Running Google Android Honeycomb (also known as Android 3.0), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a 10.1in LCD display with a resolution of 1280x800 pixels. The Tab 10.1 joins Samsung's arsenal of Android devices including the original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab and the dual-core Galaxy S II smartphone.
I got a chance to play with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 briefly at the event and I have to say, I really like the larger size. Recently at another press event I tried to take notes with the 7in Samsung Galaxy Tab and found it a bit awkward and small for my liking. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 handles very nicely. It is lightweight (lighter than the 25-ounce Motorola Xoom at 21 ounces), thin (a mere 0.44 inches) with a nice textured back.
Samsung's phones generally have textured backs, which I always appreciate because it not only gives them a unique look, but it also makes the phones easier to grip. It makes even more sense in the tablet PC world. I found that I could comfortably hold the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in one hand (and my hands are small) and type out a quick message with the other without feeling like I was going to drop it.
Like the Motorola Xoom and the LG G-Slate, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by an nVidia Tegra 2 dual-core processor and runs the vanilla version of Honeycomb. There's no TouchWiz overlay for this tablet, which is kind of surprising considering TouchWiz is on the 7in Tab and all of the Galaxy S phones.
Other specs include an 8-megapixel back-facing camera and a front-facing 2Mp camera for video calls. For the fun of it, I snapped a picture with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1's back-facing camera and yes, it felt totally awkward.
In the tablet wars, it is hard to see how the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 will differentiate itself from the rest of the pack. I mean, unless you're really partial to Samsung products, why pick the Tab 10.1 over the Xoom or the G-Slate?
Whether you go Wi-Fi only or opt for a connected version, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first Android tablet that makes a credible, and successful, run at competing with Apple's iPad 2. It matches iPad in most every way-design, price, and even that intangible IT factor. Where it falls short lies is in sacrificing ports, but that alone isn't a deal-breaker; heck, Apple's been doing that from the outset. Google's Android Market continues to make it more difficult to find tablet-optimised apps than Apple's App Store does, but again, that may not be a deal-breaker. If neither of those constraints phase you, then the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the top tablets you can consider buying today. And it becomes the flagship Honeycomb tablet for showcasing what Android 3.1 can do.
Ginny Mies, PCWorld.com
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