The folks at Samsung just sent me a Galaxy Tab Android tablet to review. The 7 inch slate is probably one of the best Android tablets on the market right now, at least in terms of specs. It runs Google Android 2.2, has a 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird CPU, a 7 inch 1024 x 600 pixel capacitive touchscreen display, 3G and WiFi, two cameras, and full access to the Google Android Market. It’s also the only tablet available from AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular in the US.
I haven’t had much time to test the Tab yet, but after having spent some time with the excellent Google Nexus One smartphone and the less-than stellar Augen GenTouch78 and WiiPad Android tablets, I have to say the overall experience of using the Tab is a lot more like using a good smartphone — just bigger.
The Tab is very snappy and handles screen rotation, multitasking, app switching, and animated effects very smoothly. I had no problem using the on-screen keyboard to enter text, and the Galaxy Tab has all the buttons, bells, and whistles that Google Android expects to work properly.
On the other hand, there’s not much that the Tab can do that you can’t do with a phone. While it has a higher resolution display than most smartphones and a bigger screen, which might make it a better option for reading eBooks or web sites, I have to wonder if it’s different enough from a smartphone like the Nexus One or a Samsung Galaxy S to justify its existence.
I’ll be putting the Galaxy Tab through the paces over the next few days and I’m sure I’ll have more to share soon. In the meantime, you can check out my unboxing video after the break.