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The NEW Slim, Portable Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Is A DIVA’S DREAM!

September 29th, 2011 by Christen As a true fan of the Samsung Galaxy family, I would've never guessed that Samsung could create a tablet better than the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (check out my FULL review here.)  Need a refresher?  Here's my list of pros and cons for the Samsung Galaxy 10.1:
Pros: The ability to view flash on this device was amazing.
Cons: The widened design, (created for optimum viewing) was a bit too large for me.
Pros: The vibrant LED screen and colors made using the Tab enjoyable.
Cons: The portable function isn’t as great as the iPad…the design is too wide for me to put in my bag and go.
Conclusion:  All in all the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great device. It offers productivity “on the go” and with the power and speed of the Android system, I’d love to see how Samsung plans on topping this device in the future.
But to my surprise, Samsung took my biggest gripe about the 10.1 - smacked it, flipped it and rubbed it down (Ohhh nooooo....) and VIOLA - The portable & powerful Samsung Galaxy 8.9 was born! The Galaxy Tab 8.9 joins the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as the thinnest mobile tablets currently available in the U.S. market, measuring at 8.6 millimeters. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 shares many other features and services with the Tab 10.1 including Samsung’s TouchWiz UX.  This unique user interface was created to integrate with Android™ 3.1, Honeycomb, to deliver a truly customized and interactive tablet experience.

Check out the love-fest and how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 stacks up to my iPad 2... I'm loving it!

Here's the specs: The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is built with a dual-core T250S processor, WXGA TFT display (1280x800 resolution) fortified by Gorilla® Glass. The portable tablet includes a 6,100 mAh battery for hours of entertainment without needing a recharge. This premium hardware is packaged in a sleek, portable design weighing less than one pound (447 grams).
  • Samsung Media Hub: Choose from more than 5,000 popular and acclaimed movie and TV titles to download for rent or purchase. Upcoming new release additions to the Media Hub library include “Fast Five,” “Horrible Bosses” and “Green Lantern.” The added service, Media Hub Show, uses an HD Extender to playback content on TV through an HDMI cable from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 dock or adaptor.
  • Samsung Music Hub: Choose from more than 13 million songs to download into an intuitive playback system. Music Hub also provides extensive background information, with access to all artist bios, discographies and reviews.
  • Samsung Readers Hub: The lightweight design and large display make the Galaxy Tab 8.9 an ideal device to access the Readers Hub robust library of more than 2.2 million books, 2,000 newspapers and 2,300 magazines.
  • Social Hub: Users can aggregate email, instant messaging, contacts, calendar and social network connections into a single interface through the service’s “Feeds” and “Messages” files.
  • Google™ Mobile Services: A suite of Google Mobile Services is preloaded on the Galaxy Tab 8.9 including access to more than 250,000 applications on Android Market™, Gmail™, Google Search™, Google Maps™ 5.0 with 3D maps and Google Talk™ with video and voice chat.
  • AllShare™ service: Provides seamless content transfer between the Galaxy Tab 8.9 and other DLNA-enabled devices such as HDTV’s, monitors and digital cameras.
  • Rear and Front-facing cameras: The rear-facing 3-megapixel camera and front-facing 2-megapixel camera including flash and autofocus, 1080p video playback and full support of video chat and digital imaging
  • Polaris™ Office: Instant access to documents, spreadsheets and presentations to view and edit while on the move
  • Swype: Re-size the keyboard, move the virtual keyboard anywhere on the screen and type faster by swyping
  • Mobile Printing: Print documents and pictures wirelessly from the Galaxy Tab 8.9 to any compatible printer.
But my absolute favorite feature is the FindMyMobile function.  If the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is lost or stolen, the user can locate the device on a map, and track it live as it moves, remotely lock the device to prevent unauthorized access and delete personal information stored on the device.  (Which is perfect if you're caught slipping on the subways of NYC!)
A tablet of this size and productivity power is perfect for us Divas on the go!  It's portable size doesn't compromise on computing power or speed either, absolutely perfect for a girl on the go!
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is available for sale nationwide starting October 2 for $569 for the 32GB version and $469 for the 16GB version. Visit for additional details on pre-order information.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs Apple iPad 2 Review

August 29th, 2011 by Christen By now, you're aware of how much I truly enjoy using my Apple iPad but the lack flash viewing has made me long for more....In a time where tablets are king, brands are vying to manufacture the next best tablet for consumers to clammer over. Often called the "iPad killer" - the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has grabbed my attention and I've matched it up against my favorite iPad 2 to see who comes out on top...


To my surprise, while attending BlogHer 2011 in San Diego earlier this month, I was awarded a Verizon Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 during a Verizon/BlogHer brunch - which provided the perfect opportunity to compare it to my beloved iPad 2 and see who out-matches who.


Upon, unboxing the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the first thing I noticed was it's slim, light and widened design. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 gets its light weight from the all plastic construction, if you're not a fan of the iPad's metal casing then this may entice you. The Tab’s light weight along with the super thin body make this tablet really comfortable to work with. The specs:


  • OS: Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 2, 1GHz dual-core
  • Memory: 1GB RAM; 16GB storage
  • Display: 10.1-inch, 1280×800; 149 pixels per inch
  • Video: 1080p playback (30 fps); Codecs supported: WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, H.264, MPEG4, Xvid, DivX, H.263, VP8
  • Cameras: front- 2MP; rear- 3MP, auto-focus, flash, 720p video recording
  • Ports: proprietary dock port (charging), 3.5mm audio
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz), Bluetooth 3.0
  • Battery: 7000mAH
  • Dimensions: 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6mm (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.39 inches)
  • Weight: 565g (1.24 lbs.)
The front of the Tab 10.1 has a glass touch screen that facilitates operation (similar to the iPad2). The front-facing camera is located at the top center of the screen when held in landscape orientation. Two stereo speakers cup the screen in this orientation on either side of the tablet. And unlike the iPad2 there are no physical buttons on the front of the device.


There are no physical controls on either side of the Tab, and on the top is the power, volume buttons and 3.5mm headphone jack. These buttons are easy to use and conveniently located for access in either landscape or portrait orientations. The display on the Tab is bright and vivid which is typical of Samsung screens. The speakers are very small and while loud, are not the best for loud listening. Samsung does include some decent headphones in the box with the Tab for cranking up the tunes. The rear camera on the Tab is not going to win any awards, but is a decent camera for taking stills and video. The video is restricted to 720p which is not the best but lets face it, a 10-inch tablet is not really a good form for snapping photos/videos. The battery life isn't daunting...I easily got about 10 1/2 hours of very heavy usage of the Tab on a charge. While a single charge won’t last two full days of casual usage, it easily lasts a full day and well into the next. The speed and performance was pretty nice as well...using the WiFi option on both the iPad and Tab was great in comparison, but Verizon's 3G vs 4G service was brutally quick (I mean I was definitely surprised.)
Pros: The ability to view flash on this device was amazing.
Cons: The widened design, (created for optimum viewing) was a bit too large for me.
Pros: The vibrant LED screen and colors made using the Tab enjoyable.
Cons: The portable function isn't as great as the iPad...the design is too wide for me to put in my bag and go.
Conclusion:  All in all the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great device. It offers productivity "on the go" and with the power and speed of the Android system, I'd love to see how Samsung plans on topping this device in the future.



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