Desktops and Notebooks: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, 8.9 Tablets Appear at CTIA
Galaxy Tab 10.1
While the original Galaxy Tab managed to hold its own against the Apple iPad, Samsung evidently felt its tablet prospects would improve if it offered some new sizes. The result: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, a 10.1-inch tablet.??Ã
Back of the Tab
The rear of the Galaxy Tab features a rear-facing camera for video conferencing, along with a textured back (presumably to prevent from sliding on slick surfaces). The tablet measures 0.33 inches thick and weighs 1.3 pounds.
The new versions of the Galaxy Tab run Google Android 3.0 (code-named "Honeycomb"), which has been optimized for the tablet form factor.
As with other Honeycomb-based devices, the Tab offers a set of customizable home pages.
Pinch and Zoom
Pinch and zoom, along with other touch-screen gestures, bring features such as Google Maps to full life. The Galaxy Tab, like the rest of its Android tablet cousins, also supports Adobe Flashsomething their manufacturers are counting on as a competitive differentiator in the battle against Apple.??Ã
Honeycomb features some neat tricks, such as the ability to quickly scroll back through recently opened pages. These aren't exclusive to the Galaxy Tab, though.
Galaxy Tab 8.9
For those who want their tablets just a little smaller, Samsung offers the Galaxy Tab 8.9, an 8.9-inch tablet. It features two cameras in the front and rear, and weighs just over a pound.
In brief testing at Samsung's CTIA booth, there didn't seem to be much difference between the different Tab versions, especially when it came to elements such as home screens. The 8.9-inch tablet also includes a dual-core processor.
For those who prefer their tablets in a 7-inch formatthe better to hold in one handSamsung will continue to offer the original version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Samsung hopes that customers will be attracted to Google's Android and its burgeoning numbers of apps, along with integrated Google services such as Gmail.??Ã