The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a worthy rival to the Apple iPad. Android 2.2 is a great operating system, it adds a camera and phone capability, and the battery life is excellent. The Tab is also a good size and weight to hold over long periods, and text input is no problem due to the width of the device and the decent keypad. The real negative for us was the price. Pros: Android 2.2; lightweight; speedy for browsing, screen rotation and other tasks; battery life Cons: Price; zoom in and out could be jerky
Android 2.2, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphics card; 512MB memory, 16GB storage, Micro SDHC slot up to 32GB RAM; 190 x 120 x 12mm, 385g; GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, SIM card slot; standard video recording, HD video playback, 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, 3.0-megapixel rear-facing camera; 1,024 x 600, widescreen touch-screen display
Using the web on the Tab is a pleasure. Pages load up quickly and the screen rotates very smoothly depending on whether you want landscape or portrait mode.
The standard Android browser offers a multi-window option, which makes it easy to scroll through any web pages you have open. A slight niggle is that the zoom in and out isn’t quite as smooth as on other touch-screens we’ve used, and is a bit jerky. It also takes longer to reformat to fit the space.
The touch-screen took a bit of getting used to as it’s not quite as sensitive as devices like the iPhone, and so required a firmer push when trying to bring up the virtual keyboard to enter text into a search bar for example.
There are two text input methods offered on the Tab, the standard Qwerty layout and Samsung’s Swype method. The keys are a rectangular shape, with the height about twice that of the width, and we found it quite easy to type without making too many mistakes. The width of the device meant it was comfortable to input text while holding the Tab in the hands, without having to place it on a table or lap.