Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The first major Android tablet release arrives to challenge the iPad

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In terms of day-to-day use, the Galaxy Tab is a handy device to have around. In some ways it surpasses the iPad in terms of usability, although it falls behind in others.

The onscreen keyboard is functional, and the device does a pretty good job of working out what you meant to type if your fingers are slightly off target, and it autocorrects.

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The Tab gives you haptic feedback as you type, too, which means you get a small vibration with every keypress. Because the screen is smaller than that on the iPad, the virtual keys are also smaller and thus haptic feedback is a helpful feature - it helps you guide your fingers more accurately.

Having said that, the keyboard is not exactly what you'd call 'comfortable' to use. Typing quickly is not easy at all - and this leads us to the belief that 7-inches is probably a little bit too small.

Flash support

Anyone who abstains from buying an iPad on the grounds of Apple's refusal to include Flash support, will find the Galaxy Tab a heavenly joy to use.

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Flash is supported from the off, which means you can watch pretty much any web video content from within a browser.

It's all quite painless too, with YouTube clips loading and playing without any teething problems. There's no noticeable performance issues here, it just works.

Multi-tasking

Android 2.2 supports multitasking, and thus so does the Samsung Galaxy Tab. If you hit the Home button while you're in an app, you'll be taken back to your homescreen while the App stays running in the background.

This means you can play music while browsing the web and checking your emails. It also means you can have frequently used Apps all open at the same time without having to repeatedly load and close them.

On the homescreen there's a very useful 'Active applications' button which, when pressed, gives you information about all the apps which are currently running on the device.

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You can view how much memory they're using, the percentage of CPU usage and you can even close Apps from here if you decide they're probably using too much battery juice.

There are also tabs at the top of this screen which enable you to monitor how much storage you have left, how much RAM you're using, and all the apps you've been downloading.

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It's an excellent management tool which enables you to see with crystal clarity exactly what your Samsung Galaxy Tab is doing at any time.

Copy and paste

Copy and paste features are included, so for those who consider this feature an absolute must-have, there are no problems. Just like other Android 2.2 devices, you need only tap a word and you're able to select and copy text from there.

Email and extras

We heart Android here at TechRadar. It's got so many features, and they're all here to play with on the Galaxy Tab. Whether that be excellent email integration, free satellite navigation using Google Maps, or the ability to make and receive telephone calls. It's all there.

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If you want to use the Galaxy Tab as a phone, you can. But unless you want to look a bit silly, we absolutely recommend sticking with your current phone for telephoney purposes. It's just too big to hold up to your face - you'd look like an idiot, and an uncomfortable idiot at that. Unless you've got the world's biggest head and hands to match, obviously.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA
Cellular Network SupportedGSM, WCDMA, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
Processor ModelA8
Operating SystemAndroid 2.2 Froyo
Brand NameSamsung
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeCortex
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Weight (Approximate)380 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3.5G
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height190.9 mm
Width120.5 mm
Depth12 mm
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelP1000 Galaxy Tab
Product NameP1000 Galaxy Tab Tablet
Manufacturer Part NumberSAMP1000V
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is perfect for life on the go. The 7" touchscreen packs incredible entertainment and communication features, while a slim and light weight design ensures both comfort and portability. It features the new Android 2.2 operating system, voice and face-to-face video calling, and four new amazing Hubs (Music, Media, Readers and Social) for the ultimate tablet experience. The Galaxy Tab also supports Flash 10.1 and delivers the full web experience for you to enjoy. Enjoy life without limits with the Galaxy Tab.

Thinkfree

With the Galaxy Tab, you can prepare and produce office documents and then conveniently view and share with others on a 7"screen. Develop spreadsheets, Word documents, PDF files, and PowerPoint presentations in their original formats.

Package Contents
  • P1000 Galaxy Tab Tablet
  • USB Power Adapter
  • PC Data Cable
  • Headset
  • Quick Start Guide
Limited Warranty2 Year