Samsung takes aim at Apple with Australian Galaxy Tab ad, credits Cupertino for its popularity originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Dec 2011 05:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
What is the optimal size for a modern-day tablet? Is it 10 inches? Is it seven? Or, is it something smaller, like the economy-sized smartphone that is the Galaxy Note? We can’t say for sure, but we surely can say that Samsung is as much in the dark as we are. Like a gadgety Goldilocks traipsing between an endless sea of options, that company seems completely unable to make up its mind, splitting niches into sub-niches and then cleaving those in twain again with a seemingly endless array of fractionally different tablets.
Today we’re looking at the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This powerful slate exists because, apparently, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is too big and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is too small. Is the $449 8.9 just right, then? Read on to find out.
Gallery: Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review
The march of the Honeycomb tablets goes on, playing a tune that’s starting to get a bit muted thanks to the promise of fresher beats coming from Ice Cream Sandwich. Still, there are plenty of ways for manufacturers to add their own bit of swing to the same ‘ol song. Motorola, of course, paved the way for all these slates with the Xoom. It’s hard to believe that first Honeycomb tablet was released just 10 months ago, but now we have its successor, the Xyboard, here in its 8.2-inch guise.
At least, that’s what it’s being called domestically. Elsewhere it’s the Xoom 2 (we reviewed the 10.1-inch flavor already), but in America we get a patently unfortunate moniker for a tablet that offers an interesting design at an interesting size with the interesting bonus of LTE. But, all that mobile bandwidth is going to cost you: $430 for the 16GB model or $530 for 32GB if you sign on for a two-year data contract. Does the funky design, convenient size and high-rate connectivity make up for the added cost over something like the class-leading Transformer Prime? Let’s find out.
Gallery: Motorola Xyboard 8.2 review
Samsung modifies tablet to satisfy German ruling, begins selling Galaxy Tab 10.1N (update: Samsung speaks)
Sick of those trips across the border to smuggle a banned Galaxy Tab 10.1 into Germany? Samsung has come to the rescue, modifying its familiar Honeycomb tablet to work around the injunction issued in August and upheld in September as part of Apple’s patent litigation in Düsseldorf. It’s not entirely clear what’s different with the relaunched tablet, which appears to have a black bezel that extends slightly further towards the metal rim, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, as it is now being called, has appeared on a German e-tailer’s website with a shipping window of two to four days, along with the text “Galaxy Tab is back!” at the bottom of the listing. Samsung isn’t entirely in the clear just yet, but unless its new “N” model is also found to be infringing on Apple’s patents, gadget-hungry Germans shouldn’t have to worry about the iPad-alternative disappearing again anytime soon.
Update: Samsung has just issued a statement on the modified Galaxy Tab, with some clarifications on its design changes. “The newly modified device will be renamed the Galaxy Tab 10.1N and we’ve made two changes to the design,” spokesman Jason Kim said. “The design of the bezel has been changed and the speaker has also been relocated.”
Samsung modifies tablet to satisfy German ruling, begins selling Galaxy Tab 10.1N (update: Samsung speaks) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 16 Nov 2011 13:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 7.7 is certainly no stranger to the good people at the FCC, as both WiFi and HSPA+ versions have already run the Commission’s gauntlet of radiation tests. The third time’s the charm for Verizon customers, however, because a new model dubbed SCH-i815 has made its way to the FCC bearing CDMA and LTE radios built to surf Big Red’s network. So, it looks like the Galaxy Tab 7.7 will be making its way to American store shelves sometime soon. The question is, did Sammy have to beef up the Tab’s profile to cram in the LTE gear like its Nexus cousin?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.7 rolls through the FCC packing Verizon-friendly LTE originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 17:42:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
So, you dig what Sammy is doing with Honeycomb on the 10.1 and the 8.9, but you’re looking for something a little smaller. The Note has struck your interest, but perhaps its dimensions are just a tad too diminutive for your tastes. Well sir or ma’am, you’re exactly the type of person Samsung is hoping to snag with its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. You can already order one with WiFi on board, but if it’s cellular capabilities you’re looking for, the latest model that just sauntered through the FCC might be the ticket. The GT-P6200 is sporting a little extra something in the way of an HSPA+ radio. Specifically the cellular modem comes supporting the 850MHz and 1900MHz GSM bands used by AT&T. So, perhaps Ma Bell is looking to refresh its tablet family, which is still hawking the OG Galaxy Tab (no Honeycomb on that bad boy). There’s also 802.11n and Bluetooth 3.0 antennas on board. Hit up the source link for all the fun regulatory minutia.
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus hits the FCC sporting AT&T-compatible HSPA+ originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 17 Nov 2011 15:35:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We already knew that Samsung’s Galaxy S and Galaxy Tab wouldn’t be packing Ice Cream Sandwich, as both were omitted from the roadmap the company released earlier this week. Now we know why: an official blog post explains that, thanks to TouchWiz, Samsung Widgets and Video Calls, there isn’t enough space left on the devices’ ROM to hold the fourth generation of Google’s OS. Depending on your interpretation, there also seems to be an issue with unsatisfactory performance, which makes us raise an eyebrow in Sammy’s general direction. We’re sure that we won’t have to wait too long before some users take matters into their own hands and boot TouchWiz from the face of their phones in a quest for some delicious ice-creamy goodness.
Samsung: No room for ICS on Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, TouchWiz to blame originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 08:26:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As you may recall from earlier this week, Samsung has started selling a slightly modified version of its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in Germany to satisfy a recent court ruling, which deemed the original model a little too Apple-like in some respects. Just how modified is the new 10.1N model? Well, you can thank NewGadgets.de for our first real look at it. As expected, the changes are all found around the edges of the device, including a more pronounced metal lip that creeps further across the bezel, some repositioned speakers, and… that’s about it, really. Hit the source link below for some additional hands-on shots, and head on past the break for a video.
Samsung’s modified Galaxy Tab 10.1N for Germany gets examined originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 20 Nov 2011 07:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
So we know that Google’s latest and greatest OS is headed to the Galaxy Tab 8.9 at some undefined point in 2012. But Samsung’s promise of a future update just isn’t enough to sate the appetites of a certain enterprising subset of Android users. With their hunger for Ice Cream Sandwich guiding their hands, a trio of XDA members decided to whip up a homebrew version of 4.03 for their Sammy tabs. While the bootable builds, of which there are now three, are far from complete, an update over on the site’s dedicated forum notes that Bluetooth, GPS, hardware acceleration and the accelerometer are now functioning, with efforts continuing to enable WiFi. If you were hoping to sample a slice of these early ROMs, you’re out of luck — the group’s decided to refrain from offering downloads until the ports are complete. Think you can hold out for the unofficial goods? Then check out the source below to keep up with the project’s progress and, while you’re at it, skip on past the break for a brief video demo.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 gets a taste of homemade Ice Cream Sandwich (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 23 Dec 2011 03:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We’ve already established that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great tablet. Then, just recently, we summarily found that the 1.2-inch smaller Galaxy Tab 8.9 is an even better tablet — at least for anyone who wants to take their slate places. So, following that logic, the even more petite Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus should be the best of the three, right?
Not so fast. We’ve been here before, and things weren’t exactly great. The original Galaxy Tab was, of course, a 7-incher and wasn’t universally well received thanks to a number of problems — the first being a $600 MSRP. Another issue was an Android 2.2 build that tried its best but was ultimately ill-suited for tablet duties. This new 7-inch installment packs a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a tablet-friendlier build of Android 3.2 Honeycomb and a somewhat more palatable $400 price tag.
So, it’s clearly better equipped than its predecessor, but that one shipped a whopping 12 months ago. How does the newer, fancier Tab compete in this newer, fancier present? Read on to find out.
Gallery: Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus review
Round a few corners, a bit of nip-tuck and a tossed-on N. Oh, and probably just being sick and tired of the whole ordeal. We’re assuming that’s the recipe for getting the Cupertino-sourced gorilla off of Samsung’s back, as a judge at the district court in Düsseldorf, Germany just issued a preliminary ruling that effectively clears the Galaxy Tab 10.1N from claims that it too mimics the iconic iPad. If you’ll recall, the court blocked German sales of the original Tab 10.1 back in September, following Apple’s arguments that Sammy’s tab just looked too much like the iPad. Not surprisingly, the subtly-redesigned Tab 10.1N still drew fire from Apple’s lawyers, but it’s looking like they’ll be riding home on the losing train this go ’round. A final verdict is expected on February 9th, of which we’re sure you’ll be resting uneasily on the edge of your seat to hear the result of. Courtroom fever — catch it!
German court’s preliminary ruling says Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1N isn’t aping the iPad originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 11:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Did you jump on the bandwagon when the tablet craze hit by getting an original Galaxy Tab, but now you feel a tinge of jealousy seeing the more modern UIs on newer slates? Well, you can rid yourself of that envious feeling by loading the Kindle Fire’s software onto that old Tab of yours. Giga OM did the deed, giving us an overview of the process — it’s mainly a matter of extracting the code from Amazon’s slate and installing it on Sammy’s — along with its results. Turns out, the Tab doesn’t have all of the Fire’s functionality, though the basic bookshelf interface (which is akin to an app launcher), video app, books, and magazines are all available along with the Fire’s custom Amazon Store. Unfortunately, the Silk browser has yet to be enabled, and the UI still crashes on the regular, but teaching an old dog new tricks isn’t easy, okay? Head on down to the Source for the full rundown, and there’s even more details at XDA-Developers for those daring enough to do this bit of software switcharoo themselves.
Galaxy Tab gets a taste of Kindle Fire, but things aren’t all silky smooth originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 21 Nov 2011 18:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
As expected, Apple has decided to appeal a ruling on its injunction blocking the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Australia to the High Court. The means Samsung cannot start selling its slates at 4PM as a lower court had decided, and puts the devices on ice until at least December 9th. What, after months of litigation in multiple countries, you thought either side would just walk away from this? We’ll see you all back here in a week or so for the next incremental legal happening.
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Apple appeals Samsung tablet ruling, Galaxy Tab 10.1 sales still blocked in Australia originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:14:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Welcome to the Engadget Holiday Gift Guide! We’re well aware of the heartbreaking difficulties surrounding the seasonal shopping experience, so we’re here to help you sort out this year’s tech treasures. Below is today’s bevy of curated picks, and you can head back to the Gift Guide hub to see the rest of the product guides as they’re added throughout the holiday season.
Of all the electronic gifts you could buy someone right now, a tablet seems like one of the safer bets. It’s a cheaper way of saying “I love you” than bestowing a $1,000 laptop, and it takes less chutzpah than signing someone up for a smartphone (along with two years of data fees). And let’s be real here: what’s more festive than flopping onto the couch in pajamas after opening gifts and lazily playing Angry Birds while It’s A Wonderful Life airs in the background? Yeah, we can’t think of anything either.
Sadly, we don’t have any webOS-flavored tablets this time around, and we couldn’t include some hotly anticipated numbers like the Transformer Prime, since they’re not shipping yet and we don’t even know much they’ll cost. Still, we managed to find a slew of Android tablets (and one iPad) across a range of budgets. Been on the fence about what to get? Skip past the break for some ideas.
As the legal drama between Apple and Samsung drags on around the world, US District Court Judge has rejected Apple’s request to block the sales of Galaxy devices. Reuters reports the ruling came out late Friday, with the judge deciding “It is not clear that an injunction on Samsung’s accused devices would prevent Apple from being irreparably harmed,”. This isn’t the first rejection for the folks from Cupertino either, after a request to speed up the trial was also denied back in July. The case itself will of course go on, but this means you’ll still be able to get your hands on those Galaxy Tabs, Galaxy S IIs, and the like in the meantime.
Update: While Apple has yet to comment on the ruling, Samsung has issued an official statement which you can check out after the break.
Update 2: Feel like thumbing through the entire 65 page ruling? FOSS Patents has posted the entire document on Scribd, you’ll find it embedded after the break.
Apple’s request to block Samsung Galaxy tablet, phone sales in the US is denied originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
T-Mobile unleashes HTC Radar 4G, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, myTouchQ and more today originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 02 Nov 2011 15:38:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
First, Apple got Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from Oz, then Sammy got the temporary injunction lifted. Undaunted, Apple vowed to appeal the Korean company’s victory to the High Court of Australia, and today, The Register reports that the court has denied Apple’s appeal. Details are sparse as to why Cupertino’s arguments were unpersuasive, but one thing’s for sure: Samsung’s going to have a much more merry Christmas as a result of its latest legal victory.
Australian High Court just says no to Apple appeal, Samsung breathes a sigh of relief originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Dec 2011 20:11:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus now shipping from Amazon, confirmed to use Exynos SoC originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 03 Nov 2011 13:51:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Gallery: iLuv iSM524
iLuv outs iSM524 ArtStation Pro, ‘world’s first’ Galaxy Tab compatible audio dock originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 12 Dec 2011 23:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
T-Mobile to carry Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus with 4G, available November 16th for $250 originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:15:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.