Boasting features such as file HD video playback, Android functionality, 7 inch touchscreen and downloadable applications, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab is a real head turner in the relatively new tablet device market.
Measuring 190.1x 120.5x 12 mm and weighing in at 380 g, it is somewhat more compact than its rivals such as the Apple iPad. Its compact size makes it highly portable, yet does not take away from the large touchscreen user experience. Capable of displaying up to 16m colours within a pixel configuration of 600x 1024 pixels, TFT capacitive touchscreen is ideal for viewing photos, full HD videos or playing games.
With both 16 GB and 32 GB versions being available, users are able to store countless files of various types and formats within the device, however on the rare occasion that further storage should be required, expandable memory in the shape of a microSD card slot can be utilised by installing a memory card of up to 32 GB. This means the device can function equally well as a portable multimedia library thanks to its versatile internal media player, or a productivity companion for use in the workplace due to its Thinkfree Office feature which is compatible with Microsoft Office documents. Additionally, allowing to its Android operating system comes pre-installed with a package of Google functions which includes Google search, maps and Gmail.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab also operates as a standalone mobile phone. To stay connected to the correct cellular networks, it relies on both EDGE & GPRS. Internet access is provided initially via 3G coverage thanks to an HSDPA connection at speeds of 7.2 Mbps. When users have access to a Wireless Networks, a faster browsing experience can be achieved thanks to full Wi-Fi connectivity. When browsing websites which contained Flash content such as videos and games, full Adobe Flash compatibility allows users to enjoy the websites their full potential, a feature which many lesser devices cannot provide. Additional connectivity features include micro USB and Bluetooth, both of which allow for a device to be connected to other compatible devices whereby a number of different tasks can be carried out.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab includes not one, but two integrated digital cameras. The primary camera, located on the back of the unit boasts 3.15 mega pixels and includes Autofocus and LED flash. It can also double up as a video camera offering an alternative method of image capture. The secondary camera is located on the top of the screen on the front of the device and can be used as a webcam or for video calls with people who own compatible devices. There is a TV-out connection which allows users to connect their Galaxy Tab to a compatible television whereby they can play videos captured on camera.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab utilises version 2.2 (Froyo) of the Android OS which works in conjunction with a 1 GHz processor to provide a lightning fast user experience, it remains extremely versatile and customizable. Access to the Android Market as well as Samsung Apps, means users can browse thousands of applications and download them directly on to their Galaxy Tab.
If you are looking for an aesthetically pleasing all in one device which excels in communication, entertainment and productivity the Samsung Galaxy Tab may prove hard to beat.
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