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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 (4G, 32GB)

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a lot going for it. It packs the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a smaller, more portable package and it has the honour of being Australia's first 4G tablet. This all seems to add up, and yet, we're still not sold on Samsung's latest slate.

Design

At risk of attracting a vulgar image in the minds of our more tender readers, the phrase "if you've seen one, you've seen them all" is most apt here. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 appears exactly as you might expect, just like a slightly smaller Galaxy Tab 10.1. Its 8.9-inch LCD screen is set within an inch-thick bezel, with stainless steel trim and an attractive white plastic cover on the underside. Along the top you'll find buttons for power and volume alongside a 3.5mm headphone socket, and a proprietary charging socket on the bottom bookended by small external speakers.

You'll notice this description makes no mention of an HDMI port for TV out, a microSD card slot or a USB port of any size. If you're looking for this sort of connectivity and interested in the Tab 8.9, Samsung does sell a range of accessories that attach to the proprietary port. Each single-purpose attachment will set you back between AU$40 and AU$50 each, though.

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