As most of you probably know only too well, one of the most important product launches that occurred during IFA is represented by Samsung's Galaxy Tab, the Korean company's first Internet tablet and, in the same time, the “weapon of choice” against Apple and their already way too famous iPad.
Luckily for us, during the local stop of an European Samsung event called the “Experience Samsung Tour”, we've had the chance to take the Galaxy Tab for a quick hands-on experience, which left us not only quite satisfied with the tablet's performance, but also hungry for more hand-on time (a.k.a. a complete review).
Anyway, after reviewing Galaxy's Tab main rival, Apple's iPad
, we had some really big expectations from the device developed by Samsung, some of which were thoroughly fulfilled, while others not that much.
First and foremost, we absolutely loved the fact that the Tab is significantly smaller than the iPad, which makes it a lot easier to carry around no matter where the user might go.
Also, the build quality and overall design of the Tab is also quite noteworthy, the device being, as far as we're concerned, superior from this point of view to the Galaxy S smartphones.
Another important detail that will certainly make customers appreciate the Galaxy Tab even more is the presence of a camera module on the rear side, that will allow users to take good quality photos and also record videos, while the front-facing camera module will enable good-quality video conversations.
The device's 7-inch touchscreen display with multi-touch support is also worth mentioning, since it works very well and is quite responsive (but, then again, we were expecting nothing else from Samsung
Also noteworthy is the “Readers Hub” eBook reading application that, however, is remarkably similar to its Apple-developed counterpart.
Anyway, as some of you might remember, the device is powered by a Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor, that, as far as we're concerned, manages to do a very good job at providing a seamless usage experience, although there are certain situations (such as when opening an eBook) when the Tab seems to be just a tad more sluggish than the iPad.
That's about it, at least for the time being, but, as mentioned before, we certainly hope that we'll get the chance to test the Galaxy Tab during a more in-depth review, at some point on the future.