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Is this your next computer?

Could this be your Christmas present, back-to-school gift to yourself, or briefly-regretted-but-ultimately-embraced drunken back-from-the-pub Amazon purchase? If you've been looking enviously at your friends' iPads, but you don't fancy joining Steve Jobs' cult, then yeah, maybe.

This is the Samsung Galaxy Tab, and it now looks all but certain to the be the first major-manufacturer tablet PC running Google's Android operating system. It's a 7-incher, like the Amazon Kindle (and the rumoured new smaller iPad), with, we think, the same 1GHz Snapdragon processor that runs many smartphones

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Probably the most striking difference between it and the iPad, besides the OS, is that the Galaxy Tab is also a phone! With 3G network connectivity as standard, Samsung have confirmed you can hold it up and make phone calls on it, just like a normal phone, and video calling is also expected. Of course, you don't want to add an extra number to your business card; but being an Android phone, the Galaxy can run Google Voice, which lets you use one number on multiple devices (or at least, it will when it comes over here).

All in all, we think you'll agree it's sexy stuff. Exactly when it's due, and for how much, we'll know soon.

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