U.S. Cellular Galaxy Tab
Considered by many to be the first legitimate iPad competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab definitely has its pros.
For starters, there are perks to having a 7-inch diagonal screen that are way too often ignored. Who needs one if you’ve already got a smartphone or tablet? Well the assumption is that you’re at least in the market for a tablet and here’s why more and more people seem to be going with Galaxy Tabs.
When compared to the iPad’s 9.7 inch display, the Galaxy Tab is much easier to carry around and neatly stows away in pockets and briefcases. You can palm the device with one hand while using your other to check mail, browse the internet, or play a game. You don’t really get that mobility with an iPad or some of the larger tablets on the market.
So why get one if you’ve already got a smartphone that pretty much features identical functionality?
No matter how fancy the device, phones will always be phones and with that comes small screens. The Galaxy Tab is big enough that browsing the web becomes enjoyable without jeopardizing portability. Nobody’s going to be walking around with a tablet to their ears anytime soon so no matter how similar the devices, phones and tablets will to an extent always serve different purposes. If anything, tablets might gradually eat away at notebook sales but I believe tablets and smart-phones will continue to mold into two separate markets and that’s where the Galaxy display size fits right in.
In all fairness though, the Galaxy Tab’s 1024 x 600 pixel resolution can’t compare to the iPad’s 1024 x 768 but you win some and lose some. As for the actual materials, I’m personally not a fan of the plastic body simply on grounds of aesthetics, but it definitely makes the device lighter. I’d imagine it doesn’t take a fall as well as an aluminum body but either way you’ll be mourning the loss of what once was a shiny new device.
There’s one button for volume control and another to turn the device on. Otherwise, the remaining four buttons are touch sensitive and line the bottom of the tablet like most Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy Tab features a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a beefed up 3 megapixel rear-facing camera. It also comes standard with 16GB microSd but that can be bumped up to 32GB.
Android Froyo 2.2
Another major selling point for the Samsung Galaxy Tab, is Google’s Android Froyo 2.2 operating system. A lot of the kinks previously seen on other devices running Android adaptations for tablets, have been ironed out. As more consumers find themselves using Android devices, apps will continue to flood the market and those that already exist will keep getting refined.
Those new to Froyo will immediately notice Google’s vast integration. Gmail, Google News, Youtube, Google Maps, Google Calendar … and the list goes on and on. I’m convinced Google can do a pretty solid job of guessing what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow morning. At first it might seem like Google overload but who could seriously complain? It all works and I’d be using the same software on my PC. I guess if your one of those Bing people, you can probably get that on the Galaxy Tab too but who uses Bing?
And finally the price tag. The Samsung Galaxy Tab can be purchased free of plan for $600, which is pretty in line with competing tablets. With U.S. Cellular’s two-year 5GB monthly plan, your looking at a pretty reasonable $200 device. That’s $400 chopped off the retail price if you sign up for the U.S. Cellular two-year 5GB monthly plan. Visit your local Chicagoland U.S. Cellular branch for details.