Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Android 3.1 Tablet - HotHardware

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Android 3.1 Tablet

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The tablet race continues to heat up. The iPad set the stage for this generation's tablet race, and although things have definitely tightened up, Apple's wunderkind, like it or not, remains the industry standard by which all others are judged. Seasoned technology buffs will likely recall that tablets had another go a decade or so ago, as a number of largely Windows-based, bulky devices hit store shelves. Unfortunately, those products weren't very well thought out -- they were hardly thin, battery life was terrible, and they ran a full desktop OS that wasn't designed for touch input.


But, a lot has changed in ten years. Mobile processors have gotten faster and more power efficient. Storage is cheaper. It's easier than ever to pack suitable power into a small frame. And in all of that, Apple has also managed to grab a scary amount of mind and market share, particularly in the tablet space -- a market where they didn't even compete just a few years ago. What does all of this Apple talk have to do with Samsung? A lot, actually.


The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first consumer tablet to ship and be thinner (even though it's only thinner by the smallest of margins) than the iPad 2. Samsung actually went out of their way to make a tablet that was slimmer than their primary competitor's tablet, nixing the original Tab 10.1 (actually, renaming it the Tab 10.1v) and forging ahead with a new plan. The new plan has resulted in this: one of the first tablets to ship (as in, not be upgraded after unboxing) with Android 3.1.


Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Specifications & Features
Display:  10.1" LED Backlight WXGA (1280x800) LCD
10 finger multi-touch support
Scratch resistant glass

CPU:
  1GHz NVIDIA dual-core Tegra 2

Memory: 
   1GB

Storage:
  16GB/32GB

Wireless Data Network:
WLAN 802.11 b/g/n2.4GHz

Bluetooth V2.1+EDR

Camera:
2MP Pixel Front Camera, 3MP Pixel Rear Camera


Audio:
Stereo Speakers, Built-in Microphone

Interfaces:

1 x Open Media Connector
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Sensors:
G-Sensor
Light Sensor
Gyroscope
E-Compass
GPS

Multi-Task Support :
Yes
Flash Support :
Yes

Software :

- Android 3.1
- Music Beta
- Google Maps
- Android Market
- Gmail
- Pulse

Battery:
9 hours; 7000mAh Battery


Dimensions:
10.1" (h) x 6.81" (w) x 0.34" (d)
Weight:
595g/1.31lbs.


Is this ultra-thin Honeycomb tablet up to the task of taking on Apple's iPad 2? Does it have the app support necessary to rival the iOS' impressive catalog? Is there really a compelling reason to select this $499 tablet over Apple's already-proven $499 tablet? We'll investigate these questions in the pages to come, so join us for our full review...

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marco i saw your review and unboxing on YouTube and also i saw when you did the eee pad transformer i saw there are almost the same , but on your case if had to choose which one you will pick and why?

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This looks like an incredible tablet. Still out of my price range unfortunately. So it is thinner than the iPad 2 I guess Apple won't get to sue Samsung over this one.

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Very solid tablet but I would still got with the ASUS Eee personally. The benchmarks and features on this one are pretty competitive though.

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"and they ran a full desktop OS that wasn't designed for touch input. "

As someone who owned one, they didnt need to be designed for touch. Being designed for a mouse already made them support touch. Running a full desktop OS was the best part about them, and you can pry it from my cold dead fingers.

And you kept tilting it in the opposite direction it was going in, what gives?

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Battery life is what stuck out to me.

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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is indeed the best out there however it has one point to it not mentioned in the article which may keep a lot of people from buying it and that's the current uncertainty of the OS.

Nobody yet knows if Samsung will allow customers to keep the stock UI or if we will be forced to update to a bloated customised version on Honeycomb. I certainly wouldn't like to buy a product only to find out it changes completely in a few months time (And we know it's coming because Samsung has already said so).

I think the tablet lacks ports, specially with the new USB host features in 3.1 however that is something I can look past. I'll be keeping my eye on this one and if Samsug decides to drop TouchWiz (Or at least let us decide if we want it) I'll certainly stand in line to buy one.

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Another advantage of these Honeycomb tablets is the screen ratio. Better for watching widescreen videos and reading IMO.

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*sigh* Final correction made in the commentary on screen (video demo). This tablet has a GORGEOUS display.

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I like this Samsung tablet a lot ! Like the simplicity but most really like the display and it does seem to be quite responsive.That it something i would notice and be important to me as well as the simplicity, and functions.Still would like to just compare 'hands-on' side by side with the Asus, and pretty sure I may decide on the Samsung if the screen and crispness of text are the winner.

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I don't see a personal need for a tablet, but I really like this one. Samsung always has great displays (TVs and monitors), this looks great as well. I would definitely go with something like this over an Apple product.

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