Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 10.1, Galaxy S II

By Emil · 39 replies
Feb 13, 2011
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  1. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    Yeah i liked the 7" screen as well, made it pretty portable. Definitely found the GPS very useful and it actually works, unlike my SGS which is flaky to say the least. Not impressed by the lack of SD card input, that's a bit of a fail if you ask me. Will have to wait on the price
  2. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +377

    EVERY 1-2 YEARS? My cycle is whenever the phone/phone battery dies (2-3+ years). :(

    That Galaxy S II looks nice though... :)
  3. At 7" it needs to undercut the iPad, so maybe $299 for a WiFi only and maybe $399 for a 3G or 4G capable version. For the 10" model they need to look at $499 for the WiFi only version, and maybe $599 for the 3G/4G model--at that's at the high end IMO. And of course as generations progress those prices need to come down by $50-100 a year if they're going to continue with the 6 month product cycles. "Off brand" tablets like the Archos will need to be even cheaper, which they've already demonstrated is possible with a $300 10" model. Once decent alternatives become more widespread HP and Apple will have no choice but to lower the ceiling on their non-flagship models. If the 7" Galaxy Tab is even made a year from now I expect it to be in the $199 range if they have any hope of it being competitive with what will be on the market, although this is HP and Apple we're talking about here so I'm not holding my breath.
  4. The Samsung charging cable is _not_ PDMI it's proprietary, the Dell Streak uses PDMI. The Samsung cable is just the iPod connector flipped
  5. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,039

    I am baffled by this thought process (...and not just the brain or fingers comment), so everyone should use the one device? Kind of like one size fits all.

    I also do not understand why a few of you are jumping up and down about Samsung releasing a successor to the Galaxy S. So because you just bought what was their latest phone which has been out for some time they should postpone the release until your contract is up?

    It’s okay to skip a generation, you won’t be picked on. Personally I love to see what’s next and if it warrants an upgrade. Anyway a lot of interesting comments about this exciting release (not that I will own either product but it’s nice to see where things are heading for my next upgrade further down the track).
  6. Look, it's simple to understand why people are upset about this if you look at the hardware vs software. Samsung is making a new phone release with every update of Google's Android OS. Thing is, 2.3 didn't actually require a hardware update to run perfectly fine on the original Galaxy-S line. Neither did 2.2.1. I've been running 2.2.1 ever since AT&T disabled functionality on their first OTA update, which I had naively expected to be a 2.1 to 2.2 update (cabled tethering in case you're wondering). 2.3 changes a theme, adds SIP support, adds more voice support for search/other uses, and most importantly to me allows WEBM support so that video encoding/decoding becomes far less legally complicated. All the CPU and GPU required for those changes was already available in every member of the Galaxy-S line, and the modders long ago made a "Universal Lagfix" which essentially took Samsung's proprietary RFS filesystem (a hybrid of an old FAT-based filesystem and a journal, a much newer idea) and replaced it with EXT4 (which Google has already blessed as THE FS for 2.3+). The idea of taking Linux and a layer on top and obsoleting hardware because of it is absurd. Now if they needed new hardware for the functionality, it would be a different story, but they do not, so it is not.
  7. No USB = Complete failure to listen to its users demands.
    I call that a big fail.
  8. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    Samsung already released froyo. Your American cell carriers are withholding it. So shut your mouth until you understand what you're talking about. Your dissing a company because your carriers are withholding it. As for GPS mine locks in 2-4 seconds. You need to change what server it chooses to use.
  9. Samsung X820 was 6.9mm, and stated to be the world's thinnest phone.

    Not a smart phone by current standards, but it was (is!) amazing piece of hardware as a "regular" phone. It's still unbeatable on size / volume.
  10. I use a droid x...and I am not impressed by the android world. Buggy software, buggy OS that freezes and crashes a lot, bloatware forced down to your device, slow and unprdictable software updates, poorly designed and illogical ui.... Sorry, it isnt all it is cracked up to be.

    It doesnt even have music software that is as good as your standard mp3 player from 2002.
  11. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,472   +377

    On the subject of MP3 players doing something better than phones, the Samsung YP-K5 has/had one of the best micro speaker systems I've seen/heard in any portable device. Small enough to fit a phone easily (not the Galaxy S II though), and sound quality would double, possibly triple depending on the phone. The fact that a considerable number of people use their phone speaker for listening to music makes me scratch my head to why Samsung isn't using tech they ALREADY have.

    edit: also to everyone screaming foul about the proprietary connector comment, ESPECIALLY the ones that link/mention the wikipedia article: As per that very same article, it purports (without citation) that the original Galaxy Tab uses a non-standard version of PDMI. I'd think that makes that particular physical interconnect proprietary to Samsung and that device, and this refresh of the Galaxy Tab likely uses the same interconnect.

    In otherwords, the wording of the article is likely correct.
  12. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    The galaxy s uses some of the best portable sound chips on the market. You clearly haven't used voodoo sound for the sgs.
  13. princeton

    princeton TS Addict Posts: 1,676

    I'm unimpressed with your lack of knowledge. Bloatware is not part of android. Android is very stable. You simply chose to buy a phone with bloatware and custom interfaces. Also it's common knowledge that motoblur is the slowest and buggiest UI.
  14. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    ROFLOL, instant classic.
    Damn Princeton i see you've been schoolin these ignorant trolls, respect. I believe allot of these comments are TSTO and ID-10T related errors. I would have said PEBKAC but you don't need to be in a chair to operate a phone.
  15. For those worried about software support via OTA (over the air) I suggest that you take a few moments to learn how to root your phones and install a custom OS or (ROM). I'm running Cyanogen7 on my nexus one and it's most delightful... no bloatware, I can overclock the phone, create backups and more. Plus, CM is free.

    Most any android phone will run CM (different builds for different phones, all compiled from open source Android). So you get the same OS you're used to, only faster and with more UI (user interface) tweaks.

    Therefore, the only real considerations are whether you want an HDMI out, what processor speed, camera megapixel, etc.

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