02 November 2010

A Galaxy not so far away…

We’ve had four Samsung Galaxy Tabs on order from Amazon for the last few weeks. They were due to show up this morning, but we got an email first thing to say they’d be a few weeks late. Undeterred, Ben and I went on a mission to Phones4U in central Cambridge, and ended up with all of their stock.

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Back at the office, I had a brief play with it while we were testing the release candidate of our new SQL Server monitoring and alerting tool, SQL Monitor, and I brought it home this evening to carry on trying it out. I’ve been using an iPad for work and play every day for the last five months and think it’s a brilliant device, lacking only multitasking and a camera for video calls – which is why I was so keen to try out the Galaxy Tab. The four we bought today were £499 SIM free, which isn’t loads less than the iPad, so these are my first impressions, compared to the iPad:

Likes:

Dislikes:

On the look, feel and form factor, I’d call it a tie. With its metal case, 9.7″ screen and sleek finish, the iPad feels like the classier device – but it’s relatively heavy and too big to be truly portable for many – and the Galaxy Tab is both light and small.

But overall? I’m not seeing this threaten the iPad in my affections, which is a shame because with video calling to a desktop/laptop, I would have been torn.

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Above: SQL Monitor on the Galaxy Tab.

Red Gate will be at the PASS Summit in Seattle next week, and we’ll have a couple of Galaxy Tabs on the stand – they’re not released in the US until later in November. If you’re attending, come and use one to monitor some of our database servers with SQL Monitor. Particularly if you’ve already had a play with an iPad, I’d love to hear what you think.

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Gareth Marlow

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