GALAXY Tab 10.1 & 8.9 Hands-on [CTIA 2011]

It’s hard to argue with the fact that the iPad 2 sent Samsung rushing back to the lab to try to squeeze some bulk out of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but then it’s also clear that both the 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 slates are appealing hardware in their own right. Each slimmer and lighter than the second-gen Apple, they’re as close to Star Trek style sci-fi tablets as we’ve seen so far, making Motorola’s XOOM look fat in comparison.

Unfortunately Samsung’s CTIA 2011 samples were so hot off the prototyping line that we weren’t allowed to turn them on. The company demonstrated its newly updated TouchWiz UX for Honeycomb on a hands-off prototype, and thankfully it doesn’t appear to be the wholesale reskin that we’re familiar with from Samsung smartphones – and which generally slows down core OS updates – but rather a new set of dynamic homescreen widgets and controls which slot into Honeycomb.

As Motorola did with recent versions of MOTOBLUR on Android smartphones, the TouchWiz UX widgets can be resized more flexibly, as well as intermingled with regular Google widgets and shortcuts. As long as it doesn’t impact subsequent OS upgrades, we can see it being a popular interface.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 Hands-on

Physically, the tablets are everything you’d want from a portable slate, with the 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab being particularly appealing for its balance of size and high resolution. At 1280 x 800 it gets the same number of pixels as its 10.1-inch brother, which will make for a rich, dense screen in a bag-friendly chassis. Samsung isn’t talking specific chips for its 1GHz dual-core processor, which leads us to assume that it could be the same mixture of homegrown Exynos and NVIDIA’s Tegra 2.

GALAXY Tab 10.1 vs GALAXY Tab 8.9 vs iPad 2 vs. XOOM


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Posted on March 30, 2011, in Android, Gadgets, Mobile Phones/Tablets, News and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. This is one pretty tablet! I prefer the 8.9″ one because it is small enough to fit anywhere, but yet it looks like it will be great for watching movies and shows! I can’t wait to get one! I know the first app that I will be downloading will be the DISH Remote Access app. As a customer and employee of DISH Network, I have been using this app on my Galaxy S phone and I always wanted a bigger screen to stream live TV and recordings to from my 922 SlingLoaded receiver. The iPad seems a little too big to take anywhere. So this is perfect! I hope that summer comes quickly, because I want one NOW!

  2. I have the 10.1” model after a long debate over which was better, the iPad or the Galaxy. I decided the iPad was better for me but I really wanted the Flash capability and got the Galaxy, and I’m not disappointed. My DISH Network employee Sling adapter enabled TV looks fantastic; so now my only problem is that I can’t stop watching, it’s too easy to start the app. My wife thinks I should stop when she’s talking to me, but I can listen and watch at the same time. Computers are supposed to make mult-tasking easier, right?

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