Goodness, Samsung seems to be carpet bombing the smartphone and tablet right now – they will now have smartphones and tablets of all shapes and sizes. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is already pretty great (read Albert’s review here), but there are always people who preferred the original Galaxy Tab’s 7 inch size – it is roughly the size of a notebook, whereas the 10 inch might be too big for some people’s tastes.
The biggest complaint of the original Galaxy Tab was that its operating system was not necessarily made for tablet implementation, something which bothered us as well. “Half-baked” was an apt term. Now that great size can be combined with the power of the Honeycomb tablet. Samsung also threw in a 1.4Ghz dual core processor, and a massive 5,100mAh battery, giving up to ten hours use. Running Android 3.2 it is also running the latest TouchWiz skin, which we are still on the fence about. Guess we have to try it out.
The device we are more excited about is the Galaxy Note phone, which will have a massive 5.3 inch AMOLED screen but more significantly a capacitative stylus. Obviously this will make it a very big phone to use, but if you have big hands it might be less of an issue, because it is still a very thin phone so it should be comfortable in your pocket. This is the closest someone has come to combining a tablet and smartphone in one device. That new screen packs a 1280 x 800 resolution – just to put that in perspective, that is still the resolution a Macbook Pro 13 inch screen ships with…
I highly recommend you check out the video:
If it is in any way close to as good as the Galaxy S2, Samsung might have a (slightly niche) winner on its hands.
What is next Samsung? A 12 inch tablet?
Samsung announced on that it will hold an event Today August 3rd during which all Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners can bring in their tablets to have them updated to the latest software build. The update will add Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface, which includes live panels and mini apps, as well as a redesigned Samsung Hub application. It will also install Words with Friends, Amazon’s Cloud Player for music and Amazon’s Kindle software. Galaxy Tab 10.1 owners in the New York area can bring their units to the Samsung Experience Store at Columbus Circle between 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to have their devices updated for free. Those outside the New York metropolitan area will receive an over-the-air update “soon.”
The long-awaited upgrade for Samsung’s original 7? Galaxy Tab is now underway in the UK, with Tab fanatics able to update their machines via Samsung’s KIES tool right now. The update takes the machine from its launch Android 2.2 software up to version 2.3, so isn’t a massive leap but very welcome all the same.
My latest Guardian column is a pretty unenthusiastic review of the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, hailed by many as the first serious Android-based iPad competitor. The Galaxy has all the right parts, but they’re assembled without much care or forethought. Something I missed mentioning in the review is that the device hides the low-profile power key next to the low-profile volume key, and they’re nearly indistinguishable to the touch, so every time I adjust the volume, I end up turning off the device. Try to imagine how that goes over with the three-year-old when I turn down the sound on a YouTube cartoon she’s enjoying and inadvertently switch the screen off.
But Samsung’s tablets – for no discernible reason – use a custom tip that isn’t any of the standard mini- or micro-USB ends. Instead, it’s a wide, flat connector, like the one Apple uses, but of course, it’s not compatible with Apple’s cables, either. I’ve already lost mine, run down the battery and now I can’t use the tablet again until I find another one. I passed through three airports recently, and none of them had a store that stocked them.
I have phone charger cables in my office, my travel bag, my backpack and beside the bed. The very last thing in the entire world that I need right now is to have to add another kind of USB cable to all those places. The decision to use a proprietary connector in a device whose major selling point is that it is non-proprietary is the stupidest thing about the Galaxy Tab 10.1 – even stupider than calling it the “Galaxy Tab 10.1.”
Likewise disappointing was the decision to omit the microSD card slot on the Wi-Fi-only version of the tablet. The 3G-equipped models come with a built-in microSD reader (handy to have, especially if you need to load some data onto the device and you’ve mislaid the stupid proprietary cable). This is integrated into the Sim assembly used by the 3G devices, and rather than leaving the empty Sim assembly in place and leaving the card-reader intact, Samsung removed the whole thing.
Many of Galaxy S II buyers who got their Mac OSx upgraded to the latest one (Lion), reported that Kies is not compatible with it.
Actually I was facing same problem and I got to know a way to fix this.
To tackle this, you can install an older version and then update it to the latest version. I have tested it works for this version: KiesMac_220.127.116.1155_7. Install it and then go to “Preference”->”Update” and update to the latest version
This a guranteed way to make Kies work on Mac OS Lion.
Give it a try!!
iPhones and Samsung Tabs are baned in Saudi Arabia.They has just issued a new ruling that would affect all iPhone and Samsung Galaxy Tab owners – they are no longer allowed to be brought into the country’s security institutions from this Saturday onwards. This ban was declared due to the security concern that these high-tech telecommunication gadgets can be infiltrated easily via hacking, according to London-based Asharq Al Awsat.
Samsung to Launch Gingerbread for Galaxy Tab UK Version coming in few weeks – new user interface and revamped speed
According to recent reports, the UK version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab (7-inch) is set to receive its Android 2.3 update in the near future. Recombu advises that a a source close to Samsung is claiming that UK version of Galaxy Tab will receive Gingerbread in coming weeks via Kies.
The update will hit unlocked version of Galaxy Tabs then it will hit others i.e. people using Galaxy Tab with contract. O2UK is saying that it will be out in early August, and I think others will also launch it in the same period.
Our readers in UK, soon you will be able to taste Gingerbread on your Galaxy Tab. However, if you want Honeycomb, then you’d better have a look at Galaxy Tab 10.1 or any other already existing Honeycomb tablet. We’re very early in the Android tablet game and no company has proven to have a track record as it pertains to update schedules.
Here in the United States, Sprint recently deployed Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) for their Samsung Galaxy Tab, so it makes sense to assume other carries might soon follow suit.
So Kuwait, it seems the update is just near by now. Let’s wait 😉
Since the launch of the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, which had a 7 inch touch-screen, two new versions have been announced with both a 8.9 inch and 10 inch versions due to launch shortly.
The HTC Flyer has hit stores this weekend and with its delivers a 7-inch Android Gingerbread tablet with a price tag of $499.99.
HTC Flyer vs Samsung Galaxy Tab
Now this of course isn’t the first big name brand 7-inch Android tablet as one of the hottest selling Android tablets of last year, the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, is quite similar. Of course you could argue that it runs Android 2.2 Froyo but that’s about to change as Samsung has already started to roll out the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update for the Galaxy Tab overseas. Furthermore, the Samsung Galaxy Tab WiFi-only 16GB model will set you back $350, that’s a while $100 below the HTC Flyer (add that wih the fact that you will need to fork out an additional $80 to buy the HTC Scribe stylus and truly utilize the capabilities of your new tablet).
Moving along, the HTC Flyer does have one selling point that the Samsung Galaxy Tab can’t match, its powerful 1.5GHz processor. Currently, we’ve seen the Samsung Galaxy Tab overclocked to a stable 1.2GHz so if you can live without that negligible 0.3GHz difference, you’re going to be saving some cash.
Both 7-inch Android tablets pack a capacitive touchscreen and cameras. While we do love the HTC Flyer, for what it has to offer we were expecting a price tag closer to the Galaxy Tab, hence picking the latter. For $499, we would like to think that many buyers would be considering larger screen tablets already like the iPad 2 and Honeycomb Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (both $499 for the 16GB WiFi models).