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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

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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 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

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

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system (OS).

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
Networks
No cellular data
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 3.1 Honeycomb (Update Available: 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Nvidia Tegra 2 Dual-Core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
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 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
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
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
Mobile TV No
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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GSMArena

A nice tablet that no one would mind having around

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...More

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, so they need to back their portability with battery longevity.

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TechTree

Great display, full HD playback, good front camera, decent battery life

from 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, and the design is elegant. The screen is very good, as is the overall media experience. Both the cameras are decent for normal usage. However, the propensity of tablet to heat up at the slightest strain is unpardonable. Despite a dual-core CPU and the latest Android Honeycomb OS, the it was still marred by a laggy performance....

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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, and the design is elegant. The screen is very good, as is the overall media experience. Both the cameras are decent for normal usage. However, the propensity of tablet to heat up at the slightest strain is unpardonable. Despite a dual-core CPU and the latest Android Honeycomb OS, the it was still marred by a laggy performance.

If you are a big Android fan, this is the best tablet in the market for you. However, it is definitely a long way from beating the iPad in the most basic of tasks.

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Droid Life

A great tablet, with ultra lightweight feel, built for portability and has an excellent display quality

from Droid Life

The Android tablet world continues to grow, and if this piece of hardware is any indication to the future, then I have hope. I have been fortunate enough to play with almost all the tablets that are available these days, and I would be lying to myself if I didn’t say the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1...More

The Android tablet world continues to grow, and if this piece of hardware is any indication to the future, then I have hope. I have been fortunate enough to play with almost all the tablets that are available these days, and I would be lying to myself if I didn’t say the 4G LTE Galaxy Tab 10.1 isn’t my favorite. The combination of 4G speed, beautiful display, light weight, and processor power, this tablet could easily bring anybody into the next generation of tablets.

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BitBitByte

Cute, portable and sleek and potent performance

from 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 opinion, pays off. The only area lacking is software. Though that’s not Samsung’s fault, but Android developers instead for dragging their feet in adopting support for larger-screened devices....

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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 opinion, pays off. The only area lacking is software. Though that’s not Samsung’s fault, but Android developers instead for dragging their feet in adopting support for larger-screened devices.

If you can look past the still humble market for tablet specific apps, Samsung’s larger Galaxy Tab is quite the competitor.

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Android Community

Stellar design and awesome build quality all while staying extremely lightweight and super thin

from 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, lig...More

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 and easier to hold while having a better design and a way better screen. Anyone looking for a tablet the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should be at the top of the list. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a lot going for it, and it just got even faster with the 4G LTE addition. I think it is safe to say the Tab is the closest any OEM has got to the iPad and while the Tab continues to sell like crazy Apple is getting a bit worried.

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V3

Light and slim, good cameras, poor battery recharge time

from V3

If Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be an iPad killer it is mistaken, but this tablet is about the only realistic competitor out there.

The final production models won't have the horrible Android white plastic back cover, and it's likely that they will come preloaded with Android 3.1 as well. Models with HSPA+ cellular connections will also be released on launch....

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If Samsung is hoping that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be an iPad killer it is mistaken, but this tablet is about the only realistic competitor out there.

The final production models won't have the horrible Android white plastic back cover, and it's likely that they will come preloaded with Android 3.1 as well. Models with HSPA+ cellular connections will also be released on launch.

The basic form factor works well, although to achieve it Samsung has had to make the same kind of sacrifices as Apple in terms of the lack of removable storage and connectivity. Battery life, and in particular recharge time, are not as good as its chief rival in early testing, although smart management can improve this. Advanced Task Killer should be one of your first downloads.

Camera support is a point in the Tab's favour. The rear camera, while slow to operate, is excellent quality and outperforms any other embedded camera on the general market. That said it's nowhere near a comparable digital camera in performance, and it's debateable how important camera functions are to the tablet buyer.

Apple does have a clear advantage on the software side. Android is still a work in progress, and applications were more unstable than those we found on Apple systems. Applications frequently either refused to load, or failed to initialise once loaded, and Apple remains a much better choice for the non-techie.

Samsung has clearly set its sights on Apple, and even the box design is very similar to the iPad's. While Samsung has managed to shave a few fractions off the iPad's size and weight, these don't affect performance. There are subtle differences between the two but, when using the Galaxy Tab in public, more than one person assumed it was an iPad.

Having reviewed both, my view is that the iPad feels sturdier and better balanced from a weight perspective. Whether or not the advantages of an open operating system will be a selling point remains to be seen, but anyone using services like Google Apps will see an immediate benefit.

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Know Your Mobile

Stunning screen, sexy design, ultra-portable

from Know Your Mobile

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is almost certainly the best all-round Android tablet yet released. The stunning screen and sexy design put it on even terms with the iPad from a technical and cosmetic standpoint, but the lack of developer support and the omission of Android hallmarks such as expandable memory and USB ports is disappointing....

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The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is almost certainly the best all-round Android tablet yet released. The stunning screen and sexy design put it on even terms with the iPad from a technical and cosmetic standpoint, but the lack of developer support and the omission of Android hallmarks such as expandable memory and USB ports is disappointing.

If you’re keen to expand your tablet then you may be better off considering the likes of the Motorola Xoom or Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Those of you gagging to download apps and games will definitely want to look at the iPad 2 before splashing out on this.

However, if you’re after an Android tablet and are not concerned with adding in more memory or hooking up USB peripherals, then this is probably your best bet. It’s the first Android tablet which looks as good as it performs, and that screen is to die for.

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The Register

Low price, grainy display quality, build quality looks good

from The Register

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an attractive purchase: it’s well-built, slim and light, has a valuable collection of quality apps, and sports a comparatively low price. It even fares well in performance benchmark tests against its competitors. However, some of these competitors offer better value b...More

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an attractive purchase: it’s well-built, slim and light, has a valuable collection of quality apps, and sports a comparatively low price. It even fares well in performance benchmark tests against its competitors. However, some of these competitors offer better value by building memory card slots and comms ports into tablets costing roughly the same price. Here, Samsung takes yet another leaf out of Apple's book, as all those niceties will cost you extra.

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Expert Reviews

The thinnest and lightest 10" tablet, and a gorgeous bit of design

from Expert Reviews

With weight an important consideration for travellers, the Tab 10.1's 565g makes it an alternative to a 7in tablet. Choosing between the Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2 depends on whether you want to be tied to iTunes or go with Android. If the latter is your choice, there isn't a better 10in table...More

With weight an important consideration for travellers, the Tab 10.1's 565g makes it an alternative to a 7in tablet. Choosing between the Tab 10.1 and the Apple iPad 2 depends on whether you want to be tied to iTunes or go with Android. If the latter is your choice, there isn't a better 10in tablet out there, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a deserving Best Buy award winner.

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TrustedReviews

Svelte design with brilliant screen, decent battery and solid video support

from TrustedReviews

Slimmer and lighter than an iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 proves that Android tablets don't have to be iOS's ugly sisters. It tops off a svelte design with a brilliant screen, decent battery, solid video support and a comfortable-to-hold back. Aside from limited connectivity, its faults are...More

Slimmer and lighter than an iPad 2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 proves that Android tablets don't have to be iOS's ugly sisters. It tops off a svelte design with a brilliant screen, decent battery, solid video support and a comfortable-to-hold back. Aside from limited connectivity, its faults are wider Android problems rather than things to level at Samsung and its design team.

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