Skip to main content

In Praise Of The Samsung Galaxy Tab

There are some people who give the Samsung Galaxy Tab a bad rap. Several tech websites, Apple and the users who slavishly follow its path, mostly people who have never actually used one for longer than the two minutes that a shop demo entails.
The shame is that the Tab is a mighty fine piece of kit, which marries portability with strong battery life and excellent performance. Don't get me wrong, its far from perfect, but its imperfections are only as many as Apple's iPad, just in different areas.
So why is the Samsung so good? Firstly its the size. 7" amounts to a real sweet spot between portability and usability. The Tab can be in your pocket when other larger tablets are at home on your desk, or stowed in your briefcase. The screen has a much higher pixel density than the iPad and is brighter with better whites and black definition. At least when comparing my Tab and iPad 2. Touch is excellent and just the feintest of brushes activates the screen control as intended.
The sundries are better too. The Tab packs both front and rear facing cameras, something Apple only got around to adding for iPad 2. And the Tab is small enough that you won't feel a complete plabk taking a picture with one. The cameras are actually good enough to take decent photographs, unlike the criminally bad units fitted to the iPad. There's a micro SD slot which can be swapped without restarting the Tab, making it an endlessly expandable device.
Add in the ability to make voice calls, video calls over 3G to any other video phone (only really applies in Europe, where all manner of 3G video handsets have been sold in the last five years) and you have an impressive all-rounder.
That its lighter and easier to hold than the competition, has a very nice portrait and landscape soft keyboard which can be used with two thumbs like a smaller phone and comes with insane amounts of freebies (Swype, several Gameloft games and others) are just the icing on the cake.
If you're in the market for a new tablet don't buy something with a 10" screen, you'll never use it; don't buy something that doesn't do voice and don't buy something that can't be carried easily about your person.

Buy a Tab, they're something of a bargain at the moment; or wait until Samsung launches its 7" screened Tab 2.
There's nothing that comes close on the market today...


Popular posts from this blog

F1: Robert Kubica Impresses In Renault Test Run

The car may be old but its the performance of the driver that's the story here. Robert Kubica returned to F1, after a fashion, earlier this week with an extensive test run in a 2012 Lotus Renault F1 car at Valencia.
The age of the car and the circuit were likely determined by F1's current rules which ban testing, but the reason for Kubica being in the car is far more interesting. Considered by many to be a potential World Champion and certainly one of the fastest drivers of his generation, Kubica's F1 career seemed to be over after a 2011 crash whilst driving in the Rally of Andora. His Skoda Fabia was penetrated by a guardrail in the high speed accident partially severing his right arm.
Up until last year Kubica has been competing in rallying, with the expectation that the limited movement in his repaired arm would prohibit a return to single seater racing.
So this week's test is both interesting and confusing. Interesting because Kubica completed 115 laps of the ret…

Panos Panay's Defence Of Microsoft Surface Hardware Sounds Eerily Familiar

This weekend I went out with my ten year old daughter to select a laptop for her school year beginning in January. The schools requirements are quite specific, requiring a Windows 10 device, with a preference for a touchscreen and a stylus. She chose a Surface Pro, after trying a large number of different options. Having seen the way I use my own Surface Pro - and tried it herself there was only ever going to be two options - and the other was a Surface Laptop.
I tell you this so that you understand I am a buyer of Microsoft's products through choice, not compulsion. I'm on my third Surface device now. 
So when Panos Panay dismissed reports of the death of the Surface hardware line, I was very interested to see exactly how strong these denials were. Especially how they reflect what has gone before. To whit: Windows 10 Mobile.
Panay claimed that Microsoft is in hardware for the long haul. Almost exactly mirroring the words of Terry Myerson, when he claimed Windows Mobile was g…

WhartonBrooks Indiegogo Windows 10 Mobile Even More Doomed To Failure Than Usual

WhartonBrooks is currently crowd-funding its latest Windows Mobile smartphone on Indiegogo. If crowdfunding isn't already a bad enough idea, a company trying to crowdfund a Windows Mobile device should be warning enough for you.
Not that anyone seems to be taking the project too seriously. With a few weeks left to run the campaign has managed to ensnare just 2% of its $1.1m target.
If you want a better indication of how few Window Mobile loyalists remain I doubt there is one. Of 3,900 Windows Phone enthusiasts Wharton Brooks was seeking for its new phone, it has managed to entice just 50.
Windows for Phones is dead, even if the corpse hasn't stopped twitching yet.