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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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Controls

The Galaxy Tab has only a few physical buttons, with a power and volume controls located on one side. There are also a number of touch sensitive buttons at the bottom of the screen. These access (from the left) the menu, the home screen, previous screen and search. All of the other controls on the device are accessed from the touch screen, which we found to be very responsive and easy to use, although it was a little oversensitive, sometimes mistaking accidental brushes for touches.

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The touch controls along the bottom of the front of the Galaxy Tab
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The power and volume buttons

Connectivity

The Samsung Tab comes in a number of different versions designed for use with different cell networks. We looked at the T-Mobile version, which offers 3G connection speeds for fast browsing and downloading. It also offers a Bluetooth radio for connecting to devices such as wireless headphones or headsets. This is particularly useful if you want to do a lot of typing and don't like the on-screen keyboard.

WiFi is also included, with the device having no issues in our tests connecting to 802.11n wireless networks.

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Battery Life

Our battery life testing is still underway, but the first result we have is interesting: the Galaxy Tab was able to keep playing a video for an impressive 8 hours and 22 minutes.

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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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