Let’s try something a little different. Something bigger. Much bigger. Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Tab (pictured below), a slick tablet PC with a 7-inch screen and iPad-rivalling ambitions.
But it’s also a phone. Like the Dell Streak, both devices run the Android OS and (unlike the Apple iPad) can be used to make calls over Bluetooth. They are the very essence of ‘big’ phones and well-suited to a big phone fight…
As far as wireless technology goes, the Galaxy Tab is like a big Samsung Galaxy S. It comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2Mbps), 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. Dell’s Streak also comes with 3G/HSDPA (7.2 Mbps), doesn’t include an ‘n’ in its 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and features the older Bluetooth 2.1 specification with A2DP. (1-0)
Size & Weight:
With the Apple iPad has a 9.7-inch screen, the Galaxy Tab and the Dell Streak are much smaller devices measuring 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm and 152.9 x 79.1 x 9.98mm respectively. The Galaxy Tab is 2.0mm fatter than the Streak. Tipping the scales at 380g, the Galaxy Tab is also weightier than its opponent. The Streak weighs 220g, which is heavy for a phone, lightweight for a 5-inch tablet PC. (1-1)
As for photo/video prowess, there’s not much information about the Galaxy Tab’s 3.15 MP lens apart from the fact that it features an LED flash. Oh, and for video calls, there’s also a second, front-mounted camera. Stick that in your iPad and smoke it.
The 5.0 Megapixel camera on the Streak is superior to the lens on the Galaxy Tab. It also includes an array of photo-friendly features including: autofocus, a dual-LED flash, geo-tagging, face and smile detection, plus VGA video capture. A second camera on the front can also be used for video calling. (1-2)
The Galaxy Tab incorporates a touch-sensitive LCD display, 7.0 inches across and with a decent resolution of 600 x 1024 pixels. The touch-sensitive LCD screen on the Streak is smaller, measuring 5.0 inches. Unfortunately, it boasts a lower resolution (only 480 x 800 pixels) than the Galaxy Tab. (2-2)
The Dell Streak features a 5-inch LCD display with a 480 x 800 pixel resolution
In terms of usability, the Galaxy Tab’s chip is a 1GHz ARM Cortex A8-based ‘Hummingbird’ CPU, while the Streak uses a Snapdragon (QSD8250) processor, also clocked at 1GHz. Samsung has stacked the Galaxy Tab with Android 2.2 (Froyo), which features Flash 10.1 support. While the Streak was launched with Android 1.6 (and an enhanced Dell UI), it is facing an imminent upgrade to Android 2.1. (3-2)
You’ll find that 16GB is the default storage capacity for both devices. The Galaxy Tab also boasts a microSD slot to increase the maximum capacity to 64GB. A microSD slot on the Streak further boosts the overall memory on Dell’s phone to 32GB. (4-2)
The Galaxy Tab also includes built-in GPS/A-GPS, Google Navigation, Google Goggles, a Reader’s Hub (with access to 2 million books, over 2,500 magazines and more than 1,600 newspapers), Media Hub, Music Hub, Social Hub, plus extra PowerVR SGX540 processing power. The Streak features GPS/A-GPS and a digital compass. (4-2)
The Samsung Galaxy Tab wins!
The Galaxy Tab emerges as the winner of this fight (4-2). Mostly because it boasts a bigger, higher resolution display, Android 2.2 and can be expanded to accommodate 64GB of memory. The Dell Streak bests the Galaxy tab in terms of size and weight plus its superior 5.0 MP digital camera. But the Streak isn’t entirely sure whether it’s a phone-tablet or a tablet-phone. Dell’s omission of battery life data doesn’t bode well for staying power.
It’s also too early to tell which screen size will prove most popular with consumers. The iPad is certainly the dominant force in the 10.0-inch category, while the Galaxy Tab looks to have captured the 7.0-inch category for now.
The 5.0-inch category is a strange one. Is 5.0 inches too small? Some smartphones already have big screens – the Samsung Galaxy S has a 4.0-inch display; the Motorola Droid X a massive 4.3-inch LCD. The Dell Streak might be too big to be a good phone, too small to make an effective tablet…
Do you agree with the outcome of this fight? Would you like more tablet reviews? Leave us a comment below…