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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

An amazing hand-sized tablet that almost beats its big brother

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Samsung makes much of its Touch Wiz interface, which provides a few interesting enhancements beyond the basic Android 3.2 operating system. The user interface isn't so useful that it makes the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 notably better than the competition. Samsung and the other tablet manufacturers will have some serious competition when the new Amazon Kindle and Kindle Fire start shipping.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 helps you find media, but it's cobbled together from apps and services that Samsung doesn't own. There's a Media Hub app from Samsung that does make it easy to rent and buy TV shows and movies, but when you want to buy an ebook, download a magazine or newspaper, or even purchase a song, you'll have to rely on third-party services such as Zinio and Kobo.

That's an interface problem, because it means putting in more work to obtain this media - you have to register for each separate account. Still, Samsung does offer a Reader Hub app that at least guides you to each service. As for the mini apps, they add some small value to the device, but nothing overly unique.

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There's a pen memo app for jotting handwritten notes, a calculator, clock, calendar and task manager.

Samsung provides several unique widgets, including one that shows the feed from Twitter and Facebook in one handy box. On the main screen, you'll find widgets for a photo, the time, weather forecast and current news. There's also a calendar reminder, a finance widget and small icons for favourite contacts.

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Once again, the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet provides a few extra user interface components that beat the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, including an app wheel for storing favourite apps and one that shows open apps. However, the mini apps and widgets included with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 are better than what you'll find on tablets such as the Toshiba AT100 and Acer Iconia A500, in that they're for more than just storing app icons.

It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelT-250
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size22.6 cm (8.9")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Weight (Approximate)465 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height8.6 mm
Width230.9 mm
Depth157.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-P7310/M32
Product NameGalaxy Tab GT-P7310/M32 Tablet Computer
Product LineGalaxy Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P7310FKEXEU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Better Design

The new GALAXY Tab 8.9 a superlative experience with the thinnest and lightest large screen tablet available! Enjoy unmatched mobility thanks to the amazingly thin and light body. At just 465 grams and 8.6mm slim, this tablet is a breeze to handle.

Better Screen

High definition 8.9" display delivers excellent screen sharpness. With 1280 x 800 WXGA display boasting a pixel density of 169ppi (pixel per inch), you can enjoy better details. Movies, photos and programmes with rich graphics will pop to life on the tablet's screen.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab GT-P7310/M32 Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year