Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review: What's the point?

CNET's Donald Bell publishes his rated review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, a uniquely midsize Android Honeycomb tablet.

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It probably won't surprise you to know that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 ($469, 16GB) feels a whole lot like a smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. Scratch that--it feels exactly like a smaller Tab 10.1.

Still, it took a while for me to really accept the fact that Samsung went to all the trouble of making this ever-so-slightly smaller, just-slightly cheaper tablet, and neglected to throw in a single extra bell or whistle to help it stand out from the rest of the company's products.

I honestly can't understand why anyone wouldn't just spend the extra $30 to get a Tab 10.1 (or an iPad, for that mater) over the 8.9. All things being equal, why not just go with the bigger screen?

Still, the Tab 8.9 is every bit as good a tablet as its older, bigger brother. Since Samsung was able to pack the same 1,280x800-pixel resolution into a smaller screen, the pixel density looks tight and smooth. Also, I think it's fair to say that those of you with small hands will find the Tab 8.9 easier to hold and type with, while still maintaining the large screen advantages of Honeycomb.

To learn more, head over to my full, rated review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

About the author

Donald Bell has spent more than five years as a CNET senior editor, reviewing everything from MP3 players to the first three generations of the Apple iPad. He currently devotes his time to producing How To content for CNET, as well as weekly episodes of CNET's Top 5 video series.

 

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