Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Review: The New Best Android Tablet, Again
I had major deja vu writing this. That’s because as cool as the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is, it’s basically just the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but slightly smaller. Which actually makes it noticeably better.
Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best Android tablet I’ve used. It’s light, slim, quick. The Galaxy 8.9 Tab is almost perfectly identical to the 10.1, they just managed to get the same goodness into a smaller package.
Everyone I’ve handed the 8.9 to has had this moment of, “Oooh, this feels nice!” It really does. It’s an extremely tight package. The 10.1 felt a little flimsy, but despite having a similar plastic back plate, this one just feels much stronger. I don’t know if they’ve upgraded the plastic, or if it’s just stronger because it isn’t stretched across as large an area, but that worrisome flex is gone, and that’s a very good thing.
It comes running Android 3.2 (Honeycomb) with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI overlay. I’m not generally into these 3rd party skins, but this is one of the least offensive ones. It comes pre-loaded with some of Samsung’s proprietary software like Media Hub, Music Hub, and Social Hub, none of which are particularly compelling, and it just emphasizes why I kinda wish Samsung would stick to hardware. It does come with a full version of Polaris Office, which is excellent for creating/editing documents on the go. More