A NEW STAR IN THE GALAXY?
As the world waits for the quad core tablets to be announced at the Mobile World Congress 2012, Samsung has come out with a tablet featuring a dualcore processor.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 620 is the best looking among the 7-inchers available in the market, due mainly to its sleek 9.9mm body which has been accentuated by curved and rounded edges. Plus, the tablet weighs just 345 gm and doesn’t become a pain if you hold it for long periods. Controls and connectors are evenly spread along the four edges. The left panel has the SIM card and the memory card slots. Although the two are hot swappable, the tab still restarts when the SIM card is removed or inserted.
Switched on, the tablet greeted us with the same old Android interface. The tab had a Google Search icon on the top left with the apps launcher on the right top. Being a Honeycomb tablet, there are no physical keys. Instead, the touch keys at the bottom are dominated by the back, home and multitasking keys. There was also an up arrow which opened a tray with some apps like messaging, task manager, pen memo, calendar, music player, calculator and world clock. Unlike Android phones, the notification icon here is at the bottom instead of the top.
There was a noticeable lag while launching the application launcher. Along with the regular Google Services like Gmail, Gtalk, Search, Market and the browser, Samsung has added a few apps of its own like Social Hub, Samsung Apps, Polaris Office, Photo editor, Pulse, memo and Allshare.
It neatly handled our emails and was sprightly while surfing the net. Typing was a breeze in the portrait mode.
The Tab 620 performs well in the media department as the onboard video player eliminates the need of downloading a third-party application. It can also play Full HD (1080p) videos. The tablet is not fully up there for still imaging though since it can capture photos at a maximum of just 3.2 MP resolution.
Powered using 1.2 GHZ dual core processor the overall performance wasn’t anything revolutionary. It performed decently with a battery backup of close to a day with average Internet usage. The battery drained much faster when the tablet was used for playing full HD videos.
SAMSUNG GALAXY TAB 620 Price: ` 26,499
7-inch capacitive display; 3.2 MP
camera; 16GB onboard storage, expandable to
32 GB; 3G, Wi-fi, Bluetooth; 345 gm; 4000