Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, which is set to be unveiled on 10 August, has got a big thumbs—up from celebrities who used the tablet for a variety of purposes.
India’s ace shooter, Gagan Narang, uses Target Shooter App on the tablet, which helps him keep track of his training schedule. He also says that the GPS function helps him find places in the cities he is traveling to.
Sagarika Ghatge, of Chak De! India fame, likes the YouTube application and also the lightweight mobile aspect of the tablet. She says the new Galaxy Tab relaxes and entertains her.
Ajay Bisht, fashion choreographer, likes the display of the screen, which he uses to show sample pictures to photographers to tell them what kind of shots he wants. He also loves to play games on the tablet’s large screen.
Another celebrity who used this tablet is the singer Shibani Kashyap, who is in love with her own app on the Android Market. She also likes the Karaoke feature of the tablet, which plays music with lyrics but without vocals. She also likes the fact that she can connect the tablet with her WiFi system for better sound.
Samsung is set to unveil its Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablets for the Indian market on 10 August, and by giving these devices to celebrities, the company has got their endorsement in a different way.
The tablet has been successful in markets where it has already been launched and it is considered the challenger to Apple’s very successful iPad.
International prices are similar to that of the iPad 2, which costs between Rs 32,000 to Rs 42,000 depending on the variant.
The tablet features Android 3.0 Honeycomb but the upgrade to version 3.1 can be downloaded in markets where the tablet is available. Samsung has also announced for existing users an over the air upgrade to its TouchWiz user interface for tablets, along with various enterprise-centric features, some new apps and the addition of Swype. These updates are likely to be pre installed in devices shipping to India.
The tablets have Flash support, full HTML web rendering capabilities, better power management, and a neater user interface. Both are based on Nvidia’s dual core Tegra 2 processors clocked at 1 GHz, and use DDR2 based RAM.
The devices are 3G+ capable so users will get up to 21 Mbps download speeds depending on the operator.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 offer better graphics and gaming experiences and for these tablets have a gyroscope and an accelerometer. For multimedia, the tablets feature stereo speakers and full HD 1080p playback at 30 frames per second, which can also be played on a big screen TV with the help of an HDMI out port.