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My review of the Galaxy Tab - updated 02/02/2011

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Well I've sent an e-mail. They certainly do look nice.
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Default A few goods, a few bads

I have to disagree about the speakers: I think they are very clear and resonant considering the size of the device. On the other hand I agree that the browser is unacceptably jerky and slow....I just can't understand why a device more powerful than the iPad can be so poor in comparison with regards to its web performance. Another gripe is that the browser defaults to mobile sites on any browser that uses the built in webkit. Whilst it might be true that a flash of an updated ROM will fix this, I still think it is ridiculous that I should have to void my warranty to get FULL web sites on the phone - it is after all a TABLET with more than enough power to view full sites. Mobile sites look downright ugly on such a high resolution, large screen anyway.
Another annoyance is that YouTube videos look pretty poor compared to the same ones on the iPad's built in YouTube app. It seems that Samsung were not allowed to tweak Google's app to allow HD streaming. The result is acceptable but certainly not stunning.

On the flip side, I do really enjoy using the device on the whole: I love the build quality, the gorgeous screen, the tactile quality which really makes using apps a dream. Most apps seem to scale excellently and the device fits nicely into a jacket pocket. I even like popping my SIM in and texting on the SGT - handcent is fantastic with such a large screen.

I just hope that Samsung treat this device as their baby and don't fob us off. I think there is developer interest in this device and I hope my enjoyment of the device increases month-by-month....
 
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^ There is a new Youtube App from Google. You should download it.

Also, use a different browser like Opera, Dolphin HD or Firefox Beta 2 for improved performance. Not only that it also has better features than the stock browser. Who wants STOCK anyway?

The mobile version does suck however. Hopefully there is a fix for that.
 
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^ There is a new Youtube App from Google. You should download it.

Also, use a different browser like Opera, Dolphin HD or Firefox Beta 2 for improved performance. Not only that it also has better features than the stock browser. Who wants STOCK anyway?

The mobile version does suck however. Hopefully there is a fix for that.
the firefox browser has an add on to enable full web browsing. Shame it doesnt support flash though.

Ive got the latest YouTube app but it still doesnt support HD streaming and now has the annoyance of completely restarting any video you might be watching if you exit the app. I swear the old one used to let you carry on where you left off!
 
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the firefox browser has an add on to enable full web browsing. Shame it doesnt support flash though.

Ive got the latest YouTube app but it still doesnt support HD streaming and now has the annoyance of completely restarting any video you might be watching if you exit the app. I swear the old one used to let you carry on where you left off!
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The YouTube thing IS annoying though - it definitely used to remember your position when you exited the app. Even the iPhone YouTube app remembers where you were when you exit to answer a text, iM, email etc.
 
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I have to disagree about the speakers: I think they are very clear and resonant considering the size of the device.

I just hope that Samsung treat this device as their baby and don't fob us off. I think there is developer interest in this device and I hope my enjoyment of the device increases month-by-month....
Mine definitely vibrate when i watch things loud. And of course having them on one of the short sides is pointless since you will spend the majority of your time watching in landscape. They should be on the long end/ ends... though this would make them quieter.

Another thing ive found really annoying is the wrong number/ order of soft keys...

And i agree sammy has to come out with clear statements regarding their intent vis a vis future updates. Im going to start a thread about it
 
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You mean you paid $1,200 for this tablet ? I think the price for the unlock version sim free is from $600 to $700 ? Why is it so high ?

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