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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Video Review

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What's hot: Great display, super-thin and light. Also available with 3G/4G HSPA+ on AT&T.

What's not: Like the Tab 10.1, fewer ports and slots than most Android tablets.


Reviewed October 6, 2011 by , Editor in Chief (twitter: @lisagade)

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

The Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs on the usual NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz dual core CPU with a gig of RAM, and it's available in 16 and 32 gig versions. This is a WiFi 802.11b/g/n tablet, and there's currently no 3G or 4G option. It has Bluetooth, a GPS and both front and rear cameras. It does not have an HDMI port or SD card slot, but Samsung sells adapters for those. The Tab 8.9 is priced just $30 less than the Tab 10.1, and honestly they're not that far apart in size so we don't feel the 8.9 should be lots cheaper than the 10.1. Samsung's believes that one size doesn't fit all, and they're making very similar tablets in a variety of sizes as a result.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Because the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is so similar to the Tab 10.1, we're not writing a full review. If you want to learn more about the tablet, do check out our review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1; beyond size and weight, they're the same.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Above: the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 on top of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.


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Price: $469 for 16 gig model and $569 for 32 gig model.



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Display: 8.9" capacitive multi-touch color LCD. Resolution: 1280 x 800, supports both portrait and landscape modes via accelerometer, has ambient light sensor.

Battery: Lithium Ion rechargeable. Battery is not user replaceable. 6100mAh battery.

Performance: NVIDIA Tegra 2 1GHz CPU with 1 gig RAM and 16 gigs internal flash storage.

Size: 9.09 x 6.21 x 0.34 inches. Weight: 1 pound.

3G/4G: None.

Camera: 3 megapixel autofocus rear camera and 2 megapixel front video chat camera (works with Google Talk).

Audio: Built in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated WiFi 802.11b/g/n (dual band n 2.4 GHz/5 GHz) and Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.

Software: Android OS 3.1 Honeycomb with Samsung TouchWiz UI and software. Google apps: search, voice search, Maps, Navigation, Places, Gmail, Email, web browser, Gtalk with video chat, Books (Google ebook reader), Gallery, YouTube, Music, Clock, Calculator, Contacts, Calendar and Latitude. Third party apps: Samsung Media Hub and other Samsung apps, movie editor and Quickoffice HD.


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