The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet can be used almost anywhere with its built in wireless connectivity.
If you have been reading this blog for a while, then you have read my rambling about the rise of the tablet computer. With aisles of models to choose from at the local electronics store, it can be intimidating...maybe the next few paragraphs will help you out.
The fine folks at AT&T sent me a Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 to test for a couple weeks. It is thin and light, with an 8.9" multi-touch display, front and rear cameras, dual core processor, and 4G LTE. Here in the Cape area we don't have 4G LTE yet, but the unit also features HSPA+ for 3 times the data speed over 3G in our area. Built-in Wi-Fi is also on board for connecting to the internet. (Of course it work in area's with AT&T 3G as well)
Samsung specs claim that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an in-use time of up to 9 hours on a single charge. I would say that is pretty accurate. You can use this thing a lot for several days with ever plugging it in. A wall charger is included in the box, plus it will charge though USB. Standby time is about 2 weeks for those times when you might not use it for a few days.
I can see why owning a tablet is so popular these days...it has bigger screen than a smart phone and has the basic functionality of a laptop in a very portable package. I found it great for sitting on the couch keeping up with Tweets about my favorite show while it was on. It works great as an e-book reader in bed as well.
The multi-touch screen was bright, vivid, and full of life. Pictures looked amazing and could easily be put in a slide show mode for showing off to friends and family. I downloaded Adobe's free Photoshop app from the Android Marketplace to do a few picture edits, and the 8.9" screen was accommodating.
The front and rear camera are adequate for a tablet, but not as high resolution as many modern smart phones. The front facing camera weighs in a 2 MP and the rear facing at 3.2 MP. The rear camera also features an LED flash for photos in darker environments. The test snapshots I took were decent quality and would be great for Facebook or Twitter uploads on the go.
Speaking of on the go...many people have asked me, "Do I really need a tablet with more than Wi-Fi?" The answer to that is a resounding yes. You will want to take the Galaxy Tab 8.9 with you. Grocery shopping, the kids watching YouTube videos on trips, or even sitting in the park on a nice Spring day writing an email (or a technology blog). With all the wireless capabilities built it to this device, you can stay connected to the world just about anywhere!
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 comes with the Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) operating system installed. This is still the most common version of Android available on most smartphones and tablets. A few devices are now shipping with the new Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), and I'm sure an update we be available soon for this device. The devices I have used with 4.0 are snappier and a little more polished. Don't get me wrong, this tablet rocks with 3.2 and will only get better with the update.
So now you have a bit more fuel for the tablet shopping fire. Get out there and do some research, ask your friends, and head to the store for a hands on experience...and don't forget to check the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 from AT&T.