It’s been a little over a month since Samsung sent me my Galaxy Tab and I’ve put this awesome device through some intensive testing. One of the “experiments” that I’ve done was to connect different types of Bluetooth devices to see which of them will work… but first let me show you what makes it tick.
Breaking the Wires
The Galaxy Tab comes with a Broadcom BCM4329 Bluetooth/WiFi combo chip that supports Bluetooth specification 3.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5GHz) WiFi standards. The device supports many Bluetooth profiles that are common to smartphones including file transfers and dial-up networking. I have tried dialing and calling on my Galaxy Tab from my laptop and it just works! A Bluetooth-enabled computer may also be used as a speaker or headset assuming that the correct profiles are installed.
The Broadcom BCM4329 is actually a Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR chip. Samsung enabled Bluetooth 3.0 support through a custom Bluetooth stack. Additionally, the chip has a built-in FM transceiver but, unfortunately, Samsung didn’t put that part to work. I wonder if a firmware update or a mod could/would expose that functionality. Only time can tell.
Proceed to the next page to see the first Bluetooth peripheral that I have tested on the Galaxy Tab.