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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

The Samsung Galaxy Tab and the Apple iPad are remarkably similar. They both feature similar aesthetics, both in terms of physical design and software. Both units have high resolution color LCD touchscreens. Neither device is intended for use as a dedicated eBook reader, but both can perform the function well. One salient difference between the two is their price: the Tab costs about $250 wile the iPod retails for $400, despite the fact it'll be obsolete in a few days.* Both devices use a color LCD touchscreen.

* Both devices are very extensible.

* The Samsung Galaxy Tab costs about $250; the Apple iPad costs about $400.

Screen

Both devices have a very similar screen: both are color LCD touchscreens with a fairly high resolution and good color performance. The Tab's display is two inches smaller along the diagonal, however, which gives the iPad a lot more screen real estate to work with.

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Battery

eReader

If you're just looking for an eBook experience, the Tab might be the better choice because you can download many different eBook retailer apps; with the iPad you're stuck with the iBooks app, which has a somewhat lackluster selection.

Internet

While the Apple App Store certainly has many, many more options available for download compared to the Android Market, Google isn't limiting the available content as much as Apple is. If you're really into modding your device, the Tab might be the better pick; if you're looking for the largest library of apps to pick from, then the iPad is for you.

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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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