Top Gun references aside, Samsung have hit the headlines for a whole raft of reasons following the ongoing legal fight over its new Galaxy Tab device with Apple. Which is a shame as it seems to take the shine away from the device’s release when there is much to be enthusiastic about. The Samsung Galaxy Tab was unveiled in Europe last week at the German IFA trade show, and has garnered positive press for style, construction and usability which seem to be a real step up from the company’s previous efforts in the form of last year’s Galaxy Tab. The phrase “the best Android tablet” seems to be synonymous with the new device.
So much so, that Samsung are highlighting the form factor as a bonus for any adrenaline junkies keen on tabbing at high speed. Their YouTube video of team members of the Samsung Crescent Superbike Racing Team clearly indicates that without the 10.1 inch beastie, their world would be a much duller place. If only because they could not watch videos or get the weather report.
As Samsung say “high speed, lightweight and impeccable design are what the Galaxy Tab and the Crescent Racing team have in common” which sounds an awful lot like too many Red Bulls to us…or is that a different racing team? Different sport maybe? But grabbing a tab to check the weather report is what tablet computers are all about. Convenience is what all consumers want whether you are waiting for Eastenders to finish or needing to plan when to change the tyres on a super bike. Having said that…where did I put my super bike?
But argue with the new Tab at your peril. It sets the bar for Android tablets and gives the iPad 2 a kick in bottom in a very similar vein to the company’s extremely successful Galaxy S II smart phone which continues to munch up the competition. The tablet is extraordinarily thin at 8.6 mm and weighing a mere 565g seems to be important indicator on the direction of tablet design in light of recent reports that the iPad3 is aiming to best it.
You might decide against recording lap times on a Galaxy Tab to and from the supermarket with your tablet, but as JK and Hopper demonstrate, you can with the Samsung Galaxy Tab!