My main usage with this tablet is for business use while I’m on the go. I wanted to have a device where I can read news, watch movies, in plane, train, or hotel.
I’m not really likely to spend a lot of time on the hardware technical specs, as most likely if you are planning to buy this tablet, you have probably read them. I’m going to be focusing mainly about the user side experiences.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 – Samsung Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR (8.9-Inch Screen) Tablet- Metallic Gray
First of all, I immediately notice the difference of the weight. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is very slim and a lot lighter than my previous tab, yet I still have a big screen to type on the touchscreen with my two hands.
In addition, this unit has a great overall impression, and does not “feel” cheap, has curved in the right area, feel very premium, awesome quality build, and has a fantastic widescreen with 1280×800 resolution (better than 1024×600 of the 7.0 Plus).
The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a perfect balance between your laptop and smartphone. It will fit in your pocket but large enough to view webpages and also watch movies and YouTube.
This unit came with Honeycomb 3.1 Operating system, which eliminates rough edges from the previous version, 3.0. More important fact, Samsung shows to commit keeping their devices up to date.
Honeycomb 3.1 runs incredible nice on this tablet, feel more responsive to my touch, and importantly, all of my apps work very well, such as Facebook, TweetDeck, iPlayer and Angry Birds..
It’s also truly iTunes independant, doesn’t rely on iTunes at all, if you want to update your software, you can easily download and install without connecting to your iTunes, painless and quick way to upgrade.
To transfer files from your computer, you can very easily connect your GT-P7310MVGR tab to your computer, and you will be able to drag and drop any files you wish to transfer between those two systems.
For business use, different than iPad, this tab comes with free Office document, Polaris Office app that you can use straight away to write, edit your documents, and it works fine for any word documents and PDF files.
The built-in e-reader apps will enable you to highlight and annotate pages, categorize your books, and give you access to instantly view all of your pages which have highlights and annotations.
Battery life is amazingly great (10 until 11 hours for one charge!), but really depends on what you use it for. Anyway, to preserve your battery, I suggest you to turn off your Wifi, or GPS if you don’t need them.
It comes with 3MP back and 2MP front-facing decent camera which allows me to take a good shots and reasonable clear image with the video chat feature.
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Tablet Review – Complaint and Conclusion
My only complaint is so far is the tab’s applications, there aren’t as much applications on Android market as there are for Apple’s iPad.
I’m not really iPad fan, so it doesn’t really bug me, but some big important app hasn’t really update the up to be compatible with Honeycomb OS, causing them not usable with this Samsung Galaxy GT-P7310MVGR, quite annoying but this isn’t Samsung’s fault, it’s something with the operating system, which I really hope it will be better as more people will use Android devices.
One thing I should mention, if you try to connect to wifi and you fail, check your settings first, it’s probably switched off.
Overall, with the dual-core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 32GB storage, this Samsung Galaxy 8.9 GT-P7310MVGR is an excellent buy, and would recommend it to everyone who wants a great combination of appearance, portability and tablet performance.