The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in its purest sense is brilliant. In nearly every way, it is equal to the Apple iPad 2, while it’s lighter, thinner and smaller. It works well for games and works nicely for motion control. Compared to the iPad 2, the screen rotates more accurately and faster. Its PLS TFT 10.1” (1280 x 800 pixels) display is also a bit clearer. Samsung’s tablets are known for their thinness and light weight. Using Google Books and Amazon Kindle apps you can start an e-reading session quickly, while the Dropbox app offers you the ability to play many movies without worrying about the on-board free space availability. At about nine hours, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 can run longer than many tablets on a single charge.
Its 1GHz dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor can run the Android 2.3 (Honeycomb) adequately and OTA updates have been rolled out, offering new features such as TouchWiz UX interface. The updated user interface includes
- Music Hub and Media Hub: Music and video on demand services.
- Reader Hub: Samsung claimed that it allows you to access 2,300 magazines, 2000 newspapers and 2 million books.
- Social Hub: An integrated service that combines messaging app, unified inboxes and timelines for multiple accounts like Twitter, Facebook, Gmail and others.
- Live Panels: Custom panels and widgets which offers additional contents to users like calendar, news, YouTube, weather and many more. Widgets follow a grid pattern and are resizable.
Unfortunately, Android’s Google Play is still well behind iOS’ App Market in terms of apps availability. Other issue with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that, the display collects grime easily. Some users reported that there was a noticeable delay between pressing the keyboard key and a character appearing on the display.