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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

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

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Bright clear screen
  • Good bundled apps
  • Good battery life
  • Light and thin
  • Fast processor

Against

  • Not as many business apps
  • Smaller screen for movies
  • High price
  • No built-in USB or HDMI ports
  • Some muddy movie playback

Samsung galaxy tab 8.9

The colourful, bright and clear screen is one of the main reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab line has attracted a loyal following. One look and you'll realise the screen is noticeably superior to other tablets - even the Apple iPad 2. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a rich and bright quality that makes games, browsing and any app more enjoyable to use - like upgrading from a standard LCD to a modern HD TV that uses LED technology.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 becomes a device you want to use because you know it'll be easy on the eyes. By comparison, the Lenovo ThinkPad, Acer Iconia A500, Asus Eee Pad Transformer and Toshiba AT100 all use screens that aren't nearly as bright or clear. The closest competitors, in fact, are Samsung smartphones such as the Galaxy S2, which uses an AMOLED screen that's just as bright.

Samsung galaxy tab 8.9

We tested a handful of movies and TV shows on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 - several episodes of Fringe, the latest season opener for The Walking Dead and the movie Captain America. Fringe in particular looked bright and clear during most scenes, and the rich blacks didn't have a washed-out look like they do on many tablets.

Samsung galaxy tab 8.9

The only time we noticed some fuzziness to the screen was during the opening segment of Captain America, which is dark and foggy. On the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, the scene looked too muddy.

The brilliant screen comes at a price, though. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 costs twice as much as some competing tabs, such as the recently released cheap 7-inch ViewSonic ViewPad 7e.

At full brightness, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 also sucks up battery juice quickly. Fortunately, Samsung includes a power-saving tech that dims the screen and adjusts brightness automatically and works even harder to save battery at a 50% charge.

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