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First Things To Do With Your Galaxy Tab

Did Santa pop a Samsung Galaxy Tab into your Xmas stocking? If so you'll need to do some things to ensure that you make the most of your new toy... I mean tool.1. Download Dolphin HD. The standard webkit based browser is pretty good and the tweaks that Samsung have implemented to improve bookmarks in particular are excellent. However Dolphin works just a little bit better on the big screen of the Tab. Swiping left for bookmarks and right for settings feels incredibly natural and after a little bit of aclimitisation using menus to perform these tasks feels a bit backward.

2. Set Swype as your default input method. A little bit of time invested in the drawing text input method is handsomely rewarded and as a result text input into the Tab is far quicker and easier than its larger rivals.

3. Turn off power saving mode for the screen display. This does its job, at the cost of a slight yellow tinge to the screen. However you're not going to be panicking about the battery life of this…

Christmas Greetings

To all the people who visit this blog, comment or just lurk I'd like to wish you the very best for Christmas and a happy and prosperous New Year. Thanks for taking the time to read what I have to write and I promise to improve the posting frequency in the future.

Device Of The Year

I had my hands on an awful lot of tech over the course of 2010 so choosing the year's ultimate device will take some doing.

Most obvious candidate has to be the iPad. Yet despite launching a whole new industry the iPad was far from perfect. Its big glass screen and hefty battery make it a large, heavy device and its centre of gravity isn't ideal either. Watch someone use one for a while and you'll notice they're struggling. Add-in the absence of flash, a card slot or USB host and you can rule the iPad out of the running.

The other successful tablet of 2010 was Samsung's Galaxy Tab. This offers numerous advantages over the iPad at the cost of some screen real estate, however it Strikes me as a device waiting for Honeycomb and as a result doesn't come together as it should.

Windows Phone 7 made a splash this Autumn, the HTC HD7 was its flagship device, yet despite being very, very good at what it does their are large gaps in WP7 functionality which mean that the …

The Year In Review

2010 was a strange year in mobile tech. Some companies could do no wrong - even when they were doing wrong - whilst others couldn't catch a break.

For Apple it was a year to remember - it finally kick started the tablet market and also released its first all new iPhone since 2008. In the process it became the biggest company in the world by market cap. This despite the inherent design flaws in the iPhone which caused signal problems, cracked the glass rear casing and killed the white iPhone due to light transmission problems.

Google had a stellar year too. Android came from nowhere to become the smartphone leader outselling iOS devices by 2:1. It managed to ship its first Chrome OS laptop as well, clearly aiming to do the same job on Windows.

Samsung rode Google's coat tails to become the biggest player in the Smartphone market, shipping 10 million Android phones and 5 million running its Bada OS.

Microsoft started the year badly by knifing Windows Mobile in the back (and causi…