We usually do unboxings of retail grade products, i.e. products that usually ship with their retail boxes, but we just had to make an exception for the Sammy’s latest: the Galaxy Tab. Opening the box you’ll see the white back of the Galaxy Tab, which houses the camera and LED flash. The name of the unit is there for everyone to see.
Turning it over, you’ll be treated to a large, 7-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. There are touch sensitive controls right below the screen similar to what you’d typicaly find on an Android mobile phone. There’s a front facing camera located on the top right of the screen.
On the right side sits the power/lock button, volume rocker, microSD slot and the SIM card slot. And yes, the Galaxy Tab will accept regular sized SIMs, so you can put those scissors down.
On the bottom sits the speakers and data port.
There’s a 3.5mm jack on the top of the unit, so you’ll be able to plug in your own cans, or the hands-free kit that comes with the unit.
The Galaxy Tab runs Google’s latest iteration of Android – 2.2 Froyo. So all the trimmings you’ve come to expect from the latest Android build can be found on the Galaxy Tab, including Wi-Fi tethering and all that jazz.
The rest of the accessories.
And of course, this isn’t a proper hands on without a comparison shot with the Apple iPad.
You might be wondering why the Galaxy Tab shipped with a handsfree kit. Well, that’s because the Galaxy Tab can make and receive calls. No really. It even has a dialer and everything. The screen is pretty sensitive to touch input, and you’ll also be able to enjoy the current library of Android applications for it.
That’s it for this unboxing. You can read the whole review of the Galaxy Tab on the November issue of Gadgets magazine when it comes out.