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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

7.8/10 AVG.
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7.8/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 currently has an Informr score of 7.8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 31 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

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)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


GSMArena

This tablet’s main advantage remains that it’s the most portable 10” slate to hit the market. It's thinner even than iPad 2 and good 42 grams lighter than Apple's frontrunner, while still promising to match its battery performance. And that's no mean feat since tablets are going hard after netbooks,...

- GSMArena Team, GSMArena
TechTree

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 750 showed a lot of potential, but it bombs on several important counts. After being marketed so heavily as Android's answer to the iPad, the expectations were bound to be high. Unfortunately, the Tab 750 doesn t even manage to get the basics right. The exterior is pretty cool...

- Shruti Shah, TechTree
Droid Life

There is no doubt that this tab was made with gaming in mind.

- Tim-o-tato, Droid Life
BitBitByte

As far as Android tablets go, the 10.1″ Galaxy Tab is where it’s at. In terms of hardware, it packs all the latest bells and whistles to please Android enthusiasts. For those with an eye towards design, the casing and reduced number of ports brings a more Apple-like approach that in our...

- Mike Norris, BitBitByte
Android Community

To wrap things up I’m going to say that I personally feel the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the best tablet experience available. Pair that with Verizon 4G LTE and you have a real winner here and clearly Samsung and Verizon felt the same way.  There just is no comparison as the Galaxy Tab is thinner, lighter a...

- Cory Gunther, Android Community


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
7000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 7000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 28 days standby time, 10 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specs

Overview
Release date June 8, 2011
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 5 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 10 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 28 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.3 x 25.7 x 0.9 cm (6.8 x 10.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 595 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features CapacitiveTouchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 2.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, DUN, OPP/FTP, HFP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, White balance
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, WMA, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types BMP, DOC, DOCX, GIF, JPG, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Yes
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P7510, Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi

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