Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

An amazing hand-sized tablet that almost beats its big brother

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ships with a few choice third-party apps already installed and there are two app stores - the Android Market and the Samsung Apps store - to play with. The Samsung app store is superfluous since there are no remarkable sales on apps or any apps listed that aren't already available from the Android Market.

That said, it does provide another way to browse popular apps. The store doesn't have the social networking feature of the Lenovo app store, which includes suggestions from other users - who you can follow.

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The included apps are impressive enough. There's the AllShare app for sharing media wirelessly with a desktop computer or smartphone. Samsung also includes the Polaris Office document suite for viewing and editing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on the tablet. One important note here: the Polaris app is designed for the Microsoft Office 2007 suite, not the 2010 version. The suite includes a PDF viewer, too.

There's the useful Media Hub app for buying and renting videos, a Reader Hub for magazines, books and newspapers (where each point to a different provider such as Zinio), and a Social Hub app that aggregates your social networking feeds into one screen.

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The Social Hub app isn't nearly as powerful as HootSuite or Sprout Social, in that there are no tools for increasing follower counts or seeing reports on who is clicking links you post, but you can read Twitter direct messages and Facebook messages.

Samsung includes a Photo editor app for painting on the photos you load or snap with the Galaxy Tab 8.9. There's also the usual assortment of email, calendar, music player and mapping apps included with Android 3.1. Samsung includes the Zynga Words multiplayer scrabble-clone app, as well.

None of these apps match the business-friendly tools included with the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet, and both Acer and Toshiba provide just as many third-party tools, including Documents-to-Go instead of Polaris Office.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity32 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyEDGE, GPRS
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelT-250
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size22.6 cm (8.9")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Weight (Approximate)465 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height8.6 mm
Width230.9 mm
Depth157.8 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product ModelGT-P7310/M32
Product NameGalaxy Tab GT-P7310/M32 Tablet Computer
Product LineGalaxy Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P7310FKEXEU
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Better Design

The new GALAXY Tab 8.9 a superlative experience with the thinnest and lightest large screen tablet available! Enjoy unmatched mobility thanks to the amazingly thin and light body. At just 465 grams and 8.6mm slim, this tablet is a breeze to handle.

Better Screen

High definition 8.9" display delivers excellent screen sharpness. With 1280 x 800 WXGA display boasting a pixel density of 169ppi (pixel per inch), you can enjoy better details. Movies, photos and programmes with rich graphics will pop to life on the tablet's screen.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab GT-P7310/M32 Tablet Computer
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year