Which Samsung Tablet is for You. (Just for Fun)

Updated on 14 October 2015 by

It’s under 24hrs to the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, a 7 inch Android Tablet that’s getting a huge piece of the pre-IFA coverage and one that went straight to number 1 on our popularity charts. It’s not Samsungs first 7 inch tablet though. It’s actually their 7th. Yes, they’ve been in the 7 inch tablet business for over 4 years now and know a thing or two about tablet design. Their engineering skills are proven and they have access to some amazing electronic components. Screens, CPUs and storage that no other ODM has.

View all Samsung 7 inch tablets side-by-side.

Lets take a quick look at the history and then you can use the ‘Chooser’ to find out which one matches your requirements.

It was Feb 2006 when Samsung joined TabletKiosk, Amtek, ASUS and others to launch the first handheld tablets based on the Origami concept. They used low power laptop components coupled with CCFL-backlit screens and early 1.8 inch hard drives. The operating system was Windows XP Tablet Edition and you were looking at about 2.5hrs battery life – for over $1000.

A VIA version appeared at IFA in the same year and introduced 3G and LED-backlighting to save power. The Q1b was a good product and the one I chose for my Solar-ultra mobile PC tour in 2007.

After Intel re-designed their Pentium to make a ‘Stealey’ CPU aimed at ultra mobile PCs, Samsung redesigned the ultra mobile PC to include a split keyboard, 1024×600 high-brightness screen, 4hr battery life, SSD and 3G options. There was even an Intel Core model, the ‘premium‘ which even today can still blow the socks off most UMPCs.

After that, Samsung took a break. They teased about new designs but in the end, the only thing they came up with was a VIA Nano-based device, the Q1EX that was good but not that different from the Ultra.

Tomorrow, we’ll see the next generation of Samsung’s 7 inch tablets. It will be running an ARM-licensed core architecture (Samsung’s own Hummingbird) and Android version 2.2. It’s a complete departure in terms of platform and will angle towards a consumer crowd. We expect great battery life, a very high quality screen and light-weight but we don’t expect a full internet experience. Flash may be included but it won’t be that smooth. The web browser will also have limitations. For the target market those problems won’t be an issue though and like most others, we’re excited to be getting a look at it tomorrow at IFA.

So which one is for you? I been through the main models and rated against various categories. All you have to do is choose your requirements and see what the winner is! Let us know if you get a surprise!

Product Chooser: Choose between a Galaxy Tab, a Q1 Ultra Premium, a Q1 and a Q1EX

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12 Comments For This Post

  1. UMPCPortal says:

    Which Samsung Tablet is for You. (Just for Fun) http://bit.ly/9QqhzM

  2. Gretchen Glasscock says:

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  3. Steve 'Chippy' Paine says:

    RT @umpcportal: Which Samsung Tablet is for You. (Just for Fun) http://bit.ly/9QqhzM

  4. Nikita says:

    Wish someone releases split-keyboard UMPC to replace my Wibrain B1. Super-productive form-factor

  5. aftermath says:

    Q1 Ultra Premium.

    Reasons:
    * Profiled for landscape use
    * I don’t have to touch the screen if I don’t want to
    * lots of computing resources (RAM,CPU)
    * great driver support for a variety of operating systems
    * Desirable accessories already made: 8-cell extended-life Power Bank, device-centric Otterbox case, etc.

  6. Alslayer says:

    My favorite device of all time was my old Samsung Q1. Right now I am using a Tc1100. When the galaxytab comes out I will be first in line to buy it.

  7. timon says:

    I have a Samsung Q1u, I still am now thinking that the Q1ultra was not bad, and difficult to find a replacer, hoping for the Intel Oak Trail to wait 2011. I am needing a Windows system on an UMPC. In the Android OS, you still are now unable to find a supporting for the RAW image in the image viewer.

    However, seems Samsung’s new 7” slate has not a directly video output port (HDMI), which is needed some the additional expenses to buy a docking for the HDMI output, even is USB port, if it is like this, very bad!

    a docking was neither a mini-shape nor a slight weight, would more be the trouble in the applied side. I cannot imagine the users would be willing to carry and using those otiose devices during the journey. Would be willing a journey to carry an otiose thing?

    HDMI or USB ports ought to get directly designed within a main body. And not a docking!

  8. Corrupted Mind says:

    I’m with Alslayer (every year I mourn my Q1’s passing). I like the look of the new tablet and feel its the closest tablet yet to the origami concept in terms of hardware but a country mile away in terms of software. Can I whisper the Win7 word without being laughed outta town? How about a version of Windows for ARM, what d’ya say M$?

  9. timon says:

    zdnet.de a news is below,
    Samsung hat auf der 50. Internationalen Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin sein Galaxy Tab wie geplant vorgestellt. Es wird ab Oktober für 799 Euro erhältlich sein. Das schlanke 7-Zoll-Tablet mit kapazitivem Touchscreen läuft unter Android 2.2, also mit Flash 10.1.

    Galaxy Tab is 799 Euro! My God. We known that iPad is 499 Euro in Germany.

    Samsung has probably already mad to want getting money. Well, we have to say goodbye Samsung, please go out.

  10. timon says:

    http://www.zdnet.de a news is below,
    Samsung hat auf der 50. Internationalen Funkausstellung (IFA) in Berlin sein Galaxy Tab wie geplant vorgestellt. Es wird ab Oktober für 799 Euro erhältlich sein. Das schlanke 7-Zoll-Tablet mit kapazitivem Touchscreen läuft unter Android 2.2, also mit Flash 10.1.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab is pricing 799 Euro! My God. We knew that iPad is 499 Euro in Germany.

    Samsung is probably already mad to want getting money. Well, we have to say goodbye Samsung, please get out.

  11. timon says:

    iPad is having an IPS screen in 9.7-inch, despite likely you like a screen 7-inch. Apple will launch the 7-inch iPad in Nov, and the screen is also a IPS, and not a TN screen.

  12. timon says:

    a post’s link,
    http://www.umpcportal.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=7925&forum=1

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