Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet from the Korean consumer electronics giant Samsung has had the market leader Apple worried for some time. The Galaxy 8.9 is one of the lightest and thinnest tablets available today.

Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9″ runs on Android3.1 OS. With a RAM of 1 GB and Tegra 2 Dual Core processor, this tablet packs in a lot of power within its 9.1 inch, 0.98-pound body. One of the biggest differences between the Galaxy Tab and the iPad is its ability to play flash videos. It is available in 16 GB and 32 GB Wifi only model. The front camera has a resolution of 2.0 MP while the back camera has a resolution of 3 mega pixels. This 8.9 inch TFT WXGA screen has a resolution of 1280 * 800.

Usability

The Samsung Galaxy 8.9 is a sleek device with an aluminum edged front panel that has a glossy finish and the edges are rounded. The gray colored plastic back is not what you might expect from a $450 tablet. The top edge of the tablet has a volume rocker, the jack for headphones and the power button. Unlike some of the other Galaxy versions, the Galaxy 8.9 does not offer an SD card slot for expandable memory.

With over 200,000 apps from the Android market, there is never a dearth of things to do when you have the 8.9 inch Galaxy by your side.

Perhaps one of the biggest advantages of having an Android OS is its smooth multitasking features and its ability to play Flash. You have the option of viewing your most important apps through the Quick App Tray. You can also scroll between open apps, with up to 5 app screens visible at the same time.

Integration of Google services into Android OS is to be expected considering that Android is made by Google. If Google Maps, Gmail and other Google applications are important to you, then buying an Android compatible tablet like the Samsung Galaxy 8.9 inch may be a sensible thing to do.

Most tests have shown that the battery lasts more than 7 hours, sufficient for a day’s use.

What Customers Say

The size of the tablet is a clincher for many. It is not as big as a 10-inch tablet and therefore easier to hold and read while not being too small like a 7 inch. The 8.9-inch tablet has become a must-have for many users who do not like browsing on a smaller smart phone touch screen.

Easy integration with Google services are an attraction for many business users who use Google applications to manage their work.

Conclusion

The Samsung Galaxy 8.9 inch is among the best alternatives available to customers who do not like the 10 inch or 7-inch size. With an ever-growing list of powerful applications, deep integration with Google services through the Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS and powerful multitasking features, this tablet is a compelling choice for anybody who would like to balance between size, features, and applications.