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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review
Looping a video while having the brightness and audio set to their medium settings, we’re able to get out 8 hours of continuous video watching while connected to a Wi-Fi hotspot. Indeed hitting the same mark as the HTC Flyer, we’re more than satisfied with its battery life – albeit, its normal usage is still less than the iPad 2 by comparison. Regardless of that, you can sleep knowing that you’ll more than get a solid one day of usage on a full charge – with no worries about recharging throughout the day.


At first glance, there’s no denying that people are going to be enthralled by the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 – even more when they see that it’s the thinnest and lightest tablet on the market. However, once those feelings soak in and disperse over time, they’ll soon find themselves at a standstill questioning some of its omissions. Specifically, its gorgeous display and thin profile take precedence immediately, but when you find that it’s missing some common amenities that are perceived to be standard amongst Android tablets, like a microSD card slot and microHDMI port, you get a sense that it’s being reserved with its offerings. Not everyone might need those two specific items, especially when the GALAXY Tab 10.1 features a sizable display that's perfect for viewing, but when you see previous tablets offering them, it's only expected to be available going forward.

Priced at $500 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, it definitely is forgiving, but taking into account the novelty and inexpensive route that some other Honeycomb tablets are flaunting, it really makes it hard for some to unequivocally fall in love with the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1. Nevertheless, future software updates are surely going to aid the tablet to differentiate itself from the current crop. Indeed, it's by far one of the better designed Android tablets out there, but after seeing similarly spec'd Android tablets priced cheaper, like the Acer ICONIA TAB A500 and Asus Eee Pad Transformer, the only recognizable advantage with the GALAXY Tab 10.1 is none other than its slim looks – and that's what you're primarily paying for. If you really prefer looks, then the Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 is for you, but if value and savings are things akin to your style, then you might want to consider checking those other Honeycomb tablets.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android version: 3.1
Kernel Version:
Build Number: HMJ37.UEKF3 P7510UEKF3

Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Video Review:


  • Thinnest & lightest 10” tablet on the market
  • One of the best displays on a tablet so far
  • Shoots sharp looking 720p videos


  • Plastic construction
  • No microSD card slot & microHDMI port
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Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) TFT
Camera3 megapixels
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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