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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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Surprisingly, the Tab 10.1 forgoes using the stock Honeycomb camera interface, and instead, it opts to use the new interface found with TouchWiz 4.0. Minimalistic with its presentation, it doesn’t come off as something drastically beneficial in shooting photos – mainly because its interface isn’t optimized for tablet. Regardless, you have some reasonably sized buttons to quickly change settings or access specific manual controls. Indeed appreciative, we like the fact that pressing on the shutter key activates the LED flash so that it properly focuses. Moreover, it does the same thing with its touch focus feature.

Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera interface - Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Camera interface

Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camcorder interface - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Camcorder interface


Though acceptable for smaller sized printouts, the 3.2-megapixel camera’s results are nothing spectacular – yet, it’s not too terrible at the same time. Specifically, outdoor shots exhibit soft looking details that naturally make them appear muddy in appearance – albeit, color production seems to be on the warmer side. Thankfully though, it excels in capturing macro shots. However, things take a dip with indoor samples taken in low lighting mainly because they’re littered with an abundant amount of noise – thus, lessening its details. Fortunately, it’s able to be combated by the tablet’s LED flash, but it loses its potency with shots taken further than 5 feet away.

Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Camera samples shot with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Strong - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Medium - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Low light - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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Medium

Low light

3ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
5ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
7ft - Darkness with flashIndoor samples - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

3ft

5ft

7ft

Darkness with flash
Indoor samples


Gladly accepting its 720p video recording quality, there’s a lot to like with this one because it’s able to cough up some exciting details that are supplemented with its smooth 29 frames per second capture. Not only that, but it maintains a steady level of exposure and color production to keep things looking clean at all times. Moreover, its clear and distortion free audio recording caps its all-around good video recording ability. In all likelihood, just about anyone will find its quality more than pleasing to the eyes.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Sample Video:




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Browsing through content with the Gallery app is a treat, despite there being no deviation from the stock experience. Obviously, you’ll be able to share photos with a variety of services, while also presented with the same set of minimal editing options at your disposal.

The Gallery app - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
The Gallery app - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

The Gallery app


As for the music player, Honeycomb's stock offering is visually rich and exciting and acts as you've come to expect from music players, displaying the album cover, on-screen controls and track information. Finding two speakers, its output is rather neutral in tone – still making it pleasant to the ear. However, its natural and distortion-free tones can easily drown out in noisy environments.

Music player - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Music player - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Music player - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Music player - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Music player


Featuring the Music Hub app, it’s the one spot where you’ll be able to browse, purchase, and download songs directly to the tablet. For the most part, single tracks range in price from $0.99 to $1.49, while downloading a full album will generally accompany an average price of $11.99.

The Music Hub app - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

The Music Hub app


Blessed with a high contrast display and lush color production, it’s naturally the ideal concoction to offer an exhilarating video watching experience. Able to smoothly play a video encoded in MPEG-4 1920 x 1080 resolution, it’s guaranteed to show off plenty of rich visuals to keep anyone engaged. Blatantly, it’s missing a microHDMI port that’s found on many devices nowadays. Meaning, you’ll more than likely need to purchase a dongle or dock of some sort to output video or get a mirrored experience on a high-def television set.

Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Watching videos on the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1


Granted that it isn’t your professional grade editing software, the Movie Studio app nevertheless offers users some of basic editing functionality on the go. Although it’ll take some time fully comprehending how the app works, there is a reasonable amount of editing functions that you can apply – like adding different templates, transitions, and effects.

The Movie Studio app - Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

The Movie Studio app


Starting in size with 16GB of internal storage, it might be enough for some people out there – but if not, there’s the 32GB version available as well. Unlike some of its Honeycomb brethren, it sadly doesn’t offer additional storage capacity via microSD card slot.

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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: 344; 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: 344; 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: 7012; 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: 344; 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: 13903; 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: 318; 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: 13903; 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: 13903; 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: 64; Member since: 26 May 2011)


NO. you can't make phone calls.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 12:34

20. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 64; 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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