Buying a Samsung Galaxy Tablet in Dubai (Review)

Why Dubai ? Because, Dubai is where you get electronic stuff at cheaper prices compared to the rest of the world. But, that’s not the focus here.

When the Samsung Galaxy Tablet was released, it was like saying “This is how the iPad should’ve been made”. Some folks even compared it to the iPad considering it as a direct competitor in the market, which was fair enough.

The reality is that the Samsung Galaxy tablet is not directly in competition with the iPad, even though it is in the tablet segment. The reason ? Samsung did not try to overdo the iPad in what it was already good at. Rather, it focused on the things iPad missed to do, and did it extremely well. And, we have a pretty good product today.


The Samsung Galaxy Tablet – Is it better than the iPad ?

Before giving you a direct answer, I’d like to draw your attention to what these two amazing products do, what they are good at and what they differ in.

The Apple iPad is an amazing product. No doubt. All Apple products to me are platinum. They’re great pieces of engineering. But there’s also something with these too perfect products that doesn’t work with me sometimes. I repeat, sometimes. Not always.

I love to use the iPad, the apps are amazing, and the device is truly word class. But certain things (which might be negligibly silly) make me leave unsatisfied. For instance, the size. Although, its a tablet, I’m not really comfortable carrying it around. I mean, I cannot carry it around in my hand. Its bulky to hold in my hand, that I often have to carry it in my laptop bag or something, which defeats the purpose of a tablet. I mean, if I’m carrying my laptop bag, I’d also be carrying my laptop with it.

But if I’m leaving my iPad at office or home, I’d love to use it. But that’s just my personal opinion.

Now, on the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy tablet is awesome when it comes to mobility.

Let me be clear. Like many of you out there, I’m someone who often multi tasks. I skype, I facebook, I tweet, I work on documents, I need email, I might click a few random snaps, video…. you name it. And the fact is that, I cannot be carrying my laptop all around. Instead, I have multiple gadgets. I have a DSLR camera, an HTC Android phone and an MBP that does the job often. But the problem is that, carrying all the three around is often a burden on the shoulders.

This is where the Samsung Galaxy Tablet comes in. It does pretty much all the jobs I do.

Videos, Photos, Tweets, Facebook, RSS Reader, Games, Calls – everything. It does it all !

The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is not a replacement for your PC nor an iPad. But its a device that has a bit of everything and does all the jobs well, all the while putting no pain on your shoulders. Which is what a tablet should do in the first place.

If you look at it technically, comparing the iPad and the Samsung Tablet is a bit unfair for both devices. However the Samsung Galaxy Tablet does a better job at it. (Click here for details)

So, is it worth buying a Samsung Galaxy Tablet ?


Few questions, and you can make your own decision.

1 – Do you multi task, like tweets/browsing/emails ?

2 – Do you want to escape the hassles of uploading photos/videos to the web after clicking them ?

3 – Did you ever wish if your laptop was lighter ?

4 – Do you need a better tablet than the Apple iPad ?

If your questions are YES to these questions, yes its really worth buying the Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Otherwise, you might want to wait another few more months for the Windows 7 tablet.

72 Responses

  1. What is the price of Galaxy tab in Dubai? In India it retails for 38k, pretty much costly by all standards.

  2. I would love to buy one .. but the price is keeping me away for now. . let the competition get tough and the price will be better :D

  3. ram

    In which shop i can get samsung galaxy tab ? willing to buy..

  4. Gi Mp

    In Kuwait is 200kd , it means now around 600$. Think buy it , for me is amazing product , better than iPad.

  5. srini

    Hi Mani
    Liked your comparsion and full details on both. I am coming to Dubai in Jan. Which is the best place to buy in Dubai? Thanks. Sri

  6. Dna

    where in kuwait i can find galaxy tab

  7. Gi Mp

    Dna you can find in Best , in samsung`s showrooms , in x-cite

  8. Mohamed

    I found the prices in Deira-Dubai better, it is around 2600 UED, do you think it is the same to buy it from any shop in Deira without warrenty? or it is better to get it from Sharaf DG?

  9. Mohamed

    Also I heard that Etisalat will introduce this product with just 999 AED, do you have idea about this?

  10. John

    I bought my galaxy tab from with warranty and I paid to them on delivery,

  11. Azhar

    Can i play *.avi,mpg,mkv files on this gadget.

  12. Srini

    if I buy the Samsung Tab in Dubai, will be able to use in Europe ? Are there any restrictions in usage? Pls advice.

  13. SHABBI

    HI dear i read through all comments it was good but i have a question please sort out my confusion.
    I like SAMSUNG galaxy TAB very much and ready to bye but my friend told me don’t buy TAB go for I PAD
    so dear you give me a suggestion and sort out my problem


  14. Mark

    @srini ..hai samsung tab available in dubai is good to work with any gsm network in the world ,I bought mine from in Dubai for 2600

  15. samir

    can I find Sumsuang galaxy Tab in 2,800 i n UAE (Al-Ain)? plzzzz reply!

  16. samir

    Or even in any where in UAE?

  17. samir

    Who is Sharaf DG

  18. raghav

    hey I have a brand new samsung galaxy tab as i received 2 for my bday am willing to sell one of them for something between AED 2500-AED3000 below the actual selling price. let me know if any of you are interested.

  19. Awad

    approximately ,for how long it’s battery will stay?

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  21. Christo

    Awesome comments on both these models. Just a question, does the galaxy supply free dictionary support in the e-reader (when i buy books) part, so that I can check meanings of words in these books

  22. Mohd Ali Sajid

    take it from . if its not there ask it to some others

  23. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet is all set to hit the Dubai, UAE stores and buyers are all excited about buying it.
    Thank You

  24. Fadel

    Good to all…wandering to know….will I be able to install MS OFFICE….if there any similar supported stuff with it…or can I open just readonly as other smartphones…your effort and suuport are highly appreciated.

  25. Azhar

    Hai Mani,
    I heard Samsun galaxy tab 2 will be released next month it has adroid 3.0 and is 10.2 display screeen is it true?

  26. Abubakar Jemba

    What is the Price of the Galaxy Tab P1000, Galaxy Ace S58330, Samsung GT 19000, Samsung GT S5233Wand Galaxy Mini-S5570 in DUBAI? Thank You. Awaiting to hear from you.

  27. how much is samsung galaxy tablet?

  28. Arun

    A very good review. I have some queries regarding this tablet. I frequently use yahoo messenger, skype messenger, facebook, twitter etc…Will all this programs run in this tab?? Moreover, can internet be used through wire in this tablet?? Please advice…

  29. Sudheer Bala

    Dear Mani, the price is now at AED 2400. I got a comment saying we cannot appload anything/program in Tab? Is it true? Is it useful as a phone?

  30. Well comparison between the two …..

  31. ilham

    hi Mani Karthik
    i just wana know can i use the tab for word documents,is there some thing like my computer so can save ma files?

  32. nazha

    hey can v use this for miscrosoft excel n word etc??? thanx

  33. Inayath

    Hi, whether anyone could help me in finding Galaxy tab 10.1 3G in Dubai/UAE

  34. mahmoud

    please I want to know the the price now of tablet 7.7

  35. Timothy

    Can you provide me the email of a seller where to buy it?
    Pls replay to

  36. samson

    1)If i buy it in dubai, will it support 3g network available in India? Will i be able to use all the functions in India?.
    2)Does it have usb ports?
    3)How about the apps?..are the apps free?

  37. Mari

    i want samsung galaxy tab 7.7 ,where can i buy in dubai ?

  38. swaroop

    Hi. i am from india. my father is going to dubai shortly. i want to know what is the best and the cheapest tablet available there. of course, it needs to be of a good brand. whats going to be the price??

  39. rudolf

    Coming to Dubai in Jan. Will the Galaxy Tab 7.7 (aluminium) be available and at what price? It is hard to get here in Holland

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  41. Dilip

    There are mixed opinion about the Galaxy Tab 7.7
    Guys at Samsung store in Dubai Mall mentioned that it will be a while that we can see the 7.7 because the Galaxy Note has just been launched. No other store has any information on the 7.7.
    There is no confirmed news on the UAE release of 7.7 either. If anyone has any information about its availability in Dubai, please reply.
    Also would like to know whether the GSM call feature is enabled in the UAE?

  42. Narendra

    May I know what is the price of this tab now in dubai?

  43. Hussein

    I have some queries regarding this tablet. I frequently use yahoo messenger, skype messenger, facebook,Will all this programs run in this tab? Moreover, can internet be used through wire in this tablet?

  44. gautham kota

    Hi Which is the best and good reasonable user friendly tab within in 10,000Rs which is good for games and internet. i can buy for my son from dubai, andriod 4 -3g version.

  45. natasha

    Can you text and call from the tablet?

  46. ross

    cheese whoooo british :P

  47. Hans Pastoor

    I like to know if my Samsung 2 Tab 10.1 and my Skype purchased in the US will operate in Dubai and if not what do I have todo in order to make it operate. Thank you very much for your reply.