Camera Comparison: Transformer v Tab 10.1
Low light pictures can be hard. Typically in the past small cameraphone sensors have had a lot of trouble in these situations, creating noise and generally bad looking photos. The Honeycomb Tablets have all had front and rear facing cameras. The iPad 2 added a camera when it was released, and some people were upset to find it wasn’t as good a sensor as is found in the iPhone 4.
Here is a shot of the Limbo Triple Pack for XBOX 360 taken with the rear facing cameras of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (3 megapixel) and the Asus Transformer (5 megapixel):
This is done with the Transformer’s 5 MP Camera. It has a lot of noise, but gets the point across. It certainly isn’t a terrible picture.
Next we have the Tab.
Here we also have noise, but looks like it’s autofocus is slightly better.
Both of these shots have the white balance on 0.
One more shot with the Tab:
Greatly reduced noise, extremely clear shot. The Tab 10.1, unlike the Transformer, has an LED Flash.
Can’t say people will be taking too many beauty shots with a tablet, but despite it’s smaller sensor, the Tab 10.1 has taken nicer shots by our eyes thus far. It doesn’t always pay to have a bigger sensor, sometimes a higher quality one can make all the difference.
The front facing cameras will be used for video chat only, so no comparison shots there, but one interesting note: the Tab 10.1 has a 2 MP front camera while the Transformer has 1.3 MP. Obviously this doesn’t mean much as considering Video Chat quality depends on the connection speed you are performing the Chat on, but interesting that they ended up with different size sensors on the front and back of their devices.
Not all apps work on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 :(
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Android Usability Disaster, Part II
Trying to get Skype video calling running on the Galaxy Tab of my mother-in-law, it took me multiple hours to get the fucking Samsung “Kies” software running on my Mac, which is needed for the Gingerbread update, which in turn is needed for video calling.
This endeavor included—but was not limited to—funny stuff like:
- Setting up a Virtual Machine with Windows XP, because apparently Samsung doesn’t like Mac OS X Lion. Hell yes, I understand, your phones go like hotcakes! Your customers probably don’t use software upgrades—they just buy new hotcake.
- Trying out some hack to get Mac Kies running on 10.7, because the Tablet is not found by the virtual Windows. Only to find out, that: “This device is not supported by this software.” Hotcakes.
- Finding out, just a second before I was going to throw this thing against the wall, that you have to turn off USB debugging, if you want to connect your device to a computer. Because that is what makes the most sense!
- Oh, yeah, computers. Did I mention that you need a freakin’ computer to update the tablet you bought as a replacement for a … computer?
The update then took about two hours(!), and finished (after telling me that it was unable to pull the videos that have been on the device through) with a nice and clean Android 2.2.1 installation.
That’s right, folks: FroYo. The software didn’t even bother to tell me beforehand that I’m wasting my time with this shit, and that the last nine months did in fact not suffice for Samsung to offer an upgrade to Gingerbread for the Wi-Fi models of the Galaxy Tab. I guess, I should have known this from the firmware version I upgraded to: PDA:KM2 / CSC:KM2 (DBT). Clearly Android 2.2.1. So, no video calling.
This is why people buy Apple products.