77
Global
Score
77

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

Summary

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a little smaller, a little lighter and a little cheaper than the 10.1, but it's also a little bit better.

from $329.99+
Pros
  • Solid, clean designBright screen with higher ppi than 10.1Great battery lifeGenuinely useful TouchWiz customizations
Cons
  • Minimally cheaper than 10.11GHz chip soon to be outclassed
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 review

What is the optimal size for a modern-day tablet? Is it 10 inches? Is it seven? Or, is it something smaller, like the economy-sized smartphone that is the Galaxy Note? We can't say for sure, but we surely can say that Samsung is as much in the dark as we are. Like a gadgety Goldilocks traipsing between an endless sea of options, that company seems completely unable to make up its mind, splitting niches into sub-niches and then cleaving those in twain again with a seemingly endless array of fractionally different tablets.

Today we're looking at the Galaxy Tab 8.9. This powerful slate exists because, apparently, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is too big and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is too small. Is the $449 8.9 just right, then? Read on to find out.

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Breakdown

Storage capacity
6.0
Features
4.7
Ease of use
6.5
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Battery life
5.5
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to400 hour
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
Maximum battery life
Up to400 hour
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