The Samsung Galaxy Tab is an Android-based compact tablet computer produced by Samsung that debuted on the 2nd of September at the 2010 IFA in Berlin.
The Galaxy Tab features a 7-inch (180 mm) TFT-LCD touchscreen, Wi-Fi capability, a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (“Hummingbird”) processor, the Swype input system, a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front facing camera for video calls—running the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. It supports phone functionality (as speaker phone, via provided wired ear piece or Bluetooth earpieces.), except those sold for US market. However, these tablets can still download videoconferencing app such as Qik or Fring as alternative.
The tablet is enclosed in a plastic frame that makes it lighter than other metal-bodied tablets, weighing 380 g (0.84 lb).
The GT-P1000 model carries a 7″ LCD TFT instead of the AMOLED which is used by Samsung in its other Galaxy S phones. The screen has a 1024×600 resolution. Internal flash storage of 16 GB or 32 GB can be supplemented with a microSD flash card with up to 32 GB. CPU is a 1.0 GHz ARM architecture Cortex A8 application and has 512 MB of RAM paired with a PowerVR SGX540 graphics processor.
The tablet has two cameras: a 3.2 MP camera (rear) that comes with a LED flash and a 1.3 MP front camera for video calling. The front camera has auto focus features when pressing the virtual shutter button. Photo is taken upon releasing the button. The camera also has auto image stitching, combining 8 pictures. Modes include Single shot, Continuous, Panorama, Smile shot, and self-shot. Smile shot will automatically trigger when the subject smiles. Autogeotagging uses the internal GPS receiver.
The tablet has 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G connectivity through GSM, CDMA, HSPA (HSUPA) networks, and a GPS chip.
It also has a 30-pin docking/charging connector that is very similar to the PDMI connector, which is a standard, non-proprietary alternative to Apple’s docking connector. Actually, it is so similar to the PDMI connector that it is widely mistaken for it, but Samsung has changed it sufficiently that it is non-standard so all accessories, including charging cables, must be purchased from Samsung and will be incompatible with other products.
It is believed that its 4000 mAh battery will give it 7 hours of video playback or 10 hours of talk time.
The GSM variants of the Galaxy Tab have an externally accessible SIM card slot. If you remove the SIM card while the system is on the system automatically reboots. The AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the Galaxy Tab ship with a micro SIM in a micro SIM adapter. For Galaxy Tab outside US with phone function, this slot can also accommodate a 3G data-only SIM card if the user does not need cellphone-type calling features.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab also has an optional RCA plug Video Cable that can output the screen to TV or other media. However the screen on the Tab cannot be turned off while you are watching. The best remedy for this situation is to use a backlight dimming app and keep it on the lowest setting.
This tablet comes with Android 2.2 which has been modified with some custom skins and applications. Most Android 2.2 apps developed using Google’s guidelines for Android should scale properly when displayed on larger-screen devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Tab, according to Samsung. Adobe Flash 10.1, DivX, MPEG-4, WMV and Xvid, H.263, H.264 support has also been announced. It come with Atmel’s maXTouch touchscreen Multi touch capacitive, and multi-tasking,.
It features calendar, email and instant messaging applications. It has a launcher for e-reading applications which starts PressDisplay when reading newspapers, Kobo when reading e-books, and Zinio when reading magazines. For viewing and editing Microsoft Office documents, the Galaxy Tab also comes bundled with the Android version of ThinkFree Office Mobile.
Samsung Galaxy Tab can also provide tethering, acting like a WiFi hotspot for up to 5 devices. Samsung Galaxy Tab phone allow you to store address that is link to Google maps/GPS with one click. It also allows linkage with a contact’s Facebook profile if the phone address is linked with the contact’s facebook address.
Samsung Galaxy Tab HD video content is supported by a wide range of multimedia formats (DivX, XviD, MPEG4, H.263, H.264 and more) which maximizes support for various video format media. Samsung Galaxy Tab plays video well, either stored on the device itself or streamed from YouTube and it can output 720p video to a TV using either a composite video cable or via HDMI when using the optional dock.
Text input in Galaxy Tab can be done using Swype, by tracing a path over letters on a virtual keyboard, but standard XT9 predictive typing is also supported.
Samsung Galaxy Tab also allow screenshot by pressing and holding the back button and power button at the same time. Screenshots will be captured in a Screenshots folder in your Gallery.
PC Magazine have feature 10 best Samsung Galaxy tab application in their on-line page.