Samsung Galaxy Tab Ships to Mixed Reviews
The Samsung Galaxy Tab was released last week to US consumers. It’s being touted as the first “real” competitor to the iPad, I assume because it’s the first tablet to actually ship to stores in significant numbers since iPad. However, in terms of it actually competing with the iPad on experience, or price, or apps, or performance, it doesn’t. Many reviews have concluded that the Galaxy Tab is not bad, but the price is too high. Many have concluded that the device is a disaster.
After a brief hands-on with the device, here are some quick conclusions:
- It’s laggy – In the browser, it can take about 400ms for the screen to respond to your touch. Once it does, scrolling is very choppy.
- It’s like a big phone – It feels like it’s too small to be a tablet but just about right as a (really expensive) e-book reader. It’s basically an over-sized phone
- It’s surprisingly heavy.
- It’s totally over-priced as compared with the iPad.
- The average Flash website is very slow. I think there are a couple reasons for this: Flash is a CPU hog and most Flash UIs were not built with mobile in mind, so they haven’t been optimized for performance (or touch).
I haven’t heard anyone singing the praises of the Galaxy Tab. Mostly I am hearing, “it’s not bad.” Anecdotally, I’ve also heard that these devices are nowhere near selling out in stores which I would attribute to price. Once the price comes down to, say, $149 and they address performance, this device has a decent shot at selling a significant number of units because it’s “good enough” at that low price point.
You guessed it… Android keeps growing
The latest Gartner data puts Android at the number 2 position in mobile OSes with 25.5% of the market share. Android’s growth has been a recurring story and it has now handily surpassed both iOS and RIM. It’s also interesting to note that smartphone sales grew a whopping 96% in the last year and that smartphones now represent 19.3 percent of all mobile phone sales. What this means is that while RIM and iOS lost some market share, everyone is selling a hell of a lot more smartphones.
Windows Phone 7 devices hit the stores – and they’re not bad!
It’s been a long time coming, but Microsoft is finally in stores with the new Windows Phone 7 OS. Don’t worry. This is not your old Windows Phone. This is an entirely new OS with a pretty slick interface. I played with a couple handsets at a promotional booth set up outside my downtown SF office and was really impressed with the responsiveness and quality of the animations in WP7.
Microsoft is putting some serious marketing dollars behind this phone and hosted several live concerts last week to introduce the phone. Amazon is also selling the phones for a penny if you sign a new 2 year contract with AT&T and buy the phone by today.
I think WP7 has a decent shot at selling a lot of devices. I would say that the quality of the experience is better than Android and pretty close to iPhone. If I have one area of doubt with WP7, it’s in the transitions between screens which can seem a little gratuitous after a while. If I can get my hands on a loaner phone, I’ll write a more thorough review.