Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review - The Best Android Tablet?
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
Samsung has come a long way since it introduced its first-generation Tab to the world in 2010. The second-generation Tab 10.1 is a very snappy and responsive tablet and the inclusion of Android's latest Honeycomb operating system was a smart move on Samsung's part. Their choices for using a 10" widescreen display with 1280x800 native resolution and incorporating a Tegra 2 chip as the centerpiece for the Tab 10.1 also contributed to our suburb performance results and overall user experience.
Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to consider when purchasing a Tab 10.1. The tablet only uses a standard version of Honeycomb and doesn't include Samsung's TouchWiz user interface or any other custom apps from the vendor. The main work Samsung put into this product seems to be only in the hardware and design because they didn't bundle any of their own software when we purchased our Tab 10.1 from Amazon in July. While promises are out there to get their TouchWiz UI to consumers in a software update in August, I'm still baffled that they advertise this key feature on their own website and through other retailers selling the Tab 10.1. I'm not impressed with the exclusion of this custom UI and other custom apps from Samsung that should have been included on the day the product was release in June.
While the tablet itself performed very well during our performance and battery tests, we would have liked Samsung to have added an HDMI out port, USB port, and mini SD card slot like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer. Adding these features gives consumers more flexibility and functionality that would make it much more marketable and would help justify the $500 and $600 price tags for the 16GB and 32GB versions of the Tab 10.1.
The Tab 10.1 is the most sleek, lightweight, and portable 10" tablet I've ever tested and it was very quick and responsive during performance and usability testing. The 1280x800 display was very eyecatching when we watched high-definition videos and performed other general tasks. Using the standard keyboard was a bit challenging at first, and I was a pretty disappointed that the tablet didn't have Swype integrated into the keyboard functions as well.
While I appreciate the time Samsung spent on the overall quality of the Tab 10.1's construction and design, I would have liked more attention paid to the details in the software and custom apps department. Like many consumers, I have high expectations when I pay $500 for a mobile device. I expect it to do almost every task that my laptop can do, and in some instances, I expect to be more productive too. That being said, the Tab 10.1 met most of my expectations and I think they have room for improvement to make the tablet more flexible to consumer needs so we can integrate the tablet with other devices we use in our personal and professional lives.
- 1GHz, dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor
- 1280x800 high-definition display
- Lightweight, thin, and portable
- Good construction and design
- Android Honeycomb operating system
- No HDMI out port
- No USB port
- No mini SD card slot
- TouchWiz UI not installed