Samsung - Galaxy Tab 3G (Verizon Wireless)
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- Mobile Operating SystemAndroid
- Device ManufacturerSamsung
Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 39 reviews(39 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
ipad killerPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Hardware specs * Android 2.2 running TouchWiz 3.0 * 7-inch TFT LCD with 1024 x 600 resolution (WSVGA) * Weighs 380 grams * 1GHz Cortex A8 processor * 16GB or 32GB internal storage * microSD expansion for up to 32GB additional storage * Front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and rear 3 megapixel camera with flash * 4,000mAh battery * 3G data / voice (there's a speakerphone and Bluetooth for phone calls, but no earpiece) * 5GHz dual-band 802.11n WiFi * Standard back color is white, carriers might offer different colors * Full HD video playback * There's a 30-pin dock connector on the bottom that allows for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories (a car dock at least is planned) To be honest, our real appreciation for the device's design comes more in terms of its form factor. Unsurprisingly, 7-inch tablets are much better for one-handed use than larger-screened ones (i.e. the 9.7-inch iPad or 11.6-inch ExoPC), and the 7.4 x 4.7-inch Galaxy Tab is no different. Steve Jobs may not think the size is optimal, but we loved being able to wrap our smaller hand around the 0.83-pound / 0.47-inch thick Tab when reading a book or hold it like a phone and use our thumbs to type on the on-screen keyboard. Sure, it's not as light or thin as the 0.53-pound / 0.33-inch Kindle or 0.48-pound / 0.4-inch Dell Streak, but it's still light enough to hold up in bed without fearing that you'll drop it on your face. The overall build of the device is top-notch, and though it may appear to some like an enlarged Captivate or Fascinate, it feels more solid than those plasticy phones. We're not saying it's a rugged device by any standard, but it does feel incredibly durable, and we didn't worry too much when it mistakenly fell off the couch. By the way, the Tab's smooth back causes it to slide off things every so often -- so we'd suggest keeping this little guy in a case or nabbing a stand for it. We do wish the Tab had a built-in kickstand like the Evo 4G and Archos 7. Think about it, Samsung. The Tab doesn't have a Super AMOLED screen like its Galaxy S smartphone brothers, but the 1024 x 600-resolution LCD is still stunning. It's notably better than most other tablet screens we've seen of late, which, of course, means that the first thing we noticed was its stellar viewing angles. (You know us and our hang-up with viewing angles.) Tilting the screen off-axis doesn't cause color distortion and sharing it with a friend didn't require us to make any adjustments. Just like the Galaxy S phones, the capacitive screen is extremely responsive, and as we said in our preview, easily matches the iPad in terms of sensitivity. Not once in the last few days of testing did we have an issue making selections with a light tap or scrolling down the length of a long page with a light flicks. Similarly, the four-way accelerometer is quite responsive in most applications (it tends to be slower in the browser) and quick to adjust when turned. The Tab's Flash capability is a nice fallback, but if you've been thinking it's the killer tablet app you should think again. Not to sound like Steve Jobs or anything, but scaled-up smartphone apps and Flash compatibility alone don't create a well-rounded tablet platform -- it's going to take native apps for the Tab to be truly competitive. On the other hand, that doesn't mean there aren't core parts of the OS that require tweaks to take advantage of the added screen real estate, and unlike the many others making Android tablets, Samsung has done more than just throw on the stock applications. Below is a rundown of the core apps Samsung has developed specifically for the Tab. EMail -- The core of the email app looks like those on the Galaxy S phones, but when you flip the display into landscape mode you get a Microsoft Outlook-like pane that displays your Inbox on the left and the messages on the right. We preferred managing and responding to mail in this app over the Gmail app, which is just the smartphone version. Calendar -- The calendar app is equally as attractive. In landscape mode you can adjust it so your calendar takes up the entire screen or with a similar two pane view that shows a listing of upcoming events. Messaging, Contacts -- These are pretty self-explanatory. Even though the Tab isn't technically a phone since all the US carriers have restricted its calling ability, you can use the messaging app to send SMS or MMS messages or e-mails to other contacts. Like the others, you've got a two pane view in landscape mode -- you can look at your contacts on the left side and message from the right. Media Hub - This one has started to pop up on some Galaxy S phones as well, but the Tab is perhaps the best suited to take advantage of Samsung's new movie and TV store / player. At this point there's over 1,000 videos from MTV, Universal and Paramount, and while there is a decent selection of current titles -- we downloaded the Jersey Shore episode of South Park for $1.99 -- you'll come up empty when you start searching for older flicks. Nope, E.T nor Terminator, just to name a few, aren't available. Of course, everything here is DRM-protected so we had zero luck trying to drag it to our desktop. However, you will be able to log into your Media Hub account on up to five other Samsung devices to watch any previously purchased content. Media Hub isn't a bad over-the-air alternative, but at this point we'd recommend buying content through Amazon's Unbox and sideloading it for use on multiple devices. Note: Samsung also has a Readers Hub app, which contains access to Kobo's e-book store and other reading content, but Sprint's decided not to preload it.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Not too big, not too small...
Not too big, not too small...Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
...just the right size for me. I like it! I went back and forth between the iPad display and the Galaxy Tab display for over an hour. I almost got an iPad when they first came out, and I would have puchased one if they were in stock at the time. I decided to wait a while to see what else was out there, and what else might be coming soon, and I'm glad I did. My only issue was getting it set up with 3G with Verizon. I had a MiFi 2200 and basically wanted to transfer the number associated with it to the Galaxy Tab since the Galaxy can work as a 3G Hotspot. For whatever reason, the people at Best Buy couldn't figure it out, and so I used the MiFi as my 3G internet connection for the Galaxy Tab for a few days. I got around to calling Verizon to see if they could help me transfer the service for the MiFi to the Galaxy Tab and I got one of the biggest run-arounds of my life. Verizon actually told me that the only way to use 3G Internet access from my Galaxy Tab was to connect it via the MiFi! I asked if that meant that if someone who didn't already have a MiFi and wanted to get 3G Internet access from their new Galaxy Tab, did that mean that they would have to get a MiFi and sign up for a 2 year contract? I was actually told by the Verizon rep on the phone that yes, this was the only way to get the Galaxy Tab connected to 3G. After insisting on talking to a different Verizon rep, I was told that I could get 3G service to the Galaxy Tab directly, but this guy tells me that in order to use it as a 3G Hotspot, I have to pay another $20 a month on top of the $35 for 3GB per month plan (the plan I currently have with the MiFi and wanted transferred) in order to use it as a 3G Hotspot because an additional 2GB is reserved for additional devices that connect via the Galaxy Tab's 3G Hotspot. I asked if that meant that if I just had the 3GB for $35 a month plan for the Galax Tab and then tried to set up the 3G Hotspot on it for my laptop that it wouldn't work because I wouldn't have the right plan? I was told that yes, this was true. This sounded like complete nonsense to me, so I said I'd just keep the MiFi and connect through it. Then, I called Verizon sales (instead of their tech support this time) and said I just wanted to "add a line" so that my Galaxy Tab could have its own 3G connection. I got the promotional 3GB for $35 a month plan, and guess what! It works just fine as a 3G Hotspot! I'm a month away from being out of my 2 year contract for the MiFi, so I'll just be cancelling that plan. So my impression is that the Galaxy Tab is great, but you're going to be ON YOUR OWN so far as getting support. Not the kind of gift I'd get my grandmother, where if she had any kind of problem with it at all, she could just take it somewhere and get it fixed or have something explained to her. This is where the iPad has the Galaxy Tab beat. Verizon support is untrained, and they actually gave me incorrect information that I can't dismiss as accidental or merely out of ignorance. I wouldn't expect support from any of the 3G carriers to be any different... few support technicians will admit it if they just don't know something.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
solid, dependable tablet
solid, dependable tabletPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
i bought this just a couple days ago and have not had time to truly study everything in depth but it has done almost everything i asked of it. the screen is nice and bright with a pretty good light sensor to set its own brightness (but you can turn it off if you want consistent lighting). battery life is GREAT and it runs FAST. the ONLY problem i have had with it (other than choosing out of hundreds of FREE apps for it) is when trying to load flash based web games. some of them are large enough to crash the browser. there are other browsers out there, i just have not tried them yet. i let my wife play with it for about 5 minutes at lunch and she says "wow, this is great, i want one too" because in that time she had gone to GSKs website and read up on available jobs. 5 minutes and a total tablet noob found a jobsite, and read enough jobs to want to apply. if you can take a non-tech savvy person and have them drool for it in 5 minutes of usage, you have found gold! side note: Verizon does not discount the price for getting a contract, so don't bother. it links VERY easily with my wifi network at home, easily xfers over to Verizon 3G, senses other wifi fast. screen is very clear and a good size. i don't mind the typing but i wish it had a built in easel feature and most of the accessories are not out yet, so for a couple weeks i will probably be playing with the bare bones model (unless i can get my wife's old bluetooth keyboard working again) and won't be charging it in the car.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
An excellent first round product
An excellent first round productPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have been waiting for the Galaxy Tab for months. This is the first Android tablet worth owning. I've been using an iPod Touch as a Personal Digital Assistant and it's worked pretty well, but the Galaxy Tab seems perfect for this role. There are all kinds of mixed reviews on the internet, mostly comparing it to the iPad. It's not an iPad! It's not as straightforward to use as an Apple i-device. In return for a little complexity, you get a very open system that let's you do what you want. I am pretty pro-Apple and have two Touches and two Macs at home, but I don't feel the need for an iPad. A friend who is very pro-Apple and has the highest end iPad checked out my Tab and says he's jealous. I would like the device to be a little cheaper. (I bought the Verizon version at full price.) But it's a great device, as big as you can make a tablet and still hold it easily in your hand, big enough to read books or web pages without much scrolling, and it's fast and good looking. I would change a number of things, like the non-removable battery, the lack of a mini-USB port, etc. But the Galaxy Tab does what it was designed to do and I'm happy to have it.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great tabletPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I picked this up earlier this morning for the primary use of being an eReader. I have an Android phone, so I'm familiar with its capabilities. This tablet is very much worth every penny. It is sturdy, light weight, and perfect for carrying around. I can hold it with one hand easily, and I feel like I have a good grip on it. It also fits in a pocket perfectly (should fit in a purse or something too easily). It is fast. Once it is booted up and ready to go, it is very fluid. I've already synced it with the kindle books I've purchased and I must say it is perfect as an eReader. Browsing the internet is actually better than expected. The default browser works great, but I do use Dolphin HD instead. It's gesture features make browsing wonderful on a tablet. I don't use Dophin on my phone because it feels like it takes up too much screen space, but having the bigger screen makes it a perfect browser. I used it for about 5 hours straight on max brightness connected to WiFi, playing games, browsing the web, watching flash videos, played with google earth/sky, just about anything I would normally want to do on it...This was off the default charge of about 60%, went to 20% over that time. People have gripes with it being Android 2.2, and google saying it isn't particularly designed for tablets, but Samsung's email and calender have been awesome (they were designed for the tablet). I have had no problems with navigation or anything, but I am anxious to see what Google comes up with for tablets down the road. We all know it is coming, and it will be awesome.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Better than expected
Better than expectedPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought this primarily for work, to carry around my large work reference library when I travel (frequently), and as an e-book reader. My work computer is locked down and I can't install anthing (like iTunes) on it, so since I have a desire to sync many hundreds of files, which change frequently, the iPad 2 was disqualified. I plug the Tab into any computer, turn on USB, and it shows up like a flash drive, so I can quickly transfer and sync all the files I need as frequently as I wish. I use Allway Sync n Go to greatly speed this process - it works perfectly. It's readable, even wearing dark glasses in clear direct sunlight, though it does wash out slightly under those conditions. It seems tough, light, easy to carry (I use a Zagg screen protector and a flip case), and the battery lasts all day easily no matter how heavily I use it. I use mine WiFi only so far, though I may eventually activate the data. Reading my work documents (and not having to carry around tons of books), and the Nook app alone justify the price for me. Email, web browsing, and the few games I play are icing. The display is clear and higher resolution than some lower priced tablets available right now, and the Youtube experience is remarkable for what it is. It's size means I don't think twice about picking it up and using it, like I think I would with an iPad. For my purposes, it is superior to an iPad.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
IncrediblePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
Being someone who has used an iPad to the fullest extent, I feel that I can unbiased in my saying that this is the better of the 2 winning tablets out there. The experience on this tablet is absoutely incredible. Its fast, has a bajillion apps, very portable, and the battery NEVER DIES. The screen quality is immaculate, has a ton of storage right off the bat, and works amazingly right out of the box. In all honesty, I was very reluctant to buy this tablet, with the assumption that it was just going to feel like using a smart phone with android, given that its essentially the same thing. Man, was I wrong. I haven't had such a positive experience using a tablet until I bought this bad boy on Verizon (which has a much better data signal in the DC area than ATT). Also, I'd like to point out the fact that it can also be used as a 3g Hotspot. Yes, that means producing wifi for up to 5 devices within proximity; what I love about it, is that it doesn't charge me extra just to use this feature, it just counts against my alloted bandwidth for the month (I use 3GB, but haven't even been able to get up to 1.5GB thus far). A+++++++ product. If you dont wanna jump on the apple bandwagon, and pay for an over priced, over sized ipod touch, get this; you wont be sorry.Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Love it!Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought the Galaxy Tab the day after Christmas to replace my dead laptop. I haven't put it down since. I got the Verizon Wireless version from Best Buy because it was the cheapest plan out of all of the carriers and there's no contract. You can drop it at any time, but for $20 a month why would you want to? I've used the iPad before and can really see no difference besides the size...which I prefer the smaller. The camera has limited functionality but what do you expect? Still better than the iPad! I'm dropping the data plan on my cell phone because my Galaxy Tab goes everywhere with me anyways. It fits right in my purse. There are tons of apps available. I still haven't found one that allows me to chat from my Galaxy to someone on a computer, but I'm sure one will come along eventually. If you're in the market to buy an iPad but don't want to spend an extra $130 and then another $30+ a month for a plan, check out the Galaxy Tab before you buy!Sorry, there was a problem. Please try again later.