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Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi)


Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi)

  • Android Honeycomb 3.1
  • Dual Core Tegra 2 processor, 1GB RAM
  • Wi-FiTM, 802.11 a/b/g/n 2.4GHz, 5GHz
  • Memory Capacity: 16GB
  • Display: 10.1″ WXGA (1280×800)

Samsung’s WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1″Discover the next generation of portable entertainment with the thin, light, and powerful Samsung WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1-Inch. Showcasing a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and a dual-core processor for stunning detail and speed, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 delivers sharper movies, better game graphics, and crystal-clear video chats. Surf the web in its full glory with Adobe Flash compatibility and WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. The Android 3.1 Honeycomb OS provides open

List Price: $ 499.99

Price: $ 499.99

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  1. M. Patel says:
    3,109 of 3,198 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    A slightly better tablet than an iPad 2, but with a few drawbacks, June 17, 2011
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    M. Patel
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    Although I bought this for my wife as a birthday present during pre-release sales in NYC, I’ve since used it far more extensively than her so I’ve purchased a second Tab 10.1 from Amazon for myself. As a background, I also have a good amount of experience using a Motorola Xoom (none with the other Android tablets though) and an iPad 2. Anyway, here are my thoughts comparing the Tab 10.1 with the iPad 2. I won’t do a comparison with the Motorola Xoom (which, as of writing this review, is the Tab 10.1′s major Android competitor) as the two products are really similar. I’ll leave the Xoom/Tab 10.1 decision to you. Here are my thoughts:

    Operating System/Interface/Web Browsing – Slight edge to the Tab 10.1 running Android 3.1 (Honeycomb). This may just be more of a personal preference as I don’t like products (like the iPad 2) which are locked down. I feel a company has no right to tell a consumer how he/she is allowed to use a product (as Apple does with theirs). Anyway, Android 3.1 OS is blazing fast and going along with the Android Open Source Project’s philosophy, the OS and by rote, the Tab 10.1, is ultimately configurable. Out of the box, you can easily personalize an Android 3.1 tablet any way you want, and if you can’t, there is free software out there to let you do it — there is no hacking/jailbreaking required. The Tab 10.1′s interface is also a lot cleaner than the iPad 2′s which can get downright cluttered the more apps you have installed. I’ll also note that there doesn’t seem to be a discernible difference in the actual speed/performance (loading pages, etc) of the two products. So, we’re pretty even so far, but Tab 10.1 clearly gets the edge for one thing — Flash. Enough said.

    Battery life – Strong edge to iPad 2. Both the Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2 are rated for 10 hours. Keeping the screen at about 75% max brightness, I seem to get between about 7 to 8 hours on the Tab 10.1 and 9 to 10 hours on an iPad 2. This may be a result of the screen brightness as I’ve noticed the Tab 10.1 has a slightly brighter screen at 100% than the iPad 2. Regardless, the iPad 2 has better battery life.

    Resolution/Screen – Strong edge to the Tab 10.1′s 1280×800 screen vs the iPad 2′s 1024×768 one. If you think this is negligible, you are very wrong. This means the Galaxy Tab 10.1 screen has a 30% greater resolution than the iPad 2. You’ll notice this difference in every thing you do — not just when watching movies and photos. The increased resolution causes much less eye strain especially when reading webpages. Additionally, the Tab 10.1′s widescreen aspect ratio seems to work a lot better for watching anything in HD. It’s a shame the iPad 2 uses the dying 4:3 aspect ratio as there is a lot of wasted real estate on the screen in the form of black bars when watching anything in widescreen. With the Tab 10.1, the screen is entirely filled with video.

    Cameras – Strong edge to the Tab 10.1. The Tab 10.1 blows the iPad 2 out of the water here and it’s not even close. The Tab has a front-facing 2.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2′s 0.3 megapixel) camera and rear-facing 3.0 megapixel (vs iPad 2′s 0.7 megapixel) camera. Sure, you’re never going to replace your P&S/SLR/video camera with a tablet, but it is nice to have a camera on there that can take a decent picture/video when you’re in a pinch.

    Portability – Even. The Tab 10.1 is a negligible 0.03 lbs lighter and 0.2mm thinner than the iPad 2.

    Cachet – Strong edge to the iPad 2. Apple has a monopoly on this, it seems. Apple is just the trendier product. Odds are nobody will look at a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and think “Wow, that looks really nice. I need to get me one of those.” I’m not saying the Tab 10.1 is ugly, but the brushed metal finish on the iPad does feel and look a bit nicer.

    Price – Even. I’m really surprised Samsung didn’t undercut the iPad 2 prices, even by $50.

    Is this the iPad 2 killer as has been reported here and there in the media? Honestly, no, but that’s more because most Apple consumers purchasing iPad 2s are brand loyal — not necessarily looking to buy the best product. I really wish I could rate the Tab 10.1 with 4.5 stars. For reference, if I were to write a review of an iPad 2, I would give it a 4 stars. Giving the Tab 10.1 5 stars seems a bit too generous as I feel the lack of an SD slot and slight plasticky feel are noticeable drawbacks, as is the price (which isn’t lower than an iPad 2 with the same amount of memory). And giving the Tab 10.1 4 stars seems a disservice as I feel that it is ultimately an outstanding tablet and, in my opinion, definitely has an edge over the iPad 2.

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  2. William Greenrose "narcnh" says:
    634 of 652 people found the following review helpful:
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A real business tool, June 24, 2011
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    William Greenrose “narcnh” (Claremont, NH USA) –
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    Have had my GT10.1 for a couple of days, and so far it has met or exceeded my expectations in just about every area. I think I have finally found my laptop replacement.

    Look and Feel: Very solid, no creaks or flex. Grey plastic back really does look like brushed metal, feels good and does not feel cheap at all. Dang, it’s REALLY thin and light.

    Performance: Fast. I have run pretty much all my apps on it and have run videos from YouTube without a hiccup. Very responsive, very smooth. The touch screen in not as sensitive as the one on my HTC Incredible 2 Droid phone , but it is still very sensitive (the one on my phone is almost too sensitive, if that’s possible).

    Apps: Here’s the cool part. Because my phone was already an Android device and I had a Google account, when I set up the GT10.1 it immediately and automatically synced, downloaded and installed almost all of the apps that are on my phone. There were just a couple that did not download, probably because they are not compatible with Honeycomb (phone runs Froyo). THAT was slick and saved me a lot of time and energy hunting for apps. The ones that did not download, like the anti-virus and stock market apps, I easily found substitutes for in the Android Market. Most games downloaded and seem to work without a hitch.

    Availability of Apps: I have found PLENTY of apps in the Market that work on the GT10.1 – free, too. I even have one (androidVNC) that syncs to my desktop computer, so I can control it remotely. I had a similar program on my laptop and found it to be a lifesaver at times, when on the road. Can edit MS Office docs – Word, Excel, PowerPoint – although all the features of the main programs are not there. Also am using Google Docs, which has its own pluses and minuses. Am debating whether or not to buy DocumentsToGo Full Version to gain more editability. So far, I can get by with just viewing and tweaking. In general I prefer not to do heavy document creation and editing on the road, even with a laptop, so we shall see. K-9 is an excellent email client and provides more functionality than the basic one that comes with the device.

    Memory: I bought the 32gig version, just to have plenty of memory down the road. So far, I have only used a small fraction of it. Honeycomb has a nice, small footprint, unlike some other OSs. The entire inventory of office files I could ever need on the road will fit on a 32gig flash drive with over 10 gig to spare, so I am not worried about running out of memory. Connectivity, you ask? See below.

    Connectivity: Much lamenting has been done about the lack of ports for the GT10.1. Well, so far, I have not missed them. It’s very easy to move data via WiFi. BUT, I know I will need access for things, like the above-mentioned flash drive. And, while most anywhere I go to give presentations these days they ask for the file on a flash drive to put on their own computer/projector, it would be nice to be able to run a video cable out, if needed. At first I thought this would be a deal breaker for me. But, then I read that Samsung is coming out with adapters for their proprietary port. So, I WILL be able to connect a flash drive or video out, when needed. Would it be nice to have these ports on board? Sure. But, frankly, the device is pretty much self-contained and very accessible via WiFi/cloud, so, assuming the adapters come out, I think the lack of ports is a non-issue. And, I am used to buying accessories for my devices as needed. I also use my phone as a WiFi hotspot, to which the GT10.1 connects flawlessly, and the combination of Android phone and Android tablet is pretty killer.

    Keyboard: On board virtual keyboard is fine, quite large, in fact, if you are used to using one on a phone, as I am. I also downloaded Swype, which works fine on Honeycomb. Finally, just for those times, when I might need to do some more significant typing, I bought a Menotek flexible Bluetooth keyboard (kind of like the one in ‘Live Free or Die Hard’ but wireless). It synced immediately, and it works great. And, the keyboard is almost ridiculously portable (it rolls up/folds up). So, I just leave it in my briefcase and have it, when I need it. Have a leather case on order that will allow the tablet to be propped up like a monitor, so the combination of portable keyboard and angled tablet should be a nice substitute for a laptop.

    Battery life: Have unplugged the tablet at 0600, used it off and on all day, and it still had just under 20% juice, when I plugged it back in at 0100 – 19 hours later. That was not continuous use, but more real world use – emails (a lot), read docs, downloads, a few YouTube videos, a few games. Not bad. It only reported about 80% charged this morning after 5 hours plugged into an outlet, but from experience with other devices, I expect both the battery life and the…

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  3. J. Lax "FunnyFreakingCalls" says:
    1,014 of 1,056 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    It’s Good, It Has Flaws, and It Will Improve… if you can wait a bit., June 17, 2011
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    J. Lax “FunnyFreakingCalls” (New York, NY) –
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    This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi) (Personal Computers)

    Who is this Review for?
    Anyone considering the Galaxy 10.1″ Tablet or not sure whether to go with iPad or this (or any other Android tablet).If you’re very confused by all the entries to the Android Tablet category lately, I’m going to try and help. First things first, if you’re definitely going with an Android tablet, FORGET ALL THE OTHERS, this is the ONE (see why below). That is, unless price is a big concern for you, in which case you probably really should not buy a Tablet to begin with, but if you still want one, go with the Asus Transformer. OK, on to the review of the Galaxy 10.1:

    The Good
    In time this will be better than iPad2. It’s a beautiful device. Don’t listen to those saying there is some discernible difference in the hardware quality or the “wow” factor between this and ipad2. There really is not. Except for one thing– you really can feel the small weight difference. Galaxy 10.1 is slightly lighter than iPad 2, and if you pick up one right after the other, you will notice the difference. Don’t get me wrong, both are absurdly light, but I love how light and portable the Galaxy is. Don’t even THINK of getting another Android Tablet on the market as of this writing. This is light years ahead of them all even though there is no SD slot. It’s much lighter than the Xoom (and all the others out now), almost to the point that I would put it in a different class of product. It’s kind of like carrying around clipboard (of very sturdy quality). No strain. Whereas carrying around the other Android Tabs is kind of like carrying around a light textbook. If the difference doesn’t matter to you…then don’t pay the price difference for this Tab. Just get an Asus Transformer. The ability to have customizable widgets and apps (like weather on your home screen), to me, makes this device, and Android in general, more powerful than iPad. And, if you already have an Android phone, you really should stick with the Android Tabs, which will allow a much better integration for you. For one thing, you can tether some Android phones VERY easily to the tablet. If you have an iPhone, I’d stick to ipad and their cloud, which will really protect everything on all your devices. Hopefully this advice will help you folks who have one phone or the other and are on the fence over whether to buy iPad or this Tablet (or any other Android Tablet). The screen on this Tablet is just gorgeous. Response, over all is good but not as fluid as Ipad. For most functions (except for one VERY important one, described below) you will not notice a difference. I promise you. I saw a review on here which is, ahem, ranked higher than mine –ugh– saying that ithe Phone’s “cachet” is something to be considered. Utter nonsense. You will look great with this tablet and you’ll enjoy using it and people will say WOW when they see it. This device has better specs than the iPad, is just as sleek, just as functional, has flash (something that I believe is somewhat overrated though as websites move away from flash), and will eventually –EVENTUALLY– have a better app experience than iPad. Eventually. :-) Which leads me to “The Bad”:

    The Bad
    I saw a previous review saying that the keyboard responded slowly. After using it I can confirm that there really IS a delay between typing and text appearing on screen using SOME features like the browser. WHY? Is it honeycomb? Something that will be resolved with an update? Or is the hardware faulty and just that slow? I really hope it’s the former, but I have no idea and I’m not going to buy one until I find out.

    UPDATE (6/28/11): Awesome job by Commentor Scott Welch who seems to have found a fix for this. Scott explains,”I experienced the keyboard delay. It appears to be a problem with the Samsung Keyboard. I switched to the Android keyboard and it works GREAT!!! Setting> Language & Input> Current input Method.” THANK YOU Scott.

    Another disappointing thing is that there isn’t Swype on the tablet (note: I haven’t seen Swype on ANY Android Tablet yet, though, and it’s disappointing).

    UPDATE(6/28/11): Swype IS now available for the Honeycomb Tablets! Thanks to Commentors C.V. Tang and Brian Mason. C.V. Tang explains that “The Swype Beta are out for Honeycomb [see his comment below for the link, Amazon won't allow links in reviews]. Brian Mason added that “Swype 3.0 beta is now available for Honeycomb. Very cool how you can set it to small keyboard mode for single finger swyping on either side.”

    Great job, C.V. and Brian! Based on their comments, bump this review from 4 to 4.5 Stars. I’ve always felt that Swype is one thing that really separates Android from iPhone/iPad and shows the difference between the two systems in terms of power and customization, as Android market has so many variations of Swype that are just wonderful. Having Swype on a screen of this size is just amazing and really speeds up use and…

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