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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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Video Controls

Much like the audio features, the built-in video player on the Samsung Tab is rather basic, but is adequate for general use. It offers basic controls that allow you to fast forward and rewind a video, as well as skipping to a particular point using a scrub control. You can also alter volume, screen brightness and place bookmarks in videos to come back to later.

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The video interface of the Samsung Tab

Video Management

The video player takes a similar approach to managing videos as the audio player, dividing videos up into recorded, downloaded and the folders that they are stored in. There is also a thumbnail search (called Mosiac search) that presents all the videos as small playable thumbnails, which is useful if you are looking for a video, but can't remember the name.

The Galaxy Tab has 16GB of onboard memory, but this can be extended by plugging in a Micro SD memory card, and cards with capacities of up to 32GB are supported.

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The video management screen lists the videos on the device
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Video Formats

The Galaxy Tab supports a good range of video formats out of the box, working with videos in MP4 and H.264 formats. The built-in player does not support other formats, but the previously mentioned RockPlayer can handle a much wider range of formats, including the popular DiVX and MKV formats. Missing from this list, though, is support for DRM protected video from iTunes: this is not supported on Android.

Internet Video

UStream allow you to use this camera to broadcast live over the Internet.

Video Battery Life

We found that the Galaxy Tab could play video for 8 hours and 22 minutes on a full charge, which is a little longer than the Apple iPad.

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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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