Apple may have their iPad tablet device, but so do other makers now. With the growing popularity of Google’s Android platform, it is no surprise that manufacturers are coming up with their own tablets based on the mobile operating system. In this review, we check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab, one of the first Android tablets on the market.

This year is the year of Google’s Android. Whether it is from the number of smartphones on the market carrying this mobile platform, or the reports that Android becoming world’s number two mobile operating system, Android has undeniably gained a lot of ground in such a short period of time. And with Apple offering their iPad tablets, the trend these days seems to be tablet devices based on Android to compete with the iOS device.

Android is a mobile phone platform while Chrome OS is meant for web applications, which could be more suited for laptops and tablet devices. Unfortunately, Chrome OS won’t be available anytime soon until 2011 and this is probably the reason why manufacturers have to rely on the Android operating system for their larger devices, including tablets.

The Galaxy Tab is Samsung’s latest Android tablet that was launched recently. Smaller than the iPad, it features a 7-inch WSVGA TFT LCD screen and runs on the Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system.

A more detailed specifications table of the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

  Samsung Galaxy Tab
CPU 1GHz ARM Cortex A8
Memory RAM: 512MB; Internal: 16GB storage
Screen size 7-inch
Display Resolution 600 x 1024
Camera 3-Megapixel w/flash + 1.3MP video camera
Connectivity 3.5mm audio, Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 3.0, 
   GPS, proprietary port for docking/charging
Expansion Slot microSD card
Battery 4000mAh rechargeable
Battery Life Up to 1000 hour standby time; 
  Up to 16hour talk time 
Platform Android 2.2
Dimensions 190.1 x 120.5 x 11.9mm
Weight 380g