Even with their greatest efforts, android tablets like the Motorola Xoom, Acer Iconia and the Asus Transformer have not been capable of dethroning the successful Apple iPad. But a new challenger seems to have finally been launched, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750. There are 2 versions of this tablet, the Tab 730 which has a 7 inch display and the Tab 750 that sports a 10 inch display.
The Tab 750 android tablet surpasses the iPad 2 in two substantial aspects:the weight and the thickness. Apple iPad 2 weighs in at 607 grams while the Tab 750 weighs a measly 565 grams. Although the purists might dislike the plastic finish that Samsung has used on the Tab 750, it does a good job in providing a slick exterior finish. The iPad 2 has an 8.8 mm thickness compared to 8.6mm for the Tab 750, not a huge difference but it still makes an overall difference. In terms of general build, there are many different materials used. The iPad users will knock the Tab’s plastic body, but one of the main reasons Samsung used these materials was to give them an edge on weight and thickness without sacrificing the build quality.
We usually anticipate superb displays from Samsung devices based on what they have always given us in the past. Samsung did a good job with the Tab 750’s 10.1 inch display since it is a lot better than all other Android tablets currently on the market. Even if the 1280×800 resolution is the same as the competitors, the screen is a lot brighter and vivid. Meanwhile, the iPad 2’s display is still a little crispier in spite of the 750’s higher resolution. As far as brightness goes, the Tab 750’s display looks great at the usual 50% setting. Raising it any more just makes it too bright for normal usage. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 doesn’t possess a memory card expansion slot but has 16GB of built-in storage to compensate. Other features include a proprietary dock connector, 3.15 megapixel camera at the back and a 2 megapixel video call camera on the front.
The tablet runs the latest Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) operating system with the same UI seen on the other Android tablets considering there is a no customization rule set by Google. The only positive this rule brings is that the OS performance does not get sacrificed. On the other hand, it’s making tablet manufacturers mad since they can’t distinguish themselves with customized UI elements that would set them apart from the competition.
For performance, Samsung relies on an ARM Cortex A9 dual core 1GHz CPU, 1GB of RAM and the Tegra 2 chipset to bring great graphic power. Because of these great components, Android OS felt smoother than with the Xoom or the Iconia A501 android tablets. Compared to the iPad iOS, Android does have some unexpected jerkiness and stutters from time to time which is disappointing and annoying when it happens.
Samsung brought over the TouchWiz UX UI from their Galaxy SII smartphone which is quite nice and feels familiar. However, it uses the TouchWiz in a more quiet manner, largely because Google frowns upon UI skins.
The 12 hours battery life is pretty good and is quite equal to the iPad 2. This is a huge relief, because battery life is a huge factor when it comes in picking an android tablet. Recently reviewed tablets had pretty poor battery life compared to the Samsung Tab 750.
So, what is our take on this tablet? Well, if you are in the market for an Android tablet at this moment, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 is probably the one to buy right now. If you can wait, there are quite a few other android tablets coming our way just in time for the holiday season so you might want to wait just a bit more before pulling the trigger.