Mar 28, 2011

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

Samsung has quite an impressive line-up of Android devices that has fitted to a lot of consumer pockets around the world. And with the dawn of tablet PCs as sparked by Apple’s iPad, Samsung has dived in to have a piece of the limelight with their smaller Galaxy Tab. With prices of first-generation tablets going down, will the Galaxy Tab level the competition? Let’s find out.

Design

One thing that’s apparent from the Galaxy tab is its 7-inch display as opposed to the iPad’s which is at 10-inch. Although smaller in size, it then gives you the benefit of being able to hold it in one hand.

The Galaxy Tab is curved at all sides and albeit the all-plastic build it still, managed to feel solid with a manageable weight of 380 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

On the right side you will find the power button, the volume rocker, SIM card slot and the miscro-sd card slot which supports up to 32GB. Left side only features the mic.

At the top is where the 35mm jack is exposed while at the bottom is where you’ll find the twin speakers and the 30-pin connector for the charger and USB. Unfortunately though, the Galaxy Tab doesn’t charge on USB (Ed. actually it would trickle charge and wouldn’t appear to be charging).

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The 7”  front glass as common amongst most touch-screen devices, is also a fingerprint magnet. The secondary 1.3MP camera is found on the top right while the four dedicated Android buttons can be found below. At the glossy back panel is where the 3MP camera with LED flash is located.

Display

The display quality of the Galaxy Tab may not be as good as the SuperAMOLED of the Galaxy S but it can still render surprisingly good graphics for viewing and gaming entertainment. It’s important to note that viewing the display at certain angles causes the colors to change and look washed out but the graphics are still pretty much visible nonetheless.

Features

Unlike the iPad, the Galaxy Tab supports phone calls and SMS which is a great step-up for the competition. Also, with the inclusion of 3G, Wifi and Bluetooth, you’ll have a host of connectivity options to suit your wireless needs. A Bluetooth headset is not included though if you wish to use the Tab as a phone as well.

The Galaxy Tab comes installed with the Android 2.2 Froyo. Users who are already familiar with the Froyo interface in their Samsung smartphones can dive right in with the Galaxy Tab’s user interface albeit some minimal changes in the home screen. The overall feel when swiping through the user interface is both smooth and fast. Thanks to the 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

Typing with the Galaxy Tab’s virtual QWERTY keyboard is a breeze with very minimal typing errors whether in portrait or landscape mode. It also features that Swype text input for that added speed in typing although you’ll have a larger screen to work with.

The battery life is rated at 4000mAh which is quite good for a multimedia device. It gave us around 6 hours worth of continuous video but on regular use with 3G on, you can get a day and half before plugging it in.

Multimedia

Playing games and watching videos in the Galaxy Tab is definitely a feat. Being able to play in a 7” display with the latest games from Android will have you playing for hours. The video delivers smooth performance in up to Full HD video resolution and it also supports DivX and XviD. The audio quality is very good and it’s topped off with a great music player that lets you organize your music and playlists.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000

Gaming is not a problem with the Galaxy Tab. The processor is very capable in playing even the resource-intensive games from the Android market. Casual gamers would love its 7-inch display because you can hold it in one hand while playing.

Web Browsing

Users who frequently visit flash sites will now enjoy the full browsing experience because Flash is now supported by Android Froyo. Although web browsing tends to get a bit laggy when it comes to viewing sites with heavy contents, generally, the browsing experience is a breeze.

Camera

The Tab’s camera interface let’s you tap to focus on the subject and also provides you with a host of camera settings to suit your photographic needs. As to the picture quality taken from its 1.3 megapixel camera, the colors appear washed out but still decent. Here are some samples:

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You better learn how to shoot without shaking the tab though as it is prone to blurry shots when used indoors without a flash along with the awkward way of handling it.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is by all means a great tablet device. It’s not just a promising tablet but can rather be the most coveted device for a lot of people. The Tab have come short of Apple’s iPad’s size (the latter having a bigger screen display), very smooth interface and attractive display. The Galaxy Tab’s inclusion of an expandable memory, Android Froyo Flash support, telephony and SMS capabilities and other features can strongly compel you to grab the Tab over the other.

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With the original iPad getting a price cut, Samsung followed suit lowering the price of the Galaxy Tab to Php20,999 making it more difficult for you not to consider it as a tablet. Be that as it may, it all boils down to the user’s preference as to whether portability, features and display quality is concerned. If you prefer a more compact and capable multimedia device, then the Galaxy Tab is for you. For richer multimedia, tons of games and smooth browsing preference, the iPad is for you.

Samsung Galaxy Tab P1000 Specs:
7-inch TFT LCD @ 1024×600 pixel resolution
Android OS 2.2 Froyo
Cortex A8 1.0GHz w/ PowerVR SGX540
512 MB RAM
16GB and 32GB internal memory
up to 32GB via microSD
3MP AF camera with LED Flash
1.3MP front camera for video calls
Adobe Flash 10.1 player support
3G (HSUPA 5.76Mbps, HSDPA 7.2Mbps)
WiFi 802.11n
Bluetooth 3.0
Gyroscope sensor
Geo-Magnetic sensor
Accelerometer
Light sensor
Li-Ion 4,000mAh battery
SRP: Php34,990 Php21,990

Editor’s note: This post is contributed by Carl Clasio with some slight revisions by the editor. Carl is a contributor here at PTB and loves playing with all sorts of gadgets. He’s also into photography, likes Piña Colada and getting caught in the rain.



  1. Wow ang mura nya! I would like to buy one of these.

  2. Harley Son says:

    kaw sir calvin, which would you prefer, the tab or the ipad?

    • the tab is too small for my taste. i prefer the ipad pero parang ok din yung 10-inch na tab paglumabas. maganda rin kasi yung may mga widgets and flash support ang tablet mo eh.

    • If you like sending emails and attaching files the ipad is not for you. Productivity via cloud computing is bad for ipad. >.<

      • ipad is cool but risky too much to take it outside you need a car to travel it haha…

        my mom could buy me the ipad2 but i”d rather samsung galaxy tab .. becuse you still needed itunes to load some music, sync it and if you even dont have laptop with your itunes on it…bad tripp nga eh i have sync my ipad on other computer…. and all the games,musics,videos is all gone ?? i said wtf! but till i got home i just re sync it on my laptop…

  3. i prefer this. ang laki ng ipad.
    Pero lam ko, mas muro po ata ng konti ung Wifi ang Ipad?

  4. Harley Son says:

    well, i really dont know know now…

    out of the topic sir calvin,
    got a an iphone4 from globe and it fell to the aquarium. it shuts down. any suggestion the chance of recovery? how much kaya cost nun if i will return it to globe at have it fixed at apple’s service center? any idea? sigh

  5. Hindi kaya mukha ka namang tanga kapag sumagot ng incoming call?

  6. san makakabili ng samsung galaxy tab na 20,990? sa samsung store kasi eh 21,990…thanks

    • thanks Dex! nice review!

    • Optimus says:

      nice review!

      I am planning to buy this one over ipad. since im more on tech support. but yes, more games choices on ipad. Plus it drops from 35k (january my last check) to 22k.

      I am just concerned with the media applications. I have an android tab with 1.6 version. the video is a bit saggy.

  7. Yung wifi version ng Galaxy tab, hindi po sya phone. Around 16K ang price. acc. to some sites.

  8. Maganda talaga ang halos lahat na products ng samsung mas sulit ‘to kay sa sa Ipad kassi android ang os nito. Pero ok din naman ang Ipad. Pero kung ako ang tatanungin galaxy tab muna bibilhin ko. pero someday bibili rin ako ng ipad maganda kasi ito.

  9. Fred Lu says:

    How do you use mobile browsing using Globe sim card?

  10. Hi meron ba vga cable for projector ang galaxy tab? And san po nkakabili?

  11. MJ DIONGCO says:

    my God dito ho sa Cagayan De Oro City Samsung tab naghahalaga lang ng 17,500 when i check mga applications parang mey doubt ako na mey kulang di ko nga alam kung kagaya ba iyon sa mga some SAMSUNG PHONES na mukhang ORIG nga pero kulang ng applications or iba sa kaparehos ng phone like sa SAMSUNG WIFI STAR… kung me taga cdo man dito check nyo po sa GRAPHICS CDO main BRANCH nila…

  12. ang samsung galaxy tab ba pd skype?, Microsoft office?, anung sakop nya, ung 20K or ung 16K lang? thanks po.

  13. Roja San Juan says:

    Hi, I just want to ask if the Galaxy tab allows downloads like dictionaries, translators, etc. I’m thinking about getting one but I want to know if I can download a dictionary (Spanish-english) so I can use this for my studies. Thanks!

  14. net dizon says:

    hello po. Tanong ko lang kung talagang di gumagana ang videocall sa skype at ym ang galaxy tab? Kc ung sa ym may videocall nga pero ung kausap ko lang nakikita ko..

  15. im planning to buy this tab.. but i wanna know first kung gumagana b dto un mga application s facebook,. like farmville, cityville,..etc. ? tnx..

  16. Im selling my galaxy tab 3g 16gb purchased last jan with warranty receipt for 19k

  17. I think Samsung has what it takes to level out the competition.

  18. sir wala po bang mp3 ang samsung tab? wla po kc ako nbasa sa spec nya e pno pag may incoming call?

  19. Great Post!Now I know what is the best tab to buy and what is best for android. Thanks a lot.

  20. Sir, may Samsung Galaxy Tab ba na may wi-fi tas sim card holder?

  21. pwede po ba ipa-upgrade ko yung samsung galaxy tab 3 7.0 wifi sa samsung galaxy tab 3 7.0 wifi and 3g..thanks!

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