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Samsung galaxy tab: ipad's rival put through it paces

26.10.2011 (27.10.2011)

HD display, HD camera, Very light wait and easy to use

Cost to run extras and Apps

Recommendable Yes:

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Memory / capacityGood

Ease of useVery easy

Range of Extra FeaturesExcellent

Instruction manualGood

Manufacturer SupportExcellent

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When i first opened the box, i was taken back on how small it was, as i was expecting a fairly large, book sized device. It's size, even in my small hands, does not resemble anywhere near its promo pic and if its screen is 7 inch, than so am I. lol.

The boot up time is acceptable, thrashing any laptop or notebook i have experience on, taking about the same time to boot up as your average smart phone.

The Tab's software has been developed by Android, which can be found on many smart phones, so if you possess an Android phone manufactured by; Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Motorola, HTC or LG, than you will probably be capable of operating the Tab.

Using this Tab is easy. The touch screen is very precise and responsive, easily keeping up as i typed. I was that impressed by this that for about five minutes I attempted to 'crash' the Tab by typing as fast as i possible could, but failed to do so. The down side, like all touch screen devices, is that you painsatkingly have to type with one finger.

The screen display is High definition delivering high quality screen sharpness, upto 1280 x 800 WXGA display boasting a pixel density of 149ppi (What ever that means), which is needed, as the Tab has a HD camera for snapping pics or videos. Such an excellent display makes the device excellent for watching Movies, viewing photos and playing games.

Movies, games, music and even eBooks, newspapers and Apps can be downloaded from My Hub, a multimedia app store much like Itunes for ipods etc. These do cost a bit; with Movies from £3.49 each, Music varying from 49p to 99p per track and full albums being more. eBooks and Newspapers operate on a subscription charge, which they cheekly hook you into, by offering a seven days free subscription. So keeping you Tab upto date with the latest Apps and music, etc. is going to be costly.

Now onto what the Tab was made for, social networking. It has a fantastic piece of software called "Social Hub", which enables you to keep track on all you emails, instant messaging accounts and social networks through one portal. An essential for social mad people or people on the go. However, if having this much at once is over whelming, the Tab also as seperate Apps for email, Facebook (OTHERS AVAILABLE) and messaging.

Apart from a social device the Tab is also great for working in the office or studying. It comes with a free generic Office software, similar to Microsoft Office. However, if you use the Office programme, then i would suggest also purchacing a plug in keyboard, price from £39.99, which are durable and easily transported.

The model I have only has WiFi other models, like the Galaxy 10.1 has an 3G extra upgrade you can purchase at a monthly subscription, but prices starting at £25 per month it can be costly. I find the WiFi only Tab is enough. I use it to type up documents with its attachable keyboard (purchased separately), then when i'm in a WiFi hotspot, i surf the net, check my Facebook and send Emails etc.

to finish with here are the boring specs....

-Auto focus
-Auto ISO

-Predictive Text Input T9
-vCard / vCalendar
-Instant Messaging

Further Information:
-Mobile Tracker
-Touch screen

-Embedded wallpaper

-Internet HTML browser

-Document viewer
-Mobile Printing
-Offline Mode

Personal Information Management:
-To do list

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cunnersmon 27.10.2011 11:08

Hi... Sorry I haven't has much experience with an iPad, as I only have an iPhone. But from what experience I do have I would say they are similar, imagine mac and pc... Different software but recognizable features and similar to use. Currently the galaxy tab is ipad's main rival, so I assume the specs will be similar. If still unsure, why not go into a local retailer and have a go on the demo tab. But be quick as I hear the galaxy tab and children's iPad is going to be the biggest sellers this year... Good luck on your decision

wolfmanhunt 27.10.2011 00:10

Hi i was wondering whether you had had any experience with and ipad and how this compares as my ipad has just broken and i was considering a change of device ?

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfect for life on the go. The 7" touchscreen packs incredible entertainment and communi...


Front-facing Camera 1.3 Megapixel
Features Video recording
Capture Formats JPEG


Software Included Google Maps

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