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In re: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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One reader asks: “what’s your opinion of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9?”

Honestly, I haven’t had much experience with this tablet, aside from the one time I played with it at  Best Buy. However, in my quick search of the internet, I found two great posts from CNet and Engaget, which offer great product reviews. According to both, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is almost identical to the Galaxy Tab 10.1, in a smaller package (8.9 inches as opposed to 10.1 inches).

My first fault with the device is the 8.9 inch size. I don’t think that attorneys can fully function and make any meaningful use of an 8 inch screen, correct me if I’m wrong. This was my biggest fault with the Amazon Kindle Fire. In the world of tablets, screen size matters, and anything below 10 inches won’t cut it.

Second, as CNet points out, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 lacks some of the standard ports (USB, SD Card) that make Android tablets so great. At $569 (32GB) I’m rather loathe to drop that much money on a tablet that is little more than an iPad. Heck, I might as well jump ship and grab an iPad.

CNet asks and answers my next question:

So why not pay the extra $30 for a Tab 10.1 with a larger screen? Well, that decision comes down to what matters to you. We can say for certain that the Tab 8.9 is slightly lighter, and the dimensions less unwieldy. It’s easier to grip with one hand for an extended period, which also means it’s a bit easier to type on without sitting down and propping the tablet up on your knee.

Me, I’m fairly certain that I would “splurge” with the extra $30-50 and purchase the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Then again, maybe you don’t want some of the problems with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

If you’re looking for a new Android tablet, I suggest you examine a couple of these good alternatives:

  1. Asus Transformer Prime ($360 to $749; BestBuy and Amazon)
  2. Acer Iconia A200 ($348 to $679; BestBuy andAmazon
  3. Toshiba Thrive (see pricing on 5 models here: $379 to $599; BestBuy and Amazon)

Obviously, which tablet you choose is always going to depend on what your purposes will be, how much you want to spend, what features are available, and when do you plan to buy a new one.

 

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