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Features, Interface and Conclusions

Other hardware features include a 3megapixel camera on the rear, along with an LED flash, and a 1.3megapixel camera on the front for video calling. There's not much to say on this front; it's a basic camera that will be useful for the odd snap but obviously quality is nothing too clever.

MicroSD and SIM slots can be found on the right edge so you can expand storage and add mobile internet connectivity to the onboard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Under the hood there's a 1Ghz Cortex A8 CPU that is impressively powerful, making this a really responsive device. For instance, Flash video playback through the web browser is superb and the Need For Speed Shift game loaded onto the device also ran impressively well. Certainly, in terms of performance we have no reservations whatsoever about the Tab - it's easily up to the task for any job you might like such a device to perform. The only unknown is battery life, which obviously we weren't able to test.

Android, in its 2.2 version, powers the software side of things so you get its top quality web browser, access to all its apps and all the other goodies you'd expect. Samsung has changed the UI of the operating system to tie it in with the TouchWiz look-and-feel that it uses on its phones, and as we've found before we don't really like the changes. In particular, the extra background added to icons makes them difficult to distinguish from one another. Overall, it's still very usable and the UI can be changed so this is but a minor complaint.

All told, you can colour us impressed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It pretty much ticks all the boxes for what we would want from a tablet type device in terms of features and performance. It's portable yet powerful, packed with features yet easy to use, and one would hope it also undercuts the iPad considerably on price. As always, though, we shall reserve final judgement until we've had a decent amount of time with one in a normal working and home enviroment so keep an eye out for our full review coming soon (and our video hands-on as well, when the Wi-Fi let's us).

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