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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V review

The GT-P7100 Vodafone version of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is here!

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Our Verdict

For

  • Android 3.0 is great
  • It's a true multitasker
  • 8MP camera is class-leading
  • Battery life is decent
  • Excellent screen

Against

  • Glitches need fixing before release
  • No external storage port
  • No MicroUSB port
  • What's the price??

UPDATE: The Galaxy Tab 10.1V has been axed in the UK. We've now reviewed the newer, thinner model: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

While 2010 was undoubtedly the year of the Apple iPad, 2011 has a good chance of being the year that Android comes of age.

The original 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab was the only major iPad competitor to be released in 2010, but it was hampered by the inclusion of Android 2.2 – very much an OS designed for mobile phones rather than tablets.

However with the release of the tablet-tastic Android 3.0 this year, the iPad 2 is about to come up against some serious competition.

Our colleagues at T3.com grabbed some Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 video footage which you can watch below.

Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V GT-P7100 that we have here, we're also expecting the imminent release of Android 3.0 tablets in the form of the Motorola Xoom, Asus Eee Pad Transformer (out now), Acer Iconia Tab A500 and LG Optimus Pad – not to mention the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

Different models

To clear up any confusion, there are actually two different versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. There's the original version (read: the one that was announced first) – which is the one we have here – and a revised version.

The original version was ditched in many territories before it even went into production, in favour of a slimmer, less highly spec'd version without the 8MP camera. However, in the UK Vodafone signed an exclusive deal with Samsung to sell the original model, and here it is.

The upshot of all this is that here we have the newly-titled Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V, while the newer version - which will come packing Samsung's Touchwiz overlay - will be known simply as the Galaxy Tab 10.1.