Samsung Galaxy Tab

Released April, 2011
  • 7"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 2.2
Equipped with a beautiful and conveniently sized 7-inch screen, Android 2.2, Adobe Flash, and 3G support from every carrier under the sun, the Galaxy Tab was poised to draft behind the success of the Apple iPad and capitalize on the growing legions of Android fans.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Samsung Galaxy Tab

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab
1.4 fps
Nexus 7 II
14.6 fps
Novo 9 Spark
5.1 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Galaxy Tab
4.7 fps
Nexus 7 II
40 fps
Novo 9 Spark
17.7 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Samsung Galaxy Tab


7.3
If you keep yourself to core features such as Web browsing, music, and e-mail, Samsung expects you'll get around 7 hours of battery life with Wi-Fi active.

7.0

Overall

7.3 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Spend some time in the app drawer, and you'll find that seemingly generic apps like Contacts, Calculator, and Memo have all been optimized by Samsung for the larger screen, using split-screen views and nested tabs to take advantage of the added screen real estate.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The screen uses a capacitive multitouch technology that can match the iPad in both response time and usefulness.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
By default, the Tab comes with five main home screens, which you can jump between by flicking left or right.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Operating System

When it comes to tablets, though, Google is now throwing its weight behind the tablet-optimized Android 3.0 operating system and spurring the development of apps designed specifically for larger screens.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
If you feel that a tablet computer should be more than just a supersized smartphone, the iPad is still the best game in town, followed by tablets running Android 3.0.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
With Android 3.0 devices priced as low as $399, saving $50 to get half the tablet with half the processing power just doesn't make sense.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Apps

Beyond the core apps in the dock (mail, Web, drawer), the first of the three home screens comes preinstalled with apps for Market, Amazon Kindle, Maps, New York Times, Camera, Calendar, and YouTube.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Samsung also throws in its own Samsung App store (stocked with a measly 16 apps at the time of this review), and an AllShare app for streaming content to DLNA-certified devices, including televisions.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Apple's catalog of apps and games optimized for tablet-size screens number in the thousands, whereas the Tab has just a handful-and they're not terribly exciting.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Operating system

In 2011, buying an Android 2.2 tablet isn't an investment in the future of Android tablets, because they are heading elsewhere.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
If you're really looking for tablet-optimized apps, you'll need to step up to an Android 3.0 device.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
The only hiccup in the Flash implementation is that the majority of popular sites treat the Android 2.2 device as a mobile phone and serve up bite-size Web content instead of full, desktop versions of sites.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Battery life

By pulling down on the home screen you can access a menu for quickly activating or killing off GPS and Bluetooth, helping to squeeze the most from your battery life.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
On the downside, the Tab's battery life is relatively low; it's considerably heavier than most e-readers; and a highly reflective backlit LCD like the Tab's isn't as desirable to most book lovers as an e-ink screen.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)
Predictably, when you add up Flash video playback, GPS, Bluetooth, and 720p video decoding, battery life can go downhill quickly.
by c|net (Apr, 2011)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 7"
Technology TFT LCD
Resolution 1024 x 600
PPI 169 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11g
  3. 802.11b
Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0
Supports 3G No

processor

Clock speed 1 GHz

form factor

Weight 385 g
Size 120.5 x 190.1 x 12 mm
Thickness 12 mm

storage

Internal storage 16 GB
RAM capacity 0.5 GB
Supported card formats
  1. SDHC
  2. SD
Maximum capacity 32 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Webcam 3 MP
Rear camera 1.3 MP

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor No
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