The Good The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 packs the full Android Honeycomb tablet experience (soon upgradeable to Android 4.0), along with Samsung's useful customizations, into a compact body.
The Bad The lack of ports on the tablet will be a problem for some and the plastic back leaves the Tab 8.9 feeling less solid than the iPad 2.
The Bottom Line The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is everything we loved about the Tab 10.1 in a slightly smaller form, with a slightly smaller price.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
Editor's note: Thanks to the release of recent, high-quality tablets, the overall score of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 has been adjusted down from 7.7 to 7.2.
Just like computers and mobile phones, tablets are not a one-size-fits-all technology. Sure, Apple is selling plenty of iPads, but many people are looking for something a little more compact.