The recently unveiled Samsung Galaxy Tab looks set to rival the popular Apple iPad. With a newly emerging market for tablet computers, Samsung have got off to a great start with this impressive new device.
The device itself is a great looking gadget with simplistic yet modern styling, and measures 190x 120 wide and a slimline 12 mm thick. It is also reasonably light weight given its size, or just 380 g, meaning it is actually more portable than first meets the eye. This 7 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen is capable of displaying up to 16M colours within the pixel configuration of 600x 1024, meaning HD content such as photos and videos can be enjoyed to their full potential. Additional features of their screen include accelerometer and proximity sensors, multi touch input method and touch sensitive controls. The Swype text input method is also included, which allows users to run their finger from one letter to another on the onscreen QWERTY keyboard without taking their finger of the screen. With a little practice, this can result in significantly increased text entry speeds, making it ideal for those who send a lot of text messages and emails, as well as creating word processor documents.
Depending on which model is purchased, either 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage is provided as standard along with 512 MB RAM. A further 32 GB internal storage can be made available by utilising the integrated micro SD card slot, meaning a huge number of files can potentially be stored, ranging from documents, music tracks, and applications.
Devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab are created with web browsing at the top of its agenda. An HSDPA connection provides speeds of up to 7.2 mega bytes per second (along with HSUPA at 5.76 mega bytes per second) in areas with 3G coverage. Wi-Fi Internet access is also provided whenever local Wireless Networks are available in both domestic and commercial locations.
A high quality 3.15 mega pixel digital camera is located on the back of the unit, which incorporates Autofocus and an LED flash to simplify the task of taking photos even in low lighting conditions. This camera can also shoot video footage in there is an additional 1.3 mega pixel camera located on the front of the device which essentially doubles up as a web cam and can be used for video calling.
The latest version of the Android OS (2.2, Froyo) is the operating system of choice, and along with a powerful 1 GHz processor, gives users an ideal platform for customisation and expansion, especially with access to the Android Market provided as standard.
In a day and age where it looks increasingly likely that devices such as this will eventually replace the phones, the Samsung Galaxy Tab has put the manufacturer at quite an advantage. The versatility and power of this device makes it an ideal alternative to the Apple iPad, and is sure to win over many fans upon its upcoming release.
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