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Samsung Ativ Tab review

Trying to make Windows RT into a top tablet platform.

Our Verdict

Jessie J may not care about the money, money, money, but we do - and whenever we look at the Ativ Tab we have to admit that we care about the price tag. You're paying a premium but this isn't a premium product: it's lacking the X factor.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1366 x 768
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 5 Megapixel

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For

  • Great battery life
  • Loads of storage
  • Full featured office software
  • Good for media

Against

  • Clunky interface
  • Limited app selection
  • Expensive
  • Disappointing screen

The Samsung Ativ Tab comes with a fairly standard selection of apps for a Windows RT tablet.

Other than the media apps we covered on the previous page, the bulk of it is made up by the likes of a calendar, a maps app - which could be described as functional but not particularly feature rich or attractive - and Bing Finance - which is home to various finance updates and related news stories.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

There's also a sports app that's similar to the finance one, just displaying sports results and news stories pulled from Bing. Plus there's a travel app that enables you to search for flights, locations and hotels, and a weather app with detailed forecasts.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

Of course there's also an email app, which seemed to have some trouble syncing with our email for some reason, but once it did it worked well, fitting emails to the screen and making it very easy to flip between them, read them and respond.

More interestingly, the Samsung Ativ Tab comes with not just SkyDrive but also Box (another cloud storage site), making it easy to upload and download to or from either of them.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

The best inclusion, though, is undoubtedly Microsoft Office, since this is something that neither Apple nor Android can claim to have, and it's an impressively full-featured version of it for a tablet.

You get Word, PowerPoint, Excel and One Note, and they have pretty much all the features you'd hope for. Word, for example, has dozens of fonts to choose from. You can also add headers and footers, change the margins and a whole lot more - just like on the desktop version.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

While it's unlikely many people will do much serious work on a tablet, it's still nice to have in a pinch. And of course you can always buy a physical keyboard add-on, and at that point it really starts to become useful to business users, though at that point you also have to wonder if you wouldn't just be better off with a laptop.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

Beyond the built-in apps you also have access to the Store, which is home to many more.

Compared to Android or iOS it's actually a very limited selection, but it's easy to navigate and there are at least a handful of apps to fill most needs. Somewhat surprisingly, Skype isn't included out of the box, but it can be downloaded from the Store.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

On the games front you don't get any included with the Samsung Ativ Tab, and as with apps the selection from the store is rather smaller than the two biggest tablet operating systems.

That said, thanks to Xbox support there are some pretty great games that you can't get on any other tablet, such as Hydro Thunder Hurricane and ilomilo plus. Gaming performance is generally smooth - in our limited time with the tablet we had only a couple of minor performance hiccups.

Samsung Ativ Tab review

Xbox integration also means that if you have an Xbox 360 you can view your friends list, read messages and check recent activity from the tablet.

Ultimately it's not as good for games as an iPad 4 - not even close - but it's not terrible, and if you've got an Xbox you might find the integration appealing.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity64 GB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
HDMIYes
Backlight TechnologyLED
Product FamilyATIV tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformWindows
Operating SystemWindows RT
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1.50 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1366 x 768
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)570 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Height168.1 mm
Width265.8 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Screen ModeHD
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelP8510
Product NameATIV Tab P8510 Tablet
Product LineATIV tab
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P8510MSEBTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Package Contents
  • ATIV Tab P8510 Tablet
  • AC Adapter