With so many companies now venturing into the tablet market it’s hard to know which one will best suit your needs. With Apple taking a huge percentage of the glory in the tablet market with the Apple iPad 2, many tablet manufacturers are struggling to keep up. However, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has now entered the ring and is ready to put up a fight. Let’s see how well it performs in the review…
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was unveiled back in January this year and was set for a March / April release. However, after the Apple iPad 2 was released, Samsung CEO Lee Don-Joo suggested a model review after he thought that some of the original Galaxy Tab’s specifications were inadequate when compared with the Apple iPad 2.
The 10.1 in the Galaxy Tab’s name refers to the screen size, which is 10.1-inches, slightly larger than the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen.
Sporting a similar design to the Samsung Galaxy S II, the Galaxy Tab is a sleek and slim Android-based tablet, currently running Android 3.1 Honeycomb, measuring in at just 8.6mm in thickness and weighing just 565g. These figures tell us that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is both ultra slim and ultra light. Also, priced at £399 for the 16GB version, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has also been price matched with its rival, the iPad 2.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab features an ultra high-quality 10.1-inch WXGA display with a resolution of 1280 x 800, which gives you an extraordinary amount of space to work with on the Galaxy Tab.
There are no physical buttons, such as home, search or back, like we’ve seen on many other Android Smartphones and tablets. Instead, the location where a button would usually sit has been replaced with the Samsung logo.
At the top of the display, you’ll notice the front-facing camera as well as the ambient light sensor. The front facing camera is a 2MP camera, which is most likely just to be used as a video calling camera, or taking that one-off profile picture of you posing for Facebook…
The black bezel surrounding the screen, even if it is one of the many design factors that contributed to Apple filing lawsuits against Samsung all around the world, looks great. It’s not too thick and it’s not too thin so that there’s literally nothing to hold on to. Definitely a great job all round regarding the display.
Buttons / Ports
The Galaxy Tab features a power button, volume up/down control, headphone jack and SIM card slot along the top, as well as a speaker on either side and the USB data / power port located on the bottom.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features two cameras all together. A front facing 2MP camera and a rear 3MP camera with LED flash and auto-focus.
The rear 3MP auto-focus camera is capable of recording in 720p HD as well as taking very detailed still photographs.
Here’s a couple of the images I took with the Galaxy Tab. I was quite impressed by the quality of these pictures even though the camera is only 3MP. The first one is indoors and the second is outdoors (apologies, it hasn’t been very sunny here recently).
The, apparently, 720p HD video recording capabilities seemed to be somewhat lacking quite a bit. I’m not too sure whether this was due to the miserable and wet weather conditions are another factor. Either way, here’s the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 720p HD video test.
Overall the audio quality seemed to be relatively good. With the volume level at a medium to high level everything sounded great, both music and general audio was both crisp and very clear. The bass and treble settings were also fairly well balanced providing an even level.
Once the volume was set to maximum I did notice some slight distortion whilst listening to music, however the distortion was not noticeable whilst watching some comedy clips on YouTube.
CPU, Memory and Storage
Housing the very powerful 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, which we also saw in the LG Optimus 2X, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can handle pretty much anything you chuck at it (not literally).
In addition to the Tegra 2 processor, the Galaxy Tab also houses 1GB of RAM meaning that applications, games and video ran very smooth and were very responsive during testing.
Our review unit is the 16GB version, which to be fair is more than enough for most users. However, if you’re going to be taking quite a few photos, recording HD video and storing a lot of music then perhaps the 32GB version would be a better option for you.
The battery in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a built-in 7000mAh battery capable of delivering up to 9 hours for video and up to 72 hours for music.
After using the Galaxy Tab throughout the day for email, gaming, listening to music, web browsing and watching the occasional YouTube video, I managed to get roughly 8/9 hours of battery life. This tallies up with the “Up to 9 hours” that Samsung has given the Galaxy Tab.
A very commendable battery life for such a power hungry device.