Review: Samsung GALAXY Tab 620

Posted on May 14, 2012. Filed under: Mobile, Technology | Tags: , |

An expensive tablet that fails to impress.

Smooth HD video playback; Streams online videos well.
Proprietary charging port; Poor Flash support; Unimpressive camera.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 620
MRP: Rs 27,000
Street Price (As On 14-May-2012): ₹25,900 ( Flipkart.com); ₹25,800 (Tradus.in)

Samsung has brought out several variants of tablets under its GALAXY range, in multiple screen sizes. Of these, the 7″ version is the cheapest of the lot. Boasting of HD video playback, the device makes an impressive initial impression. Let us take a look at how it fares.
Design And Specs
The retail box includes the tablet, a travel adapter with charging head, USB cable, earphones, and manuals. The device measures 7.6″ (l) x 4.8″ (w) x 0.4″ (d), and weighs around 345 grammes. The build is steady and the slate is light to hold. It comes with 7″ TFTLCD touchscreen with pixel dimensions of 1024×600.
The touch device is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, Mali 400MP GPU, 1 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory. Other bells and whistles include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G support, 3.5 mm audio jack, USB 2.0 charging port, 3 MP rear and 2 MP front cameras, GPS, a 4000 mAh battery and a bunch of sensors.
The tab sports only two physical buttons – the power switch and the volume rocker on the left side, while the right side features the SIM card and microSD card slot. The 3.5 mm jack and the mic are placed at the top, whereas the charging port and the speakers are at the base.
User Interface And Apps

The gadget runs Android 3.2 ( Honeycomb ), with Samsung’s TouchWiz UX UI on top of it . The touchscreenis responsive, but the tablet is laggy, which seems to be more of an Android optimization issue. By default, the screen adjusts brightness automatically, which is great when using the device outdoors.

Apart from the standard on-screen navigation keys such as Back and Home , the tab also features a task manager. You can check out the connectivity options, brightness setting and access device settings from the shortcut next to the digital clock. There are five customisable homescreens on which widgets can be added. You require SamsungKies for syncing the tablet with your PC; however that is not a mandate. Having said that, it did take quite an effort to get the device connected and transfer files onto it. While the tablet doesn’t ship with a microSD card, 16 GB is enough to start with.
Although the tab is Flash -compatible, interactive games literally crawl on it. However, online videos streaming was found to be quite smooth. Like most Android devices, GPS requires internet connectivity. Also the keypad is strictly average, even in the landscape mode
Multimedia
The multimedia experience of the tablet is very good. While sound through the speakers is pretty average,the earphones are fairly loud. The built in music player has a clean interface,and is very easy to use. It also offers equaliser settings and sound effects, along with playing a variety of formats including MP3, WAV, and WMA files.
The 3 MP rear camera features an LED flash and supports automatic focus, along with a bunch of effects. It also let you take panorama shots, but that can be a tedious exercise. Even if you do manage to take a nice shot, the image stitching isn’t quite up to themark. The images are not too crisp, and lack details. It also records clips at 720p with 30fps, in the MP4 format. The shots are smooth, but contain excessive noise and the colour reproduction is also poor. You can check out the accompanying video sample here .
Coming to the video player, 1080p videos work like a breeze. Also, the tab supports most popular of the popular video formats, however, MKVs are a no-go. The tab support 5.1 channel and DLNA, but why would anyone connect such a small tablet to a 5.1-channel set up is beyond me. One interesting thing is that you can lock the video screen so that it doesn’t vanish if you touch the screen accidently.
Battery And Verdict
This tablet comes with a 4000 mAh, which lasts about five hours under heavy usage, that included viewing one movie of about two and a half hours, surfing the net, and playing games, with all the connectivity options turned on. For normal use, the tablet will easily last up to 8 hours, which is good enough for an Android device.
While the Samsung GALAXY Tab 620 does offer a fairly decent multimedia experience. Although the tablet is decent, it’s let-down by ridiculous pricing. At Rs 26,000, you’re better off with the Sony Tablet S or iPad 2 .
Features: 3/5
Design And Build Quality: 3.5/5
Performance: 2.5/5
Value For Money: 3/5
Overall Rating: 3/5

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