The "1-Minute" Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was released in June of 2011 as a new and improved bigger brother to the previous Galaxy tablet family. With its complete software and hardware revamp, as well as a screen size of 10.1 inches versus its predecessor's 7-inch, the new model successfully positions itself to compete with the Apple iPad 2 and Motorola's Xoom tablet.
In addition to its larger screen, the new tablet's resolution has improved over the previous model. The TFT screen on the 10.1 is sharp and vibrant, and sports a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. Whether it's streaming an online video through the WiFi connection or playing a downloaded film, the video playback is smooth as silk. With a 3.0 megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 720p video capture and a front-facing 2 MP camera, the screen on the new Galaxy will give users a fair representation of how their photos and videos will look on a traditional PC.
Another obvious change to the tablet is the incorporation of Android 3.1, an upgraded OS designed specifically for tablets. The new operating system is quick and responsive, and allows users to enjoy multimedia applications while multitasking without hesitation. Samsung adds its proprietary Social Hub service to the mix, which integrates email, instant messaging, and social networking services into one easy-to-use application.
The Tab 10.1 runs a 1 GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor coupled with a full gigabyte of RAM. Internal storage is dependent on which model you purchase and ranges from 16 to 64 GB. The built-in 7000 mAH battery allows you to watch video for up to 9 hours or listen to audio for up to 72 hours.
Through the tablet's integrated Bluetooth 3.0 radio or, with the addition of an inexpensive USB adaptor, the tablet can utilize a full range of standard accessories including keyboards, mice, and thumb drives.
Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
1. The display on this tablet, thanks to its size, resolution, and responsiveness, is one of the best available on any current-generation tablet. (The Good)
2. Coupling a dual-core processor with the new Android OS makes multitasking and multimedia applications run smoother than ever. (The Good)
3. With no external memory card slot, you are limited to the on-board storage only. (The Bad)
4. With a resolution of only 3 megapixels, the rear-facing camera does not take high-quality pictures. (The Bad)