Nov 09 AT 11:38 AM Taylor Wimberly 39 Comments

My first 24 hours with the Sprint Samsung Galaxy Tab

Nearly two months have passed since the last time I went hands on with the Galaxy Tab, but that was with the international model and yesterday we received Sprint’s version. Has Samsung addressed the concerns we had? Is this the Android tablet to get this Christmas? First impressions after the jump.

If you want an Android tablet this Christmas, then stop your search and go pre-order a Galaxy Tab right now. It is the best Android tablet available and nothing else even comes close.

However, if you are not quite sold and you can hold out a few months then I suggest waiting till January when we expect most manufacturers will unveil their dual-core tablets running Android 3.0. Samsung already confirmed they are working on a Honeycomb tablet so the Galaxy Tab will only be their flagship product for a couple months.

I really love the Samsung Galaxy Tab but I don’t think I’m ready to jump into the Android tablet waters until Google signals that it is safe. We have heard that Android 3.0 offers a completely overhauled experience and I’m excited about the exclusive games which are coming to the Tegra 2 platform.

Samsung has already stated that the Galaxy Tab will be updated to Android 2.3, but we are uncertain if it will receive Android 3.0. If that eventually happens, it might not occur till next Christmas. Over 3 million U.S. customers purchased a Samsung Galaxy S phone with the expectation they would get an update to Android 2.2, and months later they are still waiting.

It is impossible to review a new product in only one day, so we will be doing several in-depth videos each day this week. Today I will cover the packaging and do a quick walk-through of some of the Tab’s highlights. Check back later this week for a closer look at the browser, camera, and more.

Some of my Tab impressions in quick bullet form:

  • Performance is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S. Some games run a little slower because of the higher resolution.
  • The TouchWiz UI is the best tablet UI that I have seen yet. We love the homescreen options and most of the apps are optimized to work in landscape mode.
  • No GPS problems to report here. We drove around with the Tab and it does an excellent job of providing real-time navigation.
  • The U.S. version of the Tab doesn’t make phone calls, but you can still send text messages.
  • Qik caused the system to crash the first time I used it. The Tab completely locked up and I had to wait several minutes before it would power on. We eventually got Qik to work, but went with Tango.
  • Most apps and games work on the Tab with no issues. There are a few that do not scale properly, but most developers have started to update their apps.

Have more Galaxy Tab questions? Leave a comment and we will monitor this story as we keep posting new videos this week.

Via: Samsung

Source: Sprint

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  • http://Website Kevin Pope

    What do you mean, “The Tab doesn’t make phone calls, but you can still send text message”

    Of course it makes phone calls…maybe yours doesn’t because you don’t have a voice contract, but mine definitely makes and receives phone calls quite happily.

    Almost as soon as I switched it on, Vodafone UK called me on it to do a survey on my salesman.

    I’ve had mine for a week now and other than a few lock-ups, it has been amazing to use. Hoping to make a video for YouTube and will probably add all the myth busters into the video like apps that don’t fill the screen, no phone, bad battery life, etc. etc. All untrue.

    • Sean Riley

      Unfortunately the U.S. versions of the Tab do not offer voice calling.

      • Snafu77

        Load up Sipdroid.

      • http://Website Kevin

        Wow that is quite strange isn’t it?

        I guess those with a GSM carrier will just root it and put the dialer back in.
        Seem sodd that the carriers would push users to use Voice over IP by removing the phone functionality.

        Oh, and the Fring App offers Video Calls already without needing WiFi and you can video call other people on their laptop or any other Fring enabled phone.

    • http://Website Cory M

      Like Sean said, all versions of the Galaxy Tab that are being launched by carriers in the US have had the calling capabilities disabled/removed. It’s not a myth and there’s no option for voice contracts in the US, only data and SMS.

      It is possible of course (like every other unlocked cell phone) to obtain one from outside the US and enjoy voice calling all you like, but that’s at the price of only able to use GSM networks,spotty 3G coverage on AT&T (1900Mhz, depending on where you live), and limited to only Edge on T-Mobile USA

  • Arvid

    You can’t call with the tab? Strange, I have mine already for the last 4 weeks now and I can make phone calls. Or has the US version been altered in such a way you can call with it?

    • krazytrixxxsta

      are you fucking deaf or do you hear want you only want to hear?

  • Nabeel Ahmed

    Very good review, Didn’t knew it can detect more than 2 touches. Seems only thing it needs is some good apps.

  • http://Website Jroman

    I’ll stick with the Archos 101 or 70. Not only are they substantially cheaper but also run 2.2, do HDMI out and are powered by a TI OMAP Cortex A8 1GHZ CPU.

    How about reviewing one of those?

    Product capacity – Internal: 8 & 16 GB**** flash memory
    - External: Micro SD Slot (SDHC compatible)
    Display characteristics High resolution touch screen, 1024×600 pixels (WXVGA), 10.1” TFT LCD
    Application Framework Android 2.2 Froyo7
    Processor – ARM Cortex A8 at 1 GHz with DSP
    - Graphic accelerator: 3D OpenGL ES 2.0
    Video Playback1 – MPEG-42 HD (up to 720p, 30 [email protected])
    - MPEG-42 ([email protected] AVI, up to DVD resolution, 30 [email protected])
    - H.264 HD ([email protected] up to 720p, 30 [email protected])
    - WMV9/VC1 (AP up to 720p 30 [email protected])
    - M-JPEG (Motion JPEG Video) in VGA resolution

    With optional plug-in (downloadable on
    - Cinema: MPEG-2 (up to DVD resolution MP/D1, 30 [email protected] Mbps)
    With the above codecs, the device can play video files with the following extensions: AVI, MP4, MKV, MOV, WMV, MPG, PS, TS, VOB, FLV, RM, RMVB, ASF, 3GP
    Audio Playback1 – MP3 CBR & VBR
    - WMA, WMA-Pro 5.1
    - AAC, AAC+ 5.13
    - OGG Vorbis
    - FLAC

    With optional software plug-ins (downloadable on
    - AC3 5.1
    Photo viewer4 JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF
    Subtitles Support subtitles files with .srt, .ssa, .smi, .sub extensions
    Webcam – Yes
    Pre-installed applications – Aldiko, Ebuddy, Wikipedia, Avecomics, HubKap, Deezer, Mewbox, Raging Thunderlite (a 3D car demo game), WordNewspaper, Touiteur, Fring
    Interfaces – USB slave 2.0: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
    - Full size USB host: Mass Storage Class (MSC)
    - Micro SD (SDHC compatible)
    - HDMI output5 (Mini HDMI / HDMI cable sold separately)
    Communication protocols – WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
    - Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
    Miscellaneous – Built-in speaker
    - Built-in leg stand
    - Built-in Microphone
    - G-sensor
    - Front VGA camera
    Power source – Internal: Lithium Polymer battery
    - External: Power adapter/charger
    Battery life – Music playback time6: up to 36 hours
    - Video playback time6: up to 7 hours
    - Web surfing6: up to 10 hours
    Scalability – Device automatically downloads latest firmware updates when the WiFi connection is activated
    - Updates can also be downloaded at and updated via USB mass storage
    Dimensions & weight – 270 x 150 x 12 mm
    - 480 grams
    Minimum system requirements – Microsoft® Windows® XP, Vista, 7 or higher
    - Mac
    - Linux
    - USB 2.0 interface
    Package includes ARCHOS 101 internet tablet, Standard USB cable, Quick Start Guide (QSG), legal and safety notice, power charger.

    • http://Website Todd

      You must work for Archos to post all that. I’m sure they’ll review it once it’s available in the States.

      • http://Website Jroman

        I don’t but do see a ripoff (Galaxy Tab) when I see one but I do admit I pasted a little more than intended. Too bad I can’t edit my post…

  • http://Website Harry

    can/has the ui been ported to work with other phones? such as the nexus one?

  • Gomez

    I was wondering if I can tether the tablet using my nexus one hotspot? Ill just buy the tablet at full price,barabingbaraboom, wifi only tablet….. Right?? Buy the cheapest full price tablet from any of the carriers. But must I have a plan with the carrier? If we take the sim card out, will it still work on wifi with out it?

    • http://Website Kevin

      I don’t know what has been disabled in the USA versions, but if you can’t make or receive calls, then just disable the data in the network settings. Mine has a setting that is called “Use Packet Data” – remove the tick and enable WiFi. Removing the SIM card will leave you with a constant messgae telling you that there is no sim card.

      Yes I can tether mine to my Nexus One

      • Gomez

        Just got back from Tmobile store and my experiment worked. How to save yourself from a two year contract and 744.55 dollars.

        2yr contract
        Total due today* $399.99 TAB
        Total due monthly** $39.99 x24= 959.76
        One time activation fee† $35.00
        Total:1394.75 for the 2yrs
        No CONTRACT “wifi only”
        TAB 600
        one time fee 35.00
        200mb to get it started i guess. 24.99
        Total: 650 ill round up.
        Tethered from your Hotspot on your nexus one wich will cost you.

  • http://Website aantoine87

    @ gomez everything you asked and stated was correct

  • anakin78z

    Can’t wait to get mine. Still doing the math on T-mobile vs Verizon. Right now I’m thinking Verizon, as the $20/1gb plan seems best so far. Might head over to the T-Mobile store this afternoon though to see if they can do any better.

    • anakin78z

      Just f.y.i, I spent a lot of time talking to a T Mobile rep about plans, and unfortunately they can’t do any better. Their $40/5gb plan is the best offering they have, and that’s on a 2 year contract. I was really surprised to see that they don’t have better off contract pricing.
      The big difference there of course is that you’re getting 5gb instead of 1, but my plan is to use wifi tether from my Nexus One whenever I use a lot of data.

  • Nortisan

    I’m still confused as to why we’re supposed to be expecting Android 3.0 tablets in January ’11. We are only now about to see the release of 2.3 Gingerbread, and it’s almost mid November. Are we really supposed to expect 3.0 to come out less than 2 months after Gingerbread’s release? Or did you just mean we should expect to see official announcements of the dual-core Android 3.0 tablets in January?

    • AndMac

      Yep, I am confused about this statement as well. Gingerbread is the update which overhauls the UI, as far as I know.

      But as a Vibrant owner, I wouldn’t touch another Samsung product again: they are slow to remedy glaring problems, even slower to update to the next version of the OS. The battery life sucks, the GPS is iffy and despite the fast processor, the interface is not smooth.


      • http://Website Derek

        Yea, I’ve been totally disappointed in my Captivate. For having the “most powerful” processor available, it sure operates herky jerky. But thats because samsung used their stupid proprietary file structure.

    • http://Website linda

      honeycomb is supposed to be mainly for the tablets, “optimized” or whatever. gingerbread is a regular google update

    • daveloft

      My guess is their concurrently working on 2.3 and 3.0. They will be releasing 2.3 soon for phones and 3.0 should be released a couple months later optimized for tablets.

  • http://Website JahmeZZ

    Great review! I was looking for an unbiased review and you guys hit this one out of the ballpark. I’ve already recommended 5 people to this website. Samsung really did an excellent job! if I didn’t own an iPad, This would be my next Tablet.

  • http://Website Devatma

    Thanks for the review! I am ready to get my Tab from Verizon on Thursday, but I am a little concerned about your comment about Android 3.0 (first I had heard about that). Will it make that much of a difference on the Tab?

    • anakin78z

      Based on various reports it seems that Honeycomb is the version optimized for tablets, so that could still be a ways away. I guess you have to ask yourself how long you’re willing to wait.

  • http://Website Machika Kara Kuro

    i would so take a wifi version of this. but i dont want to enter another contract and not for a tablet

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  • krazytrixxxsta

    it look amazing, samsung did a pretty good job on this. i cant wait for htc to get in the android tablet game. i love to see what they do.

  • Snafu77

    We need a head to head review with the iPad.

  • http://Website Boyakasha

    For pete’s sake that is NOT a proprietary cable. It is very much an open, standardized technology called PDMI.

    • anakin78z

      Oh, that’s good info. Now if only there were a single outlet anywhere actually selling these cables, this would probably matter more.

      • Gomez

        @anakin78z b4 u get another contract i just posted this above my own comment but hopefully this should help you.
        Just got back from Tmobile store and my experiment worked. How to save yourself from a two year contract and 744.55 dollars.

        2yr contract
        Total due today* $399.99 TAB
        Total due monthly** $39.99 x24= 959.76
        One time activation fee† $35.00
        Total:1394.75 for the 2yrs
        No CONTRACT
        TAB 600
        one time fee 35.00
        200mb to get it started i guess. 24.99
        Total: 650 ill round up.
        Tethered from your Hotspot on your nexus one wich will cost you.

    • daveloft

      I wish it came with a micro usb as well.

  • Uncemister

    I just picked up the tmobile version today and so far its fantastic. I dont think its going to replace my standalone pc yet, but it is a great choice for me to take along when I travel. Not to mention I have a giant gps now lol.

  • http://Website jjhart52

    Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Is iPad’s First Real Rival

  • Benton White

    Can the Samsung Galaxy Tab which is 3G enabled, use the Sprint 4G Air card for faster speed or would it matter?

  • Malcolm Snook

    Bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab, installed a 32 Gig Micro SD card, (new and the device sees it so doesn’t need formatting) and started happily downloading movies and e-books, no music yet or photos. Pretty soon got the memory full message, but the external card is empty. Can’t find any way to transfer files to the card or to download direct to the card, I’m not used to these things but I’ve tried reading the manual, looking for help on the device itself and FAQs at Samsung’s site – nothing. Very frustrated, anyone help? Please!!

  • http://Website AJ

    I have almost a month with my Samsung GT from T-mobile and I was planing just to try it for about a couple of weeks but I will happily keep it :) I almost replace my htc EVO 4G but I’m considering keep both. Since I installed Skype for make calls through 3G because with wifi is not enough so I use my google voice number with it.

    Well, I could make my tablet work as a real phone/tablet as in Europe but I would be missing my 3G network since the full conversion haven’t being resolved yet so I’ll just wait.

    Right now I’m dealing with the 2 year contract and the $49.99 plan for 5Gb with $5.99 protection plan. Soon I’ll downgrade it to the one of $29.99 for 2 Gb or I’ll cancel my contract paying the $200.00 fee to make the tablet all mine lol BUT…

    -I’m going to buy the “i.Sound Portable Power Max Battery 1600 mAh” (around $99.00 on eBay) with 5 usb ports enough to make the battery of my htc EVO 4G & Samsung Galaxy Tab last more than enough while tethering. Sounds pretty good, don’t you think?
    That means I only have to pay the monthly plan for my htc EVO 4G.


    -Cancel the contract with Sprint (for my EVO 4G) and change it for a simple cell phone just to make calls and keep the $49.99 plan with T-mobile for my Samsung Galaxy Tab -note: I’m in a family plan with Sprint thanks to my father in law.

    PS: “you’re welcome”