The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the successor to Samsung's original 7-inch tablet. It's also arguably the best Android Honeycomb tablet yet released. It combines gorgeous looks with a fantastic screen, and, in purely technical terms, manages to out-perform the iPad 2, although it lags way behind in the number of dedicated apps and games available.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is available with 16GB or 32GB of storage, with prices starting at around £400. A 3G version is expected shortly.
Guide to the review
This is an in-depth review, so here's a list of the various sections, for those who are interested in a particular area of the Tab 10.1:
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2 (this page)
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Android 3.1
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Flash support and Honeycomb apps
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Hardware and touchscreen
- Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1: Camera and video
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2
There's no point in beating around the bush -- Apple currently has the tablet market well and truly cornered with the excellent iPad 2. It's a less than ideal situation for Google and its tablet hardware partners, but the one positive thing about having a dominant rival is that you at least know what you're out to beat -- and beating the iPad 2 is exactly what Samsung has attempted to do with the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Almost every aspect of this tablet seems to have been designed in order to score points over the iPad 2. It's slimmer and lighter, and has a higher-resolution screen and better cameras. The Korean manufacturer has unquestionably crafted a truly dazzling piece of hardware.
But, just because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 betters other Android tablets doesn't necessarily mean that it's going to be to everyone's tastes. Just as many iPhone users can't abide Android phones, there are likely to be individuals that find the Galaxy Tab 10.1's convoluted menu system to be a turn-off rather than a turn-on.
Honeycomb is arguably more versatile than Apple's iOS software, but, by the same token, it's far less intuitive. Many options are buried deep within the menu system, which makes it awkward to use in a hurry. It also lacks the smoothness of iOS.
Despite the Galaxy Pad 10.1's muscular, 1GHz, dual-core CPU, the transition between home screens is often accompanied by stuttering animation, and we also noticed lag when moving between applications.
Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1?
Basically, we'd give the same recommendation here as we would to any prospective smart-phone purchaser. If you want a device that works with the minimum of fuss and you aren't bothered about having complete and utter control over its functionality, then the iPad 2 is the tablet to go for, just as the iPhone is the mobile to go for.
But, if you like your technology to be more flexible and adventurous -- and also don't mind a little lag and the occasional crashing application -- the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is more likely to float your boat.
Of course, you may not even have decided whether a tablet is really what you're after. Although these ultra-mobile devices handle many of the tasks one would normally associate with netbooks or laptops, their capability is limited.
Drumming out an email, browsing YouTube or doing some online shopping are all activities that fall comfortably within the remit of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but editing a home movie, touching up a digital photo or dealing with multiple documents and spreadsheets are tasks that are less suited to the mouse-free, touchscreen-only interface.
If you're in the market for a device on which you can play games, watch movies, read books and generally entertain yourself from the comfort of your sofa, then a tablet like the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the ideal solution. For anything beyond that, you may wish to consider a laptop or netbook.
Thanks to Google's suite of dedicated apps, it's easy to perform basic computer tasks such as sending emails, uploading videos and keeping your calendars in sync.
If you've got a Google Mail account, then the Galaxy Tab 10.1's Gmail app will allow you to keep on top of your correspondence. The app uses a multi-pane interface that displays all of your emails on one side of the screen and the main body on the right. It's a system that mimics the one used in Microsoft Outlook, and shows how the increased size of a tablet's screen, as compared to that of a smart phone, can make for significant time savings.
Email and documents
If you're looking to use the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as your main email device, it's worth noting that the Gmail app currently only supports image attachments. It's possible to attach other items to emails, but you'll need to use a third-party app, like Linda File Manager, to do so.
Should you be handling files such as text documents and spreadsheets, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with Polaris Office pre-loaded. This surprisingly robust application allows you to create, edit and manage Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on the fly. It even allows you to upload your precious files to cloud-based storage, although you'll need to sign up to a Box.net account to use this service.
Editing documents using nothing but a touchscreen isn't the most elegant way of doing business, but, if you're seeking a simple way of making small amends or managing your files when you're out of the office and away from a computer, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 should prove an able part-time substitute for your trusty laptop.
Next page: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android 3.1
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the first tablets to come pre-loaded with Android 3.1, the latest version of Honeycomb. Honeycomb is the first version of Android that has been designed specifically with large-screen tablets in mind, and, although it shares many similarities with the mobile version of the operating system, there are some key differences.
For starters, the arrangement of the menus and options is different. In the top left corner, you have the 'search' command, as a handy shortcut to Google's home page. In the opposite corner, there's the app drawer shortcut and a '+' symbol, which allows you to add more widgets to the home screen you're currently viewing.
Speaking of home screens, Honeycomb grants you five to play with. You can fill these with widgets covering a wide range of applications, including Google Mail, the calendar, YouTube and the Android Market. It's also possible to place shortcuts to your favourite contacts, allowing you to drop them an email quickly and easily.
You can access the various home screens by swiping your finger across the display either to the left or the right. Doing so triggers a cool 3D effect, whereby the screen actually looks as if it's floating off the side of the tablet. The transition isn't quite as smooth as the scrolling on the iPad 2, though.
If you've used an Android phone before, you'll be aware of the brilliant slide-down notification bar at the top of the screen. With Honeycomb, Google has chosen to eschew this fan favourite in favour a pop-up message system which is docked in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Important notifications -- such as emails, installation updates and download status reports -- all appear in this portion of the screen. Tapping the corner brings up a pop-up menu that displays all your current messages, as well as allowing you to toggle settings such as screen brightness, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and automatic screen rotation.
Also located on that bar at the bottom of the screen are a series of touch commands. The home button takes you back to your main home screen, and there are no prizes for guessing what the back button does.
Another icon opens up a scrolling menu showing all of your open or recent applications. It's here that the multitasking power of Android 3.1 becomes apparent. You can switch between active programs using this menu, although doing so does sometimes incur a discernible pause as the tablet busies itself with loading up the app in question.
Finally, there's a hidden dock at the bottom of the screen that features shortcuts to key applications, including the calendar, notepad, calculator, world clock and music player.
All in all, Android 3.1 isn't a massive upgrade from 3.0. Google has bigger enhancements planned for version 3.2, including the ability to control how non-Honeycomb apps are displayed on the larger screen. At the moment, some Android mobile apps refuse to display full-screen in Honeycomb and instead run in a scaled-down window. Version 3.2 will seek to rectify this problem.
It's also rather disappointing to observe that the stuttering home-screen scrolling that plagued Android 3.0 remains in this update. Android 3.1 was apparently supposed to solve this issue, but the OS remains rather sluggish at times. When you consider that it's handling proper multitasking and other fancy tricks, it's just about forgivable, although, when you place the Tab 10.1 alongside the iPad 2, with its silky-smooth scrolling and stable performance, it's hard not to feel a tad envious.
But, that doesn't mean Android 3.1 isn't worth making a song and dance about. Google's software engineers have been busy tidying up the operating system and eradicating bugs, but the most significant addition is the ability to resize home-screen widgets.
This means you can expand a widget to occupy a larger area, or you can shrink it down so that you can fit more widgets on one screen. It's a seriously useful improvement that makes Honeycomb feel even more versatile and adaptable than it did previously.
Although the Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a relatively unmolested version of the Honeycomb operating system, Samsung has introduced some tricks of its own. One we particularly like is the ability to take a screenshot of your display.
To do this on the mobile phone edition of Android, you need to root your device and install a special application -- hardly the most elegant of procedures. It's good to see that such a feature is included as standard with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and, what's more, it's pinned conveniently to the bottom of your screen.
TouchWiz user interface
More alterations to the core OS are on their way, too. Samsung is planning to release a revised user interface that will bring the Galaxy Tab 10.1 more in line with the company's TouchWiz user interface, seen on its phones. This update will include features such as mini apps and live panels, and it's expected in the next few weeks. It will also bring with it apps such as Samsung Media Hub, Amazon Cloud Player and Amazon Kindle.
The introduction of TouchWiz for tablets is either good news or bad news, depending on your personal opinion of manufacturer-produced skins. We have to admit that it seems a shame to bury the slick Android Honeycomb interface under performance-sapping applications, but, if the changes are executed thoughtfully, they may give the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a unique advantage over its Android-based tablet competitors.
Out of the box, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with several exclusive pre-loaded applications, although Samsung is looking to roll out more with the aforementioned TouchWiz update.
For the time being, you get Samsung's Social Hub, which allows you to aggregate posts from your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts, all in a single timeline. You can also post to multiple accounts using this service, and it can be pinned to your home screen as a scrollable widget. While we're sure many users will ditch it in favour of alternatives -- the Honeycomb-optimised Twitter client Plume is especially good -- it does the job well enough.
We liked Samsung's ebook app too. It not only allows you to turn the Galaxy Tab 10.1 into a full-colour rival to the Amazon Kindle, but also allows you to import PDF files.
But it's impossible to shake the impression that Samsung has rather short-changed early adopters when it comes to software. The Media Hub app that came pre-loaded on the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab is missing, although Samsung promises that it will be made available in the impending TouchWiz update.
Flash support and Honeycomb apps
The lack of pre-installed content wouldn't be an issue if there were a surfeit of dedicated Honeycomb apps to download, but sadly that isn't the case. Indeed, one of the biggest problems facing Android tablets is the lack of developer support.
While Apple's iPad has a mountain of apps and games to choose from, Honeycomb has so far struggled. Even now, months after the launch of the Motorola Xoom, the number of tablet-friendly downloads in the Android Market remains small.
While many leading Android mobile apps have been modified to function on a larger display, there are still a worrying number of omissions. For example, the Android Facebook app isn't compatible with tablets, and therefore it won't show in the Android Market when you browse the shelves on the Galaxy Tab 10.1. You could argue that the tablet's ability to display full Web pages mitigates this issue, but we'd like to see touch-friendly apps all the same.
This sorry state of affairs becomes even more confusing when you load up the Samsung Hub application, which is intended to be a one-stop guide to the wonderful world of Android. It dutifully highlights recommended apps -- one of which is Facebook for Android. Attempting to install the app from this portal results in an 'item not found' warning, which is bound to befuddle and frustrate users.
Aside from this little hiccup -- which, in reality, is just an unfortunate bug relating to the way in which Samsung's Hub app functions -- we should perhaps be thankful that Google has configured the Market to only display apps that will work on your device, thus avoiding the potential frustration of purchasing and installing a program only to find it refuses to run on a tablet.
Unfortunately, this also serves to highlight the massive, yawning gulf between the amount of Honeycomb apps available and the number of dedicated iPad apps out there. Google has a tonne of catching up to do, and it's well worth bearing this in mind if you're undecided about which faction to pledge your allegiance to.
Right now, the tablet with the most extensive and far-reaching app library is the iPad 2, pure and simple -- and that situation isn't going to change overnight, regardless of whether or not the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a bestseller or not.
One area in which the Galaxy Tab 10.1's impressive specifications are put to excellent use is surfing the Internet. Websites load at a blistering pace over the tablet's Wi-Fi connection, and navigating each page using the touchscreen is a near-effortless affair. Multi-touch support means that pinch-to-zoom gestures are supported, and many people may even find this manner of Web browsing to be preferable to using a desktop PC.
You can open multiple pages using the browser's tab-driven system, and it's possible to sync your bookmarks with the desktop version of Google Chrome to ensure you're always up-to-date with your favourite sites. You can even browse 'incognito', should you be up to no good and don't want anyone else to view your nefarious Web history.
Adobe Flash content runs smoothly in the Galaxy Tab 10.1's default browser, offering a more complete Web experience than some competing devices we could mention. We're looking at you iPad 2. Flash content comes in many forms, from interactive adverts to fully fledged games.
The iPad 2 famously doesn't support Flash, with Apple's stance being that it's a processor hog that sucks your battery dry. But, on a device like the Galaxy Tab 10.1, with its dual-core CPU and cavernous 7,000mAh power cell, this isn't really an issue.
Flash support means you can enjoy the Web as it's supposed to be seen, and it also grants access to apps such as the brilliant Kongregate, a repository of hundreds of brilliant, free-to-play games.
All in all, hitting the Web on this device is a thoroughly enjoyable pastime, and the stock browser feels very much like an extension of the already excellent mobile Android browser.
One of the lessons Android tablet makers seem to have ignored is that it's vital to make your product visually and physically appealing -- that's almost certainly one of the reasons why the iPad has become so popular. Thankfully, Samsung has created an attractive and highly desirable product. From the moment you pull the Galaxy Tab 10.1 free of its packaging, you'll have nothing but intense admiration for the device's form.
With a wafer-thin thickness of just 8.6mm, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is slimmer than the iPad 2 by 0.2mm. It's also 36g lighter. Of course, winning the battle of the bulge means little if the overall design is lacking, but thankfully that isn't the case.
Although the casing isn't metal like that of the iPad, the build quality is sturdy enough. There's no creakiness or unsightly gaps to speak of, and the clean design avoids the fussy nature of the Motorola Xoom and Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Still, we did notice that the plastic rear panel has a certain amount of flex to it, but it's only really apparent if you prod and poke hard enough.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks like a catwalk supermodel when compared to its dumpy Android tablet rivals. The front of the device is dominated by the capacitive touchscreen display, which has a black border running around its edges. Beyond that you'll find the rounded corners that sit comfortably in your palms.
The power button is located in the top left-hand corner, right next to the volume rocker. They're the only physical buttons on the entire device.
Also along the top edge, you'll discover a 3.5mm headphone jack. Aside from this, the only other port to speak of is the proprietary connection on the bottom of the machine. This is used to connect the Tab to your computer's USB port, as well as charge the battery.
One touch we particularly like is the design and placement of the stereo speakers. Rather than being on the back or front of the Tab, they've been positioned on the sides, near the top of device. This allows them to deliver a reasonably decent stereo experience without the danger of getting covered by your hands.
To achieve that super-thin frame, Samsung has unsurprisingly had to make some sacrifices. There's no microSD card slot or USB port -- omissions that we'll cover later in the review.
Hardware and touchscreen
As the device's name so subtly suggests, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 10.1-inch display. It has a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, which is just enough to put the iPad 2's 1,024x768-pixel resolution in the shade. Furthermore, Samsung's new Super PLS technology provides an astonishingly bright and vivid picture, with excellent viewing angles, making this one of the best displays we've yet seen on a tablet.
But, to achieve this eye-searing degree of luminosity, you'll need to disable the auto-brightness system. We noticed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1's light sensor -- located next to the front-facing camera at the top of the screen -- has a tendency to be rather stingy.
Even in quite poorly lit rooms, the screen's brightness dims right down. Naturally this has a positive side effect, as battery life is protected by keeping the screen on a low light, but, when you've paid almost half a grand on a piece of consumer electronics, you want it to look dazzling.
Another issue we noticed was touchscreen latency. Many tablets suffer from this ailment, but there were times when the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was rather sluggish to acknowledge our input. Mercifully it's a fairly rare occurrence, and, for the most part, the device responds promptly to finger stabs and swipes.
If you’ve handled the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, then the chances are you may have reservations regarding the jump in screen size. While the larger screen makes this tablet a little less easy to stow away in your rucksack, the additional inches really do make a massive difference when it comes to the overall experience. It's hard to go back to the smaller display after witnessing this.
Even when placed alongside the iPad 2's stunning screen, there's no denying that Samsung has set a new benchmark in tablet displays with this offering, and, if you're the kind of person who is picky over the quality of their screens, it's worth making note of that fact.
It's hard to believe that there's a 1GHz, dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 CPU beating inside the impossibly svelte frame, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 packs some serious processing muscle. It's backed up by 1GB of RAM, which is vital when you're throwing around all that data on the screen.
The slim nature of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has forced Samsung to leave out USB ports. This means the tablet isn't capable of taking advantage of Android 3.1's ability to host USB devices such as external drives, mice and joypads. You can buy a USB dongle which links via the 30-pin connector located on the bottom edge of the device, however.
Also absent is the ability to augment the Galaxy Tab's internal memory via microSD or SD cards. This isn't such a pressing issue if you plump for the more expensive 32GB model, but, during our tests, we found the 16GB edition's storage quickly vanished once we'd loaded up a few 1080p videos and imported our music library.
Should you plan on turning your tablet into your personal media player, you might want to consider laying down a few more sheets for the 32GB version, or looking at rivals like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
It's also a shame that no HDMI connection is included, as we would have appreciated the ability to hook the Galaxy Tab 10.1 up to a television.
Media and ebooks
When you're presented with such a gorgeous 10.1-inch Super PLS screen, it's only natural to want to show it off to the best of its ability. The most impressive way of doing this is watching 1080p HD movies. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powerful enough to ensure flawless playback of video -- something that can't be said of the Asus Eee Pad Transformer, which notably struggled with HD footage.
At the time of writing, we couldn't gain access to Samsung's Media Hub application, as it's going to be made available around the same time that the Galaxy Tab 10.1's interface is updated with TouchWiz features. The service will, however, allow you to rent movies and watch them on the tablet in much the same way that HTC's Watch app does on the HTC Sensation.
The company's Music Hub app is included, however, and it attempts to mimic Apple's iTunes with its selection of downloadable songs and albums. You can sample 30 seconds of each song before committing to a purchase, and it's possible to grab entire albums for around £5 a pop. Single tracks cost 99p each.
Purchased tracks are downloaded to the Galaxy Tab 10.1's internal memory, and aren't saddled with any digital-rights-management nonsense. Once you've grabbed some choice tracks, you can either listen to them using the tablet's preinstalled media player or transfer them to another device.
The ebook reader is another neat pre-installed app, and could potentially soak up more of your time than the movie and music variants. It allows you to link to your preferred ebook store in order to download books directly to your device and uses a cool 'bookshelf' interface to display all of your tomes.
If you already have a sizeable collection of novels, you can import existing libraries and even PDF files. The text-to-speech option is an interesting feature, although the robotic female voice does tend to grate after a few chapters.
The dedicated Android Honeycomb YouTube application comes pre-installed as standard, and it's arguably one of the best apps currently available. The large screen allows you to browse video content effectively, and the cool, curved 3D menu effect still manages to impress us, even though we marvelled at it on the Motorola Xoom many moons ago.
Playback can be toggled between standard and high definition, and, when you blow the footage up to full screen, it really does look rather scrumptious. If Google can apply the same level of polish to some of its other exclusive apps, that will go a long way to enticing customers over from the iPad.
Next page: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 camera and video
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses Wi-Fi to get online, with Bluetooth 2.1 waiting in the wings for more modest amounts of data transfer. There's no cellular connectivity at the moment, but a more expensive 3G version of the tablet is due for release soon.
During our tests, the tablet's wireless talent was obvious. It managed to out-perform handsets such as the Google Nexus S and Sony Ericsson Xperia Play in terms of signal stability, and it was even able to grab a solid connection through several thick walls. This is all down to the Galaxy Tab 10.1's dual antenna and support for 802.11b, g and n Wi-Fi.
You can connect the tablet to your PC using the bundled USB cable, which also doubles as the charging cable when inserted into the included wall plug. You'll want to use this method when it comes to transferring HD movies, music and other data onto the tablet's internal memory.
Camera and video
This is yet another area where Samsung has clearly attempted to out-do Apple. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 3-megapixel rear-facing snapper, which is technically better than the one on the iPad 2.
It boasts an LED flash for low-light shooting situations, although the results are predictably inconsistent -- be prepared for plenty of washed-out images. The front-facing camera has a 2-megapixel resolution, and allows you to conduct video calls using certain applications.
Both cameras are also capable of capturing video footage, with the rear-facing one shooting video at a 720p HD resolution. 1080p recording would have been welcome, especially when you consider that the Samsung Galaxy S2 supports it, but it's hardly a deal-breaker.
While the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has the tools to commit those tender family moments to memory, actually using it as a photographic device is less than ideal. As we've seen with other tablets, the large size makes it tricky to line up quick shots, and it's hard not to feel a little silly when you're snapping out in the public with a device the size of a small book.
You'll also need to download Samsung's Kies software, as it's possible that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 won't be recognised by your computer without the required drivers. There's no CD included in the box so you'll have to grab the Kies installation file from Samsung's website.
It's possible to use Kies to send items to the tablet and make sure everything is synchronised, but it's a fussy and unnecessarily awkward procedure that's made all the more pointless by the fact that all Android devices come with USB mass storage connectivity as standard. Once you've grabbed the drivers, you can just treat the Galaxy Tab 10.1 as an external drive and manage your data that way.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1's prospects for expansion are lamentably poor. There's no way to boost the device's memory with SD cards, and the lack of a USB port means you'll have to splash out additional cash for a dedicated USB connector. The proprietary connector on the bottom of the tablet is also a disappointment -- we'd have hoped for a universal micro-USB connection, as seen on almost every mobile phone these days.
We also noticed that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 wasn't keen on charging via a pure USB connection, which could prove irksome if you happen to misplace your wall charger attachment.
Thanks to the inclusion of a three-axes accelerometer and gyroscope, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is incredibly good at detecting motion and movement. This makes it brilliant for driving games or any title which makes use of the accelerometer, as the device is able to accurately translate your movements into on-screen action.
Unfortunately, just as Honeycomb-optimised applications are thin on the ground, the same is true for games. The big-hitters like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja are all present and correct, and Gameloft has supported Android tablets with titles such as Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Hero of Sparta and N.O.V.A., but most other titles are merely Android games that have been stretched to fit the massive 10.1-inch display. Needless to say, the effect isn't always attractive.
One should be grateful for tender mercies, though, as there are a great many shoddy Android games that simply do not function on the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Using the aforementioned USB host connector -- which isn't included in the box and costs extra -- it's possible to connect up your USB joypad for a more traditional gaming experience. You can also use applications in the Android Market to link up a Nintendo Wii remote controller via a Bluetooth connection.
Combine this feature with one of the many retro gaming emulators available for Android, and you've got yourself an eminently portable gaming system. We tested the tablet with the superb Sega Mega Drive MD.emu and Super Nintendo Snes9X EX emulators, and both performed admirably.
Despite the obvious appeal of Angry Birds in HD, it's painfully clear that Android Honeycomb lags way behind Apple's iOS when it comes to proper tablet-focused games. The iPad has thousands upon thousands of games available for it, while the number you can play on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is pitifully tiny by comparison.
While the mobile Android Market is fast catching up on the iPhone App Store, it's hard to see the gulf between the tablet editions closing quite as swiftly. This is worth bearing in mind if you're looking to do much gaming on your Galaxy Tab 10.1. If you want a flood of amazing games to download from day one, the iPad 2 is the sane option at this stage.
With a mobile device like a tablet, robust battery stamina is a must. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 boasts a 7,000mAh power cell -- a slight improvement over the 6,600mAh variant in the iPad 2 -- and it's good for around 8 to 10 hours of general use.
This figure fluctuates depending on what activities you partake in, but, on the whole, we were pleasantly surprised by how long the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was able to last between charges. During our tests, we watched HD movies, played games, surfed the Web and downloaded plenty of apps, and, despite the heavy demands we were placing on the battery, we managed to get close to 8 hours of use before recharging.
One thing to note is that the battery takes a good few hours to fully recharge -- presumably because it's such a high-capacity cell -- so you'll want to plan your charging routine before taking the Tab 10.1 on long trips.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is unquestionably the best Android Honeycomb device we've seen, despite the lack of memory expansion options, the disappointing plastic back and the occasional bouts of judder. Still, given the generally modest nature of the Android-based competition, such a commendation is hardly surprising.
In a battle with the Apple iPad 2, the results are less clear. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a higher-resolution screen, better battery life, a more versatile operating system and more powerful cameras, but it simply can't match Apple's tablet when it comes to application and game support. Still, if you're an Android user already, you're likely to feel more at home with the Tab 10.1 than the iPad.
Edited by Charles Kloet