Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 Hands-on Videos


While we couldn’t upload them at the time of our posting earlier, we did promise we’d get them up. Here are videos of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 introduced here in Orlando at CTIA. The gist of it: it has a user experience Samsung’s calling Live Panels, but it doesn’t get in the way at all. Honeycomb is virtually untouched. The tablets are as light as feathers when comparing them to competitors’ offerings and they will be the thinnest tablets on the market when they’re available. If you want a more detailed rundown of what Samsung’s done here be sure to read our earlier post. You can find video of the new 10.1 inch version above, while the 8.9 inch version can be had below.

PS: Yes, I did mean world’s thinnest “tablet” at the end of the 10.1 video. It happens.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. It’s laggy, but thats because it’s not the final version. Don’t let that get to you

  2. Yeah, I was wondering about the lag because I’ve seen other hands-on reviews that are much, much more smooth. Makes sense that it’s not the final version.

  3. Cannot wait to grab a 10.1

  4. I am really liking it. The new one looks great, has microSD too. But June…COME ON!

  5. Awesome stuff here. I can’t wait till I get my hands on one.

  6. Awesome stuff here. I can’t wait till I get my hands on one.

  7. Live Panel with Phone function! Awesome!

  8. I know everyone is hating on the touchwiz stuff, but I’m really7 liking what I see here. The ability to be in a website, and pop an overlaying calculator or notepad is a really slick feature. I’m waiting for June.

  9. It’s laggy because of the touchwiz crap. Jeeeez Samsung stop wizzing on your phones so I can actually buy something you make.

  10. Probably my next toy, save for a new Sprint phone. Only have to wait to see what LG and Asus bring to the party before making a final decision. First glances look awesome, can’t wait to see a final product in person. Thanks for the update, much appreciated.

  11. Agreed Brenton, I also like the changes Samsung has made. As for it being laggy, the XOOM scrolls the same exact way. Hopefully Google will fix this in an update eventually.

  12. I’m probably gonna get an 8.9, the price and size are right. I’m just hoping Google fixes the damn lag on the screen transitions and orientation changes (something that’s been annoying me since before Cupcake – its embarrassing when an 800mhz iPad can do this buttery smooth and quick yet a dual core 1ghz Android device still staggers and lags).

  13. Doesn’t look laggy to me. Haven’t seen Honeycomb yet, but if it’s like a lot of launchers, you might be able to adjust the speed at which screens scroll left and right. As for the iPad being buttery smooth, how hard is it to make a static row of icons scroll? Honeycomb has a lot more going on for each screen, for what it’s doing, it looks smooth to me. I think Android has been pushed so far with Honeycomb, comparing IOS to Android isn’t really a valid argument anymore.

  14. @Aeires: the orientation lag/jumpiness is not just on a homescreen to homescreen basis. It’s everywhere and in every app that allows orientation changes – book readers, news readers, email, and browser to name a few places. Anyone who can’t see the difference in polish in this functionality between the two devices has not taken an unbiased hands-on with both devices. It’s there. I’ve seen others complain about it and my wife and I both have noticed it in our hands-on experience with the devices. Orientation change while having a browser app open is a (pardon the expression) apple to apple comparison.

    I’m definitely in the market for an Android tablet, I loath almost everything Apple. But I’m not blinded by unabashed Android faith to see which is the better of the two in terms of polish and smoothness. For the record Android still wins in terms of functionality and features. But it still has flaws.

  15. Yesss. Yay Sammy. A tablet that is light, and thin. Thin enough to shut the fruitboys up, Thin enough to not be too bulky when I add a protective case. Most importantly, Android open source and light enough to hold.
    Heres hoping on battery life.
    Awesome Sauce.

  16. want.

  17. Gross! Cut your fingernails!

    1. What’s “gross” is touchwiz on android 3.0 these companies will never learn.

    2. hey stupid.. why the hell are you looking at his fingernails/hand?!! it’s a gadget review not a hand review!! I didn’t notice anything until I read your moronic post. Mind your own business!!

  18. Video sucks, motion sickness just watching,

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