Samsung Galaxy Tab review: device a “mess” aka iPad still winning tablet war
The Samsung Galaxy Tab is said to be the first legitimate competitor to the iPad, but you wouldn’t know it based on the absolutely scathing review that Gizmodo writes of the device. Calling the Tab a “wreck” and “mess” that isn’t fit for humans, they basically say that the device isn’t anything for the iPad to worry about (that is me putting it nicely):
This thing is just a mess. It’s like a tablet drunkenly hooked up with a phone, and then took the fetus swimming in a Superfund cleanup site. The browser is miserable, at least when Flash is enabled. It goes catatonic, scrolling is laggy, and it can get laughably bad. When better browsing is half the reason to go for a larger screen, that’s insanity. Not only does it use a stupid proprietary charging/syncing cable, it won’t charge when you plug it into a laptop. Neither of the cameras are anything to write home about. Costing $599 off-contract is embarrassing when the iPad starts at $499. (Update: Fair point, the iPad 3G starts at $629. But it’s got a bigger screen, and this thing still sucks.)
Ouch. I have to say this is surprising to me, the Galaxy Tab looks nice in an iPad knock-off sort of way, and it’s running Android which really is a decent mobile OS, how could so much go wrong? Could you get a worse review? I guess it wasn’t all bad, Gizmodo did praise the Galaxy Tab’s screen and battery life… as if that’s any consolation to their final thoughts; “The Tab is an awkward first attempt at this kind of tablet—wait for somebody else to do it better.”
You can read the full review at Gizmodo, it’s not pretty. Oh and if you were somehow on the fence between a Galaxy Tab and an iPad, you can comfortably buy the iPad now.