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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)

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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

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As we've said before, a tablet is not a great camera device.

The 3MP rear-facing camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 does provide some handy extra features, but overall the quality of the pictures looked a bit washed out and, in some cases, overly blurry.

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That's partly due to the fact that the tablet is hard to hold steady and is not meant to be a camera replacement by any means.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has some basic effects such as black-and-white and sepia for photos.

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You can adjust white balance for certain lighting conditions, and set a timer. There's a way to raise or lower exposure for lighter or darker pictures, and you can add GPS coordinates. None of these features really go beyond the basic Android offering for taking pictures. You can also shoot 720p videos with the rear camera.

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The front camera is designed for video chats, and we tested both Adobe Mobile Connect (which supports video chat) and Google Talk to test the video quality.

As expected, the 2MP camera beats the Apple iPad 2 in terms of video quality, but is still more like what you'd expect in an instant messaging session than anything close to the quality of a real videoconferencing app or even Skype.

The rear camera is superior, and has an auto focus and a flash. However, the focus took a second or two to work. Like the A500, we had a hard time positioning the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for a shot, because we had to wait for the focus.

Often we'd press the button to snap a photo, but the tab would focus and then click. That makes it hard to take good photos – you want to focus on your subject and then get the result.

There are very few effects for shooting video. You can add an effect such as sepia or black-and-white, change the resolution and adjust exposure, but that's about it. The gallery app does offer a few options for sharing photos and video including email, YouTube and Dropbox.

The slideshow for photos uses a cool zoom effect to liven up what you see. Samsung does offer an HDMI cable for connecting your Galaxy Tab 10.1 to an HDTV but we didn't receive a test cable in time to see how it works.

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