Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab Review and Insights

Samsung Galaxy Tab v10.1 Review

On the rapidly evolving battlefield of tablet devices, even the slightest edge can make or break a new release. In the case of Samsung’s newest Galaxy tab, that edge is razor-honed to surgical precision, surpassing the iPad 2 in some categories and matching in others. And with a price-tag just over 5 bills, it’s well worth dropping some dough on.


Slightly thinner than the iPad 2 at 8.6mm, the Galaxy 10.1 is the thinnest tab with over a 10-inch screen. Full HD video and a wider variety of codec than most other tablets (WMV9, WMV7, WMV8, H264, MPEG4, Xvid, DivX, H263, VP8), the Galaxy 10.1 slaughters the competition, delivering up to 72 hours of audio (MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, RA) and 10 hours of continuous video playback (more if you set your brightness levels to 70% or less) with its 7000mAh battery. With a 1GHz dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, you’ll find even 720p video plays without stressing the system at all. At only 565g, you’ll be amazed by it’s portability and almost weightless feel. The design is gorgeous; attention to minute details is clearly noticeable.

Now, not all features of the Galaxy 10.1 are impressive. With the mediocre 3MP rear camera and 2MP front camera, you won’t be Skyping your life away or filming your first feature-length title with your tab, but you will be able to take advantage of having the cameras at your disposal in such a lightweight, portable package.


The Galaxy 10.1 operates on Android 3.1, a lightning fast OS that many users find to be more organic and user friendly than the iOS4 that the iPad 2 is running. The exclusive Samsung Hub and Google Mobile Services are just some of the features that will have you loving your Galaxy 10.1. The Samsung Hub has three different sections. The Social Hub integrates your email, IM, and social networks seamlessly for easy, rapid-fire updates. The Music Hub, while not as fluid as some other music related apps, does allow you to search, download and listen to over 11 million tracks. The Readers Hub is Samsungs version of Amazon’s Kindle Store, containing over 2.3 million e-books, 2,000 newspapers, and 3,000 magazines in 49 languages. Google Mobile Service gives you access to Google Talk video chat, Gmail, Google Calendar, Youtube, Google Places, and many others. With A-GPS and location based service with Google Maps, gyroscope, accelerometer, and compass, you’ll never get lost… except for when you miss your stop because you were too busy with your tab’s multitude of other entertaining features.

Don’t think that this means that the Galaxy is all play and no work! Polaris Office software (PPT, Word, excel, etc.) will have you making those last minute edits to your presentations on the way to the office. Just make sure you’re not the one driving the carpool that day!

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tab is the best bang for your buck on the market today. With its sleek design, smooth user interface, lightning fast operating speed, and multitude of services, you’ll have a hard time being pried from your Galaxy.

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