Pros + The buttons work very well
+ Web over WiFi is very fast
+ Video playback is good quality
+ Multi touch is very precise
+ 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth
+ Two cameras (front and rear)
+ Google maps supporting pinch zooming
+ Optimized calendar application
Cons - Locked for phone calls in USA (you can flash the firmware, but you will be on your own, and I believe it only works for the AT&T model)
- Ok battery life
Summary I spent a few months researching various tablets before buying this one - on its release date of 11/11. I've had it for well over a month now, and am still very happy with it. First, I don't use HDMI so the lack of a port is not an issue for me, and since I don't tether it to my computer I don't mind the cables either. Blue tooth works very well on the T-mobile version.Edit Link
The form factor is very comfortable and the size is great in my hands. It's easy to put in a pocket or in a purse. The buttons work very well, and do light up when you tap the screen. Web over WiFi is very fast, and is a joy to use. Video playback is of good quality, and the tablet does record decent videos as well. Multi touch is very precise, and I use both pinch to zoom and double tap which are both responsive.
I do have Skyfire web browser installed, and that gives me the ability to have the Tab recognized by websites as a pc - which works well for sites like Amazon and eBay. I also have Docs installed, and can view and edit any word or excel document with ease. Paired with the Apple wireless keyboard, I can do anything on the tablet that I could do on my laptop. I do not have it paired with a wireless mouse, since I don't see the point. The touchscreen on the tablet works well enough while typing. I have paired it with a blue tooth headset and have made Skype calls with the tablet as well. That works great too - but I wouldn't use this as a phone on a regular basis.
Games play well on the tablet, and it's functionality can't be beat. I did check out the iPad in person before buying this tablet, and found it to be too big and too cumbersome. Not exactly portable,since it's 10 inches, while the Galaxy tablet is very portable.
I really can't recommend this product enough. Sure it's a bit pricey, but you get what you pay for - and in this case you get a lot.
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Updated on Oct 25, 2011
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Updated on Oct 25, 2011Edit Link
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Pros Beautiful, responsive screen; excellent form factor; Swype included, expandable memory slot, speakers are quite loud,
Cons Sometimes chugs on Flash or content-heavy sites, screen is very conducive to fingerprints, highly sensitive accelerometer (could be a Pro for some people), NO VOICE DIALING (see summary)
Summary The Galaxy Tab is a serious contender to the Apple iPad. It doesn't have the flash, name recognition, or Apple logo behind it, but it does have a LOT in it's favor that should make anything thinking about an iPad think twice. Overall, the Tab is a very well designed device that pretty effectively trounces any other small form-factor tablet.
Firstly, the form factor. Despite what Steve Jobs may think, 7" is an ideal tablet size. The iPad is wonderful if you're sitting at home or at a coffee shop, in a comfortable environment. However, for usage "on the go", the larger form factor can sometimes be a nuisance. It doesn't fit in anything smaller than a backpack, and digging it out when I can just slip my phone out of my pocket just doesn't "work".
However, the Tab fits easily into most of my coat and pants pockets. It doesn't cut a very trim outline, but it fits. It's easy to slip out, punch in a contact or an upcoming event, look up a quick Wikipedia reference, or take a picture, and slip back out of sight. It's to the point now where my smartphone is actually my backup device, and the Tab has become my "go-to" device for almost everything. The Tab is the first device that has made me consider going back to my MotoRazr, dropping my monthly payments by a hefty amount (Android phones on T-Mo are required to have a data plan).
The screen is amazing. Capacitive, first of all, which should be almost a requirement for any tablet device. It's bright and easy to read and resolves text amazingly well. Images are crisp, and 3D graphics are pretty smooth - the included game "Asphalt 5", hopefully, is just an indicator of things to come.
The dual cameras are great, but in my own personal use they don't come in as handy as I thought they would. The front facing camera is actually more useful than the rear camera, as the Tab comes with a Qik video chat. Though limited, the potential is there for other developers to step in and offer more functuionality, thanks to the hardware.
Apps are plentiful, as you have access to the entire Android Market. As with the iPad, many apps aren't optimzed for the Tab quite yet, but this has nothing to do with the device itself and everything to do with the developers. As more Tabs get out "in the wild", I would expect to see developers hopping on board. Many of the "staple" apps are already optimized, and with the next Android version I would expect to see an even further improvement.
As an eBook reader, the Tab excels. It's comfortable to hold, not very weighty, and the screen is easy on the eyes, comparatively. For testing purposes I downloaded both Aldiko and FBReader, both were optimized for the Tab's screen and text flowed perfectly on both.
My one MAJOR gripe with the Tab is despite being perfectly set up for Google Voice (it has a built in mic and an amazing set of speakers), Voice dialing is completely disabled, effectively gimping the device. I was hugely disappointed to discover this, and I'm not sure if the fault lies with Google, Samsung, T-mobile, or some combination of those. Whoever is at fault, this fact alone almost made me return the device. The hardware is phenomenal, however, this oversight or deliberate removal of functionality is just baffling.
On the whole, response is snappy and effecient. I haven't done an "official" test of battery life, but the Tab can get me through a full workday with WiFi and Bluetooth enabled, and screen at 50%. I have noticed that cranking the screen up to 100% cuts the battery dramatically, but that's to be expected.
Another slight negative is the lack of launch-day accessories. While the iPad has quickly garnered enough accessories to fill a small warehouse, all the Tab has so far are screen protectors and cases. Keyboard docks, or even a Netbook-type kit (similar to the iPad) would actually be welcome.
I would recommend that anyone thinking about a tablet PC give the Tab a look before moving on to the iPad. It's high points more than make up for the lows, and the added features give it a slight edge that Apple might not be able to replicate until the iPad 2 release.
Lastly, this has nothing to do with the Tab itself, but the Cubed music app is an AMAZING alternative to having an iPod. It's absolutely gorgeous on the larger Tab screen, and it's free.
"Great Device!"on by rawleturner
Pros 7inch screen literally is the perfect size not too big but no too small either
Cons no kickstand
Summary I think this devices is awesome. I use mine everyday..im on t-mobiles network so im usually getting on average about 4-5MB download speeds I use dolphin hd browser it LOOKS FLAWLESS in the settings i set it to desktop emulation and its good to go.Flash videos that are embeded in websites play flawlessly right on the webpage,unlike the ipad I dont have to use the youtube app without ever losing my place on the webpage I can play my videos. With 3rd party app print share I print web pages from it. this includes maps and directions, honestly I dont know much it can't do and if it can't it still can through phonemypc app where i can use my computer remotely from wherever i am over wifi or my network..Also it palys .avi natively so if you have movies on your cpu no need to convert just drop on your sd and your ready for entertainment. I Love this thing
nice cameras (front & rear)
long battery life (when I first brought it home)
fun when apps work
screen is nice
WiFi & 3G
Cons Won't play more than 20 minutes of music through bluetooth at a time
bad customer service through Samsung
paid top dollar then T-mobile dropped the price!
Summary I absolutely loved this tablet when I first brought it home on its debut, but the honeymoon stage is over.
Games are fun, videos look good, but my tablet always freezes when I try to play music over bluetooth, and sometimes for no reason at all. Sometimes I also have problems connecting to bluetooth. The longer I've had it, the worse the battery life is.
The tablet is currently with Samsung for a SECOND time. I sent it in the first time because it was overheating (crazy hot, melted lip balm in my bag) and then freezing (not literally, but would shutdown especially when I played music over bluetooth. The second time I sent it in for more the same reasons in addition to the charger over heating. It would even shutdown (completely turn off) while not in use. I would have hold the power button for at least one minute for it to turn back on. So for a total of one month, two weeks gone the first time and an estimate of two weeks this time (still haven't gotten it back yet and it took longer to get to them) I've been paying for service that I can't use. Samsung's customer service is not very good and constantly make promises they fail to deliver. Thus, I'm in the market for a new device.
I'm very disappointed with how this product ultimately turned out. This whole experience has made me anti-Samsung (and almost anti-T-mobile due to their repair policies).
Pros The size is great. Very portable. It fits perfectly in my purse and jackets. The android apps are even better on the bigger screen. Being able to work on my MS Office docs is wonderful. Video chat is another bonus.
Cons No Netflix...yet.
Summary As I said above, the features on here are great. My kids love video chatting with my husband while he's at work. Reading books are very convenient as well. I owned a Kindle, but why carry multiple gadgets when this does it all in one. My young boys have me downloading books for them to read because they find it a lot more fun to read on this then to read a paperback book.
I also own an iTouch (after playing with my nephews iPad, I feel an iTouch is its mini me). I enjoy the apps on there, but have always loved the android market better.
The Galaxy's features are so much fun, I now use it for everything. School, work, and just plain fun.