The folks at Samsung reached out to me last week to see if I’d like to try a Galaxy Tab. I’d hear about the 7-inch tablet and thought it might be worth checking out. I explained to them that I don’t really review gadgets, but if they didn’t mind no guarantee I’d blog about it, I’d be happy to play and tell them what I thought. They said all they would ask is that I tweeted about my experiences, so I gave them my address. And for disclosure sake, I’m not receiving anything other than the Tab for a couple of weeks. I have to return it.

So the Tab arrived and I thought I’d share a quick video and some first impressions. It’s a nice “tweener” tablet. Bigger than a phone to give you a better experience with multimedia, more room to type, etc.; but smaller than an iPad or laptop so it fits nicely in a regular sized purse or the front pocket of a briefcase. I’m sure I have some pants around here that have a pocket big enough for it, too. But remember … I’m a big dude. I have big pants.

No, this doesn’t mean I’m suddenly going to review gadgets, but the tablets are useful to social media managers and brand folks who travel frequently and are on the go. Being able to quickly scan YouTubes and Facebooks and Twitters in a more enriching experience than a phone is beneficial. And for content producers, the Tab has the iPad whipped since it already has dual cameras (ala iPhone 4.0) and won’t make you buy one, then suddenly come out with a better one to make you mad you bought one without waiting.

Here’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab:

You can learn more about the Galaxy Tab on Samsung’s website. My friend Louis Gray has some tablet thoughts you might find useful to round out your knowledge of the Tab and others. And you can see an interesting comparison of the Galaxy Tab versus the iPad on GigaOm.

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Jason Falls

Jason Falls is a leading thinker, speaker and strategist in the world of digital marketing and is co-author of two books, No Bullshit Social Media: The All-Business, No-Hype Guide To Social Media Marketing and The Rebel's Guide To Email Marketing. By day, he leads digital strategy for Elasticity, one of the world's most innovative digital marketing and public relations firms. Follow him on Twitter (@JasonFalls).

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  • JasonFalls

    So as soon as I recorded this video, I went to watch my beloved Mountaineers play Rutgers. The Galaxy Tab gave me several error messages on applications and shut them down without reason or warning. Then gave me an error message that the memory (16GB) was almost full and I should delete some personal files or information. Then it started popping up errors for 3-4 different functions in a loop. I could never get it out of the loop to delete any personal files.

    So I've shut it off and will probably just send it back without getting much chance to review it.

    The problem is that I only connected it to my personal Gmail account (not a lot of activity with my calendar or contacts), Twitter, Facebook and Foursquare. Otherwise, I downloaded four apps, three games for my son to play with. I'd taken two pictures, both of which I deleted off the machine. I didn't record any videos and the memory was full? Seems like a major flaw if the apps that came loaded took up all the space.

    Not sure what the issue is, but while the experience is nice, the machine seems to be woefully inadequate for just basic stuff. And if a basic user (i.e. me without having played with it) can't get the loop of errors to stop long enough to delete files off the machine to make it work, it's not a user-friendly unit if there's an issue.

    I'll report back if the Samsung folks tell me a way to easily fix.

  • wizzardsblog

    I've seen one in my local supermarket, I didn't have a play with it myself, looks good though.

  • teena

    i love this phone …to much ..!! everything in it ..!! i just love it

  • mikito

    Just doesn't seem as smooth and fluid as an iPad… maybe that's an Android problem. But for the Price not sure it's worth it.