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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September 202

Posted by CmdrTaco
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adeelarshad82 writes "The rumors are now reality, Samsung showed the world its first glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the company's new 7-inch tablet. Samsung Mobile will release more information about the Galaxy Tab on September 2 in advance of IFA Berlin 2010. Tab will run on Android 2.2 and feature full Web-browsing and video calling. The information given by the company implied that the Galaxy Tab will sport an HD screen for video, Flash support, support for e-books, possible GPS navigation, and PC linking."
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Samsung Galaxy Tablet Coming In September

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  • by spazdor (902907) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @03:39PM (#33360068)

    will sport an HD screen for video,
    Why do people always specify this? I want to know where I can buy an audio HD screen.

  • So...? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by camperdave (969942) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @03:42PM (#33360136) Journal
    So, is this a phone, or a tablet computer, or what? A 7" screen would put this at roughly the size of a paperback novel. Too big to shove into a pocket, too small to do any serious note taking.
  • by bradley13 (1118935) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @03:49PM (#33360222) Homepage

    We have an e-ink reader - the form factor is great, but the lack of backlighting is surprisingly restrictive, and anyway you can't read documents that require color. I read e-books on my mobile phone, but the screen is really too small.

    A 7" form factor with a backlit LCD "the size of a paperback" sounds just right. Big enough to be useful, small enough to still fit in a jacket pocket.

  • by unix1 (1667411) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @04:05PM (#33360496)

    I had to laugh at the "Possible GPS navigation" part, since they couldn't even get the GPS to work properly on their Galaxy S line of phones.

    It looks like it will have the GPS. If you look at their teaser site [samsungmobile.com], one of the pictures they flash through there shows the navigation screen. And they also advertize "navigation" as one of its features with moving/focusing words towards the end of the video.

  • Re:Size does matter (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pspahn (1175617) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @04:30PM (#33360888)

    You would think they would totally go after that market. Removing the phone aspect of it makes it cheaper and doesn't require the monthly fee, sure, but look at what that can do to the business market. Make these things affordable enough so that even a small business can purchase a dozen of them and you're talking about a very sweet tool for a wide variety of uses.

  • by ravenacious (1655221) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @04:42PM (#33361106)

    This is all true, I think. I compared the iPhone 4 side-by-side with the Galaxy-S and the latter has a much brighter, more defined screen. I don't know what about the iPhone 4 screen is supposed to be better, but it's definitely not the brightness, responsiveness or the colours. Maybe it's higher resolution or something, but frankly the resolution on these phones now is nearing the limits of what I can detect with my eyes in normal use. You basically can't see the pixels on them any more unless you press your face right up against the screen, so increased resolution is a bit irrelevant really.

    I would say that I still think that the iPhone line still has the better touch response in general use, I'm not talking about the UI layout or anything, purely the way the things move about when you touch the screen. With the Galaxy-S you can sometimes see a little lag or jerkyness in the way things swish about the place, I don't ever seem to see this with the iPhone. It might have something to do with the iPhone only allowing the user to run one thing at a time, so there's never a really heavy processor load or something.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @04:56PM (#33361366)

    The vertical axis represents frequency, which is inverse time, so it's not entirely incorrect.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @05:08PM (#33361590)

    Or you could have a device capable of watching HD video, but without an HD screen.

    In fact, that's probably exactly what this is; even supposing they bump it up from the 800x480 usually found on 7" tablets, it's probably only 1024x600. HD means 1280x720 or better, and the only ultra-mobile I know of with a true HD screen is the Fujitsu U820/U2010.

  • by NitroWolf (72977) on Tuesday August 24, 2010 @05:09PM (#33361614)

    Given the fact that there is nothing the Galaxy S can't do that the iPod Touch/iPhone can

    I know of one thing the 32 GB third-generation iPod touch can do that the Galaxy S can't: retail for under 300 USD.

    Really? Where can I pick up an iPhone 4 for under $300 retail?

    Ohhh... you mean the iPod Touch. That doesn't have a phone, so you'll have to add the cost of a phone onto that, so your retail price just jumped up above $500 for the same features.

    I'm going to carry a phone regardless of whether I have an iPod Touch or not... since I can now replace the iPod Touch with a Galaxy S and lose zero functionality and gain some features, comparing the cost of an iPod Touch to a Galaxy S PHONE is meaningless, you'll have to compare prices to an iPhone 4.

    Now, if you want to compare music players by themselves, I can show you a number of MP3 players that are superior to the iPod Touch for under $150, thus destroying your comparison on price.

    So yes, the iPod Touch costs less than a Galaxy S, but it also does less. That kind of makes sense. I mean, if you wanna compare that, lets compare a G1 with a 32GB card in it for under $200.

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