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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Galaxy Tab 8.9
Samsung aims for the throat with a pair of new tablets

When it comes to consumer products, it seems as though Apple is always on a quest to make each generation thinner and lighter than the previous. When Apple announced the iPad 2, it slimmed down to a thin 0.34 inches with weight coming in at just 1.33 pounds (Wi-Fi version). 

Samsung isn't about to let Apple hog all the glory when it comes to thin tablets, and that is clearly the case with its new 8.9" and 10.1" Galaxy Tab. Both are 0.33 inches thin, just barely edging out the iPad 2. The tablets are light too, coming in at 1.04 pounds (8.9") and 1.31 pounds (10.1").

Both tablets are running Android 3.0 (Honeycomb), but they are saddled with the TouchWiz UX interface, for better or worse.

Both machines feature a 1GHz dual-core processor, dual cameras (3MP rear, 2MP front), 802.11a/b/n, Bluetooth, and a screen resolution of 1280x800. Both tablets will be available in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. Battery capacity is 6000 mAh for the 8.9" model and 6800 mAh for the 10.1" model. 

"The GALAXY Tab 10.1 and 8.9 are remarkable examples of Samsung's constant innovation and show our dedication to designing premium tablets that fit the unique needs of consumers around the world", said JK Shin, President and Head of Samsung's Mobile Communications Business. "By combining Samsung's innovations in design and display with our exciting new user experience, we've created a new class of products that will lead the tablet market."

Pricing for the 16GB and 32GB 10.1" Wi-Fi models rings in at $499 and $599 respectively -- these models will be available on June 8 according to Engadget. The 16GB and 32GB 8.9" Wi-Fi Galaxy Tabs will be priced at $469 and $569 respectively – no word on availability yet. 

Versions of the 8.9” and 10.1” Galaxy Tab with integrated 3G capabilities will also be available, but pricing hasn't been announced.

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RE: Great Pricing
By invidious on 3/22/2011 1:35:56 PM , Rating: 2
I thought all Android devices have their UI tailored by their respective manufacturers. That being said i have never used any of them. Whats so bad about TouchWiz? How is MotoBLUR better?

RE: Great Pricing
By nafhan on 3/22/2011 3:40:24 PM , Rating: 2
Xoom doesn't have Motoblur.

I think the consensus is that the OEM skins are, at best, no better than generic Android. They're customizing for the sake of differentiation, they don't improve things overall, and they probably slow down the pace of updates - and that's best case scenario. Sometimes the OEM skins and service provider updates actually cause bugs and instability. IMO an Android device has not shipped that would be worse off with generic, straight from Google Android.

RE: Great Pricing
By InfinityzeN on 3/22/2011 3:51:30 PM , Rating: 2
All of the custom UI are bad because they slow down the roll out of updates.

TouchWiz overall has recieved bad ratings (Most hated everything in it), most people don't like it.

MotoBLUR also recieved a lot of bad ratings and Moto came out with lighter weight versions.

Sense recieved the full range (need to have ~ burn in hell), but HTC has been using it for so long that across multiple OS that it is expected.

There are other ones out there, most of which get based even worse than the big three.

RE: Great Pricing
By InfinityzeN on 3/22/2011 3:53:02 PM , Rating: 2
Ack, that is just horrid. Edit needed.

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