Samsung’s first tablet has received a rapturous welcome from the media following its unveiling this week. Largely, the reviewers are suggesting the Galaxy Tab could be a genuine rival for Apple’s iPad, but it’s yet to be seen if it will become the new “apple” of our eyes (sorry).
First of all, let’s take a quick look at what the Galaxy Tab has to offer. Powered by Android Operating System 2.2, it features a 7” TFT-LCD display and weighs a mere 380g. The Galaxy Tab supports the latest Adobe Flash Player 10.1, has 3G HSPA connectivity, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0. A Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor delivers high performance, while the Tab supports HD video content with several multimedia formats and has front and rear-facing cameras. Pretty impressive on paper then.
The Galaxy Tab could be “the iPad killer”, says The Sun; in typically staid style. The newspaper praises the Galaxy Tab’s “pin-sharp graphics” adding, “The Galaxy Tab’s trump card is the built-in phone, which the iPad lacks. It also has a camera, unlike the iPad.”
PC World’s business blog agrees that the Galaxy Tab could be “the first tablet worthy of challenging the Apple iPad”. The Tab “has most – if not all – of the features that many wanted to see on the Apple iPad, like front and rear-facing cameras, expandable memory through an SD memory card slot and a multitasking OS,” it says – but adds that due to the massive variety of Android smartphone hardware available, “some apps may not transition well to a tablet-sized display”, although this is also a problem shared by the iPad.
The Guardian commends the Tab’s unique e-reading application, “Reader’s Hub”, as well as the film and video “Media Hub”. “Allowing access to books, music and films is a major step forward as it ratchets up its competitive positioning against Apple,” it says. “Success will depend on pricing,” it adds.
The Huffington Post was also won over by the Tab. “I was a little skeptical about the idea of a 7-inch tablet yet I found that there was enough screen real estate to happily browse the web,” said the reviewer, who praised the facility to make video calls via 3G rather than just WiFi. However, like PC World, the Huffington Post points out that the scale of some Android apps could pose problems on the Galaxy Tab display.
All in all, the majority of reviewers suggest the Galaxy Tab could have the edge over the iPad, particularly if it is competitively priced and issues with the size of apps can be ironed out.