Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab review: An expanding universe

GSMArena team, 26 October 2010.
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Introduction

Not so long ago the tablet was a futureless species, stuck in an evolutionary dead-end. The technology and the the operating systems didn't offer the right balance of portability and usability to suit its needs. But just look at it now...

It was the Apple iPad that made the first splash and many other tablets are on their way on following its steps. We guess Samsungís had an easier job than Apple bringing it to market. They already had the Samsung Galaxy S in the works and just had to make it bigger. Plus, they didnít need to go to great lengths explaining what a tablet is and what it does.


Official photos of the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab

If nothing else, the Galaxy Tab makes the S in Galaxy S meaningful. But the Tab itself is not size XL. In a nutshell, the new Samsung tablet is a Galaxy S with 3 inches added to the screen and 2 megapixels taken away from the camera. The Tab is equipped with the same 1GHz Hummingbird processor and PowerVR SGX540 graphics accelerator, 512MB RAM, a complete connectivity set and 16GB internal storage. The whole thingís running on Androidís latest Ė v2.2 Froyo.

Key features

  • 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm, 380g
  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Full GSM phone calling functionality
  • 7" 16M-color TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of WSVGA (600 x 1024) pixel resolution, Gorilla Glass
  • Android OS v2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI customization
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU
  • PowerVR SGX540 graphics accelerator
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 3.2 MP autofocus camera with smile detection and geo-tagging
  • D1 (720 x 480 pixels) video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • 16GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • DivX and XviD video codec support, Full HD video playback
  • HD video out (with a proprietary dock)
  • Accelerometer, ambient-light and gyro sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 30-pin connector and stereo Bluetooth v3.0
  • Office document editor
  • Secondary video-call camera
  • Swype predictive text input
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support
  • Stereo speakers
  • 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Great audio quality

Main disadvantages

  • Poor viewing angles
  • Picture ghosting due to slow LCD response
  • Some apps incompatible with the new resolution
  • Gallery displays downsized images only
  • Quiet loudspeaker
  • No FM radio
  • No USB host support

Thatís a long list of features but the full phone functionality is perhaps what sets it apart from the arch-enemy. Soon enough however, the Galaxy Tab will have other things to worry about than a certain Apple slate. With the likes of Dell Streak and even RIMís PlayBook around, the Samsung tablet will be trying harder to convince users itís the perfect fit between a phone and a laptop.

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Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab live shots

When Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Tab they stated that its purpose was not to rival the iPad but to bring something different to the tablet market. This might have just been a face saving statement but itís obvious the iPad and the Galaxy Tab are each aimed at quite different types of users.

Samsung Galaxy P1000 Tab over Apple iPad

  • Lighter and smaller, easier on the pocket
  • Telephony (including 3G video calls)
  • 3.2 MP camera with D1 video recording @ 30 fps and LED flash
  • Android OS v2.2 Froyo
  • Proper multitasking (though the iPad is getting that too in a couple of months)
  • microSD card slot for memory expansion
  • Uses regular size SIM card
  • 16:9 widescreen display
  • Adobe Flash player 10.1
  • DivX/XviD 1080p video playback
  • Bluetooth 3.0

Apple iPad over Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab

  • Larger and better screen
  • Metal body
  • iOS 3.1.3 with more than 25 000 apps tailor-made for it
  • Larger internal storage (iPad 64GB)
  • Better battery life
  • YouTube app streams higher-quality footage

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The Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab compared with the iPhone 4 and the Apple iPad

Itís not about which one is superior: more powerful or better looking. Itís about what you need the tablet for. Some will call the Galaxy Tab plain smaller. To others it will mean more pocketable, manageable and easier to handle. Some need to make calls on their tablets, to others itís irrelevant. Where some will see a small screen, others will appreciate the better DPI.

For all the good and bad of it, the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab has finally arrived at our place and we are ready to give it a test ride. Everything you may want to know starts right after the jump.

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