Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes to the office, makes calls

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has just arrived in our office and, boy, do we have some news for you. It turns out that the Honeycomb slate takes on from where its 7” predecessor left off, and brings native telephony capabilities to an even larger form factor.

Yeap, we are talking regular GSM network phone calls and even some video-calls if you wish. There’s no dialer on board, but you can either get a 3rd party app from the market (as we did), or use your contacts list for initiating calls.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab makes calls too

Much like with the 7” Galaxy Tab, you can either use the built-in microphone and speakerphones, a handsfree plugged into the 3.5mm audio jack, or a Bluetooth handsfree for calling. Pretty cool, eh?

But of course telephony is not why people would go for the Galaxy Tab 8.9. The reason why people would probably choose the ultra-slim tablet is the great mix of portability and functionality that it offers. Despite being as powerful as its larger competitors, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes in a shell that’s way more portable and easier to handle (due to the reduced weight and unbelievably slim waistline).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 live shots

Anyway we shouldn’t be getting ahead of ourselves here. We’ll see if the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will manage to live up to the high expectations when the preview is created. In the meantime, feel free to check out how it compares to its larger brother and the iPad 2 on paper.


 

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes to the office, makes calls - reader comments

  • A Witty Man

seen that a lot of people are asking how to make the galaxy tab p 1000 work as a phone. Can you help me with turning mine into a phone or not. Seen questions on this. However i don't see any answers. Also I'm trying to figure out what power is needed...

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  • 2014-02-07 10:01
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  • Simona

My 8.9 USED to be able to make phone calls. For some paranormal reason, it suddenly stoped. I tried upgrading to ICS but it didn't help.

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  • 2013-07-13 19:34
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  • Shazeerazly

Oh okay. I just realised that I got a reply. Hey Henry, now I don't have to tell you the steps, right ?? There are many tablets that can make phone calls now.

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  • 2013-02-08 03:54
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