Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 Preview
Like all other Samsung tablets bearing the PRO title in their name, the Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 comes with an 8MP main camera and a 2MP secondary one in the front. Naturally, the main snapper supports auto-focus, and it is nice to see that an LED flash has been added to help out in low-light situations. Feature-wise, you get many extras not offered by the competition's slates, including HDR and Panorama modes, as well as Burst Shot and a mode allowing us to remove moving objects from the shot.
There's nothing new about Samsung's Gallery application as it is identical to the one found on other recent Samsung devices. We don't mind, however, as the app is pretty good the way it is. It lists the folders containing images on the left, while the images in the highlighted folder are listed on the right, each with its own, resizeable thumbnail. Images can be grouped chronologically, or by location, if that's your cup of tea. The mandatory image editing tools come built into the software, allowing us to crop or rotate the picture, as well as to add stickers or effects to it.
The Music player has a rather simple interface. It isn't beautiful, but it is straightforward to use and has any core feature that a music player needs, and then some. Music is organized in tabs, with album art displayed next to each item. Effects come built into the app, along with a 7-band equalizer and an intelligent volume normalizer. When the app is in the background, music playback can be controlled from the home screen widget, from the notifications panel, and even from the lock screen. Furthermore, Samsung has implemented its Adapt Sound feature, which can fine-tune sound reproduction in a way that matches the user's headphones and hearing.
Speaking of music reproduction, the sound coming out of the tablet's built-in speakers is of high volume and good quality. The speakers' placement on the left and right sides of the device is adequate as we get a nice stereo effect while watching videos.
The IR blaster on the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 lets the device act as a remote control for your TV or set-top box, and that's a very welcome feature. In fact, in select countries, the WatchON feature will turn your tablet into a full-fledged TV guide, showing what's playing on each channel. Tap on your show of choice and the tablet will automatically switch to the channel it is on.
With its widescreen display, the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 is ideal for watching videos and even full-length movies. Just be aware of its lack of DivX codec support – something that has to be rectified by downloading a third-party video player. All other popular video file formats, however, are playable with the tablet's stock Video app. The app comes with support for Samsung's Popup Play feature for watching videos in windowed mode.
With a starting price of $500 (in the US), the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1 ranks among the most expensive 10-inch tablets on the market. But with its lightweight design, top-notch hardware configuration, and rich arsenal of software features, it seems to be worthy of belonging to the high-end tablet segment. In fact, Samsung's 10.1-inch PRO tablet appears to be packing enough punch to be considered a viable alternative even to Apple's equally priced iPad Air.
Based on our experience with a non-retail unit, we'd say that the only underwhelming thing about the Samsung Galaxy tab PRO 10.1 is its non-premium, uninspiring construction. Sure, its plastic build isn't bad, but it doesn't really catch the eye either.
But that aside, we have high hopes for the Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 10.1, and we're looking forward to take a retail unit for a spin. Expect our full review soon!