• 10.1" 16M-color PLS TFT capacitive touchscreen of WXGA (1280 x 800 pixels) resolution
•Very lightweight at just 565 g
•Thinnest slate to date at just 8.6 mm
•Gorilla Glass display
•Tegra 2 chipset: Dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor; 1GB of RAM; ULP GeForce GPU
•Android 3.1 Honeycomb with TouchWiz UX UI
•Optional quad-band GPRS/EDGE and tri-band 3G with HSDPA 21 Mbps connectivity
• 16/32/64 GBGB of built-in memory
•3.2 MP autofocus camera, 2048x1536 pixels, LED flash, geotagging
•2.0 MP front-facing camera; video calls
•720p HD video recording @ 30 fps
•Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
• Proprietary 30-pin connector port for charging
•Stereo Bluetooth v3.0
•HDMI TV-out (adapter required), USB host (adapter required)
•Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
•Flash 10.3 support
•GPS with A-GPS support; digital compass
•DivX/XviD support (fullHD), MP4 support up to HD
•Accelerometer and proximity sensor; three-axis Gyroscope sensor
•Polaris office document editor comes preinstalled
•7000 mAh Li-Po rechargeable battery
•No microSD card support
•No standard USB port
•No Android Honeycomb 3.2 yet
•No GSM voice capabilities despite the available SIM slot
It's not easy being an Android tablet these days. The iPad is the supreme ruler of the market, leaving but a small part of it to the huge number of competitors. So even if the Galaxy Tab 10.1 manages to successfully tackle a few dozens of devices running the same platform plus a few exotic competitors, the best it can hope for is go at the number two spot.
But that's not necessarily bad - Rome wasn't built in a day and Samsung is certainly under no illusion that it will manage to knock Apple of its tablet perch with a single device. Apple took a gamble with slates, it worked and now they have the advantage in a rapidly expanding market, while the competition is playing catch up.
Now we are not saying Apple cannot be beaten at its own game - most recent smartphone history suggests otherwise. We are just saying that some serious preparation is required if such a thing is to happen. Convincing customers that you can beat the iPad hardware or software isn't enough - you need to convince them that you can match or outdo the Apple user experience.
And from where we stand after we completed the review the Galaxy Tab 10.1 can be a pretty strong argument for both Samsung and Android. And it's not just the really good PLS TFT display with Gorilla Glass, the powerful Tegra 2 chipset or the excellent connectivity (though those all score points for it). It's more the case of the Honeycomb 3.1-running slate being the most complete offering we've seen from the Android camp to date.
The Samsung-made TouchWiz UI takes the already great Honeycomb functionality another level up, while the 3.1 Android update brings an overdue performance boost. Meanwhile app numbers are growing by the day and as we know apps are the heart of every tablet ecosystem. And if the ones you need haven't come out in tablet flavor just yet the excellent video player will still make your Galaxy Tab 10.1 great fun.
So that's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 summarized - it’s a nice tablet that no one would mind having around. What's even more we doubt anyone will regret spending €500 (for the Wi-Fi only version) €600 (Wi-Fi + 3G) on it. If you aren't quite convinced though, you might want to try some of its alternatives.
The recently released LG Optimus Pad costs a good deal more than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and has no fancy TouchWiz UI to brag about, but comes with one of a kind feature - stereoscopic 3D video recording (it also does 1080p videos in 2D). If you are really into this thing, then the Optimus Pad might be your only option.