Samsung Galaxy Tab
We take a look at what FAILS and what WINS with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
By Chris Messenger | Published 16/08/2012
Beautiful slimline design
Ability to connect to 3G network
Really good battery life
Clear and crisp images. Great screen
Both cameras are pretty poor
Not all apps scale to the screen
Lacks micro SD / HDMI ports
Low pixel density screen, below 180ppi
Back in September of 2011, Samsung launched the 7th incarnation of their Galaxy series, a line that includes both Smartphones and Tablet PCs. This review might seem to be a little bit late at first glance, but with a thriving market for second hand Tablets, a review can never be too late. Besides, hindsight is a beautiful thing. We take a look at what FAILS and what WINS with the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
The Samsung Galaxy is beautifully designed, with an outer casing that just screams class, but is it as good inside? Let’s take a look.
The Samsung Galaxy isn’t the most expensive Tablet PC in the world, but it certainly sits at the top end of that scale.
Like pretty much all Tablet PCs, the Galaxy is powered by a 1GHz processor. However, unlike most Tablet PCs, it only has access to a pissant 512MB of RAM. The hard drive can go as high as a respectable 32GB, but this is hardly the most impressive Tablet in the world, specs wise. In fact, it is below average in almost every department.
Running an older version of Android (2.2) doesn’t help matters much either and we’re only slightly turned around by the presence of 3G (with optional 4G), Bluetooth and Wireless connectivity options.
Also, this Tablet is a little on the heavy side at 380g. Its light for a 10-inch Tablet, but not so for a 7-incher. Since we know the Galaxy isn’t packing anything particularly groundbreaking under the hood, you have to wonder why the thing weighs so much.
The Samsung Galaxy makes use of a 7-inch screen, which has a resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. It’s a fairly standard screen, to be honest, which can be equalled or bettered by almost any other Tablet on today’s market. That said, whilst the screen is perfunctory at best, that doesn’t mean it won’t serve you well.
At £169, the Galaxy is at last worth buying. When this review was first published back in February of this year, the Galaxy’s price tag was, we felt, largely inflated and with no real reasoning. Today, the price has changed and so in turn has our opinion of this device’s worth.
This is really a ‘style over substance’ Tablet. It is, arguably, little more than an ersatz Smartphone with delusions of grandeur; however, it does look very cool indeed. If you are at all tired of the boring, mundane Tablet PC design (black casing, black screen, nothing else) then this PC could very well be the one for you. Just don’t overburden it with too many commands or too much data, or there’s a very real chance that it might explode.
The design is beautiful, looking like a Tablet PC is supposed to look, but is that really enough to recommend buying it?
The Galaxy also has a very good battery life, in fact, you could be forgiven for thinking it had some little 2-D Duracell bunny in there tied to a treadmill, but don’t try and let it out, because that voids the warranty.
The hard drive can go as high as a respectable 32GB, but this is hardly the most impressive Tablet in the world, specs wise.
The Samsung Galaxy isn’t the most expensive Tablet PC in the world, but it certainly sits at the top end of that scale. As it does so, you wonder what it could offer to command such a pretty penny. It is mediocre inside, manufactured by a company far more famous for mobile phones than computers and runs on last year’s OS. It really isn’t worth that much money.
In addition to that, the average specs can’t be boosted by a Micro SD (there’s no slot) and the Galaxy lacks even an HDMI port.
What Other Users Say
It seems that we’re in the minority when it comes to the galaxy (ain’t that the truth!?). 114 of 150 Amazon reviews rate it at 4/5 or higher and despite the odd critical review, such as the 3/5 review posted by ‘J. Potter’ who wrote, “sadly, almost everything that doesn't work comes from the belief that Samsung thought they only had to put Android onto good hardware and the result would be an excellent product. It is great, but it could have been so much more”. However, there are a lot more happy customers sharing their positive experiences of the Galaxy – go look for yourself.
Not really worth it.
If it wasn’t so darned expensive, the Samsung Galaxy would be a good little run-around, a starter’s Tablet that was worth paying a little extra for or a decent mid-range model. Instead, the Galaxy is a standard Tablet PC with a cool design job that promises a lot but doesn’t deliver nearly as much.
With the price drop, it’s a little more affordable. The Galaxy is a little dated by now, but may be worth a second look. This has been updated with a Samsung Galaxy 2 Review, check out the review.