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Product review: Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010
By: Jonathan Chacón Barbero
The Samsung Galaxy Tab P1010: the evolution of the Smartphone
In its catalogue of devices currently on the market, South Korean company, Samsung, has the Galaxy tab series. These devices pertain to the tablet category and are currently receiving positive market response.
The P1010 model, despite offering only WIFI connection, is a good candidate for fieldwork thanks to its weight, coming in at under a pound, the 7 inch screen and the price of around $350. Taking this tablet to school, to a meeting or to a jobsite would be a simple and natural task.
You can look up technical specifics on the official Galaxy Tab P1010 website.
Let’s talk accessibility
This device uses the Android operating system, so people with visual disabilities will actually find an insufficient level of accessibility, as there are true limitations to the degree offered, as well as the lack of screen magnifier because as of yet, there is not one on the market for this operating system.
Who will most benefit from the characteristics of this device will be those with some motor skill problems thanks to its dimensions (with a 7 inch screen surface), its weight (under a pound) and the distribution at the back of the device that makes it easy to set down without areas that are imbalanced.
The device’s surface is made up of a 7 inch capacitive touch screen without a single button that could hamper someone with physical disabilities. There are 3 physical buttons (one to block the device, one for turning the volume up and one for down) found on the side of the casing covering enough surface to be pushed comfortably, although the tablet can be programmed using the software to not block itself and the volume can be controlled using the touch screen.
Attaching this device to a wheelchair can be done by making certain adjustments to the base, which is marketed by Samsung. But it may be the dimensions, smaller than other tablets currently on the market, which for some can be a help and for others a hinder, for example, when used with a capacitive pointer. This all depends on the neck and hand mobility of the person using the wheelchair.
This device uses the Android 2.2 Froyo, which includes a voice recognition system based on Google voice; those users who need to enter in text by voice will find it relatively comfortable.
Although this device is integrated with a frontal 1Mpx camera for videoconferences, the 7 inch screen maybe insufficient for videoconferencing in sign language.
The fact that the device uses a version of Android not specifically made for tablets, as is the Android 3.0 Honeycomb, it can make the interface of some applications appear enormous, much like it would appear on a mobile phone, but magnifying the dimensions of the controls. For some cognitive, visual and motor control disability profiles, this can actually be beneficial as the interface is a little more simplified than in most tablets, along with controls that are of a greater size not only to see but to touch and to activate.
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