Say hello to the thinnest and lightest tablet.
All of the Honeycomb based tablets that we’ve looked at until now- the Motorola Xoom, the Acer Iconia and the ASUS Transformer have all sported the stock version of Android. They have also proved to be no match to the iPad 2 in terms of looks and dimensions. However Samsung is about to change that with the launch of their Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet.
Available in a black as well as a white back, I received the latter which I personally think looks nicer than the former. Measuring 256.7 x 175.3 x 8.6mm and weighing only 565g, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is not only the thinnest and lightest Honeycomb based tablet that we have looked at but is also thinner and lighter than Apple’s latest generation iPad.
Unlike the Aluminium back that the iPad sports, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a plastic finish which definitely does not give it the premium feel of the iPad, however, it still feels pretty good in your hands and it’s light weight makes it much easier to handle than any other Honeycomb tablet.
Samsung adopts a minimal look for the Tab 10.1 with the power, volume, 3.5mm audio and the SIM car slot all locate on top and a 30-pin proprietary connector at the bottom that is used to charge the device, connect it to your computer or to one of the docks that Samsung plans on making available for it. Other than that, you have a 3MP camera on the back that is capable of recording 720p video as well as a 2MP front facing camera.
The rest of the specs of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 are identical to the other Honeycomb based tablets that we have reviewed. Equipped with a 1GHz dual core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and 1GB RAM, the Tab 10.1 is available in storage capacities of 16, 32 and 64GB. The 10.1” screen has a resolution of 1280×800 and has all the usual sensors like Gyroscope, Accelerometer, light senror and a compass. I received the 3G version so along with 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi and BlueTooth 3.0, my unit was equipped with an HSPA+ radio with theoretical speeds of 21Mbps. Connecting through 3G was completely automatic- all I did was insert my du data SIM card and I started reviving SMS messages and was able to browse without issues.
The screen on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is neither Super AMOLED Plus like Samsung’s high-end phones or an IPS display like the ASUS Transformer or the iPad. Yet, it looks pretty amazing. In fact, I liked it more than the ASUS Transformer with colors appearing a lot more vibrant and screen angles as wide as the best tablets.