Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Galaxy Tab review (updated)

Galaxy Tab review.

"The grippier casing comes into its own when you’re using the Galaxy Tab for ebook reading, and indeed Verizon preinstall Amazon’s Kindle app which works well on the 7-inch display. At 1024 x 600 across a smaller panel than the iPad’s 1024 x 768 resolution, the Samsung actually has a higher pixel density; that adds up to crisper text. The Tab is also light enough to comfortably hold one-handed above your head, such as when lying in bed, whereas the metal and glass iPad soon gets tiring."

And, ooh, the web browser apparently has text re-flow (text fits to the window) when you zoom in! Apple, may we pleeease have this in safari?!

Like the Dell Streak (and probably all Android devices), the Galaxy Tab has not just a Home button, but also a Menu button, and a Back and a Search buttons. Search button I can live without, but the Back button is very practical to get back to the last app, and I think especially that Jobs super-minimalism is again a little overdone in not having a Menu button on the iPad, for it is really good to have. On the iPad, you often have to search around on the screen to find where in the interface the app producer has decided to stick a menu for preferences and so on. Granted, it might also have been made simpler with a standard for where the menus are, but I think a simple menu button would work great.

It seems the GT will work with a bluetooth keyboard. That's good news for writers who like a very compact word processor on the go. A fold-able keyboard (under 200 grams) and an iPhone works well, I have used it, but that screen is a bit on the small side. An iPad instead is great but adds quite a bit of weight. I think a machine like this GT is a very nice compromise.


TC [Girl] said...

"The Tab is also light enough to comfortably hold one-handed above your head, such as when lying in bed,"

What the...??? Why hold the thing "above your head," when you could just: rest it on your bent legs; or...while lying on your side, prop it up w/a pillow?! A person could go hands free, that way, only having to touch the screen, occasionally, to turn the durn page! :-/

eolake said...

The writer is probably thinking of something like what I usually do: lying back, my head a bit raised, with the book/reader held in one hand, elbow on the bed.

My glasses make it impractical to lie and read on my side. (I don't want contacts, won't put anything in my eyes.)

And while there are many ways of reading on the iPad where the weight is solved, I do think it's perhaps the one point where the 'pad can be markedly improved.