Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 finally a tablet good enough to conquer the galaxy

What’s there to love and hate about the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?

 

The answer is a lot. However, we may never know the answer until we get to the bottom of it.

This Tablet PC is one of the most popular options in the market, with features that are to die for.

Needless to say, there are also things that leave much to be desired or sorely lacking.

This isn’t really the first 10.1 inch created, but the first one just didn’t pass the standards or even stand up to par with Apple Tablet PC the iPad 1 and 2, Galaxy’s tightest competitors, so they tweaked the tablet and came up with what we have now.

In the world of Tablet PCs, the name of the game seems to be the bigger the screen the better. For example, the average screen size falls between 7 and 10 inches. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a screen size of 10.1 inches, making it one of the biggest.

Surprisingly, however, it isn’t bulky at all. In fact, its thickness is around 0.3 inches, getting another title under its name: one of the thinnest Tablet PCs. Further, the screen provides an excellent resolution of 1280 by 800 WVGA.

That doesn’t mean, though, you have to be very intimidated by its thinness, as it doesn’t equate to vulnerability. It’s not only very well-polished, especially at the back, but it also feels very sturdy once you get to carry it for a while.

On top of the tablet, you have the power and volume rocker, while at the back you can see the rear-facing camera for video recording and a 3.55mm jack port. Other features include a 30-pin dock connector port, 1GB RAM, up to 64GB storage capacity, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection, a NVIDIA® Tegra™ 2 processor, and Android OS.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Why It’s Great?

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One of the strongest points of the Tablet PC is its operating system. Though Android is the ultimate competitor of Apple’s iOS, not all of the versions are worth considering. The older versions, though they work well, are more suitable for smart phones. Thus, when Honeycomb came out, Tablet PC manufacturers such as Samsung believed they had already found the iOS best alternative.

The first Honeycomb version was 3.0; that of 10.1 is 3.1, which means it’s a lot faster and more efficient. You can immediately sense it by the way your screen responds to your every touch. The speed is further enhanced by the use of the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2, which is commended for excellent graphic performance, particularly for gaming. Most of all, the Honeycomb, and perhaps the rest of the Android OS, is always associated with efficient multitasking. Switching among applications is never an issue. The tablet also supports Flash. The screen is also something to admire. Though it isn’t HD, it still showcases very crisp, clear and vivid images by increasing the pixel density. Moreover, with such a wide screen, the tablet doesn’t fail to impress users when playing a movie or a game; it also displays details that are often not emphasized by smaller-sized Tablet PCs.

It has two cameras, a 2MP front facing and normally used for video chat, and a 3MP rear facing for video recording and snapping photos. The qualities of the images are definitely not digital camera standard; but unless you’re trying to win a photo competition, you can depend on this Tablet PC to capture everyday activities and special moments.

It’s also decently priced, considering all the fantastic features it possesses. The 16GB model is currently being offered at around $500, which is very similar to an iPad, of course the 32GB is a bit more expensive. 

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: The Limitations

One of the potential downsides of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that Android still doesn’t have a lot of apps to offer. Apple has already built hundreds of thousands, and more are added daily. The only consolation is a suite of Google products is preloaded on the tablet, such as YouTube,Gmail, Google Maps, and Google Places.

Some people also find their Home screen cluttered, and the resizing option doesn’t do much to change the way it looks. To add to the headache, the notification system, which you can see at the bottom right side of your tablet screen, doesn’t have any option for batch clearing. You have to remove each item one by one. 

Conclusion

Is Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a good competitor against iPad 2? Yes, but it won’t dislodge or dent the iPad and their market share. No doubt it is one of the best Android Tablet PCs currently available. At a fairly good price, this may turn out to be an excellent deal for you. 

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