Friday, April 10

From Another Galaxy?

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Samsung is the first company to challenge Apple in the tablet arena. The tablet industry has made Apple millions of dollars. The logical assumption is that everyone else wants to be like the popular kid and do the same, right? It looks like other manufacturers (HP, Dell, Asus and BlackBerry) are on the offensive to create a competitor to the iPad.

Samsung Galaxy P1000 features:

  • Quad-band GSM and tri-band 3G support, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA support
  • Full GSM phone calling functionality
  • 7″ 16M-color TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen of WSVGA (600 x 1024) pixel resolution
  • Android OS v2.2 with TouchWiz 3.0 UI customization
  • 1GHz Cortex A8 Hummingbird CPU
  • PowerVR SGX540 graphics accelerator
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 3.2 MP autofocus camera with smile detection and geo-tagging
  • D1 (720 x 480 pixels) video recording at 30fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n support
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; Digital compass
  • 16GB internal storage, microSD slot
  • Accelerometer, ambient-light and gyro sensor
  • Secondary video-call camera
  • Swype predictive text input
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.1 support
  • 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery

The Samsung Galaxy P1000 is different from the iPad on multiple levels. The Android operating system is used by Samsung and the screen size is smaller than that of the iPad. The biggest difference is that the Galaxy Tablet has the ability to make phone calls. It may look awkward (take a 7” book and put it next to your ear and stand in front of a mirror) but the handheld device suddenly has another use than just browsing the Internet. It also uses a normal size SIM card and not a micro SIM as found in the iPad.

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is not all that though. Some apps are incompatible with the new resolution, it does not have an FM radio and it has poor viewing angles. It is crystal clear that Samsung are targeting a different demographic than those using the Apple iPad.The Samsung Galaxy P1000 Tablet

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