Lucky me â€” In my work with our parent company, PhoneDog, I sometimes get to see pre-release devices up close, and this oneâ€™s a doozie: The Samsung Galaxy Tab. In case youâ€™re not familiar with this, itâ€™s a new tablet from Samsung that will be hitting the market in time for the holiday shopping season. Some people think this is an iPad killer for some pretty specific reasons.
It has a lot of what iOS tablet users are used to, like a 1GHz processor (in this case, an A8 cortex Hummingbird chip), â€œsimilar user interfaceâ€ in TouchWiz (which has been compared to iOS) and ability to run some apps that arenâ€™t even optimized for the larger touchscreen. But the bigger news is where the Samsung tablet differs:
- Double the RAM (512 MB, two times that of the iPad)
- Adobe Flash 10.1 support
- Dual cameras
- Non-exclusivity (will be offered by all four major carriers: T-mobile, AT&T, Verizon and Sprint)
- Smaller and lighter, to make it more portable (with a 7-inch TFT screen, 1.7 inches less than the Apple iPad)
- Android 2.2, optimized for the larger screen
And thatâ€™s just for starters. I won’t lie: I was pretty impressed with this device. I got some footage for PhoneDog, showing a demo immediately after the press briefing. Take a look and let us know what you think. Would you take this over an iPad, or does the Apple tablet reign supreme? Weigh in with your thoughts below.