Samsung Galaxy Tab Offers Media Hub, Android 2.2, Video Conferencing

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Offers Media Hub, Android 2.2, Video Conferencing

by Nicholas Kolakowski

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Galaxy Tab Unwrapped

Samsung's American unveiling of the Galaxy Tab took place at New York City's Time Warner Center. Executives demonstrated the device's battery life, slim form-factor and other features.??í

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Adobe Flash Support

The Samsung Galaxy Tab natively supports Adobe Flash, allowing the device to display rich content from a variety of Websites. Samsung is counting on Adobe's platform to help differentiate its tablet from the Apple iPad, which makes a point of not supporting Flash.

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3G-Enabled Version First

Samsung will release a 3G-enabled version of the Galaxy Tab first, followed by a WiFi-only version at some undefined point later. Company executives were tight-lipped about cost and exact release dates for the device, saying that much of that would be up to the carriers.

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Galaxy Tab Home Screen

The Galaxy Tab's home screen. Like the Samsung Galaxy S smartphone, the Tab offers multiple home screens for pinning widgets and applications.

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Even More

More widgets and icons.

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Media Hub

Samsung is releasing its Media Hub, which offers movies and TV shows for purchase and rental, and doubtlessly hopes it will become a viable competitor to Apple's iTunes storefront.

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Android Productivity

The Samsung Galaxy Tab, like all Android-based devices, features a range of productivity apps.

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Surfing

Web-browsing with the Galaxy Tab.

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Virtual Keyboard

The Galaxy Tab's virtual keyboard supports Swype, for users who want to drag their finger to form words. With the 7-inch screen, users with big hands can also type one-handed.

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Landscape

The Galaxy Tab in landscape mode.

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From the Back

The back of the Galaxy Tab. Note the 3-megapixel camera in back, with flash.

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Videos and Images

The Galaxy Tab's software for images and video snapped with its integrated camera.

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Kindle in the Galaxy Tab

The Galaxy Tab's Kindle app. Tablet PCs are seen as a growing competitor to e-readers such as the Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble's Nook.

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Video Conferencing

The Galaxy Tab's dashboard for its video conferencing feature. The device includes a 1.3-megapixel front camera.

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Iron Man

The Galaxy Tab playing a clip from "Iron Man." The enhanced TFT display boasts a 1024x600 resolution.

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Native Gmail

The Galaxy Tab's native Gmail application seems close in style to the smartphone version.

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Android Marketplace

Google's Android Marketplace features a growing collection of apps.

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Accessories

Samsung's planned Galaxy Tab accessories include a full-size keyboard (seen here), as well as a docking station and a hard dock for a car dashboard.

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