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Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The first major Android tablet release arrives to challenge the iPad

Our Verdict

Nice size; Solid build; Android 2.2; Excellent connectivity

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Nice size
  • Solid build
  • Android 2.2
  • Excellent connectivity

Against

  • Laggy performance
  • Weak battery
  • Poor camera
  • Lack of optimisations

samsung galaxy tab

The quality of the screen is a vital factor when judging a tablet. Due to the almost complete lack of physical buttons, the screen is absolutely everything to the user.

You need to be able to see it in bright conditions, it needs to be responsive, it needs to be clear, it needs to be able to show bright and dark areas at the same time. And the touchscreen needs to respond quickly and accurately. So how does it perform?

display settings

Performance

The Galaxy Tab's screen is a fairly standard TFT LCD panel, with resolution of 1024 x 600.

As we mentioned earlier, it was hoped by many pre-launch that the Tab would come packing an AMOLED panel. That type of display is thinner, lighter and often better for viewing in direct sunlight. And so the absence of an AMOLED display is a bit of a let-down, particularly at this premium price.

Indoors

Inside, the Galaxy Tab's screen looks quite majestic. With settings to change the brightness, colour saturation and contrast, you can customise it so it looks great according to your own preferences.

Watching videos with lots of bright colours is also a pleasure. Cartoons and Pixar-style 3D animations look best, while the screen does a less good job at handling darker colours.

Outdoors

Using the Galaxy Tab in bright conditions, however, is a massive pain. In direct sunlight it is literally impossible to see anything on it at all, and even in outdoor conditions without the sun shining directly on it, you end up seeing a grey, smeary, fingerprinty mess rather than what the device is attempting to display.

The pocket-friendly dimensions of the Tab make it perfect for carrying around with you wherever you go, but the screen makes life pretty difficult.

The iPad suffers in outdoor conditions too, but in our side-by-side test the iPad did a slightly better job of fending off the bright lights.

This is possibly the biggest disappointment of all. A kick-ass screen would have gone a long way towards making the Samsung Galaxy Tab a really fantastic device, but without this awe-factor, the device seems a lot less special.

Responsiveness

The Tab was also a bit hit and miss when it comes to responsiveness. At some points the screen responded to touch almost immediately. At other times there were uncomfortable delays.

When sliding through your home screens, the iPad just is slicker, smoother and more responsive. The Galaxy Tab keeps you waiting a split second at a time, and it all adds up. As a result, it's not a fun device to use.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM, WCDMA, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelA8
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Weight (Approximate)380 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3.5G
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height190.9 mm
Width120.5 mm
Depth12 mm
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelP1000 Galaxy Tab
Product NameP1000 Galaxy Tab Tablet
Manufacturer Part NumberSAMP1000V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfect for life on the go. The 7" touchscreen packs incredible entertainment and communication features, while a slim and light weight design ensures both comfort and portability. It features the new Android 2.2 operating system, voice and face-to-face video calling, and four new amazing Hubs (Music, Media, Readers and Social) for the ultimate tablet experience. The Galaxy Tab also supports Flash 10.1 and delivers the full web experience for you to enjoy. Enjoy life without limits with the Galaxy Tab.

Thinkfree

With the Galaxy Tab, you can prepare and produce office documents and then conveniently view and share with others on a 7"screen. Develop spreadsheets, Word documents, PDF files, and PowerPoint presentations in their original formats.

Package Contents
  • P1000 Galaxy Tab Tablet
  • USB Power Adapter
  • PC Data Cable
  • Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year