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(with two-year contract)
CPU: 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird Operat-
ing System: Android 2.2 RAM: 512M B Dis-
play Size/Resolution: 7 inches/1024 x
600 Graphics/Video Memory: PowerVR
S6X540/128MB Wireless: 802.11b/g /n ,
Bluetooth Rear-Facing Camera: 3 - MP Front-
Facing Camera: 1.3 - M P Ports: headphone,
dock Card Slot: microSD Size: 7.5 x 4.7 x
0.5 inches Weight: 13.6 ounces
Sleek and solid design
Bright and crisp display with good
Core applications optimized for tablet use
Dual cameras with video calling
Fairly loud speakers
Skimpy tablet app selection
Mail program does not support Google
To give Tab users an iTunes
alternative, Samsung bundles
this tablet with its Media Hub
Store for downloading TV shows
and movies. The selection was
a bit skimpy, but playback
started almost immediately,
and a recent 30 Rock episode
We wish Sprint offered 4G here. On our 3G
speed tests, the tablet downloaded various sites
at a decent clip, taking 12 and 15 seconds to load
NYTimes.com and ESPN.com. Scrolling was fast
and pinch-to -zoom worked well.
Though the Galaxy Tabcan access the Android
Market, not allits apps run at full-screen, andeven
those that do aren't optimized for its 1024 x 600
-pixel resolution. By comparison, the iPad now
has 35,000 apps optimized for its display size.
Nevertheless, popular apps such as Angry Birds,
Pandora, and TweetDeck worked well.
Music sounded nice and loud, so long as we
stayed away from the harsh-sounding max setting.
If you want to shop for tunes, your best bet is to
download the Amazon MP3 store.
Taken with the Tab's rear-facing 3-megapixel
camera, a shot of a fruit stand on an overcast day
exhibited good c olor accuracy, but lacked detail
furtherbackin the shot.Video of traffic whizzingby
was a bit blurry, but certainly usable for sharing on
YouTube. There's also a front-facing 1.3-megapixel
camera, which we tested using the Qik applica-
tion. Over Wi-Fi, the quality was just okay, and we
noticed a fair amount of pixilation.
a runtime of6hours and50minutes. That's pretty
goodendurancefor a device witha 7-inchscreen,
but the iPad lasted 8 hours and 21 minutes.
The Galaxy Tab costs $399 with a two-year
contract and is offered with two data plans.
The 2GB plan includes unlimited messaging for
$29.99, while the 5GB plan
osts $59.99. If you don't
ant a contract, you can buy
he tablet fo r $599, but the
ricing for data is the same.
it's what Samsung has added to core applications
such as Calendar, Contacts, E-mail, and Messag-
ing that makes this Android tablet stand out. All
these apps have a split-screen view in landscape
mode, so you can see more information at once.
In E-mail, for instance, messages appear on the
left and a preview appears on the right.
To separate itself from versions available from
AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, Sprint's
addition to the Galaxy Tab includes its new Sprint
ID packs. This includes apps, ringtones, wallpapers,
and widgets for customizing your device.
To test the built-in Flash support, we played an
episode ofHow I Met Your Mother.The device warned
usthe video wasn'toptimizedfor mobile, so we weren't
surprised to see choppiness during playback.
Using your Tab as a hotspot for as many as five
devices will cost you $30 per month.
We like what Samsung has done to optimize its
built-in apps, but the Galaxy Tab isn't for everyone.
Those who already own a large smart phone may
not see the needfor toting adevice that's not much
bigger. Nevertheless, once Android developers
get their tablet acts in gear, the Galaxy Tab will
be much more compelling.
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See the Galaxy Tab in action.
this code with your cell phone.
Although the onboard
memory is a paltry 2GB,
Sprint bundles a 16GB
microSD card, upgrade-
able to 32GB.
The Galaxy Tab measures 7.5 x 4.7 x 0.5 inches,
compared to the iPad's 9.6 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches.
Samsung offers a split-screen view of core applica-
tions. For instance, in Calendar you can see events
on the right and dates on the left.
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