Samsung Galaxy Tab
Price: Rs. 24,900
The Galaxy Tab is Samsung's 7 inch Android 2.2 Tablet , touted to be a full-fledged, compact communication and entertainement device. If you are someone who spends plenty of time watching movies/videos on portables but hate the eyestrain that comes with it, the Galaxy Tab is your perfect commuting media device.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab packs a 1024 x 600 pixels into a 7 inch SVGA screen which makes for an impressive Pixel Density(PPI). At maximum brightness, the Tab's display is suitably vibrant, and there are numerous options to adjust the contrast and saturation. At 0.84 pounds, the Tab is considerably commuter friendly compared to rival Tablets. The Galaxy Tab sports a 1 Ghz processor with 512MB MB RAM.
Connectivity & Features
The Galaxy Tab's OS, Android 2.2 Froyo supports full-multiasking, unrestricted app access and Adobe Flash support . Android open tethering approach is another deal-clincher, it basically lets you connect your laptop to the web using the Tab's 3G connection, without having to shell out more dough. The Galaxy Tab supports Readers Hub and renders access to a huge collection of magazines, newspapers and other literary content.
There were concerns around porting the Android 2.2 into Tablets , considering it was developed for smartphones, but the Galaxy Tab manages to run the Android 2.2 near flawlessly. This 3G tablet comes with five customisable home screens , which you can cramp with all sorts of widgets & app shortcuts. The bottom part of the screen sports the dedicated shortcuts to the Web browser, email and the menu.
Another advantage of watching videos on the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the simple drag & drop functionality, getting videos onto the Tab is a quick and the device supports a broad range of video formats, including DivX & Xvid formats . The same goes for audio, even if you have you have a massive music library, getting those tracks onto the Tab is a fairly quick process, without the need for any secondary software. The Samsung P1000 supports a huge range of audio formats, including OGG, FLAC & AC3 formats.
Switching from portrait to landscape orientation is almost seamless, via the built-in accelerometer. The Samsung Tab P1000 really excels when it comes to certain usability areas, like the onscreen keyboard which when in portrait orientation, its extremely easy to type away using only your thumbs.
The 1Ghz processor adds to the overall responsiveness, coupled with the haptic feedback & Swype input, the Galaxy Tab allows for a seamless navigation. Samsung has included an 'Active Applications' widget , it lets you monitor every app thats currently running and how much memory each one is consuming, allowing to shutdown RAM-hungry apps to free up more memory.
Thanks to Android 2.2, the Galaxy Tab P1000 supports Adobe's Flash player which gets you access to a huge collection of online videos. The Tab loads & plays most of the online content rather smoothly and even handles random pausing & skipping without any isssues. On the rear is a 3-megapixel camera with an LED flash and thanks to the snappy interface, the 3G device can also capture video at 30 fps.
The Galaxy P1000 also serves as a phone, however holding a 7-inch device to your face isn't all that fun, thankfully Samsung includes a set of headphones with in-line mic for wireless communication. The Samsung Tab also lets you make video calls over 3G with the front facing 1.3MP camera just above the display.
The phone & camera function makes the Tab a perfect choice for long travels, especially if you don't want to lug around a separate smartphone, laptop and a tablet, throw in Google Maps Navigation and the whole package becomes an appealing prospect for those who want big-screen Web access on the move.
Battery & Storage
The Samsung P1000 comes with 16GB of internal memory and supports up to 32GB of microSD card.With all the multitasking capabilites it packs, one would expect the battery life to take a hit, but the Galaxy Tab's 4000 Li-Po battery handles pretty well, Samsung claims an impressive 7 hours of HD video playback , possibly the most CPU intensive application you can throw at the device. It's expected that the Tab would easily last couple of days of normal usage without wanting to be plugged in.