support up to 32 GB cards.
$600 plus $20 per month for the 1 GB of data and no contract.
The overall user experience needs some work, especially the browser, and the pricing isn't really that competitive.