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Samsung Galaxy Tab Tablet eBook Reader Review

We were impressed with the Galaxy Tab: it offers a lot of power in a fairly small package.

March 09, 2011
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Device & Specs

This is the age-old battle of LCD vs. eInk. The Samsung Galaxy Tab features an LCD display and the:Amazon Kindle":http://www.tabletreaderinfo.com/content/Amazon-Kindle-Review.htm has an eInk screen. The Kindle is more of a straight-up eReader and is heavily subsidized from Amazon.com: the Wifi and 3G-enabled device only costs $180, while the Tab costs about $250. In terms of use, both products are very different. The Tab, like the iPad, is more of a general purpose device: you download the apps you're interested in, and if one of those apps lets you buy eBooks, so much the better. The Kindle, on the other hand, is a dedicated eBook reading device.

Screen

The Kindle's eInk display creates an experience that's very similar to reading print. The Tab, on the other hand, relies on an LCD. Whiel the LCD will let you read in pitch-black environments, typically the Tab will do better in brighter scenarios.

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Battery

eReader

Android is a very open platform and lets you download many eBook apps, including one for the Amazon's eBook store. The Kindle, on the other hand, exists in a walled garden where non-Amazon eBooks exist merely in legend.

Internet

The Kindle has some online features, such as a full browser, the ability to download eBooks over 3G, and a few apps. The Tab, on the other hand, has Android behind it, which is an established platform for mobile programs. This isn't much of a contest: the Tab has far, far better internet features than the Kindle.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Apple iPad Wi-Fi (16 GB) Comparison
  11. Amazon Kindle Keyboard Wi-Fi Comparison
  12. Barnes & Noble Nook Color Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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