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Although AT&T’s 4G LTE network is still available in limited capacity across the country, we’ve already seen a handful of devices taking advantage of its speediness – like the HTC Jetstream, Vivid, and Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket. Well, Samsung is at it yet again by brining 4G goodness to the tablet form factor in the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 LTE.Collectively, this LTE enabled version of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 retains all of the lovable design qualities of the original model, while maintaining its sleek profile, lightweight feel, and solid construction. What’s there not to like?Featuring the same as before, it’s clearly a high-quality panel with its strong luminance, wide viewing angles, and natural looking colors. Meanwhile, its 1280 x 800 resolution is unchanged, and it’s definitely ample enough to exhibit strong details that make fine text very legible.Seeing that this is a cellular connected device, it packs a SIM card slot that’s tucked away on the top edge. Additionally, it features two speakers, a proprietary charging port, volume rocker, 3.5mm headset jack, power button, microphone, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 3.2-megapixel rear auto-focus camera with a single LED flash.
AT&T and Samsung have brought forth a tablet that adds to their set of sleek Android-based slates, this one the first to work with the carrier's 4G LTE network. Inside you'll find the rather powerful 1.5Ghz Qualcomm MSM8660 dual-core processor, Samsung's custom user interface TouchWiz UX made specifically for tablets, and either 16 or 32GB or internal storage. You can take 3 megapixel photos and 720p videos with the back-facing camera, slightly less impressive media with the front-facing 2 megapixel camera. As this tablet is thin, so is it speedy, and as there are now more than four different models of tablet running Android from Samsung on the market today, surely they've gotten the formula correct enough to warrant such an array by now - wouldn't you say? Like its predecessors the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 7.7, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is monumentally thin, and just as it was when we first laid eyes and hands on the pre-production build back at CTIA spring 2011, this tablet is a winner when it comes to industrial design.
Hubs aplenty Samsung is aiming for a tablet sweet spot with this mid-sized Android Honeycomb device. It squeezes full-fat power and an HD display into a slim, portable package, as well as some motion-sensitive innovations. The entry-level 16GB Wi-Fi model is a hefty £400 though, rising to around £500 for 3G. Take a shotgun approach to tablet computing and sooner or later you'll hit something -- and with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung's aim is true. Larger, friendlier and more practical than a 7-inch device, and cheaper (barely) and more portable than a 10-incher, the 8.9-inch tablet feels just right. Anyone who finds the iPad too large, heavy and slippery for one-handed use will be reassured by this Tab's comforting portability. Whereas Apple's tablet is made for sitting on the sofa, the well-made 8.9 is up for a stroll -- although perhaps not outdoors as it's Wi-Fi only, with a screen that lacks daylight punch. Slimmer than an iPad -- but only by a fraction. That's about the only complaint with the 1,280x800-pixel multi-touch LCD display, which is sharper than the iPad 2 and very responsive.
NB: The Galaxy Tab 8.9 adopts pretty much the entire spec of the bigger Galaxy Tab 10.1, that we have tested, but in an 8.9-inch format. You still get the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz, I GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. In this test, then, we'll look in detail at the design differences implied in the smaller format, the quality of the PLS screen and the extensive mobile plus experience with the 3G module present here. Pour plus de détails, nous vous conseillons de faire un tour sur le test de sa Galaxy grande sœur. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 3G with 16 GB of storage is on sale for £548, while the wi-fi only version comes in at £441. Offers from various operators are available for the 3G version tested here. Obviously more compact and light than the 10.1-inch model (432 grammes against 545 grammes), the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is pretty much the ideal compromise between being a highly mobile product and a more sedentary tool that is easy to manipulate and carry around. It's not as wide as the 10.1 either and this makes it more attractive to use in portrait mode, both in terms of internal navigation in Android and on the Internet.
Samsung is hell bent on beating the iPad at its own game. Apple may not appreciate the Korean manufacturer's dedication to attacking the tablet market, but we do. Unlike Apple, Samsung has been experimenting with every screen size imaginable from 4 inches all the way up to 10.1 inches. With the Galaxy Tab 8.9 though, we think they may have hit the sweet spot. While a lot of Android tablets feel slightly too large and heavy at 10.1 inches, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just thin enough, light enough, and small enough to work as a tablet. While we like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, the 8.9 proves that sometimes size does matter.Like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before it, Samsung's 8.9-inch tablet is the best looking tablet outside of Apple's iPad 2. It bests Motorola's Xoom, Toshiba's Thrive, Acer's Iconia Tabs and everything else in almost every area (except price and ports). The 8.9 is only 8.6mm thick and weighs just about a pound (15.98oz, 453g). It is 0.2mm thinner and a third of a pound lighter than Apple's tablet. The savings in weight come from the use of a plastic shell in lieu of the aluminum shell the iPad uses, but as with the Tab 10.1, we think the company did a good enough job bringing a premium feel to the tablet, despite its plastic shell. This feels much more high-end than some of Samsung's very plasticy, shiny phones.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is one of the best tablets yet released.Taking a lesson from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and adding a few features beyond what the Apple iPad 2 offers, this thin, light and longer-lasting tablet is the best option around if you're more interested in portability than in playing games and watching movies on a 10-inch screen.The slightly smaller size is also a better fit for reading books, browsing the web and checking email.Some might wonder why this model even exists. After all, there's a slew of 7-inch tablets available, including the Acer Iconia Tab A100, the BlackBerry PlayBook and even the Cisco Cius, which is coming to the UK. At its 8.9-inch size, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 fits somewhere between those 'too small for movies' 7-inch tabs and the larger 'too big for everyday mobility' 10-inch models. That makes the 8.9-inch size about right.The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is remarkably similar to Samsung's 10.1 version. Both run Android 3.2 Honeycomb - a modern operating system designed specifically for tablets. A few 7-inch tablets use Android 2, which is designed for smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 also uses the same Nvidia Tegra 2 processor at 1GHz as the 10.1 model, has 1GB of RAM and has 16GB of internal memory.
There's nothing quite like finding the perfect fit. And I dare say that in the tablet market - where I find myself a little bit like a consumer Goldilocks where things are just a bit too big, or disappointingly too small – Samsung has gotten pretty close to nailing that ‘just right' fit with their newest Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (a smaller, slightly less expensive version of their Galaxy Tab 10.1). It's fast, it's light, and after a few days of trying this sucker out, I must declare that it comes pretty close to being a wonder of compact, computerized beauty.BUY the Galaxy Tab Tablet - Metallic Gray (32 GB, Android 3.1, 10.1" LCD Touchscreen, 1280x800, 14 Hours)Amazon.com $599.00see all pricing for the Galaxy Tab Tablet - Metallic Gray (32 GB, Android 3.1, 10.1" LCD Touchscreen, 1280x800, 14 Hours)BUILD & DESIGN Carrying an 8.9-inch screen (hence the name), and standing some 6.2 inches high, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the perfect compromise between the 9.7-inch iPad and something like the HTC EVO View 4G, which feels a bit too tiny at 7 inches. While Samsung's competition may boast words like 'bigger,' 'smaller,' 'lighter,' and 'more durable,' this tablet really is the ultimate happy medium for consumers
Bigger isn't always better. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is pretty much just the Galaxy Tab 10.1 ($499, 3.5 stars), minus 1.2 inches. It's a shrunk-down version of Samsung's flagship tablet, at a slightly shrunk-down price: $469 instead of $499. We judge it a slightly better deal all around and one of the best Android tablets, although the Apple iPad 2 ($499, 4.5 stars) is still our top tablet choice. Physical Design and NetworkingSamsung is currently making the best-looking Android tablets in the business, although its tablets look too much like the iPad for some Apple lawyers' comfort. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is no exception; it's a black and silver slab with no physical buttons on the front, just a bright and somewhat-reflective 1280-by-800-pixel display; the same resolution as the larger panel on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Since the 8.9 is a smaller screen, the pixels are denser, which is more pleasing to the eye. The Tab 8.9 is very slim, and relatively light at 15.7 ounces and 9.1 by 6.2 by .33 inches. There are power and volume buttons on the top, along with a 3.2-megapixel camera on the back and a 2-megapixel camera on the front.
When we think about Samsung, one of the first things that tend to come to mind is the fanatical rate on how quickly they’re able to develop, produce, and bring devices to market – and it shows just by looking at their smartphone portfolio. Concurrently, we’re beginning to see the same thing happening over in the tablet world as they quickly established themselves with the original 7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab.Early in the year, they abruptly rocked the boat by introducing the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, which then received a huge overhaul recently with its design so that they wouldn’t be outdone by another rival. However, things don’t end there as they’re able to fill in the gap between the two models with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9. Employing the same design characteristics and hardware under the hood, it’s going to be intriguing to see how this $469 priced tablet will be able to secure its own identity. The package contains: Besides its discernible size difference, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 looks and feels much like its bigger brother. Visually, it utilizes the cookie-cutter tablet design approach that we’re all familiar with by now, but it’s still able to stand out thanks to its razor thin construction at 0.34” thick uniformly all around.
Samsung's latest Android tablet attempts to shake things up by offering an unconventional 8.9-inch screen along with the company's unique TouchWiz UX interface. The $469 Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is ultra-thin and compact, but it faces stiff competition from the premium iPad 2 on one end and Amazon's $199 Kindle Fire on the other--not to mention its own Galaxy Tab 10.1. Read on to find out if this tweener has what it takes to win you over.Tablets don't get much thinner or more compact than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. Cut from the same cloth as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, this device is just as trim as its bigger-screened sibling (0.34 inches thick) and Apple's iPad 2 (0.34 inches). Samsung managed to shave the Tab 8.9's weight to just under a pound (0.98 pounds, to be exact). This may not sound like much compared to the Tab 10.1 (1.24 pounds) or the iPad 2 (1.35 pounds), but it makes a huge difference in everyday use, such as when reading for extended periods or playing games.The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is noticeably thinner than the Acer Iconia Tab A100 (7.6 x 4.5 x 0.5 inches, 0.92 pounds) but a hair heavier.
“We will not be outdone!” - the bold statement made by Samsung execs after announcing the ultra-thin GALAXY Tab 8.9 and 10.1 models, barely a month after unveiling their initial variant for the next GALAXY Tab, which was supposed to come with a thickness of 10.9 mm. At just 8.6 mm though, Samsung's new tablet designs could not only come out on the same stage with the iPad 2, without having embarrassment written on their faces, but as well edge it. But as much as we are impressed by the new GALAXY Tabs' slimness, we're still far from declaring them the next big thing on the tablet market. Samsung will have to do much, much better than what it achieved last time with the first Galaxy Tab, in order to cope with the obviously daunting task of winning over some market share from Apple's pride and joy. We are convinced, however, that if it pulls it right, Samsung does stand a chance, considering that it offers one of the very few things Apple doesn't – choice.With a duo of two more or less identical tablets, but offering different screen sizes, Samsung hopes to effectively cover both those users who would appreciate a bigger, iPad-like 10” screen, and those who would gladly stick with a more compact and lightweight gadget.
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