New Galaxy Tab 10.1

Posted on Tuesday, Jun 21 2011 on 04:00 PM

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is Samsung's new, big tablet - with a screen size of 10.1 inches, as opposed to the earlier, smaller model's 7 inches. And while I felt the 7-inch screen on the earlier Galaxy Tab was just a little too small, the new 10.1 Tab is just right.

Slightly narrower than an iPad 2 (which has a 9.7 inch, 4:3 ratio screen) it nonetheless displays websites, apps, videos and functions well over what is a very responsive touchscreen.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is clear and easy to use, and while the glide of the screen is not yet as smooth as an iPad, it is very much a head-on competitor for Apple.

Its 1-gigahertz dual-core processor, when combined with the Honeycomb (Android 3) operating system makes the tablet fast and dextrous, and the operating system its features have been produced for a tablet - rather than just adapted from a smaller smartphone. The browser, email client and Google maps are especially useful, and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 features up to five homescreens.

Android has come a long way since it first appeared and now has tens of thousands of apps developed for it, including the virtually mandatory ones for Facebook and Twitter, so there are lots of add-on choices, both free and paid, that Galaxy Tab users can download - and 16GB of onboard memory to load them onto. And unlike the iPad, it supports Flash video.

For those who don't just want to keep it on the couch at home it is sim-enabled for mobile use.

It has a whopping great 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and can also handle 1080p high-definition video recording and playback. And while you can't exactly put it to your ear and call someone, the front-facing 2 megapixel camera and onboard Google Talk Video Chat open the door for video calls.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a polished, capable product that's enjoyable to use.


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