Ok, so we've talked about the Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G in its smaller details, but let's hit the feature set, shall we? The Galaxy Tab 8.9 4G's stand out feature is mentioned within its name, the 4G connectivity. Telstra are a big partner of Samsung, who have worked together and released the device on Telstra's 4G network. The Tab 8.9 4G I received had a Telstra 4G SIM card installed, which means I got to mess around with some seriously fast Internet access.
4G download speeds will really only help in the downloading of large files, with most websites not really benefitting from the huge leap in speeds. So, please, if you're looking at buying this device because you think the entire Internet is going to get an injection of speed, think again.
There are not many other specific features that the Tab 8.9 4G has over the competition of Android-based tablets, as it's still stuck with Honeycomb. I couldn't download or run Google's Chrome browser, as that is an ICS-exclusive, which is such a pity as it's the only browser I use. But, Google do bake in some Googleified (if it's not a word, it is now) features into Honeycomb's browser. It almost felt like a pre-Chrome browser, which wasn't as bad as I originally thought it was going to be.
Gaming with the Tab 8.9 is exactly what you'd expect from an 8.9-inch tablet, great. It's not as great as the Retina-powered third-gen iPad, but it does its job. It gets a bit warm on the back after a while of gaming, but holding a tablet for extended periods of time gets tiring anyway, so its not something you should have to be too worried about.
I've taken a few snaps with the Tab 8.9's 3MP rear-facing camera and while it's not the best camera, it'll do. Using a tablet as a camera is not something you'd want to do, because firstly you look like a weirdo and secondly, it's too big to really justify itself as a camera. Smartphones are much better at this job, in my opinion.
I've also taken a video to show the quality of the rear cameras video recording ability. The video loses a fair amount of its color and quality, but again, it's good enough to take a video if that's what you'd like to do with the Tab 8.9. I think the video quality is subpar to my expectations of this tablet. I expected more and would've liked to have seen Samsung throw an 8-megapixel camera into this thing for some Full HD (1920x1080p) recording.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction and Specifications, Pricing and Availability]
- Page 2 [Look and Feel]
- Page 3 [Features]
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Recommended for You
Latest News Posts
- MSI Z170A Krait motherboard includes Rainbow Six Siege, new design
- GeForce 359.06 driver prepares you for Just Cause 3, Rainbow Six Siege
- Chrome Data Saver mode now reduces data usage up to 70%
- NVIDIA: Just Cause 3 engine 'incompatible with multi-GPU solutions'
- Report claims mobile broadband is more affordable than ever
- conroe 1333dvi/h beta bios
- Tenda AC15 AC1900 Dual-Band Wireless Router Review
- Q9550 P5Q Pro overclock
- Asrock 970 Pro3 R2 Freezes Randomnly
- Foscam FI9821P 720p HD Wireless IP Camera Review
- Wikimedia Foundation to begin annual year-end contribution campaign
- Top Colliegate Gamer in the World, Michael 'Cartoonz' Hogman, Challenges Gamers to Beat Him in an Accuracy Skill-test Brought to You by ASUS and Intel
- The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing is out now on Xbox One
- Cooler Master Announces MasterGel Maker Thermal Compound
- Cooler Master Also Announces CM Storm Sentinel Palm Grip Gaming Mouse