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Samsung Galaxy Tab Review - Android takes on the iPad

Author: Ken Addison
Subject: Mobile
Manufacturer: Samsung
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Samsung TouchWiz

As
with the other Galaxy devices, we find Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on the
Galaxy Tab. This interface layer on top of the Android OS works hard to
emulate interface elements first introduced by Apple in iOS. Instead of
the Android standard, vertically scrolling, applications list, TouchWiz
features pages of apps that flip left and right, like the home screens
on iOS.





Another
addition to Android that Samsung has introduced in TouchWiz is the idea
of a universal task manager. Instead of having to depend on third party
apps, such as the immensely popular Advanced Task Killer, Samsung has
chosen to implement their own system for terminating applications.

When
holding down the home button to see the list of recent applications, a
task manager button is added. Inside of the task manager, we find
options for Active Applications, Packages,  a RAM Manager, a general
summary of system statistics, and a Help Menu. Between terminating
active apps, uninstalling programs, and clearing up RAM, this task
manager is a very powerful tool, and reduces the need on third party
applications.

Overall,
the TouchWiz UI seems to be fairly unobtrusive to the general operation
of Android, unlike some interface layers that we have seen (ex.
NinjaBlur). While TouchWiz doesn’t seem to slow down the system, it also
doesn’t seem to add much in the way of functionality. While the task
manager is a nice addition, Samsung just didn’t go as far UI’s such as
HTC’s Sense which really change the feel of the operating system.
Without going far enough, it is a wonder why Samsung even put effort
into developing TouchWiz instead of just using the default Android
scheme.

TouchWiz
can also likely be attributed to the fact that the Galaxy devices are
still running Android 2.1, while most phones have gone to 2.2 with
substantial performance gains. With Android 2.3 out on some devices, it
is ridiculous for Samsung to still be on 2.1

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