Guess where I slipped off to during lunch on Friday? (:
Yups! Singtel and Samsung again! What are they collaborating on you ask? You might remember my post about Samsung Galaxy S. Well, TADA! 😀
Samsung Galaxy Tab! Wheee~ Was just telling some of the usual suspects about my curiosity of the Galaxy Tab and as luck would have it, an invite came (thanks, DK!). You might remember that during the launch of Samsung Galaxy S, Super Junior was here! So is Super Junior here this time?
Nah! This time, the event was held in Ku Dé Ta @ MBS Sky Park (:
It was quite scary though! The first thing I noticed when I stepped into the event venue was…ALMOST EVERYONE WAS IN SUIT! Black Suit! It felt like International Suit-Up Day! I even told Victor that I would have turned up in shorts and flip flops if I was still unemployed! Haiyo! But this time, I was wearing heels and my favorite (ok, 2nd favorite) dress. Phew!
After a short clip and a runway display of the Galaxy Tab, Singtel’s Executive VP (Consumer Group) and Samsung Asia’s Managing Director went on stage to talk more about the collaboration and of course, Galaxy Tab (:
I have to say, I rather like the two of them! They are funny and candid on-stage! Especially Mr Sung-Hyung Moon!
Overview: Hmm. I spent about 15 min with the Samsung Galaxy Tab before I had to go back to work. But the general feel was pretty good. I’m quite familiar with the UI because of Galaxy S (: There’s a few added features like De!lite and exCiteTV. Initially I thought it was a Samsung version of Apple’s iPad (i.e. without calling features). So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that it CAN call and comes with a bluetooth wireless headset. OHHH! Did you know the back is actually WHITE? Pretty~
What I like most: Strangely enough, I like the SIZE (: At 19cm x 12 cm, it’s about 2.5 times bigger than my Galaxy S (or the size of a paperback). It fits into handbags and pocket of coats (hence the suits!).
I know, I know! Your first thought will be..”It’s too big for a phone! So why!” But but! I don’t categorize it as a phone (and I don’t think you should)! It’s more of a mobile multimedia device! Or if I may put it in a very layman turn, think of it like the iPad BUT with a bonus – IT CAN CALL! When you think about this way, you won’t think that it is too big and you’ll actually appreciate the size (:
See, I don’t like the size of the iPad. It’s a tad too big for comfort and I can’t hold it with one hand! But I can do that with Galaxy Tab! (: And it’s not too heavy!
Dang, my face looks big next to the Tab! T_T
ANYWAY! The screen is 7″! So not too bad (: Tried typing while holding it in landscape mode, you will be able to reach the centre of the keypad perfectly fine (you can’t with iPad, i think). Do note the the display is not AMOLED 😦 However, display is still pretty awesome!
Camera: Yes. I am still very concern about camera! Hahaha! The camera is 3MP with LED Flash! 3MP only, you say? No worries. The picture quality is still not too bad!
Notice that this picture is taken with backlighting too! Not too bad right? (:
It also has a 1.3MP front camera. I took a picture with it but I forgot to send it to myself T_T Upset!
Multimedia capabilities: Galaxy Tab is running on Andriod 2.2 and supports the latest Adobe Flash Player! YAYYY! You know what that means? That means you won’t have to climb out of bed everytime you encounter a Flash site(: Or! Being lost because you can’t load the flash site of the bubble tea outlet you are looking for (read: Gong Cha!) Likey!
It can also play HD video in a wide range of format (: Forget about converting the videos into MP4. Just popped it into the tab and you can view it on the go.
Ohoh! And it can create, edit and view spreadsheets, Word documents, PDF files and Powerpoint presentations (: WAHAHAHA!
De!Lite and exCITE Video: Singtel has developed a new De!Lite app to complement the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
De!Lite allows users to download and view LOCAL magazines like Hardware Magazine and ASIAN Geographic Passport. It has about 2o magazines at the moment but I’m sure it will slowly expand in the future. Once you decide that you want to buy a certain magazines, just click buy and it will download straight into the Tab AND charged to your monthly Singtel bill! Nice! 😀
On top of that, you can also perform keyword searches, make side notes and share your favorite excerpts on Facebook and Twitter!
exCITE Video sounds pretty good! It allows you to search for videos in the entire web, not just Youtube! Whee~ It means I can now go to Tudou, search for dramas and watch it 😀 Don’t have to rely on my lappy or download applications only to discover that it doesn’t work 😀
Things I want to find out more: exCITE Video and De!Lite! Of course, I also want to see how well the Tab can fit into my life because currently, it sounds pretty good. And like I said, I don’t view it like a mobile phone, more like a lifestyle device so I’m quite curious as to how it fits into my daily life. One of my colleagues is actually tempted to get it! 😀
When is it coming out? How much is it?: It will be available on 13th November (16GB + 32GB MicroSD slot), exclusively to Singtel (: Price is about $998 without plan.
At the moment, no news about the price with plans but the price plans available are 3G Flexi Lite ($39), 3G Flexi ($56) and 3G Flexi Plus ($95).
You can read the press release and find out more about the price plan here. Or take a look at the official Samsung Galaxy Tab site (: OR! Head on over to the official Samsung Youtube Channel to look at Live Demo and Galaxy Tab stories 😀
For now, here’s the official video (: