Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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


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.

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.

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.

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.



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.

2. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 2010

They gave it an 8, not a 2.

4. vivek.ray

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 08, 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 . . . . . .

3. Eingild

Posts: 203; Member since: Apr 19, 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.

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!

5. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 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.

8. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

10. Hallucinator

Posts: 391; Member since: May 24, 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?

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

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

11. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 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.

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

13. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

14. Mehha

Posts: 26; Member since: May 25, 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.

15. carlos unregistered

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

16. Jep unregistered

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

17. china_pearl

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 20, 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.

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

19. bkstar8

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2011

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

21. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 2011

NO. you can't make phone calls.

20. ffaarrooqq

Posts: 65; Member since: May 26, 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
GALAXY Tab 10.1
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 2 MP front
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 6800 mAh

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