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Samsung Galaxy Tab review | Tablet screen

Published on: Thursday, December 23rd 2010                   Written by: Dennis Hissink - Photography by: Mark Peters

Samsung Galaxy Tab device

Samsung Galaxy Tab device

Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet

Now, what exactly do you get for that price tag? First of all, a smaller device. It may sound strange, but the Tab’s dimensions are so much smaller, that the device is exactly half the size of the iPad. That makes the Tab portable, so portable that the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be carried inside the breast pocket of a jacket or even in the back of your pants, although you should remove it before you sit down, otherwise you’ll be in trouble. For the rest, the Samsung Galaxy Tab can be called all-round. The applications that are supported by the Samsung tablet are very diverse.

Samsung Galaxy Tab screen

Samsung Galaxy Tab screen

Samsung Tab with 7" touchscreen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch format screen is unfortunately not an AMOLED type, but a 16 million pixels TFT color LCD capacitive touchscreen with a 600x1024 pixels resolution. Next to the clearly lower weight, being portable is one of the most important features of the device, and is to mark the difference in the competition between the iPad and the Tab. There is actually another difference, and that is the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s full calling functionality, (including video calling). The calling functionality leads to hilarity when you use the Tab as a phone, holding it up to your ear.


Samsung Galaxy Tab versus Apple iPad

Samsung Galaxy Tab review


Samsung Galaxy Tab multitasking

Samsung is aiming for ease of use. The ease of carrying the Tab with you, but also the possibility of different forms of communication. The Samsung Galaxy Tab also supports multitasking, which is a feature that the iPad will most likely get in quarter 4 of 2010 via an update. The built-in card slot is also handy, in order to extend the capacity to a maximum of 32GB. The SIM card has a standard format, not a micro SIM that the iPad 3G uses. Adobe Flash support is no surprise, which offers another advantage over Apple’s refusal to offer Flash support.

Samsung Galaxy Tab vs iPad

There are also differences with the iPad that are disadvantages for the Samsung Tab. The iPad’s screen is a lot bigger and the (multimedia) experience of the display is more intense. The battery use is better in the iPad than the Tab, and considering the big screen, this is a good accomplishment for Apple. The iPad is also available in a 64GB version. We compared the Samsung Galaxy Tab’s screen to that of the iPad. Next to the obvious difference in format, the Tab’s screen has noticeably less contrast. The iPad’s viewing angle is also a bit bigger, while maintaining a good display. With the appropriate settings, the brightness of the Tab’s display can be adjusted. The many fingerprints that remain on the screen are visible, so you just keep polishing. This is not unique for the Tab; the iPad is also a keen collector of fingerprints.

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