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First iPad rivals appearing

Posted on by Paul

The first serious iPad rival, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, is now available. It’s getting mixed reviews ranging from disappointment at poor performance to saying it’s the best Android based tablet yet. I can’t judge because I haven’t seen one yet, but I’m more interested in how it compares to the iPad for web browsing. Hopefully there isn’t much difference because both devices have browsers based on WebKit. This makes life a lot easier for web developers as we can count on iPhone/iPad and Android devices having similar capabilities. The latest BlackBerry OS has a WebKit based browser too, which is a very big step up from the previous one, and the Windows Phone 7 browser isn’t quite as dreadful as before. Even the latest Kindle has an ‘experimental’ WebKit derived browser. It’s still a pain in the arse to get a website working on all the main mobile devices, but not as much as it used to be.

Update: Sencha have reviewed both the Samsung Galaxy and BlackBerry Torch from the perspective of web developers. The BlackBerry Torch appears to have a very capable browser, but the Samsung Galaxy isn’t so good.

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