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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V review

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The screen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V is excellent.

With a resolution of 1,280x800 it's very sharp indeed. Colours are bright, vivid and pure.

The viewing angle is also surprisingly good. Samsung has thankfully not gone down the route of scrimping on the screen in order to keep production costs low. The screen performs brilliantly even at the tightest of angles.

Viewing outdoors is a weak spot though – out in bright sunshine it's extremely difficult to make anything out on the screen at all, even with brightness turned up to the full.

It doesn't have as much of a premium feel as the iPad, either, mainly because the it's plastic rather than glass.

Another negative is the fingerprinty surface. While the iPad's finger-grease resistant skin does a brilliant job of keep smears to a minimum, as well as making it easy to polish up - the Galaxy Tab 10.1V has no such feature, and it's a pain.

Responsiveness

Back to positive things. The 10.1V's screen couldn't be more responsive if it tried. It really is a pleasure to use and we can't fault it at all.

Samsung galaxy tab 10 1v

When navigating the Android 3.0 OS, touches are responded to immediately. It's just a well-packaged device, with a decent screen being backed up by the powerful Tegra 2 CPU. The hardware sings together as a nicely-tuned whole.

Pinch-to-zoom also works perfectly well on both photographs, websites and Google Maps.

Interface

The interface is vanilla Android 3.0 from front to back. There's no sign of the Touchwiz overlay or Samsung Apps that will be present on the other version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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For an idea of how this OS works, check out our Android 3.0 review. But rest assured, if you're familiar with Android 2.x already, the interface you're used to has only been improved to make use of the bigger display.

Haptic feedback

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V also makes use of haptic feedback, so you'll get a slight vibration every time you press a button. This is an important feature on an Android 3.0 tablet, as there are very few physical buttons. The vibration lets you know that the button press on the touchscreen was registered.