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Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The first major Android tablet release arrives to challenge the iPad

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The Galaxy Tab is compatible with lots of different file formats for both audio and video. As a device running normal Android 2.2, it's limited to which codecs and support Google has added to the OS.

You've got all your standard must-haves in there, including DivX, Xvid, MPEG4, WMV and H.264. Audio compatibility extends to MP3, WAV, eAAC+, AC3 and FLAC files.

There's no direct support for MKV files, but some of our files worked while others didn't.

YouTube

The Galaxy Tab has its own YouTube app where you can search and view the latest vids from the main site. The only quality setting here is 'HQ' though which means it only goes up to 480p.

The app doesn't want you to watch proper HD video and browsers will always try to take you away from the 720p versions of videos even if you use the direct URL.

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But even so, 480p vids look pretty good and they stream and play flawlessly. Motion is handled competently and the screen is ideally suited to viewing web video clips.

Music

Music playing comes again courtesy of standard Android app. The file support is excellent, and the quality of the audio is pretty decent too. We tested with 320kbps MP3 files and were happy with the output.

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Battery issues

Samsung claims that a single charge will withstand seven hours of continuous video-watching. We think that sounds rather optimistic. To us, the battery seems to run down a lot quicker than that and as we mentioned earlier, the device also gets very warm.

BBC iPlayer

One thing that didn't work as expected was BBC iPlayer. In some browsers, we were told that our 'phone' does not support iPlayer yet and that new devices will be supported in future.

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The main browser did get iPlayer working, but videos are not optimised for this kind of device and so the it's a bit tricky to get videos playing well. If you click 'play video fullscreen' the video is unwatchable, jumping around all over the place. However, if you click the normal 'play' button and then press the fullscreen button once the video is playing, it loads a lower res version which runs more smoothly.

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It's a fiddly experience, and an official BBC iPlayer app is badly needed. There is currently one unofficial one out there which does work - but it's fairly basic.

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