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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Introduction:    

Not content with being second best, Samsung went back to the drawing board after Apple unveiled the iPad 2 to the world – with its impressive thin profile and premium construction. Of course, Samsung isn’t content knowing that they’ve been one-upped, and instead, they reworked the design of their Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 to meet the new standard set by its chief rival. After being officially unveiled back at CTIA 2011, consumers in the US are now able to scoop up the Samsung’s redesigned tablet – thus being crowned as the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market. Instantly, it’s going to catch plenty of inquisitive glares with its razor thin profile, but more importantly, does it have enough drawing power to make it a well-rounded model that can stay head above water over other recent Honeycomb flavored tablets flooding the market as well?

The package contains:

  • Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1
  • Proprietary USB Cable
  • Wall Charger
  • US Plug Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
  • Health & Safety and Warranty Guide

Design:

Alright, let’s get the obvious out of the way, but the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is undeniably super razor thin – albeit, we’re not thrilled at the same level when we first feasted our eyes on the iPad 2. Nevertheless, it’s the first thing to capture our attention. Besides its slender looks, we’re greeted with a conventional looking tablet that doesn’t boast anything we haven’t seen before. The combination of its white plastic rear cover and silver accent offers a suitable contrasting look, but it doesn’t particularly scream anything premium. All in all, it’s indeed a valiant effort on Samsung’s side, however, it lacks the ingenuity and polish that we find on models like the Apple iPad 2 and HTC Flyer.

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is undeniably razor thin - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is undeniably razor thin - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is undeniably razor thin - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

The Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is undeniably razor thin


Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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

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

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


Of all the Android powered tablets we’ve reviewed thus far, the 10.1” PLS-LCD display of the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is arguably the best we’ve seen to date – honestly! For starters, its 1280 x 800 resolution offers some vivid and sharp looking details, but when you combine it with its iridescent color production, it charismatically dishes up one potent luminance that makes it utterly alluring. Seeing that it’s one of the brightest panels we’ve seen grace a tablet, we didn’t have almost any issues attempting to use it outdoors under the presence of the sun. Adding to its prowess, its viewing angles are pretty much rock solid to keep its flowing colors visible in just about any way you look at it.

Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Viewing angles on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


When held in landscape, its front-facing 2-megapxel camera sits squarely in the middle along the black bezel surrounding the display – with the proximity and light sensors nearby. On both its left and right sides, cutouts found along the silver trim bezel hide its two speakers, which offer support for stereo output. Meanwhile, the 3.5mm headset jack, raised dedicated power button, and volume rocker are positioned along the top edge – with the latter two exhibiting a natural tactile response when pressed. Oppositely, the tablet’s proprietary dock connector and microphone are found on the bottom side of the tablet. Sadly though, it’s sorely lacking some modern amenities; like a microHDMI port and microSD card slot.

Flip it around to its rear, the 3.2-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash resides directly in the middle of the silver plastic accent.

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

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 Review
Left 
speaker - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
The proprietary dock connector - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

The right speaker

Left speaker

The proprietary dock connector


As much as we’re in love with its skinny looks, one has to wonder if Samsung had to compromise on other goodies that are increasingly becoming prominent amongst most tablets. Additionally, its plastic construction is alright, but doesn’t make a resounding or long-lasting impression on us – then again, we’re curious to see how the metallic gray version of the tablet pans out.

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posted on 13 Jun 2011, 07:48 10

1. Arav (unregistered)


IPad has omissionns but its still alright. But galaxy tab has them then it is not worth the money. Thank you for your opinion iphonearena.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 08:26 3

2. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


They gave it an 8, not a 2.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 08:40 2

4. vivek.ray (Posts: 22; Member since: 08 Apr 2011)


So now , they spotted no MSD card slot and also lack of HDMI port in this 10.1 incher !!
certainly iPhoneArena , gave 8.5 to iPad.
And btw my galaxy tab has suffered very bad drops and its "plastic" still holds on itself . . . . . .

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 08:35 5

3. Eingild (Posts: 203; Member since: 19 Apr 2011)


They made the "no micro sd slot" a con in this one and not on the iPad? C'mon. Btw, I'm typing this over my iPad.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:59 3

9. Xpple (unregistered)


Yes, it seems that nearly all "tech" sites now just glance over all the things that are missing in any Apple product but point them out for non-apple devices. Just sad. Maybe it's because Apple will do mean things if you talk bad about their stuff lol.

If its a con for one device and another device is the same then it must be a con for that device as well!

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 09:40 2

5. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Ipad2 got an 8.5, no other IOS pads to compare it to other than the original ipad. There are quite a few Honeycomb tablets and compared to them it got an 8.0. Not too hard to comprehend.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 12:42

8. Sniggly (Posts: 6468; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)


Thus far only one tablet has actually matched the iPad 2's score, and that's the Transformer. Every other tablet has gotten at least .5 less than the iPad 2.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:50

10. Hallucinator (Posts: 338; Member since: 24 May 2010)


The problem is that every company is rushing out the Android tablets and half assing it. The transformer tablet is pretty cool. The Xoom's problem is it was released based on empty promises. The og galaxy tab is a 7 at best, The flyer is pretty nice but only runs gingerbread and a whole lotta sense. What android tablets are worthy of a 8.5 or better?

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 10:34 2

6. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


iphonearena showing its stripes again. If its not apple, its not worth the top score. oi.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 11:38

7. feefa11 (unregistered)


Maybe an aluminium construction would give it an edge? How about an operating system that puts the user in charge, or maybe the ability to use more than one specific media player on your computer? ohh wait.... iphonearena

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 15:56 1

11. doubler86 (Posts: 309; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


Umm I have this tablet, it's way better than than an 8. Especially when the iPad 2 has 8.5. Lighter by far than all the other tablets I've used (I've gotten my hands on all of them in the US), Thin, Used it for about 13 hours of using it before I needed to charge it on the second day. I like that you can hold it with one hand very easily too. It's great. Best tab, to date for sure.

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:08 1

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


my LG Slate is better than an ipad2. Even has the second best screen only to the samsung.. which.. wouldnt that make the ipad at least 3rd? lol.
so far id put them in this order

9.0 samsung tablet 10.1/8.9 (best screen, thinnest, lightest, first to be able to add custom features to Honeycomb.. as well as first to honeycomb 3.1)
8.5 LG Slate (higher res screen than xoom plus HDMI out and actual 4g out of the box)
8.0 Xoom/ipad2

posted on 13 Jun 2011, 16:09 1

13. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


oh yea.. and the 3d camera on the slate is a + (though ive rarely used it)

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 00:33

14. Mehha (Posts: 26; Member since: 25 May 2011)


Thought to have 8.9 incher when its finally out but just by reading this review and watching the video I'd now prefer Ipad2 over this device.

posted on 14 Jun 2011, 15:32

15. carlos (unregistered)


Guys, can I use Skype with the Samsung tablet??

posted on 19 Jun 2011, 03:10

16. Jep (unregistered)


Does it supports USB-On-The-Go??

posted on 05 Jul 2011, 01:53

17. china_pearl (Posts: 5; Member since: 20 Nov 2009)


I love, love, LOVE my Galaxy Tab 10.1! I was debating between iPad2 or Xoom, but now I'm so glad that I got the 10.1. I don't get why it didn't score as high as iPad2 (or even higher) because it should: aside from the different OS, both tablets have very comparable (if not the same) features. And I've always felt that different OS is for different people so that's really no point to compare (though I personally prefer Android). The only thing I could complain about 10.1 (or Android tablets in general) is that there are not as many apps available, but hey, I found all the apps I need for work and play...

@carlos: Skype app is available for 10.1, but no video chat function which is really dumb. I use Google Talk instead for video chat.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 16:36

18. Z (unregistered)


Hi!

Can you say me, that does it have USB cable in the box? If yes, can I charge it throught the USB cable (with computer)?

Thanks

posted on 28 Sep 2011, 19:36

19. bkstar8 (Posts: 1; Member since: 28 Sep 2011)


Can the Galaxy 10.1 be used to make phone calls....yes I am looking to ditch my cell phone carrier :-)

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 12:35

21. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 60; Member since: 26 May 2011)


NO. you can't make phone calls.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 12:34

20. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 60; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Brought this tablet before one month and still I can say that I am loving it.

Likes: Great Design and Display, Light weight, 9-10 battery Life, Flash Player.
Dislikes: 5 hours for full battery Charge, No Phone Calls.

Ratings: 8/10

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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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