Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab Review: An Expanding Universe: Phonebook, Telephony, Messaging

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Phonebook for tablets

The phonebook is one of the apps where Samsung decided to put the large classy screen estate to a better utilize and they’ve redesigned the interface. The updates are mostly about looks and showing more information on one screen, as the functionality is the same as in the stock app.

The phonebook is well adapted to the larger screen

You can pick which contact list should be displayed (phone memory, SIM-stored and all Google contacts) and you can search the entries by either flick-scrolling the list or using the alphabetic scroll bar.

This time instead of having one classy screen for browsing your contacts and another for checking out the details of a single entry you acquire them both at the same time. The list goes on the left and the details are on the right. Handy, eh?

The Quick contacts functionality is still here – a tap and hrecent on any name brings up the bar with available options. You can then initiate a call, text, or email with a couple of clicks.

Quick contacts are here too

There are many info fields that you can assign to each contact, but it still remains perfectly organized. You have all the types listed (numbers, email addresses, etc) and there's a plus sign on the correct - clicking it adds another item of that type. Pressing the minus sign under it deletes the unneeded field.

Editing a contact’s details

You can also check on the call hitale of a single contact straight from their profile in the phonebook. Again it’s only a click away.

Telephony is all there

And here we come to one of the more fascinating aspects of the Samsung Galaxy Tab. With the handset supporting voice and video-calling, it could in theory replace your phone all together. Now we don’t know how practical it is to have a 7” device as your primary phone but if you decide to go for it, the software is all there to support you.

You can talk by using the loudspeaker or you can go for a pair of headphones and again utilize the microphone on the device itself. The more sensible approach will be to utilize a handsfree (wired or Bluetooth) as you won’t need to go shouting at the device from a distance.

The only thing you can’t do is pretdiscontinue you are Gulliver in Brobdingnag and hrecent the Tab next to your ear. Technically, you can do that too, but there is no earpiece and the loudspeaker might harm your ears, so it’s not generally recommended.

As far as reception is concerned, we experienced no problems or in-call voice quality drops.

On the software side of things the Galaxy Tab starts strong with Smart Dial. As fine as on the company’s dedicated smartphones it searches both contact numbers and names.

Smart dial works like a charm

The available options during a call include hold, add another call (create conference call), mute and, of course, discontinue call. The keypad is visible at all times, which is convenient for those interactive call handling systems and in case you need to write down a number.

The in-call screen

We also ran our traditional loudspeaker test on the Galaxy Tab. The gigantic guy was rather quiet ending with a Below Average score. Missed calls are likely in noisier environments with this one. What is more worrying is that you’ll probably have hard time using it for consuming multimedia content.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

Samsung I9000 Galaxy S66.6 65.966.6Below average

Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab66.7 64.668.6Below average

Google Nexus One69.966.679.1Good

Apple iPad66.565.869.7Average

HTC Legend78.074.379.7Excellent

More info on our loudspeaker test as well as other results can be found here.

Messaging is what the Tab does best

Now while we’re a small uncertain about calling, messaging on the Tab seems a far more likely scenario. Email is probably where all the focus will go but with a SIM card already inside the occasional SMS and MMS messages aren’t out of the question either. Fortunately the software is all there to hold care of it.

The SMS and MMS messaging section is quite straightforward and simple - there are no folders here, just a recent message button. Under that button is a list of all your messages organized into threads.

The Tab messaging department

Going landscape allows you to check out the list of conversations on the left and see the messages in the currently selected one on the right.

It all feels more natural in landscape mode

Swiping on a message header will do exactly the same as in the phonebook – a left swipe starts a recent message, while swiping to the correct will start a call.

There’s an application-specific search that lets you quickly find a given message among all your stored SMS and MMS.

To add message recipients, just start typing the corresponding name or number and choose from the contacts offered.

Any unsent messages and drafts are marked with a red "Draft" label. What we really like is that each thread keeps the text in the tap-to-compose box even if you exit without sending it or explicitly save it. The "undelivered messages" section has been removed.

If you wish to manage a specific message in the history, you can press and hrecent a message to bring up options such as edit, forward and delete as well as view details and copy message text.

A press-and-hrecent in the tap-to-compose area gives you access to functions such as cut, copy and paste. You are free to paste the copied text across applications like email, notes, chats, etc. and vice versa.

Converting an SMS to MMS is logical and easy. When you add multimedia content to the message, it is automatically turned into an MMS. You can just quickly add a photo or an audio file to go with the text or you can choose to go into a full-blown MMS editor, depending on your needs.

Texting Dexter

The email client is another part of the Galaxy Tab interface that has been modified to create better utilize of the larger classy screen and higher resolution. You now acquire the list of your emails on the left and a preview of the currently selected one on the right. You are also free to change the size of the two fields by dragging the dividing line that’s between them.

The email client got updated too

Both the regular email client and the the Gmail app supports batch operations, which allows multiple emails to be deleted, imprint as read etc. Multiple POP or IMAP accounts accounts are naturally supported (and now those can be quickly switched with the shortslit on top). You have access to the original folders that are created online, side by side with the standard local ones such as inbox, drafts and sent items.

Composing an email is pretty straightforward

The Galaxy Tab also sports a combined inbox, which brings together all your mail in a single folder (color-coded to create orientation easier) so you don’t need to check each one for recent mail. This can be quite handy if you have lots of accounts and you just want to check if there is a recent message needing your attention.

And you won’t have much distress with the input either. On a classy screen this gigantic and with a device that can lie on a table steadily you can speed your way through quite a lot of text. You acquire QWERTY in both portrait and landscape modes and there’s Swype to give you that extra speed.

There's an excellent tutorial to respond all your Swype-related questions and to teach you all the small secrets - capitalizing, punctuation etc. If Swype isn’t your cup of tea or your native language isn’t supported, turning it off and using the rather comfy Samsung keyboard is also an option.

The available text input options

You may not be crushing the records of your netbook-owning buddies, but you will have small distress entering text on the Tab.

Typing on the Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab



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