Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The first major Android tablet release arrives to challenge the iPad

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The Galaxy Tab's rear-facing lens can also record video, which is a big positive, although unfortunately that's pretty much where the good news ends.

There's no HD recording - the resolution of your recordings is fixed at 720x480, and you're given the option to choose either 'fine' or 'normal' as far as recording quality goes. We recorded our sample using the highest setting, but the results were still mostly disappointing.

In comparison to most of the top smartphones out there, as well as HD video-shooting gadgets like the iPod touch 4G, footage is decidedly average.

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The Tab records at 30fps and so the handling of motion isn't too bad. But like our stills shots, quality isn't great. Colours are washed out, and contrast is quite poor indeed. Even compared to something like the iPod touch 4G, the Galaxy Tab's video quality is not great.

We also found that while the Galaxy Tab's microphone is actually very good at recording sound, it's located in a pretty inconvenient place. When holding the Tab for shooting video, we preferred to grip it on either side with the thumb and index fingers of our left and right hand...

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However, this resulted in us covering up the microphone with our left thumb - we had to keep reminding ourselves not to do it.

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