Samsung Galaxy Tab review

The first major Android tablet release arrives to challenge the iPad

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To say the Samsung Galaxy Tab's camera is mediocre would be to put it bluntly. This is no star-performer when it comes to taking photographs, that's for sure.

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Because the device is so large, it's actually quite awkward to take snaps with. And due to it being so slim in comparison to most digital cameras, it's pretty hard to get a proper grip on the device and to then hold it still. We were constantly worried that we'd drop it.

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Images lack detail in all areas, with most photographs looking quite washed out. Colours look faded rather than vivid.

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The camera struggled to deal with both bright and dark conditions, and in areas with a lot of contrast – with bright and dark in the same shot – the results were particularly poor.

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Again, this is a bit of a disappointment. Clearly, this kind of device is not meant to be used as a primary camera, we understand that. But for a device that costs £530 – £100 more than the cheapest iPad – we were just expecting a little bit more in this department. It's a weak effort.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerARM
Wireless LANYes
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
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
Product ModelP1000 Galaxy Tab
Product NameP1000 Galaxy Tab Tablet
Manufacturer Part NumberSAMP1000V
Manufacturer Website Address
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.


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