Donald Bell unwraps the Samsung Galaxy Tab from Sprint and compares it against the Apple iPad and Dell Streak.
Here's the Sprint version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet. It goes on sale November 14, priced at $399 with a two-year contract and a monthly data plan. Data plans come in two flavors: a $29 plan with a 2GB cap, and a $59 plan with a 5GB cap.
The Tab's screen measures 7 inches diagonally, and runs Google's Android 2.2 operating system.
Though the Galaxy Tab's 7-inch screen doesn't sound like it will be that much smaller than the 9.7-inch screen of the iPad, the reality is that it measures about half the size of the iPad. Depending on your point of view, this size difference could be an asset or a liability.
Both the iPad (right) and Galaxy Tab use a multitouch, capacitive touch-screen keyboard for text entry. With the Tab in landscape orientation and the iPad in portrait mode, the keyboards are approximately the same size with similar key width.
The Tab has two unique keyboard features that give it an advantage over the iPad. It includes Swype technology that allows you to slide your finger around groups of letters to quickly input common words. Also, it uses haptic feedback to give your fingers a reassuring buzz when you strike a key.
That said, typing on the Tab presents some ergonomic challenges. The space bar is small, making it easy to miss in both landscape and portrait modes. Held in portrait mode, it's easy to type with your thumbs (unlike on the iPad), but held in landscape mode, the larger keyboard isn't quite large enough to use comfortably with two hands--yet it's too large for comfy thumb typing.