First Look: Samsung Galaxy Tablet (update)

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Update: Check out our Samsung Galaxy Tablet review.

It’s the year of the tablet. There’s no doubt about it. After CES and the horde of tablet announcements, netbooks can kiss their collective asses goodbye. There’s a new low-end computing device in town.

Though realistically, we’ve had multi-touch tablets for nearly ten months now, but besides for the iPad, every other player in the tablet field is new. Taking that into consideration, here’s our first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is, for all intents and purposes, a Samsung Galaxy S phone that’s larger and lacks the ability to make phone calls through a service provider. The hardware is the same, the software is the same, and only the size of the screen and battery are really different. After just a few hours of use, that’s disheartening, and really gives merit to what Apple COO Tim Cook said recently, that Android Tablets are “vapor“, and really no different than Android phones. The same could be said about the iPad vs. iPhone, though there are differences in the operating systems and capabilities. Right now with Android 2.2 (Froyo), there are no differences between phones and tablets. That’s set to change with OS 3.0 (Honeycomb).

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