Samsung Galaxy Tab :: A Photographer's Angle

September 15, 2011 Off By Chris Hinton

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You know, I still remember the first time I saw a tablet PC. It was in early 2005, and a teacher friend from Hackney showed me the latest toy his school had given him to play with. I remember thinking it looked cool, but I didn’t really see how it could be used in place of a proper laptop computer. I thought it looked slightly awkward to use, and didn’t think it would really take off.
Well, tablet PCs didn’t take off. At least, not for a while. Then, in 2010 Apple released the iPad and, again, I thought it looked lovely but didn’t see how it would fit within the range of computers users, well, used. I thought it would be nothing but an expensive toy. Users did use the iPad, though, and the success of that device has prompted many other manufacturers to release tablet devices of their own. The latest company to release a tablet in the UK are Samsung, with their Galaxy Tab.
Let’s get the Tab’s technical specs out of the way first:

  • Runs on Android Honeycomb
  • 10.1″ screen, with a resolution of 1280 x 600
  • 1GB RAM, and options for 16, 32, or 64GB of storage
  • Front-facing and rear cameras
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Assisted GPS, which can be used for turn-by-turn directions in Google Maps

Tech specs are all well and good, but it’s not until you get your hands on something like this that you realise what difference it actually makes to your gadget use. Knowing this, Samsung have recorded this video with London based photographer and blogger Fatsarazzi to show us what he thinks:

Let me be honest and say I’m not a Galaxy Tab user. I am, however, an iPad user and I get what Fatsarazzi is talking about. I’m a keen photographer too and I love being able to store my photos on my tablet and show them to friends. It’s almost like the new way of handing round a packet of prints, with the advantage that you can store thousands of them on there. And if I have a network connection and want to show those friends some of my other work I can pop online to my photoblog and do that. The ability to take photos with the Tab’s in-built camera and show them, large sized, to the subjects is something I can’t do on my first-generation iPad but, again, as a photographer, I can certainly see the appeal.
There we have it, my “killer app” for tablet devices. They give me a new avenue for sharing my photography with others, as well as being really handy for quickly popping online to check email or for playing games.
How about you, though? Do you use, or want to use a tablet device? What’s your “killer app”? Is it being able to shove it in your bag and access Facebook anywhere? Is it showing off your photography? Do you use it for professional reasons? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments. 
Find out more on the Samsung Galaxy Tab YouTube Channel, or their Facebook Page
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