Samsung Galaxy Tab, portrait mode keyboard
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OK Where is the picture of the Keyboard I don't think it is relevant that all the Galaxy's are the same size and that the Galaxy is bigger than a phone I think what does the Keyboard look and feel like how fast is this thing.
The thing is - the pictures of the Galaxy Tab look great but it's an illusion. The Galaxy with it's 800px screen is little more than a blown up phone - viewing many modern websites, designed for 1024 wide screens will be less than rewarding and that's just the start. The Android apps are no-where near the quality of the App store's top items... as for Android tablets in general, how embarrassing for Dixons that they had to withdraw one of the only two tablets they had available! If you want to do anything serious busines-wise for example with a tablet, current options are iPad with Goodreader (there's a similarly named item in the Android market but it is NOT the same or anything like it)... for music perhaps iPad with Korg etc - seriously good applications..abd if course the forthcoming integration with Apple TV. The Apps make the tablet and while for phones the Android App store might be fine, right now hardly any of the apps in there were designed for tablets - and Google themselves say that Froyo is not ideal for tablets. I bought one tablet from Amazon, advertised as the most powerful Android tablet - it was so slow as to be unusable - it went back ... the list goes one. Things will change in time but for now I just don't see the alternatives out there.
to say that it works well on every site would not be totally true. It works but is slow at times and still has problems with some sites (especially those that rely on mouse-over menus and actions).
The SwiftKey+ Tablet version is fantastic on the Galaxy Tab. It properly, intuitively, completes my words as I type. The tablet fits perfectly in my hands.
See this one, and a few before and after: http://content.techrepublic.com.com/2346-13416_11-484101-50.html
They should have shown the keyboard. I have tried the device out at the store. I can say that the virtual keyboard worked fine and the speed was excellent.
.. This device is much to heavy. I would have expected this to be in the weight style of the Galaxy, but was disappointed by this. It's way to small to weigh this much.
I think you are all getting washed away with the hype. If I wanted to carry a brick around with me, I'd go to Jewsons. All these devices are overblown with apps you feel you ought to use, but could get on quite well without. If you want a phone, go and buy a phone. If you want to waste your life staring at a tiny screen, buy a smaller telly. If you have too much money burning a hole in your pocket, give it to Children in Need. Get some perspective - the hype of these devices is just to part you from your money, not provide you with something to change your life (get a dog or have a baby if you want to do that).
How many times do I have to say the same thing? You got the point with "The Galaxy with it's 800px screen is little more than a blown up phone", but you also completely missed the point by comparing it to the iPad. I will say it again for the hard of thinking - THE GALAXY TAB IS A PHONE! You also missed the point with the Tab's screen resolution, saying that it's 800px, you clearly didn't actually own one, or you would have known that the screen res is 1024x600, so viewing sites which are designed for 1024 is PERFECT for the Tab. From the way you write you're clearly an iPhan, and claiming that you purchased one when you clearly didn't, or you would have known the simplest of facts about the product, try not to cover your overt Apple love with lies about trying to purchase and return. The Tab isn't a true tablet, especially since IT'S A PHONE, and saying that it's "so slow as to be unusable" is a joke - I've played with them and it's as fast as any Android phone (because it is one), since it has a 1GHz processor (the same speed as your beloved iPad) - maybe you've just never played with something that multitasks before, and if you have an iPad, then you obviously haven't! Try taking your head out of Steve Jobs' butt, and maybe a little thing called "being objective" might help. Next time you try to compare a Galaxy Tab to an iPad, do the same comparison with the smaller tech - compare a Galaxy S with an iPod Touch, because it's the equivalent comparison!
If you're going to post something you should at least spell the words correctly. There's no excuse for such appalling spelling. It should read 'too heavy' and 'too small' Come on - primary children know the difference!!!
Too heavy? The Samsung Galaxy Tab weighs 13 ounces. That's slightly twice the weight of a Motorola Droid and about half the weight of an iPad. Somebody needs to go to the gym. :)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is not a phone. - at least in the US. You can use Skype on it to make calls but it is a data only device. I wish it were a phone. I think it would work well connected to a bluetooth earpiece. I played with it in the store and I was impressed with the speed and screen resolution. I was even able to install apps on it at the store. The install was superfast. I can see myself carrying this around at work for note taking. It fits in one hand and goes in my cargo pants pockets quite easily.
Thanks Phil for the "apples with apples" comparison. Now given that as the bloomin' awful ad says "the holidays are coming", can you suggest to me why my teenage son wants one (the Galaxy is stocked by my local major supermarket), and whether you think it is worth the price for a teenager (it's the only thing he wants for Xmas). I get the phone / internet / book / music / camera stuff, but why does a teen want one (he got a new phone last year)?
I think you meant it is your prerogative and I agree. I was just trying to compare the weight to other common handheld electronic devices that we lug around. Lighter materials would probably drive the cost up. I am sure Samsung thought of that.
Here in Singapore it is sold by only one carrier: SingTel. SingTel uses two marketing strategies. It can be bought with a data-only plan when you take up a contract for a fixed + mobile broadband bundle, or a contract for a voice plan bundled with 12GB of data. SingTel also gives away a Samsung WEP-460 Bluetooth headset regardless of which plan you take up. That enables you to make video calls and voice calls with it just like any phone.
I have a Streak, so I know about it ;-) I only found out today that in the US the Tab has had it's phone capability removed - I'm tempted to buy one and swap my SIM card between the Streak and the Tab, because then I'll definitely be able to go "my phone is bigger than yours" LOL
The only device comparable in size with phone capabilities in the US is the Dell Streak. It has a 5" screen. Maybe I'll move to the UK to use the Galaxy Tab as a phone. hmmmm
The fact that the US ones aren't usable as a phone must be because of the US data plans - if you get the right plan (I don't think the US companies are) then you can use voice on them. It's perfectly capable of being a phone, so it must be the companies that are holding it back...
There's only one answer: street cred! Make him justify his need with a good old cost/benefit analysis!