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Galaxy Tab worked Hard!

Posted on 30 November 2010 By Steve Chippy Paine


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While I wait for my (6 hour) delayed flight here in Frankfurt it’s probably worth putting some text down about how the Tab has performed today, a day of snow, cold and cancellations.

Unplugged at about 10am today the Tab was fully charged and performed its first duty by giving me the time of the next bus the the main station. From that point onvit’s been non-stop tabbing. My day has been turned upside down and the Tab has been the hub of my communications. Emails to family and customers to keep them up to date. Sms’ and tweet all the way, looking up my hotel details, phone numbers for the hotel, more train times and status updates, flight information and of course, keeping up with news and RSS feeds. It’s coming up to 2000hrs and that’s ten hours of work with wifi on, Bluetooth in use, 3g on and a bunch of apps (Facebook, email, twitter, wordpress,  contacts) updating regularly in the background.

The experience has been great.

But I also had a phone with me! The old N82 was critical for calls to travel agents, hotels, family and customers. It was also my camera for the day.
The Tab is good but not 100% converged. I just couldn’t be bothered to plug in a headset and the camera, in comparison with the N82, just sucks.

So as I hot the last 10% of battery I’m pleased that I can send you all this little blog. Written on the Galaxy Tab portrait mode woth the on screen keyboard and the WordPress application!

Typing error left in so you can see how good/bad it is!

13 Responses to “Galaxy Tab worked Hard!”

  1. omikr0n says:

    Nice! So what’s the battery life in this kind of heavy duty? 11 hours?

  2. ChazClout says:

    Chippy, your whole coverage of the Tab has been impeccable and is one of the reasons I chose it.

    It’s real good to hear how it can fit in with some real work in these kind of situations. Great post!

  3. CaTiC says:

    Wow! Impressive. Are you using Swipe?

  4. Pablo says:

    Ha sure Chippy blame the Tab and not the Bitburger or the typing error. I still can not believe the battery life on that device.

  5. bijz says:

    i have been using my tab for a month now.
    i must say the battery life is below average comparing it with a standard cellphone. but just enough to last me through the day. get off the bed 8am. i’m home 7pm with still 30% battery life on average. i’m on unlimited data plan and receiving casual sms and calls from work.

  6. bijz says:

    i have been using my tab for a month now.
    i must say the battery life is below average comparing it with a standard cellphone. but just enough to last me through the day. get off the bed 8am. i’m home 7pm with still 30% battery life on average. i’m on unlimited data plan and receiving casual sms and calls from work…

    • chippy says:

      I guess, compared with a cellphone (doing just calls, not all the stiff I’ve been doing!) the battery life would seem less but you should be getting about 1.5 days out of the tab in smartphone-type always-connected (internet) scenarios.

      • animatio says:

        yep, the best so far using a mobile-phone is with my htc winmo 6.1 prof. pda and this gives 8 working hrs per day max despite a possible standby of over 400 hrs.

  7. noni says:

    2,000hrs … thats impressive

    • Whitt says:

      LOL…That’s how I initially read it, as well! Probably meant 10:00 PM to those of us not on “military time.”

      I’ve had my Tab for a little over a week (Sprint in the USA), and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it.

      Thanks for the great coverage Chippy!!

      • Monty says:

        LOL again. It might be 10pm for those of you not on “military time” but for those of us who are…2000 is 8pm., though if it’s any consolation, I’ve made the same mistake and logged 2000 at 8pm before…common mistake.

        On a side note can someone please help me with a potentially dumb Android/TAB queston. Is android a standalone OS? Can the TAB be used as a laptop replacement? I have a Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003SE and without a computer using a “real OS” and activesync, there’s lots of stuff it can’t do, like download apps for example. I managed to find something on Windows Mobile 7 that said it required syncing as well to load certain things. Does andriod also have that liability or can it be used as a completely independant PC?

  8. Peter says:

    Excellent coverage of the Tab. I also chose to buy the Tab thanks to your coverage. I own an iPad as well, but I dont even touch it (to be fair I wasnt touching it before I bought the Tab LOL) The battery life is quite impressive. All it needed was to be able to connect to ad-hoc networks so I can tether it to my iPhone. After I took care of that, I rarely use the iPhone to browse any more.
    Thanks for the hard work. Love the site.