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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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Conclusion

Performance

We were impressed with the Galaxy Tab: it offers a lot of power in a fairly small package. But it is not as sleek or elegant as the iPad, and it lacks the big screen and usability polish that makes the iPad such a favorite.

NOTE: this is an in-progress review, so please check back regularly for updates and our final conclusions. We do not assign final scores to products until all of our tests are complete, and our battery testing is still ongoing.

Screen Performance

The screen of the Galaxy Tab is a mixed bag: it is clear, sharp and easy on the eye, but it is also very shiny and shows reflections. It also suffers in bright sunlight, becoming very pale when the sun comes out and pretty much unreadable in direct sun.

Battery Life

Our battery tests are ongoing: we will update this review as the results come in.

Ereader:

The Galaxy Tab excels as an eReader because it provides access to a huge range of online bookstores: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and many more. However, some of the problems we mentioned above limit the usability of the device, and it would be a poor pick for reading by the pool or on a beach.

Audio & Video:

The Galaxy Tab excels as an audio and video player, providing a good selection of features for both and the ability to use other programs if required. Videos look great on the screen, except when you are sitting in a sunny spot.

Email & Web Browsing:

The Android operating system has email and web browsing built in, so it is no surprise that the Galaxy Tab excels at both.

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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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