Brace yourself for the ensuing Android vs. Apple battle. With Apple’s successful launch of the iPad last year Apple launched a whole new market segment that the other players are now scrambling to get a piece of. While there are many tablets on their ways to the market from the likes of Motorola, HTC, and RIM in a multitude of sizes and specifications Samsung is the first major OEM to the party with their recently launched Android powered Galaxy Tab.
The Galaxy Tab is a 7-inch slate compared to the iPad’s 9.7” slate and is expected to compete with the hugely successful iPad. Some other Android tablets like Dell’s Streak are already available also but Samsung’s Tab is seen as the first true competitor for the iPad.
The Galaxy Tab runs Google’s Android 2.2 operating system, has support for Adobe Flash for a rich web surfing experience and is smaller and lighter than the iPad. The Tab has the same speed processor as the iPad but has faster memory. The Galaxy Tab comes with multiple internal storage options like the iPad but will also support up to 32GB of expandable storage via a Micro-SD slot. Galaxy Tab also comes with a dual camera configuration unlike the iPad which has no camera at all. On the rear is a 3.2-megapixel camera and the front is equipped with a 1.3-megapixel camera used for video chatting. Samsung claims that the Tab will support up to 7 hours of video playback while the iPad can last up to 10 hours but as always battery life depends on the user.
The Galaxy Tab is available worldwide and it is available in the US from Verizon Wireless, Sprint, T-Mobile, and is launching later this month on AT&T as well, so if think you are in the market for a Tablet device I would go out and take a good look at Samsung’s Galaxy Tab.