Android Phone Tips

Android Phone Tips
In much the same way, the iPad is currently dominating the tablet world, but Android tablets are rising to the forefront too. The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a prime example of that. The Samsung Galaxy S line of smartphones (along with its successors) has reached quite the audience and Samsung wants to do the same with its tablet. 

Is the Galaxy Tab up to the task? The Galaxy Tab being featured in this review is the 3G model, very similar to the upcoming WiFi-only version, except of course this model uses the “Rocket Internet” from Rogers for up to 7.2Mbps 3.5G connectivity.

Running through the rest of the spec sheet we find Android 2.2 Froyo, a 7-inch 1024×600 WSVGA TFT touchscreen, integrated WiFi and GPS, 3.0MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 16GB internal memory, microSD expansion, and your choice of either a black or white back.

Just like the first generation iPad, the SamsungGalaxy Tab is a little thicker and heavier than you might expect. The thickness isn’t a big deal (thinner isn’t always better), but I would have liked it if the Galaxy Tab joined up with Jenny Craig for a little while.

The good thing about Android 2.2 and TouchWiz is that there is a built in task manager, this means no messing around with one of those third party “app killer” apps. While playing Angry Birds Rio I experienced some significant lag and stuttering at times. The touchscreen, while responsive, has two issues worth mentioning. 

Outside of the more complex games, I rarely experienced much (noticeable) lag. Network speeds are respectable too. Battery life is reasonably respectable for a tablet too. Naturally, if you’re playing games for hours on end, that’ll cut your time short. The good news is that you can get the current Samsung Galaxy Tab for $200 on contract through Rogers. 

The current Galaxy Tab isn’t a bad device by any stretch, but it could do a lot better. The “stuttering” performance at times and the non-tablet optimized UI hurt this product’s chances against the Cupertino juggernaut. Tablets, tablets, everywhere!  You just can’t avoid the barrage of announcements about tablets these days.  

From the iPad, iPad 2, XOOM, Galaxy Tab, PlayBook and TouchPad there is no hiding from the marketing machine telling us we NEED a tablet.  I guess Apple’s competition wanted to wait a year to see how that iPad thingy did.  Good plan!  The message will be that we can’t relax at home or be productive on the road unless we have a tablet...and a laptop...and a smartphone.

I’ll snub my nose at the co-workers, friends and family that bought into the marketing mindshare!  [really long pause] All it took was a bit of time with a tablet and I am hooked.  A little while ago I got the chance to review a Samsung Galaxy Tab from Rogers (a Canadian carrier).  

The Tab is a 7 inch, Android powered tablet with cameras, 1GHz processor, gorgeous screen in a nice tidy package.  With a 7-inch device like the Tab you can still carry it anywhere and not need a table top to use it. Now my biggest challenge is going to be in choosing the right tablet.  
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Sunday, April 17, 2011 | 0 comments | Labels: , ,


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