Cloud Computing: Samsung Galaxy Tab Offers Great Web Browsing, App Experience
eWEEK has been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab, courtesy of Verizon Wireless, for the past two weeks. The No. 1 carrier began selling the Android 2.2-based tablet computer Nov. 11 for $599.99 without a contract, timed for the holiday rush. An alternative to Apple's iPad, the Tab's screen measures 7 inches on the diagonal, compared with the 9.7-inch iPad, and weighs 13.5 ounces, compared with the iPad's heftier 1.5 pounds. Also, the Tab has two video cameras, including a 1.3-inch megapixel mini-camera for video conferencing. While the iPad relies on the 300,000 apps in Apple's App Store, the Tab plays host to the 100,000-plus apps in the Android Market as well as the Samsung Media Hub for renting and purchasing TV programming and movies. In evaluating the tablet, eWEEK was struck by just how much the Web browsing experience of the Tab mimics that of the Samsung Galaxy S devices, such as the Fascinate and Continuum, from Verizon. The application experience is ostensibly the same, with a widget to the Android Market and the ability to download Facebook for Android, Twitter for Android and all manner of apps. While the Galaxy S devices from Verizon come preloaded with Bing Search and Bing Maps, the Tab hews to the Verizon Droid model of saluting Google's mobile services, including widgets for Google Maps, Google Places, Google Latitude, YouTube and Google Search. Check it all out in this slideshow.