The growing number of Samsung tablets compels us to compare the qualities and functions of the devices being released. For starters, let’s take Samsung Galaxy Tab vs. Samsung Sliding PC 7 into consideration.
With a compact size and a 7 inch touchscreen, the Samsung
Galaxy Tab can be termed as a handy sized smooth using device. The tablet entered the market as a competition to Apple’s iPad and has a lot to offer customers and divert their attention from iOS. The model is designed smartly and the screen looks very slick.
Drawing comparison of this Galaxy Tab with Samsung’s recent March release termed as Samsung Sliding PC 7, the two have a vast deal of difference between them in design, quality, usage and features. In March 2011, Samsung
launched its latest slick and stylish product which seems to be an innovation of a tablet and a mini-laptop. The unique quality of this device is its design which supports a full-sized sliding hardware keyboard. But apparently that’s not all. The tablet is functioned with a touchscreen as well and an in-built virtual key-board, for those who prefer touch use.
Samsung Galaxy Tab is operated by Google mobile OS which adds to the smooth running quality of the tablet and provides speedy web browsing. The screen can be rotated to landscape or portrait mode. It runs on Android 2.2 and consists of a number of apps. On the other hand, Samsung Sliding PC runs on Windows 7 premium and in terms of looks the model appears like a tablet in its closed state and a netbook after sliding its QWERTY key-board. Also the PC is a little heavy to carry in its tablet form and it would have been better to support a full-sized USB port instead of a small one. Other than that, the unit has a 3G card inserting port and multiple apps to play with.
Coming to the comparison of the features, the Galaxy Tab supports Wi-Fi, Flash, GPS, Bluetooth, Sync, Swype and a pull down menu from which you can operate your contacts, emails and updates on Skype and even adjust the brightness of the screen. More features include two cameras (1.3 mega pixel front and 3.0 mega pixel back), widescreen, pre-loaded Gmail app, video playback in HD quality and media files that can easily be shared through the menu. The Sliding PC tab consists of a multi-touch 10.1 inch screen, making it larger in size to Galaxy Tab with the 7 inch screen and weighs around 1kg. The battery life extends to approximately 9 hours, which is a vast deal more compared to the 4-7 hour battery timing of Galaxy Tab (which seems to be its best feature) and the PC is processed by 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Oak Trail. Connections include WI-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, GPS and a 2GB RAM. There is space for external drives such as a 2.0 USB port, HDMI, a 4 in 1 memory card reader and a 1.3 mega pixel webcam/camera (both back and front). Moreover, the screen brightness can be adjusted according to the lighting as well in order to save the battery power and the tab has added security features for the data. The Galaxy Tab in comparison consists of 16GB storage with 2GB storage for apps, 512 MB memory, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor and 3G connection.
To make browsing and search even more quick, the Galaxy tab contains a voice search app which detects the search item pretty fast. The use of Android apps works speedily and you can download them easily as well. Another extra added feature in the tab is the phone function which you can make use of with a handset or on loudspeaker. The zooming quality of the device is a bit tricky and takes a little time to load in or out. But loading and scrolling through web pages is done quickly with the help of Android browser which contains a multi-window option.
The touchscreen of Galaxy Tab is not very smooth to use as compared to Sliding PC’s touchscreen and requires an extra push. But the virtual keypad of the latter is user friendly as due to the widescreen of the tab, the keys are spread wide enough to type easily and avoid mistakes. Although the key-board quality of PC 7 is very good and it slides smoothly, yet it seems as if there is not enough space between the keypad and the screen and you fear while sliding that the screen might scratch the keypad. Also, the slider seems delicate but is actually pretty strong in use and the screen might need to be handled with care.
Overall, Samsung Galaxy Tab is a fair attempt at producing a full feature tablet. But still there is room for improvement as the slate can do better with Android 3.0 and the apps provided do not equal the Apple iPad apps in number or quality and so makes the consumer think twice over buying it at a price of $599. Whereas, with $699 at launch, the smart sliding PC 7 might be a little pricy but seems worth the trouble and better in accessibility as compared to Galaxy Tab.