TODO alt text

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

It's slimmer and lighter than the iPad 2, and it's the best Android tablet yet

Our Verdict

The screen, dimensions, battery and usability put this in second place in the tablet league, just behind the Apple iPad 2

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)

View full specification

For

  • Bright screen
  • Light and portable
  • Great battery life
  • Excellent usability
  • Motion sensor works well

Against

  • Some minor bugs
  • No 1080p video recording
  • Few first-party Samsung apps

galaxy tab 10.1

For now, Samsung is following the cookie-cutter approach to apps and relying mostly on the Android Market.

There is a Samsung app store on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 but the apps mostly repeat what you will find in the Android Market. Which is to say: not that many apps that are optimised for Android 3.0. Even though the Motorola Xoom was first out of the gate in early March, the app selection is still not brilliant - it is improving all the time though.

You can install many of the Android apps designed for phones, but many of them won't make the best use of that 10.1-inch screen. And one good thing here is that if your device is just plain incompatible with a certain app, it won't let you install it.

galaxy tab 10.1

You will find a few new additions in the 'specially designed for Honeycomb- app selection, though: a Twitter client called TweetComb, a few new games including Pinball HD, the new Google Music app that adds cloud storage for your audio files and a few extra newsreader and news aggregator apps.

That makes the app selection for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 slim now, with the possibility of being slightly better in the future. However, Android tablet apps are few and far between compared to the wide selection of Apple iPad apps.

galaxy tab 10.1

You won't find many video chat services (other than Google Talk), a Skype client, a wide selection of games beyond the dozen that are currently available or anything like a slideshow or page layout app. There's no music recording apps, few notetaking or journaling apps and only one Twitter client.

galaxy tab 10.1

There is an HD version of Angry Birds, a good flight tracking app, an RSS aggregator called Pulse and a Dropbox client. This is apart from the standard Google apps for Gmail, calendars and some funky additions such as Google Body (search for body parts), Google Sky Map and Google Earth.

Samsung recently released the Social Hub app for the Galaxy Tab that was not available when we tested the device originally. The app lets you view feeds from Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. In the feeds view, the Tab added status updates quickly and showed posts from all service sin one long thread.

There is also a Messages section, and all of our Twitter direct messages, and all Facebook and LinkedIn messages, appeared here according to the day of the week (today, yesterday, and then previous dates). This made the Social Hub exceptionally useful for a quick peak at social activities. You can also post a status update for one service at a time (but not multiple at one time). The app has no reporting features and no way to schedule posts, so it is not exactly a HootSuite competitor.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelT250
ColourWhite
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)569 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height257 mm
Width175 mm
Depth8.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelP7500
Product NameGalaxy Tab P7500 Tablet Computer
Product LineGalaxy Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P7500UWDDBT
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing Information

Better Design

The new GALAXY Tab 10.1 offers a superlative experience with the thinnest and lightest large screen tablet available! Enjoy unmatched mobility thanks to the amazingly thin and light body. At just 565 grams and 8.6mm slim, this tablet is a breeze to handle.

Better Screen

High definition 10.1" display delivers excellent screen sharpness. With 1280 x 800 WXGA display boasting a pixel density of 149ppi (pixel per inch), you can enjoy better details. Movies, photos and programs with rich graphics will pop to life on the tablet's screen.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab P7500 Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter