Sunday, November 7, 2010


                  If all the tablets in all the towns in all the world, this Samsung Galaxy Tab walks into mine. And I'm no Humphrey Bogart. So lucky me.
Samsung should score a high with the release of the Galaxy Tab, we're giving it an "A" for making this coveted tablet available to the Philippine market. Okay, and now we have to choose between the Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad. Not that the two gadgets are equal, each has features that distinguished one from the other. We're talking of choice here, something almost everybody has to make come Christmas time.

As the first major Android tablet release, the Galaxy Tab is, hands down, the most worthy challenger to the claim of supremacy made by Apple's iPad.
Okay, so the Galaxy Tab is a lot smaller than Apple's tablet with a screen at  7 inches to the iPad's 9.7-incher. The Tab sports a slick black and white-styled body made of plastic, and light at only 380g. The 7-inch display is bright and colourful enough, and the WSVGA screen resolution (1024x600) is sharp.
The Tab comes with two built-in cameras: one 3MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and also a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video conferencing. Now that's a big bite against its intended competitor.
With 3G connectivity and 802.11n Wi-Fi, the Tab allows you to be truly mobile,   the Bluetooth 3.0 is there for transferring files and streaming to external devices like headphones and speakers.
The inclusion of Android 2.2, or 'Froyo,'the most up-to-date version of Android currently available, makes the Tab a world full of wonders, technically speaking, of course.
The onscreen keyboard is functioning above-par, with crisp you haptic feedback as you type.
Flash support you will find in the Galaxy Tab which means you can watch any web video content from within a browser.
On the homescreen there's a very useful 'Active applications' button which, when pressed, gives you information about all the apps which are currently running on the device.
There are four touch buttons, similar to to those average Android phones – one for home, one for options, a back button and one for search.
On top is a 3.5mm headphone jack. The on/off button is on the right hand side next to the volume controls and further down left the slots for a SIM card and a microSD expansion card. The underside is for the charging and docking connector, while the only external feature on the left side is a small microphone.
We've barely scratched the surface here, boys. This petite beauty has just walked in, and we're not done playing with it. We're sleeping with it for a few more days, then we'll decide if the Samsung Galaxy Tab is really the One that You Want.

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