Samsung has just taken a swing at Apple that may actually hurt. The brand's first venture into tablet phones, the Samsung Galaxy Tab, sports a slim, seven-inch touch screen, making it easier to slip into a jacket pocket than its most important counterpart, the iPad, and includes one essential extra - a phone.

Granted it's not the most discreet of phones but anything that minimises the number of devices we need to carry around with us scores points. The Galaxy Tab, powered by Google's Android 2.2 operating system, isn't a big departure from the iPad, in terms of its simple and clean look and feel, but it also comes with front and back cameras to enable video calling and a super speedy Cortex A8 1.0GHz application processor.

The Galaxy Tab's main handicap comes in the form of its apps. But, while Android might have much ground to catch up on Apple, when it comes to the scope and quality of those it offers, it gives its rival another big slap in the face by supporting Flash.