Samsung has finally released its Galaxy Tab at IFA in Berlin today. The folks over at intomobile got to have a hands-on with the device, and they have nothing but good things to say.
The Galaxy Tab is a beautiful piece of machinery. It has a seven inch TFT/LCD 1024x600 pixel screen, which is called "perfectly sized," a 1GHz Hummingbird SoC (same as the Galaxy S), WiFi b/g/n, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, 3 MP rear camera with flash, 1.3 MP front-facing camera, Android 2.2 Froyo, accelerometer, light system, gyroscope, 4000 mAh battery (!), and the pi¨ce de r©sistance, 3G modem with voice calling. It will come in 16 GB and 32 GB flavors.
The hardware is fantastic, aside from the non-Super screen. Probably to keep costs reasonable.
Similar to the iPad, it is reported as basically a large Galaxy S phone. It is differentiated from the Galaxy S with full 1080p video playback with full hardware decoding. It comes with the full version of ThinkFree office for editing Microsoft Office files, Swype for fast keyboarding, and Flash. Love it or hate it, it does come with Samsung's TouchWiz 3.0 interface on top, although there is now a rotation lock built into the notification bar.
There are lots of custom apps and media content delivery systems, that are reported as useful and even good.
One of the biggest issues is that the high-resolution screen means that it is not compatible with a number of apps. In fact, Samsung confirmed that it is not compatible with all of the top 200 apps in the Market, but Google is supposedly reaching out to developers to get them to make scalable apps.
It's thin enough to be sexy, which is only complemented by its glossy back cover. The 7-inch screen is incredibly hand-friendly. You can comfortably hold the screen with one hand, and typing on the on-screen keyboard is ridiculously easy. The Tab could give iPad reason to worry!
Check out their hands-on video and the pictures below.