Consumers on retail sites like Amazon.com and Circuit City’s online store have made a clarion call against the Samsung Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi, claiming that Samsung has cut corners with the Wi-Fi only version of the tablet.
Obviously the recently released Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab would lack 3G service, but consumers most likely did not expect that there would also be sacrifices made on some of the device’s other hardware specs. The two notable downgrades between Galaxy Tab and Galaxy Tab Wi-Fi involve Bluetooth and processing power.
The Wi-Fi Tab is running Bluetooth 2.1, as opposed to the 3.0 featured in the 3G Tab. This could potentially make the tablet incompatible with some accessories that would otherwise work with the 3G variant.
Also, while the Wi-Fi tab features the same general chip, a 1 GHz A8 Cortex processor, the graphics processing unit (GPU) was downgraded from a PowerVR SGX 540 to a 530. A lower quality GPU would mean slower rendering of webpages and other graphics, slowing things down on the whole.
The Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab, downgrades and all, is currently available from various retailers, and is priced at $350 on Amazon.