Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review

October 31, 2011

As you are aware I am a Samsung Mob!ler and I have recently been playing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.  The Samsung Galaxy Tab is a tablet computer which runs on the Android 3.1 Honeycomb operating system and features TouchWiz 4.o  which makes navigating more intuitive.

The tablet is a nice size, it is very slim and easy to handle. The dimensions are 257x175x9mm and it is only 565g in weight. The front is black and there is a small rim round the edge of the screen that is not touch enabled. The sides are grey metal. On the top you will find the power button and the volume controls. These are raised buttons which make them easy to press. Also on the top is the headphone socket. On the bottom is the socket for the charging cable and on each side are the speakers.

The screen is bright and colourful, it is a multitouch 1,200 x 800 LCD panel and uses Samsung’s Super PLS technology. The viewing angles are great and if you play an HD movie it looks really good.

Navigation

The screen is easy to use and navigate around.  There are five home screens which you can access using the small dots at the top of the screen. Each of these can be customised with various Android widgets like email, calendar and the weather. At the bottom left of the screen you will find four buttons.  There is a  back arrow which allows you to go back to the last thing you were looking at. The little house which takes you back to the home screen, a symbol that looks like two boxes which brings up a list of the applications that are currently running on the system and finally a button which allows you to take screen shots. In the bottom middle of the screen you will find a little up arrow, if you press this it brings up extra apps like the Calendar, Music Player and Task Manager.  When they appear the arrow points down and you can press it again to make them disappear.  On the bottom right is a clock, battery power indicator, wi-fi indicator and information about the pulse news application and downloads. If you click on this it brings up a small menu which allows you to access common settings  like wi-fi, GPS and Settings.
If you click the Apps button in the top right of your screen you get access to all the Applications that are installed on your tab.
Again this is spread out over multiple screen that you can access by pressing the little numbered dots.  It is worth noting that Polaris Office is installed by default which allows you to create and view Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents.
The internet browser offers support for Flash which is brilliant and also allows tabbed browsing so you can have multiple windows open. Interestingly it has a tilt to zoom feature which allows you to hold the screen at two points and tip the screen back and forwards to enlarge or reduce it. This is rather novel and quite useful.
Camera
There are two cameras included, a 3 MP rear facing camera and a 2 MP front facing camera. They offer a maximum resolution of 2084×1536 pixels (1280×720 for video), and can record video at 720p HD as well. The camera offers a number of features like autofocus, LED flash, smile and panorama shots and there is a macro mode for close ups. It is easy to use and the settings are very clear and straight forward.

Specifications

OS Android 3.1 Honeycomb
Chipset CP: XMM6260
Display 10.1″ 1280 x 800 (WXGA) TFT
Wireless Connectivity BT 3.0, WiFi a/b/g/n,Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS
Camera 3 MP rear camera with LED Flash, autofocus and geo-tagging. 2 MP front camera
Video WMV9, WMV8, WMV7, H.264, MPEG4, H.263, VP8
Audio MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, RA
Battery 7000 mAh
Dimensions 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6 mm
Weight 565g

Summary

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a lovely look and feel and is very intuitive to use. It is a lovely tablet with a lot of nice features and definitely worth a look.

I put together a video which looks at some of its key features. I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

 

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