I seem to be one among many thousands of "fandroids" hotly anticipating the release of Samsung's Galaxy Tab, their Froyo-powered answer to the ipad. And yet these just-grabbed screenshots, from Chinese website ifanr.com, left me rather underwhelmed, and hoping that they really are just badly photoshopped mock-ups, as a couple of slightly bemused commenters over here suggested.
Their suspicions were well justified: the edges of the device are raggedy in places; the charger/data plug looks exactly like Apple's 30-pin connector; the on-screen keyboard isn't Swype, and lacks a microphone/voice-to-text button; and the browser looks suspiciously Safari-esque (meaning either Samsung are paying unusual homage to Apple, or [looking less likely now] the browser is Safari, photoshopped in). One commenter in the link also suggested that the on-screen keyboard looks ipad-like, but to be fair it looked every bit the Android keyboard to me.
It's easy to see why anyone might think the photos are a hasty Gimp job combining a cheap Android clone-pad with "Samsung" pasted onto an Apple connector. But on top of all that, it just doesn't look like a super-sized Galaxy S, as an "A-pad to an Android phone is as an ipad to an iPhone" device surely should.
But for all of that, this brand-new official teaser video on Samsung's own website suggests that the photos are genuine. At the very least, the uninspiring case is the real thing. Dang, it's just a bit too minimalist, just lacking that "must-have" design flair, its heavy lines lumbering sleepily through the video's whizzy effects, like the worst X-Factor contestant growling off-key through a 1970s music video.
With talk of the Tab's resolution being a web-unfriendly 1024x600 (though that's semi-educated guesswork until concrete details are announced by Samsung) - it could be worth waiting to see what other Android tablets start to appear towards the end of the year... and there's a zombie hoard of them waiting in the alleys, just itching to eat the ipad's brains for breakfast.
Well, okay, a next-next-gen device is always just around the next street-corner, but in this case, for those of us wanting a truly sublime experience in our overgrown gadget world, it might just pay to wait a little longer.