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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review Roundup

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab is being released now in the US, at least on T-Mobile. Those wanting to choose the other carriers will have to wait a few days or so. So, the reviews from the major US media are coming out. Here’s a quick roundup of the ones I found of interest. As expected the reviews contrast and compare to Apple’s iPad and most say this is the first real competitor to Cupertino’s juggernaut.

There’s not much new information in the reviews but there is some. I was surprised to learn that the Galaxy Tab won’t charge when hooked up to a computer via USB but only when plugged into an AC outlet. Battery life seems to come in at around 6 hours or so according to the reviewers. Most of the reviewers play into Steve Jobs’ anti-Adobe Flash campaign by saying that Flash works on the Galaxy Tab but with issues. Apparently browsing on the included browser won’t let you choose whether you want to view a web site in its full glory but instead locks you into the mobile version of that site. Most of the reviewers seem impressed with the Apps that Samsung includes, but seem surprisingly perplexed that there isn’t much of a selection for a 7 inch Tablet/Slate in the Android Market. An interesting upside for SMS fans is that you can send unlimited text messages, at least on T-Mobile. I’m not sure about the other carriers.

Anyway, here’s the roundup. I’m sure there will be more of interest. Who’s getting a Galaxy Tab?

Walt Mossberg: Samsung Galaxy Tab is iPad’s First Real Rival

David Pogue: It’s a Tablet. It’s Gorgeous. It’s Expensive.

CrunchGear: This is the Android Tablet You’re Looking For

Gizmodo: A Pocketable Train Wreck

Laptop Mag: Samsung Galaxy Tab (Sprint Version)

Wired: iPad’s First Solid Contender

MSNBC: The Tablet War Begins Now

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

9 Comments

  1. a_usman

    11/11/2010 at 4:37 pm

    Its hard to beat iPad.

    • Rob

      12/14/2010 at 1:38 pm

      I will go to pen and paper before I use an iPad.

  2. 69sunny

    11/11/2010 at 5:25 pm

    I am dying to buy The Samsung Galaxy Tab…

  3. 69sunny

    11/11/2010 at 5:25 pm

    I am dying to buy The Samsung Galaxy Tab…

  4. Andy

    11/12/2010 at 9:48 am

    it does charge. However it doesn’t charge as long as the display is on. While the display is off charges extremely slow. Only good for overnight-charging.

  5. Guest

    11/19/2010 at 10:50 am

    It does not charge as long as it is powered on – you can check the device status to confirm that. Once you power off, it will charge via the computer’s USB though.

  6. Jesus Lopez

    04/15/2011 at 4:38 am

    I couldn’t have made a better decision than the get the Galaxy Tab, I absolutely love it. I have and work at DISH Network and with the Sling adapter; I can turn my Tab into a portable TV. The Sling adapter allows me to stream live and recorded TV to my Tab wherever I have 3G coverage or WiFi.

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