Because one size doesn't fit all, Samsung has announced an 8.9" version of their popular Galaxy Tab Android Honeycomb tablet. It joins the 7 original Galaxy Tab, the 10.1" Tab and the announced but not yet released Tab 7.7 in Samsung's lineup. If you like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 but found it a bit too big, the 8.9 might be just right. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is available for sale nationwide starting October 2 for $569 for the 32GB version and $469 for the 16GB version.
currently available in the U.S. market, measuring at 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares many other features and services with the Tab 10.1 including Samsung's TouchWiz(R) UX. This unique user interface was created to integrate with Android(TM) 3.1, Honeycomb, to deliver a truly customized and interactive tablet experience. The TouchWiz UX includes:
- Live Panel: Magazine-like widget view for immediate access to weather, social updates, email, news, photo gallery, all on the home screen - Mini Mode Tray: One-touch overlay access to commonly used applications--Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Pen Memo, Calculator and Music Player - Clipboard: Advanced copy & paste functionality allows Galaxy Tab 10.1 users to store photos, Web pages, YouTube links, etc., for easy sharing via email and social network sites - Indicator Quick Panel: Quickly toggle on/off connectivity, notifications, sound, brightness and settings in lower right-hand corner of the display. - Photo Editor: Rotate, crop and adjust colors on high quality digital images
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is built with a dual-core 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 T250S processor, WXGA TFT display (1280x800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla Glass. The portable tablet includes a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. The tablet weighs less than one pound (447 grams). It has a rear-facing 3-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera including flash and autofocus, 1080p video playback and full support of video chat and digital imaging.
Software and services include: Samsung Media Hub: Choose from more than 5,000 popular and acclaimed movie and TV titles to download for rent or purchase. Upcoming new release additions to the Media Hub library include ?Fast Five,? ?Horrible Bosses? and ?Green Lantern.? The added service, Media Hub Show, uses an HD Extender to playback content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 dock or adaptor. ? Samsung Music Hub: Choose from more than 13 million songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides extensive background information, with access to all artist bios, discographies and reviews. ? Samsung Readers Hub: The lightweight design and large display make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 an ideal device to access the Readers Hub robust library of more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines. ? Social Hub: Users can aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface through the service?s ?Feeds? and ?Messages? files. ? Google Mobile Services: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market, Gmail, Google Search, Google Maps 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talk with video and voice chat. ? AllShare service: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV?s, monitors and digital cameras. ? Polaris Office: Instant access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations to view and edit while on the move ? Swype: Re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and type faster by swyping ? Mobile Printing: Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to any compatible printer.
Enterprise Solutions and Services:
Full support for Exchange ActiveSync version 14 On device encryption Cisco VPN (Virtual Private Network) Sybase MDM (Mobile Device Management) Cisco WebEx mobile conference solution for meetings on the go
FindMyMobile: ? If the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is lost or stolen, the user can locate the device on a map, and track it live as it moves, remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized access and delete personal information stored on the device.
- Samsung Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0
Samsung also announced two pocket-friendly WiFi multimedia players, the Galaxy Player 4.0 and 5.0. If you like the Galaxy family phones but don't want or need a cell phone, there's the 5" 5.0 model and 4" 4.0 model with WiFi for connectivity.
The large 5-inch and 4-inch touchscreens are an excellent option for enjoying games, music, videos, e-books and social media while on the move. The Galaxy Player 5.0 and 4.0 weigh just 6.4 and 4.2 ounces respectively, delivering powerful entertainment, communication and information without the bulk of portable DVD players or laptops. The Galaxy Players are powered by Android 2.3.5, Gingerbread, complete with a new, streamlined user interface and are enabled with Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) connectivity for quick and easy access to online services and Web search. In addition, the two devices are designed with front and rear cameras for video chat and photography. Both Galaxy Players will support Samsung?s Media Hub content service in the future through a software update.
The players have 800 x 480 resolution capacitive displays, 8 gigs of internal storage, Bluetooth 3.0, a front VGA camera and rear 3.2 megapixel camera. They'll be available October 16 at $229 for the 4.0 and $269 for the 5.0.
-------------------- Lisa Gade Editor in Chief, MobileTechReview