Yes, Samsung Has ANOTHER Honeycomb Tablet

samsung galaxy tab 8.9 home screen

Photo: Steve Kovach, Business Insider

Samsung has an interesting strategy when it comes to its “Galaxy” tablet line. By the end of October you’ll have a choice from five (!) different models:The Galaxy 4, 5, 7, 8.9, and 10.1. (Each number represents how large the screens are.)

It feels like Samsung is throwing out everything it can with hopes that one of these devices sticks.

For what it’s worth, we like the Galaxy devices. While we think Honeycomb doesn’t even compare to iOS on the iPad, Samsung’s tablets are easily the next best thing.

And this new Galaxy Tab 8.9 is the first of its size we’ve tried. We like it. It’s a nice balance between the 10-inch and 7-inch tablets out there. (We’re not fans of 7-inch tablets, so the 8.9 is as small as we’re willing to go.)

Other than the form factor, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 is exactly the same tablet as the 10.1 we reviewed this summer. EXACTLY. Check out our hands on photos for proof.

The home screen comes loaded with Samsung's widgets for news and weather

Samsung's TouchWiz skin adds some handy options to Honeycomb. We're fans of this new notifications and control panel

Tapping the middle of the dock brings up these basic widgets. You can run them in a separate window in front of any other app.

Here's the notepad widget running in front of the web browser

Another Samsung widget is Social Hub for managing Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

We really like the size of the 8.9. Small, but not too small

Here's Samsung's Music Hub. Like Media Hub for movies, it's not very impressive

The top of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 looks exactly like its big 10-inch brother's

...But the speakers have moved to the bottom instead of the sides

Now check out an amazing Galaxy phone

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