Both the Android Operating System (OS) and the Apple iPad generated huge stirs in the technology industry. Android, an open-source operating system by Google, promises to revolutionize the, “There’s an App for that” mentality. Android is a platform that is relatively easy to develop for, giving developers both novice and veteran, the ability to reach a wide market. The iPad, on the other hand, changed the way people think about their daily needs for technology in their life. The iPad gives users access to their world on a screen large enough to enjoy, while being small enough to take with you.
So what do you get if you combine Android and the iPad? The Samsung Galaxy Tab…
Until now, there wasn’t really a direct competitor for the iPad, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab changes everything. Prior to its release, the only real Android tablets had to be imported from overseas, and the units suffered from short battery life, low resolution displays and compatibility issues with newer versions of the Android OS.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab comes with Android version 2.2, also known as Froyo. It has a Cortex A8 1 GHz CPU and a PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 16 or 32 GB or internal memory expandable by up to 32 GB more and gyroscopic, geo-magnetic and accelerometer sensors. Enough with the boring specs, here’s the good stuff:
Screen – The Galaxy Tab features a 7″ TFT LCD touchscreen with a display resolution of 1024 x 600, which supports full High Definition (HD) movie playback. This screen size makes it ideal for watching movies from your bed or on your commute to work. The combination of the HD screen, processor, and accelerometers will make the Tab an excellent gaming device as well.
Camera – Dual Cameras make the Galaxy Tab ideal for both shooting pictures and video calls, which ARE supported. The back of the device holds a 3 megapixel camera for taking pictures of your environment, while the front of the Tab has a 1.3 megapixel camera for voice calls.
Battery – The Galaxy Tab doesn’t suffer from the poor battery life currently plaguing imported Android tablets. With its 4,000mAh, it can play movies for up to 7 hours, so one can only imagine the standby life this device has. This kind of battery life means that the average user should be able to go a whole day without coming close to needing a charge.
Connectivity – The Galaxy Tab supports Quadband GSM/GPRS/EDGE and Triband 3G networks, giving you Internet access virtually anywhere. It also sports a 802.11N WiFi access, allowing you to utilize your home network or any hotspots, and Bluetooth 3.0. The tab also has Flash 10.1 compatibility.
Software – The Tab comes preloaded with an array of software making life even easier:
Samsung’s Reader’s Hub – Provides easy access to online publications and ebooks.
Swype – Offers ease of use for touch screen by sensing what the user wants to type based on tracing a line over the letters without lifting your finger.
ThinkFree – Allows you to create and edit documents compatible with Microsoft Office and other word processing and spreadsheet applications.
For the Android fans out there, myself included, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is a dream. With no official price point or release date, I expect the Tab to be out before the holiday season, with a price point of around $500.