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April 1, 2011
 

Deal Alert: Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Written by: mgardega

The price of a Samsung Galaxy Tab just dropped down to $200 on a contract with Sprint.  This is $100 dollars less than their previous low price.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab,  was pretty much the first semi legitimate Android tablet.  It was however never given the blessing by Google, and never received an actual tablet oriented Operating System (Honeycomb) mostly due to the fact that Google was still developing Android 3.0. In a rush to get a product out  and profit off of an emerging tablet market, this was developed.  It is a smaller form factor 7 inch screen running Android 2.2 Froyo with some custom widgets.  Many people will deride this for it’s lack of Honeycomb, and I happen to agree with them, but had trouble holding off on purchasing one as an impulse buy early on.

The lack of a Tablet specific OS (Honeycomb) is a big limitation especially among the Android fan base.  Consider this though: the iPad and the iPad 2 do not have an OS that is purpose built for a tablet either.  To me the reviewer, I tend to think this is a point of failure on the Apple front.  Those in the Apple camp tend to applaud this as a feature in that there is no learning difficulty.  This will most likely evolve when Steve Jobs decides to define the differences more (most likely with the recently delayed iOS 5).

Back to the Samsung Galaxy Tab.  It has been around for a while now, and has some interesting accessories: like a car dock, and an HDMI Media dock.  We here at New Tablet Reviews have to suggest that even at this price point you probably should wait and purchase a newer tablet. Look around and ask around the site to find the best tablet in this price point. Right now the Nook Color, if you are willing to hack has a better screen, and you will not have to lock yourself into a two year cellular contract.  If you are not willing to hack Honeynook emmc v5 or whatever flavor is the latest, then you should not consider buying the Nook Color. Out of the magnetized box of the Nook Color eReader/tablet it is not running a full on Android tablet OS or.  If you can afford the upfront costs, always avoid these arrangements. They are more expensive than the tablet itself in the long run.  If you are still interested in this tablet, head down to your nearest electronics seller, and try before you buy. Save up your money for a few more weeks and get a superior tablet which you won’t regret.

 

Pros:

  • Seven inch screen size (if you like small form factor tablets)
  • 16Gb SD Card included
  • 13 ounces is fairly light
  • Reduced pricing

Cons:

  • Running outdated Andoid 2.2 Froyo and may not receive an upgrade to Honeycomb
  • Price reduction is only with a two year contract
  • Aging Processor

Samsung Galaxy Tab

 

Carrier
  • Sprint
Form Factor 

  • Touchscreen, Tablet
Operating System 

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo)
Camera (Front) 

  • 1.3 Megapixel
Camera (Rear) 

  • 3.0 Megapixel Auto Focus
Camera/Camcorder Additional Features 

  • Features: 3x Digital Zoom, Auto Focus, Shot Modes, Smile Shot, Geo-tagging, Editing Modes, Camcorder, Video Sahre, Online Image Uploading
Dimensions (Wx H x D) 

  • 7.48 x 4.74 x 0.47 inches (HxWxD)
Weight 

  • 13 ounces
Battery 

  • Lithium Ion, 4000mAh
Memory 

  • RAM: 512MB, ROM: 2GB
  • 16GB Internal
  • 32GB External
  • Pre-installed 16GB microSD™ card
Network 

  • Quadband: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
    UMTS Triband: 850/1900/2100MHz
  • GPRS/EDGE
Connectivity 

  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • USB
  • Bluetooth 3.0 Connectivity
CPU 

  • C110, 1GHz, Cortex A8 Hummingbird Application
Display 

  • 7.0″ WSVGA
  • 600 x 1024 Pixel Display Resolution
  • 3.54″ x 6.05″ Display Size
  • 16M TFT
User Interface 

  • Widgets, Social Hub, Smart Unlock, Accelerometer
Audio 

  • Music Player, Compatible Music Files: AAC, AMR, imelody, MIDI, MP3, WAV
Video 

  • Video Player, Video Streaming, Compatible Video Files: 3GP, AAC, AAC+, AMR, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, MPEG4, QCIF, WMV
Fun and Entertainment 

  • Downloadable Content, Animated Wallpapers, Widget Gallery, Media Hub
Business and Office 

  • Microsoft® OfficeCompatible, Smart Search
Messaging Options 

  • Email, Corporate Email, Picture Messaging, Text Messaging, Instant Messaging, Threaded/ChatStyle, Video Messaging, Swype™, Predictive Text XT9®

 



About the Author

mgardega
Fan of emerging technologies, and their trans-formative relationship with society both good and bad. Some of my heroes are: Nikola Tesla, Gutenberg, Hunter S Thompson, Lawrence Lessig, Marshall McLuhan and a few others. I think the US patent system needs a mass overhaul.



 
 

 
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