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Samsung GALAXY Tab 10.1 Review

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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
PhoneArena rating:
8 Good
User rating:
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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: 387; 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: 387; 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: 7305; 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: 387; 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: 14605; 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: 320; 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: 14605; 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: 14605; 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)


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)?


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: 65; Member since: 26 May 2011)

NO. you can't make phone calls.

posted on 24 Dec 2011, 12:34

20. ffaarrooqq (Posts: 65; 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
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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