Bought to book
As usual with Android, e-mail is easy to set up with most accounts requiring just address and password, and the screen’s size means there’s room for a viewing pane next to the list of incoming messages. The keyboard’s big enough (just about) for ten-digit touch typing in landscape mode, but the inclusion of handy keys like .com and @ cause the space bar to be perilously small. There’s also Swype keyboard text recognition, which is an engaging way of inputting text, but takes a little bit of getting used to.
Look familiar? Samsung's
iBooks e-book reader
The ePub-compatible e-book app looks strikingly similar to Apple’s iBooks in oh, so many ways, though there’s no on-line store attached directly. The Reader Hub, however, has a connection to on-line book store Kobo, as well as news and magazine subscription options, some, but not all of them, available for free. There’s also a heap of free e-book readers available from the Android Market, including Kindle for Android with its Amazon connection, which worked just fine.
Android’s browser generally worked well too, and it supports Flash video, though there were a few stumbles and the odd stall. Nothing to get too hung up about, but it’s not quite as smooth as the iPad’s relatively seamless browsing experience that is, nonetheless, Flash-free.
While the accelerometer handles switching from landscape to portrait mode swiftly, when rotating the Tab it is all too easy to press the physical buttons on the edge and the touch panel ones at the base. Consequently, you find yourself exiting the window you were viewing or an application, which is something the iPad manages to avoid when handled, due in part to being a bigger device. No matter how careful you are with the Tab, it seems to catch you out one way or another when turning it.
Next page: Image conscious
Both copied Delicious Library
Or possibly a real bookshelf.
Re: US model DOESNT have phone feature
We're not reviewing a North American model.
Skype for Android doesn't support video. That is why it doesn't work on the Galaxy Tab, or any other Android device.
Not quite right
The Galaxy Tab doesn't have 5 home screens. It has between 1 and 9. If you care to use the device for a bit before commenting on it you would realise that you can zoom out (Pinch to zoom style) and then add/delete home pages. This allows you more flexibility.
In case you hadn't come across it you can also zoom out on the actual app pages.
Incidentally I sold my iPad after getting one of these because I prefer the SGT. It's a more usable size and a rather brilliant piece of kit. Evidenced by the fact that 2 weeks later I'm still using it unlike the iPad. Now let the flames begin just because I sold an apple product...
Too little, too much
It's a nice enough tablet, but it's too expensive. £300 would be more sensible. As it is you can get a slightly less polished Chinese tablet with an inferior touchscreen and questionable battery life for £100. That puts a ceiling on the price of this size Android tablet regardless of build quality.