Originally Posted by appl
That is the main reason I was so disappointed with the iPad. When I saw that it used a cellphone UI, I kind of wrote it off.
Well, the Galaxy Tab is the best 7" implementation i've seen (on video).
It uses Android Froyo.
Google says that Android Froyo is not suitable for tablets,
Samsung has sidestepped this [mostly] by providing their own version of typical "system apps" -- Mail, Contacts, Notes, Calendar, etc. (Apparently they use the standard Android browser).
In demos of the Tab "system apps" they appear to have rewritten the UI and Presentation to take advantage of the larger [than a smart phone] 7" screen.
The mail app, in particular looks very similar to the mail app on the iPad.
The Calendar app is similar to the iPad, but has some unique features,
The keys in the landscape virtual keyboard have been squished vertically to allow the top half of the screen to be used for display -- the reduced key size and spacing should make it more difficult to use than the nearly full-size virtual kb on the iPad.
It is interesting that these UI changes are unique
to the Samsung 7" Galaxy Tab.
They will not scale down to a smaller Galaxy phone.
Had, they taken the iPads 10" UI and scaled it down to the 7" form factor, likely, it would not have worked on the device.
Much of this illustrates what Steve Jobs said -- with our limited current touch tablets, the UI is specific to the device's screen size, and does not scale to smaller sizes (without sandpaper
It will be interesting to see how well other apps, especially 3rd-party apps written for the smaller phones, scale to the 7" size... I suspect it will not be very satisfying.
When it arrives at the friendly, local VZ store -- I'll mosey on down and have a touchy-feely experience with the device.
As I said -- its the best 7" tablet I've seen (almost).