Tecca - We had a chance to go hands-on with Samsung's not-yet-released Galaxy Tab 8.9 tablet, yet another size offering amidst an ocean of 10-inch tablets and a smaller sea of 7-inchers. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is a lot like its big sister counterpart, the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but more compact.
iTweakit - That's right! I compiled a booting version of Android 4.03 for the Galaxy Tab 8.9, I am not the first, that glory belonds to poisike and _motley over at XDA, I am hoping to work with them to build out a working rom. RIght now the best it does is boot, and rotate, the touch screen doesn't work (they have a working kernel, so its not hopeless.
Engadget - What is the optimal size for a modern-day tablet? Is it 10 inches? Is it seven? Or, is it something smaller, like the economy-sized smartphone that is the Galaxy Note? We can't say for sure, but we surely can say that Samsung is as much in the dark as we are. Like a gadgety Goldilocks traipsing between an endless sea of options, that company seems completely unable to make up its mind, splitting niches into sub-niches and then cleaving those in twain again with a seemingly endless array of fractionally different tablets.
Pocket-Lint: It’s time to reboot the tablet. Right now, the same word applies to everything from 6-inch jumped-up ebook readers to hulking great 10-inch slabs of glass. Pocket-lint is drawing a line in the sand: everything 9-inches and up is a tablet, everything smaller is a tablette – and here’s one of the finest, the 8.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab, er, 8.9.
Like Samsung’s original (7-inch) Galaxy Tab, the sleek 8.9 screams to be picked up, fondled lightly and tossed into a bag. It’s smart and powerful, with 1.2GHz dual-core silicon running Honeycomb 3.1 and Samsung’s impressive TouchWiz skin. It’s got a superb screen and some fun motion features, too.