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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android Tablet Hands-On

Samsung Galaxy Tab

VR-Zone.com had a hands-on session with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab at Singapore’s Samsung Hub earlier today. So how good is this 7-inch Android tablet? Read on to find out.

At approximately 380g, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab is very portable to carry with wherever you go. From the above pic, you can see that the tablet device is running on the latest Android 2.2 (codenamed Froyo).

The graphical user interface resembles that to the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, although this one has quick access to the web browser, applications (main menu) and email inbox. The navigation is also smooth with no noticeable lag.

At the bottom holds two stereo speakers and a dock replicator port that connects to an optional docking station. The docking station will provide other connectivity options including HDMI, USB and other accessories. According to Samsung, you will need an optional video cable to hook up the Galaxy Tab to a projector.

On the right are the microSD and SIM card slots, power button and volume control. The Galaxy Tab uses the normal SIM and not microSIM card, unlike the Apple iPad.

Unlike the black glossy exterior at the front, the back sports a white finish with the 3-megapixel camera and LED flash. There is also a 1.3-megapixel camera at the front, above the display.

At the top is the 3.5mm audio jack for your earphones and headphones. According to Samsung, you can use the Galaxy Tab to make calls though it probably is a good idea to do so via a Bluetooth headset.

The screen is pretty sharp and bright, which is good for viewing images and videos as well as eBooks and eNewspapers. However, some eNewspapers like The Wall Street Journal may not look perfect as the formatting doesn’t fit nicely; there is a black border at the bottom as seen from above pic. Did we also mention that Angry Birds works fine on the Galaxy Tab? (Ok, maybe not that important to most of you).

Well, we only had a brief hands-on experience with the Android tablet , but overall it looks impressive. No news on the pricing yet, though a Samsung executive says the Samsung Galaxy Tab would be available no later than mid-November.

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