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Samsung Galaxy Tab GT-P1000 16GB, Wi-Fi + 3G (Unlocked), 7in - Black
(7 Epinions reviews)
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15 personal experiences with Samsung GalaxyTab 7"
Oct 11, 2011
Review by myord
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Size, convernience, battery life
Cons:It loads and keeps many apps in the memory
The Bottom Line: This tablet is definitively worth considering. Picture and sound are great, speed is adequate. Since that is not gonna be your production PC, the specs can be more relaxed.
When I considered the GalaxyTab I did not even know it is so much fun using it, but now I don't even leave the house without it. Although late, I believe there are couple of interesting notes to consider and have more fun with it.
Recommend this product?
The tablet size was probably one of the selling features to me. 7" for a tablet makes probably more sense than the iPad's 10" (e.g. letter size) dimensions. GalaxyTab is way bigger than the really small iPod/iPhone and offering much more real estate and picture quality without the chunkiness of the 10" pads that look like keyboard-less laptops.
It fits in most jeans/jacket pockets so there is no need to carry a file folder like iPad case (some are frankly annoying with their handles, straps and zippers). Instead you can carry this 1/2 iPad size wonder and no one would ever know. You can make internet payment or check account balances any time.
3. On the go:
The screen size allows you to walk and read up to the minute news, e-mail without even stopping. The 10" iPad are humongous while the cell phones are much too small for this.
4. XXI century walkman:
You can walk with it in the pocket and listen to online radio/mp3 (my favorite feature) and easily control volume or tracks from the side volume control.
Web video comes alive on this thing - navigation is easy and the image is crisp. Since the typical web video is 360p/480p a larger 10.3" screen just brings more pixilation, while the phone screens are deemed useless.
Listening to music on the GalaxyTab is a real pleasure, more so if you do it through the car stereo or half decent headphones. Online music stations often offer sound quality higher than many FM radio stations and CDs. It's so good that I'm considering buying high end studio headphones just to enjoy it more often.
7. Instant party favorite:
I use commercial free online radio at my and friends parties - just by plugging the tablet into a stereo receiver. No outdated MP3 to browse, no batteries to charge, just need a short cable to plug into the stereo. Nice. Images (on MiniSD or online) can be easily shown size 5x7" on your display. A more advanced option is using a tablet-to-TV cable and showing all on LCD TV. (Imagine those graduation trip shots shown at the follow up party....hehe).
8. Maps, GPS and weather:
The tablet has a full blown navigation, compass, elevation info, weather forecasts etc - for the location presently you are at. This by itself justifies buying the tab. Think how much a car/portable GPS cost. The tablet can be used in the car, listened to through the car stereo and charged as you travel. Your location is not only updated instantly but you can even use Google live view to see the streets as you travel - almost like on video. If you like you can stick to the "simple" aerial view.
The games for Android are not the PC blazing quality, but fill a lot of voids while riding on the bus or subway. All is nice and big- not like the phone mini games many fellow passengers play. Again, iPad doesn't exactly fit in this environment - unless you don't mind half of the bus watching your Tetris progress or talking about your silly Chess move...
The 3MP (2048x1536) camera lacks the DSLR quality, but saves the day when the DSLR is at home. It even lets you shoot video on the go. In my case I was happy it was there when Brad and Angelina came to town - the tablet saved the day and created the picture of the day. I've never used the second camera for video conferencing though.
I was shopping the other day when a friend called me overseas on the tablet. Since the tab's ON all the time people can now see me online right away- rather than only when I'm at home. Big plus, and of course it is free - we talked for 40min. Android 2.2 did not support Skype video though so we did not see each other.
The checking/replying now happens when I'm on the transit to and from work, and I get to respond to people much earlier than before (e.g. after work). Not to mention the amount of time I save at home.
13. Travelling, Wi-Fi:
Let's be honest - we carry laptops abroad so we can go to hotspots and read e-mails, or check restaurant and attractions. With the 7" GalaxyTab in your pocket you can easily browse the web while having a coffee at the local Starbucks. No need to plug/ boot your chunky 15" laptop or have a bagel and a coffee over the keyboard. And Yes, there is one less piece of luggage to declare at the gate.
That is a no brainer- if you are like me and don't have a cell phone you can still send and receive SMS - just the keyboard and screen are nicer.
15. Calculator, notepad, scanner etc. apps:
It is not a secret that there are tons of Android apps. You can now download and delete them all the time and have them only when you need them. No need to install and keep all your "software". One app I don't delete is the Gas Buddy that shows where the cheaper gas stations are. You can also check hotels, restaurants, banks, movies, shops etc. With the tablet genie anything you wish you get [almost :-)].
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