I got the opportunity to borrow a brand new Samsung Galaxy Tab for a day this week. Nice!
The extra screen real estate really make a lot of difference when you’re trying to stay in contact with the office, and I setting up my Google account on it was a complete breeze (as it us on it’s aby brother, the Galaxy S). The absence of the physical buttons across the bottom on the front screen took a little getting used to but the power button on the side began to work better for me as the day wore on. They’ve also put a little more thought into the quick access icons which are easier to use.
If I had any criticism really, it would be that removing my Google account settings from the device after I was finished with it was not very straightforward. In fact I had to do a complete factory reset of the device to do so, losing all the installed apps and configuration settings in the process. Now I know there are ways to speed us the recovery process here (AppBrain, for example) and that it’s probably not a very common thing to want to do with a portable device (certainly not with a mobile phone).
However, the increased screen size on this tab (and other pads) might tempt some small companies to buy a shared one for ad-hoc travelling employees to share, so perhaps it’s not that unreasonable after all.
In any case, it’s a really great device and did exactly what I needed it to on the day.