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Samsung Galaxy Tab for Verizon Wireless Review

Sweet little tablet for those wanting portability

Dec 27 2010, 1:52pm CST | by

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Samsung Galaxy Tab for Verizon Wireless Review

Today I am going to look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet. I am a big fan of the iPad and have one that I use all the time. I wondered how the iPad and Galaxy Tab would stack up to each other in use. I bet there are lots of people out there that have wondered the same thing. Read on for all of the details on the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

 

Specifications

The Samsung Galaxy Tab has a 7-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 and runs Android 2.2 Froyo as the OS. My review sample was connected to the Verizon 3G mobile network, has full 1080p video player, and can record video at 720 x 480 resolution. It has 16GB of storage though you can get versions with 32GB of storage as well. It also has a SD card slot for expansion. The processor inside the machine is a 1GHz unit with PowerVR SGX540. The battery is a 4000mAh unit good for 7 hours of movie playback. The camera is a 3MP unit with LED flash.

In Use

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is priced at $599.99 on the Verizon network with a data plan and a new contract. That makes it just about the same price as the iPad with 3G inside. The 16GB iPad via AT&T is $629 with the 32GB at $729 and the 64GB at $829. At first, I thought the smaller screen would mean that the Samsung Galaxy Tab was not as easy or comfortable to use as my iPad. I honestly never missed the extra three inches of screen space that my iPad offers with the sort of content I use.

I generally watch only YouTube videos on my iPad and the resolution and size of those videos uses barely any of the iPad screen so I could watch them just as easily on the smaller 7-inch screen. The videos actually looked better on the Samsung Galaxy Tab in full screen mode because the pixels weren't as blown up as they get on my iPad.

My iPad lacks 3G but my iPhone 4 is 3G. I have to point out that the Verizon 3G network in my area is much faster than the AT&T network. Pages and websites opened up right away with the Samsung Galaxy Tab whereas the same page with my iPhone takes significantly longer to load. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy Tab is very nice with great color reproduction, smooth video playback and it just works great. I had no issues at all with the screen and after a while, I didn’t miss the larger screen of my iPad at all.

I play lots of games on my iPad and one of the favorites of my kids and mine is Angry Birds. I have the game on my iPad in HD and is downloaded it on the Samsung Galaxy Tab as well. The gaming is nearly identical between the two devices. I did miss the larger screen when gaming on the Samsung Galaxy Tab compared to my iPad. The birds and pigs were much smaller. You can pinch to zoom on the Tab just like the iPhone though, but I like to be able to see the birds and the pigs at the same time when I play. This is the only time I missed the larger screen.

I actually liked the smaller form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab compared to my iPad. I generally take the iPad with me to play games and read while I sit at school waiting for my kids to get out. The smaller form factor of the Samsung Galaxy Tab made the tablet noticeably easier to carry with me. The longer and narrower design made the Tab easy to slip in my jacket pocket, whereas my iPad won’t fit in my jacket pocket so I have to carry it or hold it when I am moving around. The iPad certainly isn’t heavy, but I did like the smaller size for portability offered by the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

The question of which I would refer is a very hard one. For me and the way, I use a tablet both the Samsung Galaxy Tab and the iPad are very workable and I can use either. I really like the SD card slot and more portable design of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. When it comes to gaming, I would rather have the iPad. Hands down I would rather have the Verizon 3G network it is much faster and I love that I can use the Tab as a hotspot. I actually used it to connect my iPad to the web a few times and it worked great.

Choosing between these two devices will really come down to your use. If you want to watch lots of streaming HD resolution video and want the biggest screen the iPad is the winner for you. If you want portability and the ability to game and watch video, albeit on a smaller screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is the cleaner winner. Most folks will find that the Samsung Galaxy Tab is every bit as good as the iPad for most tasks. I love this little tablet!

Verdict

Pros

  • Great portability
  • Fast 3D network
  • Good screen

Cons

  • Smaller screen hurts gaming capability a bit
 

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a fantastic little tablet and matches the iPad just about feature for feature. I think most people can choose between the iPad and the Tab based purely on price and network quality in your area and be happy with either. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is the first tablet I have seen or tried that really does a good job matching the iPad in features and usability.

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<a href="/latest_stories/all/all/3" rel="author">Shane McGlaun</a>
Leading our review center, Shane McGlaun (Google) knows technology inside out. His extensive experience in testing computer hardware and consumer electronics enable him to effectively qualify new products and trends. If you want us review your product, please contact Shane.
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