Today at CES 2011 Preview, I decided to once again have a few chats with my contacts and bring the best of the botths while I was there. In my honest opinion, the only devices worth mentioning from CES 2011 Preview are the Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab devices, along with Parrot’s AR Drone. Since this post is about the Sprint version of the Galaxy Tab, let’s stay focused on it.
As many of you already know, the Galaxy Tab uses a 1,024×600 pixel LCD TFT screen that has been “enhanced”, 1.3 megapixel front-facing and 3,2 megapixel back-facing cameras, 1GHz Hummingbird processor, Android 2.2 with Touchwiz 3.0 and Flash 10.1, 802.11n Wi-Fi/Bluetooth/3G radios, 32GB of internal storage, and lastly a 4000mAh battery.
From a looks perspective the Galaxy Tab is the best — and only — Android 2.2 tablet worth direct comparison and competition against the mighty Apple iPad. Web pages loaded smoothly and flawlessly in both Sprint 3G and Wi-Fi. Angry Birds speed and graphics were also extremely smooth and crisp, and the built-in speakers were loud enough to be heard amongst the angry mobs of journalists, exhibitors, bloggers, and bartenders. The Sprint Galaxy Tab also has a white finish on the back with visible fingerprints, but it being white doesn’t do much damage as say, the matte finish on an Alienware M11x laptop.
In fact most apps worked and loaded like a charm, including the Android Market, and the cameras also were usable, even though they aren’t as good as their Galaxy S counterparts. Since it only seems like I have praise for the Galaxy Tab, let’s bring on the annoyances and complaints.
The device can be very sensitive when it comes to the accelerometer; in one of the photos above you can see the Galaxy Tab switched the screen upside down when it was being held almost flat in the air. Also, since the screen isn’t Super AMOLED, when comparing to the Epic 4G (another Galaxy series Sprint device), the Tab looked plain, pale, and boring in comparison. So for now, head on past the break for an extensive gallery of only the Sprint Galaxy Tab, and a review as soon as Samsung can get us a test unit.