Attractive, slim design
It's pretty remarkable that Samsung was able to squeeze the same parts from its 10-inch tablet into the Galaxy Tab 8.9. It performs just as well, and the screen and audio are both impressive. However, at $469, you'll need to spend almost as much to get your hands on this smaller slate than you would to buy the Tab 10.1. Consumers looking for a tablet they can hold in one hand would do better with the cheaper $329 Acer Iconia A100--or waiting for the upcoming Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus.
Good battery life
Standing out like a sore thumb, it's simply plagued by too many instances of unresponsiveness that tarnish its pristine aura. From playing high definition videos to navigating around its homescreen, we're just turned off a little bit by its sluggishness. However, its biggest detractor has to be its $469 pricing, which doesn't seem to be justifiable based on its offerings and performance. Obviously, it's pricey when it's only separated by only $30 from its bigger brother.
Excellent for games and video
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is impossible to dislike. Unlike some Honeycomb tablets (or tablettes even), it doesn't make a virtue out of being confusing or crashing randomly. It's well made, light and extremely portable, with a screen that's big enough for web, email and films, but small enough to hold one-handed.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the slightly more portable version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Honeycomb tablet. In terms of software and hardware the two tablets are nearly identical, with the Tab 8.9 being 1.2" smaller (diagonally) and a quarter pound lighter. It runs on Android OS 3.1 Honeycomb with Samsung's pleasing TouchWiz UI customizations for tablets. The 1 pound tablet is incredibly slim and slips easily into a bag.
Gorgeous clear screen
So where does the Samsung 8.9 rank in the current hierarchy of tablets? Well, we'd say quite highly. It shares so many of the characteristics that made the Galaxy Tab 10.1 such an impressive device, but manages to condense it all into a smaller, more bag-friendly design.
The screen is brilliant and ideal for reading and watching movies, while the Touchwiz overlay helps to separate it from many of the other Android 3.0 tablets currently on the market.
Excellent for creating/editing documents on the go
If this tablet cost $300, I would recommend the crap out of it. Of all the Android tablets I've played with, this is my favorite (with the Sony Tablet S coming close). For 470 bucks, though, it just doesn't make much sense. Obviously this is a more capable device than the Kindle Fire, but the Kindle Fire is only $200. Is this thing really $270 dollars more capable? No, it isn't. It's about $100 more capable.
Good battery life
For those who like the idea of owning an Android-powered tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one sexy piece of hardware. It's just as thin and even weighs less than the iPad 2, and the latest Android 3.1 OS makes using Honeycomb a much better experience. If you don't mind the extra weight, the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer offers similar performance to the Tab 10.1 for $100 less and works well with an optional keyboard.
Quick, nimble and easy to hold
It's quick, nimble, and easy to hold, and it's both thinner and lighter than the heralded iPad 2. There's no question that we prefer the handling of the Tab 10.1 over Apple's alternative, and with the improvements coming with Android 3.1 (and in time, Ice Cream Sandwich), it's going to be mighty hard to overlook this device come June 8th.
Shoots sharp looking 720p videos
At first glance, there's no denying that people are going to be enthralled by the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 even more when they see that it's the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market. However, once those feelings soak in and disperse over time, they'll soon find themselves at a standstill questioning some of its omissions.
Good video compatibility
Slimmer and lighter than an iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 proves that Android tablets don't have to be iOS's ugly sisters. It tops off a svelte design with a brilliant screen, decent battery, solid video support and a comfortable-to-hold back. Aside from limited connectivity, its faults are wider Android problems rather than things to level at Samsung and its design team.
Finest Android tablet available
With the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has patently tried its damnedest to recreate an Apple iPad 2. It's essentially matched the iPad 2 in size and weight, and can boast a screen at least as good as Apple's. But the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is demonstrably inferior in overall speed, battery life, materials and build quality, as well as graphics performance. Potential buyers should also be prepared to always keep security in mind.
Vibrant and sharp display
Looks count, and undeniably the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the most attractive and slim Android tablet on the market. The iPad 2 has nothing on the Tab 10.1 in terms of looks and build quality other than the Tab's plastic back that allows it to be lighter than Apple's finest. The display is top notch with vivid colors, sharp text and plenty of brightness to tackle a bright room.
I loved the tablet. It's a little heavy, but still very portable. Be aware that you don't need to buy a fancy stylus, since it comes with one. It also comes with a white case/sleeve which is OK, except that you have to take it completely out of the sleeve to use it.
It's very fast and responsive, and the stylus is fun to use.
My biggest issue is the weird connector they use, an "up and coming" HDMI/USB combo.
It's missing some media features we've come to expect, it's expensive, it has relatively poor battery life and it doesn't have software suited to a tablet. If this had come late last year, we'd probably be raving about it, but things have moved on, and we have to recommend an Android 3.0 tablet or the iPad 2 over it.
We came, we saw, we doodled. The HTC Flyer is the result of a well thought-out and executed plan by HTC. It is truly differentiated from the Android tablet pack with its robust aluminum construction, Magic Pen inclusion, and more responsive interface, and aside from a few imperfections and a general immaturity of tablet-specific software, it's as competently designed a tablet as we've yet seen.
Mesmerizing and high quality display
In reality, we're not all that concerned that HTC decided to move forward with having Gingerbread on board with the Flyer as opposed to Honeycomb mainly because they did a fantastic job with Sense running on top of it. Undeniably, we love how they carefully thought out the interface and its many core apps to make the experience ideal for tablet usage.
The HTC Flyer has lived up to our expectations in terms of the experience it delivers. It's beautifully made, easy to use, fast, and that stylus is great. However, not only do we have reservations about the current and long term app support but currently it's severely overpriced. Until it drops well below the Â£500 mark, it's not the tablet we'd go for.
The HTC Flyer is a superb-looking tablet with enough processing power to drive its multimedia functions. Its high price tag is more of an issue than its use of the older Android 2.3 OS, given that other aspects of this likable tablet are so advanced. We await version 2 eagerly.
Well built tablet
The HTC Flyer is a giant phone without the phone calling capabilities, just as the iPad 2 is a giant iPhone without the calling capabilities. The Flyer sports HTC Sense, it has the same aspect ratio as a phone, and even runs a phone operating system (Android 2.3.3). By those terms it means that its competitors are the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, the Dell Streak 7, the ViewSonic and Archos tablets and a whole range of mediocre products in-between.
Easy and fun to use out of the box
Is it an oversized phone (minus voice and 3G) or a really cool tablet? The HTC Flyer is both. It runs the phone version of Android OS and honestly looks like some of HTC's higher end Android smartphones, just bigger. But HTC's software turns this tablet into a compelling offering, especially for less technical types who don't want to hunt for apps that meet their needs.
Above average display
So finally, while LG's tablet does come with a great screen and 3D, it fails to capitalize on the 3D as its cameras are rather average and it seems dated when you look at its bulkiness. It can be a fun thing to play around, but given the steep price, we'd only look at it with a huge carrier subsidy.
Browser is a little unstable
3D is very much an industry led thing at the moment and the Pad taps into that without really committing. The 3D recording and playback is fun, but we doubt you'll use it unless you're a hardened 3D fan. It's a shame because the 3D experience on the Optimus 3D, the company's smartphone due out later in the year, is so much better and something that impressed us a lot.
The Optimus Pad is certainly looking like one of the more exciting Honeycomb tablets on the horizon, with 3D video capture, a natty processor and a surprisingly light and comfortable design. Here's hoping the Pad looks equally as charming when we give it the full review treatment.
Quick, portable and intuitive to use
We really like the LG Optimus Pad: it's quick, portable and intuitive to use. However while we applaud LG for striking out and including a feature as unique as 3D, it won't have universal appeal and it is bound to push up the price. LG has yet to announce pricing, but it's available for £699 online, which seems a huge premium to pay especially considering you can get the Asus Eee Pad Transformer for £379.
Very wide display
The all new LG Optimus Pad tablet was unveiled and caught a lot of attention at the Mobile World Congress 2011. Very much like LG's prior device, LG G Slate, LG Optimus Pad is expected to still be better and much more popular for being the kind of Android gadget it seems like. Already, many online sites are quoting a price of Rs. 26000 for LG Optimus Pad and we vouch that it's worth the price. Why? Well, there are several reasons for that.
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