Samsung Galaxy Tab

I have had my Galaxy Tab for a few months now and am really enjoying it. I have spent time with the iPad as well, and think it is a great device but prefer the Tab for a number of reasons. Despite what Steve Jobs says, I really think a seven inch tablet is much more portable. I can easily fit it into my coat pocket, and I take it with me everywhere. It is very easy to pull out when I am in cramped quarters, like the A train in Manhattan and it does not attract a lot of attention because it looks like a book or a Kindle, not like the $600 device it is. Battery life is good, performance is great, web browsing is great, my only complaint about the device is the price. I do feel it is a little too expensive and I hate the lack of a wifi version. I’m sure the prices will come down and thus is the cost of being an early adopter. I love being able to develop applications for the device and the performance of AIR applications has been great. I do feel the device is much more hacker friendly than the iPad, and love having access to the file system and the ability to watch movies and play music not through iTunes. I also enjoy the dual cameras though sometimes feel a little silly holding up such a big device. You get used to it though.

I was disappointed to find that many stock Android applications did not use all of the available screen real estate and instead had big, ugly black borders around them. After being frustrated for the first week, I finally found a solution that I am posting below:

1.Download an application called Spare Parts from the Android Market and install it.
2.Open Spare Parts, and scroll down to “Compatibility Mode”.
3.Uncheck Compatibility Mode, and then recheck it.
4.Exit Spare Parts.
5.Reboot your Galaxy Tab.
6.Once it boots, open Spare Parts again.
7.Scroll down to “Compatibility Mode” and uncheck it.
8.Reboot again.

All the typical stock Android applications will now use all of the available resolution. These applicatios, to me, look much better than their iPhone counterparts on an iPad.

Of course, the Tab needs many more “Tablet” specific applications but these will be coming with the next version of Android. From everything that I have heard, the Galaxy Tab will be one of the first devices to get this operating system update as well so I am looking forward to that in early 2011.

Overall, very, very happy with this device.

4 Responses to Samsung Galaxy Tab

  1. Rich Morey says:

    What do you mean by your comment of “I hate the lack of a wifi version.” Do you mean a wifi only version? As opposed to needing to have a contract with a carrier? The specs on the Samsung website indicate the device does have wifi. I would like to price to come down and not be required to have a contract with a wireless carrier as I too would just use my home or work wifi and not plan to surf the web when out. Plus I have a Sprint HTC Evo that I could use as a hotspot for my tablet so why pay for a second connection to their network.

  2. Craig says:

    I live in Taiwan and just got the Galaxy Tablet, well for three weeks anyway. The apps are amazing, I have downloaded a bunch of books and am reading a lot more than I have for years ( English books are very expensive in Asia ) My office mail is synced, full wifi and 3g. I travel a lot overseas for business and will never have to lug around a laptop again. I am on trains and subways a lot and this is perfect. I’ve seen people reading iPads and they look way too huge. Samsung has a winner here.