there is a decided lack of tablet competitors to Apple's iPad, which
is selling 2.3+
million units a month, a handful of small tablet-like mobile
internet devices are trickling in. The first of those was
Android Streak, a 5-inch MID. Now Samsung, maker of
Galaxy S Android smartphone, is launching its own MID, a 7-inch
design named the Galaxy
Tab.The Galaxy Tab packs a pretty nice specs sheet.
It boasts a modest 1024x600 pixel resolution TFT LCD, slightly below
the iPad's 1024x768 pixel LCD panel and better than the 800x480 LCD
screen the Streak packs. The OS onboard is Android 2.2 Froyo
and additional GUI functionality is provided by Samsung's TouchWiz
3.0.The processor onboard is Samsung's proprietary 1GHz
Hummingbird Cortex A8 (ARM) CPU, co-developed by Intrinsity.
Past tests have shown this to be a very fast
a benchmark that measures raw integer and floating point performance
by the CPU, found that it crunched just under twice as many frames as
the TI OMAP3630 found in the Motorola Droid X, and over 2.5 times as
many frames as the 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD8650) widely
used by HTC.The device measures 190.09x120.45x11.98
mm (7.48x4.74x0.471 in), making it thinner than the iPad. It
weighs a mere 380 g (13.4 oz.).There's 512 MB of RAM
onboard. The GPU is the PowerVR SGX540, a slightly improved,
but similar model to that used in the iPad. There's a 3
megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and auto focus, and a 1.3
megapixel front-facing camera for video telephony (chatting).
The sensor package is pretty standard -- a gyroscope, a geo-magnetic
sensor, an accelerometer, and a light sensor.It comes with a
pretty beefy 4,000 mAh battery, good for up to 7 hours of video
playback. It also comes packed with either 16 GB or 32 GB of
internal Flash memory, depending on which configuration is
purchased. Further storage is provide by a microSD slot. One
of the MID's strong points is its connectivity. It is the first
tablet or MID to feature Bluetooth 3.0. It has a 3G modem with
full support for voice/data. Calls can be placed via
speakerphone or Bluetooth headset. There's also built in 5GHz
dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi. Finally, much like the iPad, there is
a 30-pin connector, allowing for HDMI, USB, and docking accessories
(a car dock at least is planned).Some will likely fall in
love with this tablet, whose specs are clearly superior to the Dell
Streak and on-par or slightly ahead of the iPad. However, it
may be wise to wait for Motorola's upcoming tablet/MID -- or the
HP Hurricane and Asus
Eee Pad, which may offer a superior Android tablet experience in
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quote: Can a single Droid smart phone support all these OS's...run either Win7 (mobile) or (developers choice) the iPhone OS? PalmOS? BeOS?...etc
quote: What is your cross platform software development tool of choice that lets your developer (write once?) and run everywhere.
quote: What does a software developer write to? Example: 10 different re-writes of his single application to get it to run on 10 different iPad (like?) devices?
quote: This has been getting done for a long time ever since EFI booting became possible on standard PC hardware. Using retail OSX discs, no less.