IFA Report Day One: Hands on the Samsung Galaxy Tab

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Undoubtedly, the Galaxy Tab premier drew biggest interest from the media representatives at this week’s IFA tradeshow. This, despite the fact that Samsung officials only confirmed the device specifications, which have been known through rumors and leaks for a few days now. Still, they did give reporters a chance to try out this model.

To sum things up, the tablet comes with the Android OS 2.2, a seven-inch screen, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G support. It can also be used to make a phone call via cellular-wireless network, as if it were a regular smartphone.

About that LCD

Of course, a few new details were revealed as well, with the biggest surprise being that the Galaxy Tab does not include an AMOLED screen. Instead, it has a Super TFT LCD display. While this screen manufacturing method does not the same punch when it comes to displaying the sharpness and vividness of colors when compared with AM-OLED, power consumption is significantly lower, much like the production price, as the Samsung executives pointed out.

I tried out the Galaxy Tab following the presentation, and it is plain to see that the sharpness and brightness differs from the Galaxy S mobile phone. Still, the display in question is quality, and will surely still please.

Eight Hours of Tab

Interestingly enough, the Galaxy Tab comes with a 4,000 mAh battery, which is three times greater the capacity of top-of-the-line smartphone models. According to Samsung officials, this should be sufficient for approximately 8 hours of intense usage.

It is also interesting that the tablet weighs only 13.4 ounces (380 grams), making it significantly smaller and lighter than the Apple iPad, maybe even light enough to operate with one hand comfortably.

How Much Will It Cost?

The price of the Galaxy Tab will be defined by mobile operators exclusively, depending on the data plans offered to users in packages with the device. In the first several months, the tablet will be solely available through mobile carriers in the USA, Europe and Asia. However, Samsung representatives declined to state which operators.

Depending on individual carriers, the Galaxy Tab will be on sale at the start of October or somewhat later. Its basic color will be black and white, while some operators will offer this Android tablet in other colors.

Samsung officials have already announced they will present new versions of the tablet soon, with different features and screen sizes.

Hands On the Galaxy Tab

Testing out the Galaxy Tab, one gets the impression that this device is both a tablet, like the iPad, and a blown-up cell phone, given that it offers nearly the same options as smartphones, only on a larger screen.

It is very fast, its screen is highly precise when touched and stroked, while zooming in on photos and web sites is instant and smooth.

It was not designed to replace a cell phone, but many will think of it as an all-in-one semi-mobile device.

The IFA trade show will be officially open for visitors tomorrow, while several other tablets will be launched as well — Toshiba officials have already confirmed their Folio 100 tablet.

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