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Unboxing of the Galaxy Tab

At Seton Hall University we have an ongoing iPad pilot project with our School of Graduate Medical Education.  This has been quite successful, in large part because there are a number of iPad applications that are supporting students' clinical work in local hospitals.  This has followed several years where our Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable's (TLTR) Emerging Technologies Committee has been piloting the use of smartphones to support instruction both in and out of the classroom.  This spring the TLTR Emerging Technologies Committee is looking to expand the exploration of highly mobile devices to support instruction with additional iPads as well as some of the new Andriod tablets coming on the market.  Our Em Tech committee has acquired a few Samsung Galaxy Tabs for evaluation.

The Galaxy Tab has a 7" screen and weighs about 14 oz.  It has a 1GHz Corex A8 processor running Android 2.2.  It has a front facing 1.3 MP front facing camera for video conferencing and a rear facing 3 MP camera for taking photos and video.  The specs claim a twelve hour battery life, but as with all vendor battery estimates, your mileage may vary.

Here is a link to some pics from the unboxing of our first Samsung Galaxy Tab to give you an idea of what it looks like.  In most pics I've provided a ruler and an iPad for size comparison.

Here's a prelimary review of the Galaxy Tab from one of our faculty (who is also using an iPad):

"The Galaxy Tab ... is just perfect. Great selection of included software, upgraded for a larger screen (email, contacts, calendar), Office-compatible software, a fun game to show off the horsepower of the hardware, and I love the "Swype" keyboard! The device is very well build, the screen is great and responsive. As for overall size: I find myself taking this thing to places I would not bring the iPad, it's very portable (fits in my jacket pocket). I am not yet sure, though, if it works as a laptop stand-in, and while "Word" is functional, "Pages" on the iPad is better. Still, I use it all the time and I am already relying on it! ... [W]hat I also like is a VGA adapter to run my next presentation from it.  The only bad news: no USB connector - go figure that one out, how hard would that have been!"

I'll post further updates on this blog as we get more feedback from our iPad and other mobile pilot projects.



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