Geeks2U Promise
We guarantee you'll love our fast, friendly service - or we'll refund your money.  
133,572 Happy Customers & Counting
Need tech support?
1300 769 448
Extended hours, 7 days a week
Home  /  geekspeak  /  Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G

Tags : 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Samsung’s petite Android tablet proves good things come in different shapes and sizes.

While the iPad is a sleek tablet, thankfully Google’s Android operating system gives gadget makers the freedom to make tablets of all shapes and sizes. Samsung is leading the charge with the impressive Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G.

This Samsung tablet is smaller, thinner and lighter than the latest iPad — making it very comfortable to hold. To be fair the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen is almost an inch diagonally wider than the Galaxy Tab 8.9, but you don’t feel the difference in day-to-day use. The 8.9-inch screen gives the Android interface plenty of room to move, with the dual-core 1.5 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM keeping things snappy.

The screen certainly doesn’t feel cramped like the 7-inch Android tablets or 5-inch phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note. Meanwhile the 8.9-inch Samsung feels much less cumbersome than Motorola’s 10.1-inch Xoom II.

Fire up the 8.9-inch Samsung and you’re greeted by a bright, crisp 1280—800 PLS LCD display. It’s sharper than the iPad 2 but admittedly still falls far short of the iPad 3″²s new retina display. The use of LCD offers wide viewing angles, good contrast and bright whites help deal with outdoor glare. The trade-off is that colours aren’t quite as vivid as the AMOLED displays found on many Android gadgets.

The Samsung can hold its head high alongside the iPad thanks to its compatibility with Telstra’s new super-fast LTE mobile broadband network. The new iPad also has 4G written on the box, but unfortunately it’s not compatible with Telstra’s 1800 MHz LTE network. While the Samsung can squeeze more than 40 Mbps out of LTE in Australia’s major cities, the new iPad must be content with up to 20 Mbps via DC-HSDPA.

This is a considerable speed difference but to be fair Samsung owners are unlikely to notice a significant performance boost between 20 and 40 Mbps whilst doing day to day tasks (unless they’re using a notebook tethered to the tablet’s LTE access via Wi-Fi). Once Samsung owners roam beyond the inner suburbs they’ll drop back onto DC-HSDPA anyway. LTE is handy, but it alone shouldn’t seal the deal.

The Samsung also offers 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0, but what’s disappointing is that there’s no Wi-Fi-only 8.9-inch Samsung available in Australia. So you’re forced to pay for mobile broadband compatibility whether you need it or not.

Another disappointment is that the Samsung comes with Android 3.2 “Honeycomb” pre-installed rather than the new Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich”. To be fair an ICS update is on the way and the wait is only likely to bother Android die-hards. What’s perhaps more frustrating is the Samsung lacks micro-HDMI, micro-USB and micro-SD slots. As with the iPad, you can get various adaptors for Samsung’s proprietary 30-pin connector. The lack of a micro-SD slot means you’re stuck with the Samsung’s 16 or 32 GB of onboard storage.

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G retails for $720 (16 GB) or $840 (32 GB), or is available on plans from Telstra from $49 per month. For more details visit samsung.com/au

FacebookTwitterGoogle+Share

Recent News

pc-clean

Most people, if given the choice, will try to skip out on doing the evening dishes, or for that matter even loading a dishwasher. It’s not exactly the most thrilling of chores to undertake, but if you don’t clean your dishes somehow, everything ends up dirty and unusable. It’s much the same story for your… More 

fb

Facebook is a service beloved by many, because it makes it so very easy to keep in touch with friends, family, acquaintances and more in an environment that’s generally easy to use and that can be quite fun. It’s one of the world’s busiest web sites, and one of the tech world’s most valuable companies…. More 

browsers

The chances are good that when you browse the web, you’re doing so via Google’s own particular browser, Google Chrome. Chrome has anywhere between 47% to 60% of the browser market sewn up. That might not seem that impressive, but the next largest market share is usually given to Apple’s Safari browser at between 13%… More 

mackeyboarda

Apple sells itself as a premium brand, both in style terms, but also for the quality of the computing equipment it sells. That’s a proposition that can very much become quasi-religious for some folks, although few would suggest that Apple sells bad computing equipment. Wherever you sit on that spectrum, there’s no doubting that consumers… More