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

McCracken disagreed, however, saying the browser "stacks up well against the iPad's, and can play the Adobe Flash videos that remain banned from Apple devices." Then again, both Pogue and Mossberg said that playing Flash video was a little hit and miss; sometimes the videos worked, sometimes they didn't.

Apps Don't Scale

Aside from a few apps that Samsung redesigned for the Galaxy Tabs screen size such as e-mail, calendar and contacts, most reviewers found that Android apps originally designed for smartphones didn't scale that well. Just like with the iPad, the Galaxy Tab can use almost any Android app, and just blows it up to account for the bigger screen. "Some of my downloaded apps scaled fine to tablet size. Others were surrounded by large black bars," Mossberg said. While Pogue disagreed saying Samsung's tablet either "blows them up, at the expense of clarity, or lets them float in the center of the larger screen with a Texas-size black border."

Pricey, but Pretty Good

One problem the reviewers pointed to was also the Galaxy Tab's price. Unlike the iPad, you have to purchase the Galaxy Tab through the four major cellular carriers including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon -- US Cellular is also selling the Galaxy Tab in some markets. Two carriers -- Sprint and T-Mobile -- offer a contract-free version, but if you want a cheaper upfront cost for the device, you have to make a two-year commitment. The iPad, by comparison, offers a Wi-Fi only version and the 3G models are contract free.

Despite some of the complaints, almost all of the reviewers said the Galaxy Tab was a good device and a workable alternative to the iPad. Just make sure you think about the Galaxy Tab's cost and maybe try it out for yourself before buying.

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