If you give it a thought then you will well find out that November 11th has just turned out to be one hot days of the year, and we don’t mean temperature. The first break was that Boxee Box will finally ship and now Verizon will begin to sell the Galaxy Tab for $599.99. So the figures now are just like the iPad you can add or remove a monthly data plan at your leisure without being tied into any massive penalties if you decide to discontinue service after just a few months.
- 7-inch 1024×600 touch display
- 3G+WiFi connectivity
- Android 2.2
- Cortex A8 processor at 1GHz
- Front facing 3 megapixel camera (there is a 1.3mp webcam as well)
- 4000mAh battery and an accelerometer
For those you havn’t heard of it, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a new, much-publicized, Android-based tablet that draws heavily on Samsung’s popular Galaxy S handset. As a matter of fact the details leaked online well before today’s official launch turned out to be largely true.
Well, what the leaks actually failed to convey, however, was quite how slick this new device is. If you manage to get hands-on time with it, it’s gonna be clear that the Galaxy Tab presents a genuine rival to Apple’s iPad. Interestingly, at almost exactly the same size as the highly praised Amazon Kindle, it happens to be light, thin and industrial in its design. Flaunting a 7in touch-screen, it provides plenty of space for films, in full high definition, but is not too big to get out discretely on a train.
Although, the screen is not AMOLED (Active-matrix organic light-emitting diode), but that is not painfully noticeable. Let me tell you, used as an e reader, the bundled software is intuitive, easy to use and integrates impressively with newspapers and magazines.
Without any doubts, the software is what makes the Tab a genuinely compelling device. Android FroYo 2.2 has not been significantly adjusted, which means that there are few of the problems associated with other operators who have done more harm than good in their bids to improve on Google’s operating system. That gives you the added exstacy because if you don’t like using Samsung’s e-reader, you can download the Kindle App. Also, to take into count is the fact that, with full access to the Android Market, the Tab offers a decent number of downloads – there are around 100,000 apps to choose from – which should fulfill the needs of most consumers.
Not to mention, the Market is also growing at a speed that indicates it will soon have everything Apple’s App Store offers, and more. But speaking of the Tab itself, it’s hard to fault Samsung’s first foray into the tablet market. Let’s wait and watch what’s in store.