Galaxy Tab reviews: The Anti-iPad has come

Reviewers don't appear to be bothered by the Galaxy Tab's size, and most see it as a credible competitor to the iPad.

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Hardware, Galaxy Tab, Samsung Galaxy Tab

But two reviewers weren't pleased with the Galaxy Tab's display. Buchanan said the tablet's screen wasn't big enough, while Mossberg echoed an argument made by Apple CEO Steve Jobs in October. "The Tab has a 7-inch screen versus the 9.7-inch display on the iPad ... but the numbers are deceptive ... the actual screen real estate on the Tab is less than half of the iPad's."

Multitasking, Camera and Flash, Oh My!

All of the critics were quick to point out that the Galaxy Tab has a few advantages over the current state of the iPad. Namely, the Galaxy Tab has front- and rear-facing cameras, Adobe Flash for viewing online video and multitasking. (The iPad will get multitasking later this month with the iOS 4.2 update.) But these added features aren't all they're cracked up to be, according to the critics.

Camera, meh

The first thing to note is that taking photos with a giant slab of technology is not as subtle as taking a snap with your smartphone. "The big viewfinder (otherwise known as the screen) was a kick, but no way are you going to be subtle when taking a photo with the Galaxy Tab," Perenson said.

The other thing is that the cameras may not be that great. The Galaxy Tab uses a 3.2 megapixel rear-facing camera, but Mossberg said it delivered only "average quality," while Null said it was "fair-enough."

Give Me FaceTime!

Video calling doesn't appear to be that great either, and some experienced problems with Qik, the Galaxy Tab's third-party video calling app. Mossberg said he experienced dropped calls and at one point lost all audio on the call, while Pogue called the whole video calling experience "flaky." Qik is reportedly working on a fix for the app. Perhaps the most telling comment came from McCracken who said Apple's "FaceTime video-calling software [was] sorely missed" on the Galaxy Tab.

Galaxy Tab's Bad Browser: Blame Flash

Another near-universal comment was the Galaxy Tab's considerably slower browser speeds compared to the iPad. Null said Web pages "loaded more slowly than the iPad - sometimes taking twice as long." Mossberg said the browser was a bit "jerky in zooming into text and scrolling through long pages."

Gizmodo's Buchanan, who generally hated the Galaxy Tab, was heavy on the spite, saying the browser was "miserable, at least when Flash is enabled. It goes catatonic, scrolling is laggy, and it can get laughably bad."


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