The Samsung Galaxy Tab is certainly not your usual E-Reader, for one because it is one of the smallest tablets in the market. It reminds more of a giant Smartphone. However, there certainly is a niche for this, especially when it comes to mobile browsing and also reading works quite well on the device, especially if you are just looking for a device to use on the go or on your way to work.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first major tablet release since the Apple iPad launched. It’s been a long time coming, too. The Galaxy Tab was one of the all-time worst kept secrets in tech until it was finally unveiled at Berlin’s IFA show back in September 2009, and as the first major Android tablet release, it holds a weight of responsibility on its shoulders.
With a tidal wave of Android tablets about to sweep through the tech world, it’s possible that if the Galaxy Tab were to disappoint, it could damage the perception that Android tablets will be able to top the iPad on features and performance.
The price certainly indicates that Samsung believes the Galaxy Tab can topple the Apple iPad from its tablet tower.
That price doesn’t include any 3G access either, so if you want web connectivity on the go, it’s going to cost you a monthly fee from one of the mobile networks.
Once the Tab has gone on sale, you should be able to pick up a subsidised model from one of the mobile networks, in return for signing a contract. However, currently we’re not sure how much these deals are likely to cost.
This pricing strategy is slightly surprising – the Android tablet would be a lot more appealing if it was a bit cheaper than the iPad.
Samsung’s decision no doubt also has something to do with it not wanting to undercut the cost of its own Android smartphones, but it’s a big risk.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a lot to live up to, then. Especially when you consider it’s a lot smaller than Apple’s tablet – its 7-inch screen is dwarfed by the iPad’s 9.7-incher.
Keeping up appearances
With a slick black and white-styled body and a bright and shiny TFT touchscreen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab gets off to a good start in that it looks absolutely fabulous.
It looks every bit the iPad killer that Samsung wants it to be. And while it may look lot like the iPad in pictures, it’s quite a bit smaller and feels a lot different in the hand.
At 12mm it’s quite thick, only fractionally thinner than the 9.7-inch iPad. As such it feels proportionately more chunky than the Apple device; not necessarily a bad thing.
the 7-inch display we have here is just a fairly standard TFT LCD. It’s bright and colourful enough, and the WSVGA screen resolution (1024×600) is only slightly lower than that of the 9.7-inch iPad (so that’s 260ppi versus 132ppi) which means that the display on the Galaxy Tab is a lot sharper.