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 user experience perhaps the most important aspect of a tablet. It's the combination of hardware, software, and a lot of other factors that make some tablets stand out, and others forgettable. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has managed to get both angles right, and it makes for an overall great experience. But of course, just telling you that the hardware is powerful enough to run the software adequately is only half of the story. The other half is told in raw figures, and we've got a few benchmarks below that help to demonstrate our point.


Quadrant Android Benchmark

The first two tests presented here are general purpose computing type benchmarks.

CPU testing
Android CPU testing

Some mixed bag scores here; the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is far faster on the Web browsing front, and that's largely because Google overhauled some of the engine within Android 3.1. But on Linpack, it's lacking. The truth of the matter is that these benchmarks are probably not optimized for Android 3.1, so performance may be somewhat different with a future update.

Graphics testing
Android graphics testing

An3DBench is a benchmarking tool based on an Android port of the jPCT 3D engine.  The app runs 7 tests in total that look at graphics processor fill rate and complex rendering workloads and scenes.  We were also able to run some tests with An3DBenchXL, which is a newer version of the app that is significantly more demanding.

Here, we see the Eee Pad Transformer and the G-Tablet, as well as the Xoom, best the Tab 10.1 on one test. On the other, it's pretty much an even split between the top three or four tablets. Again, we're thinking that Android 3.1 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1's drivers are throwing these tests for somewhat of a loop.

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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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