The "1-Minute" Review
- Homescreen layout and customization can be confusing
- Samsung software takes up 6.5GB of onboard storage space
The Samsung Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 doesn’t compromise anything in terms of its display or specs. Like the TabPRO 12.2 and NotePRO 12.2 tablets, this device offers a screen resolution of 2560x1600. While it provides excellent sharpness, most reviewers don't find the screen to be groundbreaking as Samsung has used near-identical panels previously.
Unfortunately, in order to get it down to the lighter weight, Samsung decreased the battery size to an 8220 mAh, reduced the RAM to 2GB and the maximum onboard storage down to 32GB. As Samsung’s own unremovable software takes up 6.5GB of storage space, that means there is only a maximum of 25.5GB of onboard storage, which is expandable with a microSD slot.
The processor remains the same 2.3GHz quad-core processor for the LTE version of the tablet. Despite a couple downgrades, Trusted Reviews did not notice any significant lag when opening or using apps.
Like its larger brother, the TabPro 10.1 offers a new homescreen that is segmented into customizable tiles that looks similar to Windows 8.1 interface, though users can still access the app icons. The focus of the new layout is to give users more immediate access to their favorite apps and widgets. While some reviewers enjoy the grid layout, others find it a bit too difficult to get used to. PC Advisor notes that the amount of customization and different sections can lead to a bit of a "sensory overload" for those accustomed to the old Samsung TouchWiz interface.
Overall, most reviewers are happy with the performance as well as the size. Android Central notes that this device is "more manageable" and also very high end.