Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review
By Macktion On 9 Feb, 2012 At 12:21 PM | Categorized As Featured | With 6 Comments

 

Galaxy Tab 10.1 by Samsung

The Samsung tablet comes with:

  • The Tablet
  • Charger
  • USB cable (for either plugging into the charger or a usb port)
  • Headphones with microphone
  • Instruction Booklet

 

HARDWARE:

 

The tablet looks great, the glass looks great.  It  looks well designed and well thought out.

The Proprietary port is on the bottom, and proceeding clockwise, you have a speaker, power button, headphone jack (which will accept a 3.5mm headset plus microphone) another speaker, and a built in microphone.

I have mentioned before that I am not a fan of Propriatary ports, and the Galaxy Tab did not win me over, however I now understand the decision a lot better.  It is very hard to make a product light and thin with the whole slew of ports.  They faced a tradeoff, and they took a path, and stuck with it.  And that, I can be a fan of.

The tablet does not look like it will be easy to open (for all of you hardware hackers out there).

 

SPECS:

  • 1 GH CPU (dual core)
  • 16 – 32 GB internal storage (non-expandable)
  • WiFi (dual band)
  • Bluetooth
  • 5 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera
  • Accelerometer
  • GPS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOFTWARE:

 

 

It runs Android 3.1, with some interesting additions.

We have no certain information as to whether or not to expect an Android 4.0 update to the tablet, as of right now, it looks like it is in the works, however Samsung appears to intend to bring their “TouchWiz” overlay along with that update.  Only time will tell though.

 

PERFORMANCE:

The tablet worked quite well, and kept up its speed through most of its programs.  Even when working on several programs at once, it did a great job.

Video Streaming was great and smooth, and the browsing experience was quite splendid.  Quadrant score of 2335, and Antutu of 5035.

The WiFi was splendid.  The best part was probably the speed at which it connected to any wireless network.  The reception was good enough, but nothing spectacular.

 

BATTERY LIFE:

 

The Galaxy Tab wound up surprising us with its great battery life. In our tests, the battery would last on standby for more than 400 hours (this was with background data, account sync, and all the bells and whistles enabled, I imagine that with a couple of changes you could very well get the 1000 hours of standby that Samsung’s website claims). Constant browsing should see you through about 8-9 hours. HD video streaming via Netflix or YouTube, you should see a constant playback of about 6.5-7 hours.

You may recall our “standard use” test, (which means that we used for 50 min. intervals, reading books, surfing, or viewing video and then putting it on standby for ten min. to simulate the type of use it would see in a college or high school setting) Under this test it lasted for about 10 hours.  This should be enough to see most people through a day at school, with a little bit more time left over to browse on the ride home.

 

The 10.1 (16 GB, WiFi only) Galaxy Tab is available for anywhere between $499.99 – $349.99.

If I had to give it a rating using the Universal Numbering System, it would certainly be an 8.

For the form factor, you can’t find a lighter, sleeker tablet on the market.  And as a contender against the iPad, it appears to be the one-two punch.

 

BONUS!

Ask a Noob:

Just for fun, and not too scientific;

  • Turn it on:                               0:16
  • Find the Apps                         1:13
  • Connect to WiFi                     3.46
  • Link to Email                          5:43
  • Setup & Operate the market   7:00
  • Download & Play a game       9:30
  • Watch a YouTube video         10:40

We do have video of the attempt, and look forward to posting it so you can hear funny phrases like: “Where the hell is wireless?!”

About - I am just a college student, attending university in the hopes of drilling teeth one day. I got A+ certified at the age of 14 and have been fixing computers ever since. I have a wonderful wife who also web develops, so my apartment is perhaps one of the nerdiest places you can imagine (I have the periodic table shower curtain to prove it too).


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  1. This tablet is very well thought out in design, sound, picture quality and ease of use. However, being one of the first to get this tablet after release in February, it showed vulnerability. For example, I was at an airport, turn on the tablet to get the Wifi tab in a constant state of “turning On”. The reboot from the boot menu (Power button and volume down button) held down at teh same time with futher instructions didn’t fix it either. Lastly there was nothing we could do but send it back to Samsung for fixing. (Haven’t got it back yet) I was a bit disappointed becuase it was on the blogs of a known issue. To have a tablet a little over 6 months with this issue concerns me for purchasing more tablets from them in the future.

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