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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

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Our Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Introduction and Design:

We are holding a prototype version of one of the most-anticipated tablets this year, the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1, which has a lot going for it, not least because of the fact that Samsung went back to the drawing board when it saw how thin the Apple iPad 2 turned out.

Samsung's design concept in its Android devices is to keep things as thin and light as possible, for the sake of all-plastic design – just look at the Galaxy S II. Whether you like that approach or not is a totally subjective matter, some might prefer more noble materials like metal and glass for the chassis, but you can't argue that thin and light is of utmost importance in mobile gizmos.

Since this design philosophy has come up with 10.09x6.81x0.34” (256.2x172.9x8.6 mm) of 10.1” slate, weighing mere 20.99oz (595g), we are totally happy with it. To put it in perspective – this is the thinnest, lightest 10” tablet out there, slightly less so than even the Apple iPad 2, which has obviously been Samsung's goal all along, despite having a tad larger display.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet out there - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet out there - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet out there - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet out there


Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview


The 10.1” screen itself is of Samsung's own PLS-LCD variety, with crisp 1280x800 pixels of resolution, which should bring with it 10% more brightness and wider viewing angles than the IPS-LCD technology in the iPad, for example. That's on paper, in reality we didn't notice much difference, but the display is very good nonetheless. The colors are vivid enough, it has very wide viewing angles, and  the screen is bright enough for decent visibility outside, unless the sun is blasting directly on it, of course.

Apple iPad 2 (Left), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Right) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Right), Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (Left) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

Apple iPad 2 (Left), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Right)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Right), Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (Left)



Another thing bugged us more, though, when looking around the silvery sides. Our Wi-Fi only version of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 has no memory card slot, so you are stuck with whatever the internal memory is. The versions with cellular connectivity will supposedly have SIM card as well as memory card slots, but not here. When looked in landscape mode, the tablet hosts two stereo speakers left and right, the proprietary dock connector at the bottom, and the top is reserved for a short power/lock button and a longer volume rocker, as well as the standard audio jack. The back is painted in white, with silvery stripe at the top, where the small round eye of the 3.2MP camera with adjacent LED flash reside in the middle. The screen bezel is plain black, so white, black and silver is the color combo of choice on the GALAXY Tab 10.1.

The front camera - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
3.2MP rear camera - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
The power button and the volume rocker - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
3.5mm headset jack - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

The front camera

3.2MP rear camera

The power button and the volume rocker

3.5mm headset jack

The right speaker - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Left speaker - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
The proprietary dock connector - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

The right speaker

Left speaker

The proprietary dock connector



Overall, Samsung's flagship tablet felt quite ergonomic, mainly due to the fact that it's the thinnest and lightest of the 10 inchers out there, but also because of the rounded corners and tapered edges. It is a bit uncomfortable to pick up from a flat surface, though, the iPad 2's sloping edges are easier on the fingers in that respect. Your hand muscles will still tire if you hold the GALAXY Tab 10.1 with one hand, but after a longer period than most other 10-inchers we've held.

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (bottom) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (in the middle), Apple iPad 2 (bottom) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (in the middle), Apple iPad 2 (bottom) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview
Apple iPad 2 (Right), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Left) - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Preview

BlackBerry Curve 8520 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (bottom)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (in the middle), Apple iPad 2 (bottom)

Samsung GALAXY Tab 8.9 (top), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (in the middle), Apple iPad 2 (bottom)

Apple iPad 2 (Right), Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 (Left)



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posted on 03 Jun 2011, 09:34 1

1. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)


Like someone said in previous reviews. Phonearena tries to find a way to give certain things negativity. Picking up the tab is easy on the fingers on ipad 2 than this. wow nice work.

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 13:37

4. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


D; I wanted to see the new processor on that tab not the terga T-T

posted on 03 Jun 2011, 23:48 1

5. No Sale (unregistered)


No SD card, No standard USB jack, no sale.

Nice try Samsung, but tech savvy consumers want these features...and those who are willing to pay more than a Transformer for an Android tablet, expect more than looks. Those who just care about looks are buying an iPad.

This will be in bargain bins in three months.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 03:08

13. KoldKore (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)


You are incorrect and have absolutely no idea what you're talking about. Here's my closing comment:

You'll feel pretty stupid in three months.

posted on 04 Jun 2011, 13:59

6. sacky (unregistered)


No Micro SD and no USB. I don't like Apple and was looking forward for at least the micro SD slot. If the Glalxy Tab does have these things then why should anyone buy anything except the iPad?

Makes no sense to me therefore I will have to do without a tablet for now.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 06:18 1

7. Koosyo (unregistered)


Come on guys, who needs more than 32GB anyway on a tablet? Sure that's limiting but you can fit in this amount of GBs even on your desktop if you want to. Yeah... you want be able to put all of your fav porn on the device but watching porn in the park isn't what will be driving sales on these things. It's all about the mobility here and Samsung have done some terrific job in my view. I just also hope they come up with non-3G version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1v because I find it more attractive and if it's cheaper than it can complement with lighter version.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 12:20

8. sacky (unregistered)


@Koosyo- It is not just to put one's favourite porn on the device but think about it. If I have a galaxy s2 that records 1080p I could simply copy the video to a MicroSD then transfer it to the Galaxy Tab.

It just makes for simple and easier movement of media in today's world of mobility of everything.
Don't you think so?

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 03:13

14. KoldKore (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)


You make a good point and that is definitely something these readers need to consider, however most people use tablets in their household for leisure. This includes YouTube, web browsing, email, and games. None of that requires an SD card. If you need to watch a movie, 16GB is more than enough space for a nice high profile 720p video. Another option is to use a remote desktop client. Some of them use very high detail rendering, too. I own an Acer a500 and don't even use the SD card I bought for it. I found the way the system partitions the memory to be more of a hassle than it was worth.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 13:30

9. Koosyo (unregistered)


@Sacky

Maaan, you are correct but I think in the future there will be more online syncing/storage services. That's even easier because you won't have to manually replace anything... just get access to some good bandwith. Let's see what's iCloud gonna be tommorow and if it includes something like self-made content sharing than I expect it to be copied from rivals like Google as well.

posted on 05 Jun 2011, 23:19

10. Roh (unregistered)


If you really want to move media across from your phone etc, just bluetooth it, unless its a 20G file or something it shouldn't take that long, its not as if USB is the fastest way to transfer anyway.

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 03:14

15. KoldKore (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Oct 2010)


Yup and DropBox.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 03:20

12. Chad (unregistered)


If you have interests in Android Tablet PC. You can read review of chinese Android Tablet PC 70D2. It is in good design and good performance,http://dootar.com/Android/Android-Tablet/2011/06/0 5/98.html

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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz
Size10.09 x 6.81 x 0.34 inches
(256.2 x 172.9 x 8.6 mm)
19.93 oz  (565 g)

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