I am reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, this review is also written on the same Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. I have had it for a little over a month now and have become very fond of it. It will never be a replacement for a PC however it tend to go to it more for small tasks, quicker actions and to play games. However it is not the type of device for while in school to write papers on and larger activities. There is also going to be compatibility issues while in school and for business. There is many things that can be done but there is still a limit.
Physically the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 is a great size. It can be compared similar to the iPad however the screen ratio is slightly different. Another great feature is the Samsung tab it mainly in landscape compared to most other tablets which as portrait. The SGT 10.1 is very thin and light making it easy to hold and carry around room to room or hotspots, work, friends, or the park. I currently have the WiFi version however i can easily tether it to my phone. The SGT 10.1 has two camera's one on the back with a led flash and one on the front for face chats. There is only two button the on/off and volume up and down, two speakers on the sides, and a port on the bottom used for charging, syncing and accessories. Currently the on accessory i own is the Samsung Docking Keyboard which other has said has lag but i have not realized it, but i am not the fastest at typing. However it is small and takes some getting used to.
When you power it on sometimes it takes holding the power button down for a couple seconds and the first screen is the Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1 logo, the first time i got a big smile on my face. Then you will see the Samsung logo with the oval. Followed by the lock screen. As you place your figure over the lock on slide it out of the circle you are not entering technology heaven, the Google Android Honeycomb Operating system.
when the main screen starts you will see a simple round clock, and a few basic preinstalled applications. And then the "tool bar" at the bottom. From left to right you start with the back button, self explained as well as the home button and the there is the multitask button. This allows you to switch between programs and screens. Then on the right side is your notifications, an digital clock, you WiFi status and battery life. However when Samsung released the touch wiz update next to the multitask button they put a screen capture button as well as in the middle a quick tools task bar that gives quick link to the task manager, calender, world clock, pen memo, calculator, and music player. If you tap on the right part of the "tool bar" you have a pop up menu that give the time, date, battery life, WiFi Network, then a quick launch to turn on and off your WiFi, Notifications, GPS, Sound, Auto rotation, Bluetooth, and flight mode. Just below that is the screen brightness, followed by a link to your settings. Your settings are very well laid out with the main subjects on the left of the screen and then break it down on the right side, very easy to navigate. Back to the home screen, on the top left you have a good search button and voice search, on the right is you link to apps and + sigh which takes you to the screen to customize your home screen which consist of 5 screens. This allows you to add widgets, shortcuts, wall paper and more.
The SGT 10.1 comes with a browser which is great however some web sites do work properly, however that can be solved by downloading the Firefox App. Please do not forget to download adobe flash, to be able to view almost all the the internet and not have the same restrictions as you do on apple products such as the iPad. As you look through the system you will see Samsung apps and well and of course Google apps that are found on most Google android devices, we will get into actual apps at a later date.
The Android honeycomb operating system is newer to the mobile world as is still being developed on in terms of market place, however browsing the market place there is no shortage of apps, i have had no problem finding apps for most tasks and games i have used on other android devices. And each time i look through i am seeing and finding more and more.
While the SGT 10.1 is a great device and has alot and i mean allot of great things about it, however there are negatives. These negatives are what make this an accessory compared to a replacement of a PC, however it is a better option than the iPad due to it's flash support, the ability to be customize and made your own, your not as restricted as you are with apple products.
The negative features are mainly hardware which is lack of USB, which Samsung as given an adapter to fix this issue but it is at cost, just like an HDMI adapter, due to the lack of HDMI on the device. Another feature it is missing is an SD card slot, which would allow not only transferring of files but to be able to expand on the memory. As most tablets are you are unable to take off the cover and get to the battery. Finally this has only happened 2 times prior to the Touch wiz update was that it made it hard to turn on, which other people have complained about but this is solved by holding down the power button for a at least 30 seconds, and or pressing the volume buttons.
While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great product and has many great benefits for both home and work. The final question is- is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 worth the cost of $499.99? While if you have the money to buy one i would say get the SGT 10.1 over the iPad, but if your looking for school or for business I would say get a PC. If your looking for small tasks, portability and something more fun then yes the Samsung Galaxy Tab is your answer.
...but there are a few things I'd like to see fixed--some software, some hardware.
Hardware: this really needs an SDHC/XC slot so that you can leave a card in the tablet without a dongle. It would be nice to have a duplicate of the 30-pin connector on the side for use when docked or in a keyboard case like the Zagg case. I think a notification LED to show when new notifications have arrived and charging status would be nice. I'd like to be able to charge with the power on using 1A/5V, even though it would be a slow charge. (Thank you for allowing charge even from a laptop when the power is off!) A VGA adapter would be excellent since most projectors don't take HDMI. I'd like a stereo microphone input (perhaps via USB).
Those are fairly minor things. Overall, I think the hardware is fantastic.
The software is mostly good, too. There are a few things I'd like to see improved:
Bluetooth keyboard support works, but it has two problems: it pops up an on-screen keyboard when you don't want it, and there's no way to bring up a screen keyboard when you do want it. If they keyboard notification icon was up all the time, that would help. And dismissing the on-screen keyboard as soon as a keystroke comes in from Bluetooth would rock--or better yet, don't put the on-screen keyboard up at all if a Bluetooth keyboard is connected. Finally, there seems to be no way to generate Shift+Enter and other control sequences. Facebook relies on Shift+Enter for putting blank lines in comments, so not having this is a pain in the butt.
In the calendar app, setting times is a pain becuase setting minutes takes forever. Look at Business Calendar's time setter for an example of a REALLY elegant solution. Failing that, use increments of five minutes rather than one minute, or even 15 minutes. (This could be a setting option.) You should also provide an edit control for folks who want to set their own time by typing.
I would like to be able to have other apps be part of the Task Manager/Calendar/World Clock/etc. popup. And it's too easy to pop this up--I often pop it up accidentally when scrolling. Perhaps requiring that you actually hit the arrow rather than any flick from the bottom status bar.
I would like if the mail app handled GMail labels properly, especially archiving. It is possible to archive by moving to All Mail, but that's not as slick as Google's solution. It would also be good to use Google's mail store instead of having a separate IMAP store. I do very much like the combined inbox--nice job on that.
My biggest beef is with the browser--it is a far cry from a decent desktop browser. First off, it won't allow me to set the user agent to desktop, as almost all mobile browsers do (even my phone browser on Android 2.2/2.3). More importantly, it handles a lot of common Facebook situations very badly. When a pop-up window is up, it will often pass clicks on to the layer below. This is totally unacceptable--the click needs to stay in the level that's visible. It seems to handle resetting sizes when zooming poorly--this is especially evident when Facebook sets up a second edit control to receive the input and the second edit control doesn't overlay the first exactly. Finally, the browser rendering is quite slow, so there are lags where keystrokes go to the wrong control, and so on. Especially irritating is that the text items on a Facebook page will go blank when Facebook sends items for the top of the page. NONE of these problems show up in desktop browsers; they are not acceptable on a tablet.
Pros: Bright display, Lightweight, performance, good brand reputation, quality design and engineering, ics update coming soon, great sound, super thin
Cons: short charging cable, tad bit pricey, lack of microsd
As the previous owner of two other Android tablets, I have finally found the one I've been waiting for. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (WiFi 16GB), is the device to rule them all. I was attracted to the Galaxy Tab for several reasons:
1. Samsung's reputation in the electronics industry. I have several other Samsung products (e.g. mobile phones, televisions, and blu-ray players) and have been happy with them thus far. Going on that reputation, I have decided to give Samsung more of my business
2. The design and engineering of the tablet. It is a very well made device. It is very thin, has a crystal clear display that is very bright, the onboard speakers exceed expectations, and it is very light which makes it easy to hold for long periods of time.
3. The promise of an update to Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0). With my previous tablets, there was no mention of an upgrade from their manufacturers regarding ICS. To me, that almost means that they're not supporting the device anymore. If I'm going to spend any kind of cash on a device I would like to know that it will last and be supported into the future.
However, this does not mean that the Galaxy Tab comes without flaws--however small they may be. I hesitated for a brief period of time for three reasons:
1. The lack of a microSD. I know that there are accessories out there that can fulfill this want. It just would have been more convenient not to have to purchase an additional widget. I want my cake and the ability to eat it! Give me super thin and the option for additional storage!
2. Price. This device is a little on the expensive end of the market. But, now that I have made the purchase ... it has been well worth the investment.
3. Charging cable is too short, I think it's only 1.5' long. I've had to purchase a USB extension cable to be able to charge the device. Samsung also doesn't offer a longer cable for purchase so I've had to go after market.
With all that has been said, I would highly recommend this device to friends and loved ones. I have watched several movies on the device. The high resolution display and ample speakers makes for a great viewing experience. If you can get past what I perceive to be minor flaws, do not hesitate! The Galaxy Tab is head and shoulders above the competition.
I researched tablets very extensively before buying. I took my time to make sure I got the tablet that had the features that I wanted. I own a Samsung Galaxy S phone, which I think is the best smart phone out there. When learning that Samsung had a new 10.1 in. tablet I was very interested. I did not want a 3G tablet. I wanted a WiFi only tablet. The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 has a very fast processor and an excellent crystal clear screen. In looking at tablets I read reviews that criticized the Samsung for not having a USB port and SD card slot. I was a little concerned at first, then I started thinking that I really don't need these. I have a connector that has a USB that can plug into my computer or whatever I like. Thinking about the SD slot, I concluded that I rarely use the extra space on my phone so I could do without it on the tab. Most of my space on my phone is taken up by photos which I could upload to my computer then erase. Problems solved. I know that the tablet is not going to take my computer's place but it is perfect for emails, reading the news, and watching web videos. I took my Galaxy Tablet to the pool to test the screen. I was amazed at how easy it was to read in bright light. It is very easy to hold. I can get books from Nook or Kindle and read them on my tablet. Which I think is a big plus. Books are heavy and a pain to carry. Since I do not have 3G, I added a tethering plan to my phone for when I can't get WiFi. It is extremely easy to connect. I was impressed with the GPS on the tablet. It is so much easier to see than my phone and easier to hear since the speakers are so good. No tablet is perfect yet but the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 is pretty close. One last thing I want to mention is the Apps for Honeycomb. There are not as many as there are for some other tablets, but why do you need so many? If there is something you want just remember you have full web browsing ability and you have Flash. You do need to add Adobe Flash 10.3 from the Android market as soon as you can. New apps are added daily. I really love mine and I am glad I got the Samsung and you will be too.
After buying my wife the 7+ for our anniversary I was so envious that I had to have one of my own. I purchased the 10.1 because i have huge hands and while I love my wife's I wanted something just a little bit better. The reason I chose this particular tablet is because I have had an awesome experience with my Galaxy S phone and even with that experience I was totally blown away by the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
I found the design to be sturdy while elegant, almost too pretty for a guy to own. As far as the user experience has gone I am still amazed at how I ever lived without it. The OS is pretty smooth and most applications run without issue. I did have an issue with a software upgrade that took over an hour to install - I think Samsung could do a better job of showing the end user that progress is actually happening during the process.
Both cameras work well especially for Video Skype calls. Static pictures are slow but provide good quality.
I also have a VoIP softphone that works perfectly with either a headset or as a speaker phone.
The only thing that I wish this tablet had is expandable storage... Now that I have used it for a month I can totally see it being full - but with drop box this is less of a concern.
I also purchased a number of accessories like the Multi-Media dock - which could be a better product and I say that because the dock for my wife's tablet supports HDMI out of the box and the one for the 10.1 requires a separate adapter. I did find if I place the holder/bezzel on the dock for 7 series tab HDMI out works perfectly and I swapped docks with my wife because she will never use the HDMI out option.
I also purchased a case by ViperTech and like it as it will work as a stand and can easily be configured to slide in to the Multi-Media Dock without having to remove the entire case.
I got all of the power options 3 AC - one for my bedroom, one for my desk/Multi-Media Dock, and one for traveling. The car charger works well too.
Cons: Did not meet expectations, not reliable, poor performance, app quality low, aspect ratio
I have a first gen iPad and the 16GB Wifi only Galaxy Tab 10.1 to compare with each other. The Galaxy Tab is very thin and light compared with the iPad and has reasonable battery life. I have an Android phone so I was excited for Honeycomb and after using it for 2 months (at which point the Tab died and I shipped it back to Samsung for repairs) I can say that it still needs work. I upgraded the OS to the TouchWiz version so I was able to use it before and afterwards and my comments apply to both.
The Good: Maps are much better on the Tab. The browser is comparable in performance to Safari and I like having tabs. The integration to Google is much better and as I use GMail and all the other Google apps this is nice.
The Bad: Poor performance, even after a factory reset the tablet just is more sluggish than the iPad. Using several widgets makes it even worse. There is a lot of stutter when doing almost anything on the tablet, changing from Landscape to Portrait is much slower than the iPad. There just aren't the apps like there are for the iPad. Even apps that exist for both platforms the version for Android is either the same or vastly inferior (usually inferior). The form factor (widescreen) isn't as friendly for browsing or reading. It also results in apps not being able to adapt to Landscape vs Portrait mode that well. Usually an app only looks right in one way. The market itself only displays in Landscape.
Summary: Unfortunately I end up using the older iPad more than the Tab and now that I have had it for a while I wish I would have returned the Galaxy and spent the little extra for an iPad 2. I say that even before considering that the tablet died within 3 months of purchasing it. I hope that the experience improves but as it is right now it falls far short of its primary competition.
Cons: Did not meet expectations, no micro sd slot, non-standard mtp drivers, non-standard volume control
I already had a Galaxy Tab 7 prior to getting the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (wifi only).
The 10.1 is an unbelievably great product in almost every way except for a few noticeable exceptions:
- One of the programs that I use the most is DocumentsToGo by DataViz. The DTG sync (to PC) works perfectly with the Tab 7, but will not work with the Tab 10.1. According to DataViz, the reason for this is that Samsung drastically changed the stock Android MTP drivers for this product. So the DTG sync supposedly works on all other Android devices except the Tab 10.1. Not a wise choice by Samsung, IMO.
- Related to this issue is that you can't just hook up the Tab 10.1 to your PC and expect to be able to transfer files back and forth. Instead you have to be certain that your PC has Windows Media Player 11; then you have to go to Samsung's website and download the proper MTP drivers to your PC. Then finally you can hook up your tablet. At that point, your PC will only recognized it as a mobile phone, not as a true USB device. But at least you can then manually transfer files.
The usual Android function key layout is also somewhat different. Not bad, but diffent than my other Samsung and HT Android devices. But after I got used to it it was ok.
The design and manufacturing of the hardware is aesthecally and functionally beautiful. The only two glaring exceptions are the lack of a micro SD card slot, and the fact that the volume key works in the opposite direction from my other devices.
If it had standard USB functionality and a micro SD slot, this would be the perfect tablet.
Cons: limited online movie streaming options, new mediahub has bugs
The hardware speaks for itself: the Galaxy Tablet 10.1 is thin, sturdy, great display and nicely balanced in the hands.
The most recent software upgrade improved the user experience and added TouchWiz and Swype functionality.
It is the fastest, overall, as compared to other tablets I've tried.
Streamed movies look good, though source options are currently limited.
The included word processor suite works well with standard industry formats.
GPS and navigation is excellent...and very quick. Works well from inside my car and acceptably well inside my home (I'm in a forested area, so GPS signals are scattered). It works as well as the GPS built into my car, and has a superior display.
The Samsung Apps "store" has numerous apps available than work well with the tablet. They continue to expand the offerings.
Streaming live video for phone calls over GoogleTalk is excellent and very easy to use.
Lack of an SD card slot and USB are not problems for my use: there are options available to tether the tablet to a phone, as well as hook up to a PC via the included cable...or via remote access software.
The rear camera is average in picture quality: the flash works well without overexposing the subject.
As for the number of apps available in the Android Market vs. other options.......I have easily found what I need...how many choices does one need for each function?????
Excellent implementation of Android Tablet OS aka Gingerbread, 3.0+
This is an excellent device for both business and fun.
Cons: Not high def, some apps lacking in functionality
I was looking for a device that I could curl up on the couch with, listen to music, browse the web, read, watch videos, Facebook, play games, etc. This handy little device does all of that, and does most of it very well. I like how it is customizable, I like how all of your media can be streamed from the cloud, I like the full version web browser with Flash. There are a few things that keep my review from 5 stars. On the hardware side, the screen is a little too glossy and reflective and smudges easily. I wish the resolution was just a bit higher as well. The speakers, while they sound good and are cleverly placed so that stereo effects work well, could be a bit louder. Even with headphones, it does not get very loud. On the software side, I was disappointed to find that Words with Friends did not connect to Facebook, so all you see are your opponents Zynga account names. WWF will not work in the browser, either. Facebook app does not support chat, nor does the Facebook web site through the browser. I also found that streaming video (movies, etc) looks very low resolution; however, YouTube videos look great. Two times in the three days I've owned this tab, it has locked up to the point of needing restarted, although I was really putting it through some testing at the time. Overall, I like the device, works great for what I bought it for, but it also does so much more. A few tweaks to the hardware, and some upgrades to the software, and this thing would be perfect!
Cons: usb interface to other devices has yet to be seen
Overall, a nice product. Has lived up to most of my expectations - some difficulties getting used to keyboards w/o an 'arrow key...I really miss the arrow key,' as well as the ability to 'right click as with a mouse...and cut and paste is a little quirky...what would normally take just a few seconds to upload a pic, create folder, interface with other devices, etc., with a PC and mouse now can sometimes frustrate me to no end and make me put the tablet down till the following day. And what's with the inability to easily set a printer option? Admittedly, I've not pursued this feature solution to any great length but...if u have one of these you know what I mean. Print...what? I need to have what kind of printer to print...? One day I'll find the time, luckily we have backup for when you are't just browsing the net and need to get some real work done and maybe 'print ' something on the run or establish good security w/o searching the net for days wondering why 'admin' properties is greyed out as an option. All that said...as long as you aren't depending on the tab to print or your okay having no admin priviledges or the ability to load security certificates easily...it's quite nice as it is...except for the omission of an arrow key on one of the keyboards offered. Voice to text is quite good as well. That is all....good luck tab shopping.
First I just want to say that I love my galaxy tab like crazy. A couple things to start with the screen, the keyboard, and the UI. The screen is a beautiful thing to look at, read books, and of course, watch movies on. Everything is crisp and clear just as you would expect from a 1280x800 screen from Samsung. The keyboard took me by surprise, I was expecting it to be too scrunched to set it down and type with two hands like on a physical keyboard, but wow , its easy to use for two hands and pretty darn accurate if you turn the auto correct function on. Plus I get better at typing on it everyday. Next I want to touch on the user interface. Its a beautiful thing. Android 3.1 is very intuitive. It makes sense and things FEEL like they are in the right place. Everything runs so smoothly, the tabbed browsing runs great. And all the multi-tasking I have put to it has been handled great. For me this is the perfect tablet, I don't have an iPhone I have the htc evo so I'm already knee deep in Android and an iPad wouldn't suit what I need. In closing I want to voice my few qualms about it. They are this... I want swype for when I want to input text one handed and I want Netflix to kick it in gear. Oh few more good things... the battery life is great, it's crazy light and super thin. You won't regret buying this tablet.
Cons: Poor quality, Did not meet expectations, prevents you from uninstalling 3rd party apps, samsung forced software, requires samsung account to upgrade
This tablet could have been great ... but Samsung got in their own way and now this is OK as best.
Issues: 1.Samsung modified the OS so poorly that the performance of this tablet drops significantly 2. This product now comes installed with 3rd party apps from the market place. The pre-installed apps can NOT be removed. The apps have access to your data and send it off to their 3rd party data centers. There are apps that are known to be big security risks and Samsung them preloaded and there is no ability to remove them. 3. When this originally shipped (I bought this the 2nd day it was out) it came ready to use. Now there are so many apps, you have to spend a great deal of time changing the system to make the tablet usable. 4. Samsung has decided to put themselves squarely in the middle of software development. This company that has created GREAT products and is well known in the hardware world, has taken a big misstep and inserted themselves in the software world. Their lack of experience shows greatly with this product. 5. Requires a Samsung account to upgrade the software. The painfully slow software upgrade process eventually rolls around. However, prior to getting the update, you have to have a Samsung account. Once again - poor execution.
Even though I love my tab, I can't get over the things that first bugged me when I recieved it. Let me start with the fact that there is no SD card slot. I don't understand why that was left off a Mobile Multi Media Device. It just doesn't make sense to me. It would go along way in making me and many other people incredibly happy, to be able to add more storage for things like music & movies (which take a lot of storage space)... Also, not a huge deal, but odd. Why not go micro USB? it's another one of those puzzling things.
Ok, my main gripe about what's holding this Tablet back from being great, is TouchWiz. I don't get it, it's like Samsung doesn't have people in place looking for what consumers are saying about their product. If they did then they would see that theres almost nobody who likes TouchWiz. Not on phones and not on tablets. If they do have people telling them whats being said about it, then they're purposely not listening. From my experience, all TouchWiz means to me is no Android update or a incredibly late and buggy one. Sorry for the rant, but it's a exceptional peice of hardware that's lacking a few things and that added other things that it just didn't need. Otherwise the size, shape and look of the device is wonderful.
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Realistic color, Lightweight, customizable home screens, huge display, large keyboard for big fingers
Cons: mac compatibility out of the box
I received this tablet from my girlfriend for my birthday yesterday. Needless to say, I was amazed with the product. It is clearly more compact than my buddy's iPad 2 with a screen just as large. The features for email, apps (download skymap for free), news, social networking, and media playing are fantastic. Additionally, the level of customization available for the home screens is unbelievable. And for the price compared to an apple product, namely the iPad 2, is a bargain.
However, the webbrowsing on the tablet is not great. I tries to work like a computer, but it is held back by 'mobile' versions of websites that seem to confuse the interface, which results in webpages constantly refreshing without reloading. Also, if you are a mac user you cannot add music or video to the tablet without downloading a bit of software from samsung's website.
With that said, you can download a huge amount of apps for the tablet using the powerful android market. I downloaded Firefox for browsing and I downloading "kies beta" to my computer and I could not be more pleased with the product.
Bottom line, excellent tablet, competes handily with the iPad 2, overwhelming amount of apps, and a great, user-friendly product.
This tablet was well worth the wait, weighing in at an amazing 589 grams, with a 10.1 inch display, with 1280x800 resolution. This amazing tablet can play full high definition 1080p video at 30 frames per second . It has a 1- GHz dual -core Tegra 2 CPU processor. It has two cameras, the front being a 2 megapixel, and the back being an 8 megapixel, which gives you your beautiful high definition video recording. It has a more than adequate 10 hours of use time and 1,810 hours stand by time. The tablets dual-antenna Wi-Fi 802.11, supports a/b/g/n, HSPA+2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps, and EDGE/GPRS. Among the many cool features it has, GPS and surround sound- speakers, along with over 250,000 android apps. The screen is beautiful, virtually scratchproof, and a brilliant picture, for gaming, photos, browsing the internet, truly whatever you want to do with it. One more good point it comes loaded with honeycomb 3.0 operating system and will be updated to Android 3.1 soon. This tablet is everything I expected and more, I love it. Keep the great technology coming Samsung. Excellent product, can't wait to get my hands on the Galaxy SG2. I would definitely recommend this to anyone, and prepare to be WOWED!!!
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I would recommend this to a friend!
Product(s) I Recommend
Samsung Galaxy S® II, available at AT&T
Samsung Showcase™ (Generic CDMA ) a Galaxy S™ Android Smartphone
Cons: not mac friendly at all!, screen scrolling and swyping lags a lot
The #1 thing I like about my tablet is the way you can customize it. I love doing things that exemplify "you". You have the ability to transform your tablet into what YOU want it to be & with the help of the android market and other nice things that you can do it makes the experience go from "wow" to... "awesome" to.. "I can't believe IT can do this!!" to... "WOW" again.
The #1 thing I hate about it is that this thing is NOT Macintosh friendly.. The only way I was even able to sync my files to my tab via Mac (BY CHANCE I might add), is b/c I dual-boot Windows 7 on my Mac so I was lucky. That's right.. I HAVE TO RUN WINDOWS 7 in order to do this!!! For people who have Mac and "don't" have a virtual machine running on their computer, syncing and transferring data is going so seem very frustrating and the last thing someone wants is to buy a new toy just to find out they can play with it as easily and intuitively as they thought they'd be able to. Or better yet, have to buy an additional accessory that SHOULD be unnecessary to do everyday things with their new toy. After all, we've spent enough money just getting the product itself. So I think Samsung Fundamentally Failed on that front.
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Lightweight, os
Cons: cost, some native apps
The device is fast and flexible. Primarily, it functions as a device to consume media and access files. It is not a great input device, which is the case for all tablets. The battery life is outstanding. I get through an entire day with heavy use and with plenty of battery to spare. The device is stable as well, not a whole lot of crashing apps, though it does happen occasionally. The size is just right. The 10.1 provides a great screen, while the thin and lightweight body fit very well into a portfolio style case. The price is a bit steep, but is in line with its competitors for the moment. The display leans a bit towards a blue hue, but not so much that it is a distraction. It's most noticeable when the background is supposed to be white. Speakers are adequate - loud enough for most situations, but could be a bit under-powered when trying to share something with a group of people. The quality of the sound is not bad for the size. Having two speakers that sit at the side of the device rather than on the back is a plus. I really like the flexibility of the Android OS. I'm not much of a fan of the stock Samsung apps though. They don't seem to really add anything to the device.
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Realistic color, Lightweight, not an ipad 2
I purchased this tablet as a means to fill a gap between the cell phone screen and the laptop screen. A quicker way to do some minor tasks. I looked at the Apple iPads, Acer Iconia and Asus Transformer, but eventually decided on the Slate Grey 16GB 10.1" Tab.
At first, I was thinking I made a bad choice based on the lack of SD memory slot alone. That idea has long since left my thoughts. 16GB is enough storage for the handful of apps I run as well as some media I like to show off as needed.
The device is easy to hold due to it not being too bulky, and can be used for extended periods because it is light.
The battery seems to last days, for me, as I do not have it on for hours on end, but when I do, I can go long times between charges.
3G would have been good for the price, but it would be just another bill, so WiFi suits me perfectly. Hard to go anywhere anymore that doesn't offer a hotspot.
Overall, I am thoroughly satisfied with the device, and would buy another for my wife, but as all tablets, the price is steep. I would have to say that if Samsung would bring the prices down by around $100, I would have given it 5 stars for value.
I really loved the tab until the update. The update did some nice things for the tablet. The browser seems to be a little zippier. My wife has an ipad, so I get to use both and I would say the two are very close. There are things I like about my tab and there are things I like about the ipad.
The touchwiz update is just not very good looking. The bottom toolbar is grey instead of black which hurts it when watching a movie. They added a second level to the toolbar which would be great, except they don't let you edit which shortcuts you want. They added a few apps which I will never use, and won't let you delete them.
I wished they would have left honeycomb look and feel alone and just updated the software to have it run better. This is my biggest complaint about the update.
The only other gripe is the lack of tablet apps for it. The ones they have are great, there just aren't enough.
I love the form and the portability of this device. I use it at work all the time. It is very stable and flash works. I think this needs another update to fix the look of the device and I would give it higher marks.
I've had this tablet for about a month now. Lighter than the iPad2 (Wife owns one). Takes better pictures and video than the iPad2. Has some features that the iPad 2 doesn't, like a vibrate function, widgets, better multi-tasking, better display (subjective), ability to connect a USB mouse and keyboard, and camera flash. Very stable, hasn't seen it crash yet. Has amazing battery life; I can get about 14-16 hours from a single charge, with activities that include listening to music, web surfing, watching Netflix and using Skype. I use it to check my email accounts, including my corporate exchange account, and works flawlessly. I like to travel, and with the caching of maps from Google maps even if I'm offline I can still use the maps along with GPS to find my location. The iPad doesn't offer that functionality.
In the past I've had to root and install custom roms to get the best experience from other android products. With this tablet, I simply don't see the need.
I almost got the iPad 2 after playing with my wife's; now I'm so glad I didn't! Even my little 3 year old likes mine better than hers!
The Galaxy Tablet 10.1 has rapidly become the best computing purchase that I have made in at least 5 years. I can sum up why in one word: FREEDOM.
This tablet lets me do everything that I want to do without being chained to a desktop computer or a clunky laptop. I can surf the web in any room of my home, browse e-books, jam to some music, or watch a movie. And there are plenty of applications and games, with more showing up every day.
If you are wondering why you should go with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1 over other brands, well there are a couple of reasons. First and foremost, it is lightweight. Does half or a third of a pound matter - yes, definately, especially if you plan on reading books with your tablet.
Build quality. The Galaxy Tab feels solid in your hand. It has a gorilla glass face which makes it harder to scratch. There were no shortcuts taken and you can see it and feel it.
What is the downside? The cost is a little high, but you really do get what you pay for here. If you do a lot of typing, you will be happier with a keyboard which is available as an expansion.
Pros: Bright display, Lightweight, thin, versitile, open platform
Cons: no usb/sd slot
I bought this just to use for my photo portfolio, however after using it for a month I fully expect it to become my most used computing device. I have been using portable computers since before notebook-sized computers and since the original Palm Pilot 5000. The Android OS is working well, and the Samsung hardware has been flawless.
I wish I didn't have to buy/use an adapter for USB & SD, but I understand the need for design compromise. I expect to use this in my 7th grade Math classroom to replace the need for my to carry personal/professional papers around.
I think that it's a FABULUS book reader. I'd like to get all of my magazines in an electronic format, and I've already read 4 books. I use a Windows program to rip movies I own, and they look great.
I love open nature of Android. I get most of my apps from the Market, but I've also installed directly from a Web page. I can get books, music, and other content or applications from any source I choose. I've been waiting for Android to be "ready for prime time", and Honeycomb on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a great combination.
My Tab is my first tablet/ miniature computer type thing. I bought it to compliment my aging laptop, and it has practically replaced my laptop. I'm a student and the Tab makes keeping in touch very easy. It's very sleek and light. I have small hands and the tablet is easy to hold for long periods of time. I use it primarily to read and I love its shape for that. Reading academic PDFs on the Tab is very easy! The speakers are great (for a little device) and the standard apps it comes with are nice. The customer service guy on the phone was great! I gave it a lower rating on performance because of a couple of factors. The digital keyboard is not very responsive and can make typing a drag. Sometimes the screen is not very responsive either. I did wish there was an SD card slot, but then I installed Dropbox and that solved storage problems. Also, the app market is a little disappointing, but that's not the Tab's fault... nor is the lack of pretty accessories like the other (major) competitor has... but hope springs eternal.
Cons: not as fluid in its movements as ipad, needs some more customization in browser
I am in love with this tablet! It is truly the best tablet currently on the market. The design is like a luxury sports car, slim, sleek and sexy. It has the speed and a great UI. The Touch Wiz update was AMAZING. Samsung really did some great improvements to this device with their update and I am hoping more great updates are to come. There are some small issues but nothing that is to major. The first thing is the app selection. Android just isn't mature enough for a tablet like this. However I have confidence that it will be full-force by the end of 2011. With the new Ice Cream Sandwich update and with new tablet apps being added everyday, I think it wont take long to see some even greater things. The only other thing that I don't like is the browser, I think it could have more customization. However that is not an issue cause there are other free browsers in the market that give you more customization. But overall Samsung has scored with the Galaxy Tab 10.1............DUNK
I have had the galaxy tab for 2 weeks. I have to say it is one of the best tablets out there. I have not powered on my laptop since i got the tab. I can watch netflix, visit all the news websites with flash content, play games and trade stocks. Video calling on gtalk is amazing, the 2MP front facing camera delivers the best tablet video calling experience. The iPad 2 does not even come close to the better camera sensors on the galaxy tab. With the usb adapter i can control my canon camera, that's pretty cool. The browser works great except for a few bugs, i hope samsung fixes them in future updates. Overall, its a great device. Before i bought the galaxy tab, i had made up my mind to buy the iPad 2, then i made a side by side comparison of the 2 tablets, and samsung had a better camera, display and widget support. Samsung tab was the clear winner. So i got it, it has pretty much replaced my laptop for day to day use. If you get one, it will not disappoint you.
Hands down this is the best tablet on the market today. I upgraded to the 10.1 from a galaxy tab 7.0 and the difference is night and day. The performance is excellent providing a very responsive touch interface and next to no lag in the OS and applications. The form factor is perfect and with the light-weight makes it simply functional.
The honeycomb os is so much better than froyo, that I was using before. It provides interactive widgets and easier to access features of the OS.
I also have an iPad 2 which it's the 10.1's main competitor. In my opinion the 10.1 blows the iPad out of the water. From a hardware perspective I've found it faster, also the camera is better than the iPad's. But the main factor is the OS. Android (Honeycomb) has iOS beat in almost every way. From customization to the different ways you can interact with apps and options, it makes for a much nicer experience. The only downfall would be the number of quality apps that are available.
For going back to school this year, my professors recommended a mobile computing device, either laptop or tablet, to assist in the class. I really wanted an Android tablet but did not want to buy anything that was inferior to the iPad 2. When the Tab 10.1 came out, I was skeptical, however after a few trips to my local store, I was hooked and bought one. Immediately out of the box came an update, which was the TouchWiz. I love every bit of it, the apps that pop up at the bottom have proved more and more dependable than I would have ever thought. The only drawback to the Tab is its performance, which sadly was enough to bring its score down to a 4. Quite often I could be using it and it freezes, in any app, and relaunches back to the home screen. Though the apps do remember their spot, it is very annoying and almost sad to see something so great, achieve just just under its expectations. I love it so far and don't think I will ever regret buying it.
After having an Android powered phone and having friends with iPhones, I much preferred the Android operating system as opposed to Apple. This tablet has everything I wanted and even more than I expected. It has a bright screen, a long battery life, plenty of accessories to fit nearly any style, responsive touchscreen, and plenty of speed. This is the best Android tablet in my opinion, and better than the iPad based off of personal experience with both. The only downfall is the headphone jack. It is set so low in the tablet that it frequently doesn't even play through the headphones. Even with expensive Bose headphones in, it did not play through the headphones 95% of the time until I used a piece of paper to wedge the headphones down so they maintained constant connection. Other than this minor issue, minor for me at least as my main use for the tablet is not audio oriented, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is an amazing tablet. You won't be disappointed.
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Durable, Realistic color, Lightweight, great battery life, ridiculously useful in everyday tasks, good image quality for a 3.0mp camera
Cons: useless pre-loaded bloatware apps, has a bit of slowdown on menus
After buying my tab for use at college instead of a bulky laptop, I can honestly say I am hooked! I used to make fun of those guys carrying laptops around 24/7, now I don't leave home without my tablet. While mine is not in a purse lol.
Everything from shopping lists to games in waiting rooms, it's light weight form factor is a gift and a curse for me as I have large hands. The weight is awesome at just over a pound but it is so slim that my hands cramp sometimes with extended use.
The bloatware pre-installed always sucks and I use exactly 1 pre-loaded app which is the Quick Office app for college papers. The battery life is excellent I get 8-10 hours of heavy usage (gaming) and more when just browsing the internet or YouTube. Plus on standby this bad boy will last over a week without needing a charge and still maintain a high battery level!
Overall if you want a tablet and have the money for a galaxy tab, BUY IT! You won't be disappointed.
I am very happy with my galaxy tab 10.1! I wish there was a USB port and a longer charging cord. I wish the stores had more accessories for this tablet, it seems like there's one kind of case and one brand of screen protectors sized to this screen (lucky me they were bought for me). Other than that I am in love with the speakers and the screen! The sound is awesome the screen is bright and clear. I am way happier than I would've been with the ipad2, I need flash for my camera and flash player video is important to me. I am not one for smart phones, as I never did get one nor saw the point but I love this tablet! It works awesome on a plane in flight mode. It is easy to carry wit me as well. To make it even sweeter, I got a huge steal at Sam's Club and paid way less than market price. I was so excited I almost left the store without picking up the tablet from the service desk after I paid for it!
This thing is absolutely beautiful. When you pick it up for the first time, it just brings a smile of satisfaction to your face. I applaud Samsung for having the guts to admit its 10.1v was inferior to the iPad2.
With this new version, they came out swinging.
+ Stunning screen quality (PLS IPS) + Very loud speakers (ignore any review that says otherwise) + Light and thin + Honeycomb 3.1 already installed + Very good battery life so far (Two days of high-moderate use and I'm currently at 31 percent left.) + UNLOCKED! (Props Samsung. We really appreciate this!) - Video play back is a pain (This is a knock on Nvida. They did not implement the correct codecs into Tegra2.) - No Micro SD (To me this is not a con. I can easily manage with 16GB. I am pointing it out for others.)
All in all, I really suggest giving this tablet a try at your store before buying anything else. It really is that nice.
After the big and unexpected tablet explosion, I kept waiting for an Android version that would be a real contender and the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is it. The screen resolution is absolutely phenomenal and the viewing angles are great. The Android OS is responsive, the WiFi connectivity very strong, and the browser as fast as on my desktop.
What's really a standout for this tablet, however, is its great portability. It is ultrathin and ultralight. You can hold it for hours reading a book and it's no different than holding the paper book. But you can do so much more than just read books on it. It is a solid replacement for my laptop when I travel. I can view and edit documents, spreadsheets, presentations as well as keep up to date with my email and calendar that are connected both to my office and personal accounts.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is proof that good things come to those who wait!
Cons: Did not meet expectations, doesn't do what you would expect
I purchased the Galaxy 10.1 16 gig wi-fi for use in presentations to clients. If this is the purpose you want it, do NOT purchase it! It has 5 individual screens which is nice HOWEVER if you putting a clients logo on the tablet it stretches all the way across the 5 individual screens which is not wanted. The wallpaper should be on each individual screen, the full logo. It looks ridiculous that only 1/5 of their logo is on the screen your presenting to them. Another bad point is you can NOT put a video file on the screen and just tap it and play it for the client, you must use "my files" or "quick office" to see the video(s) you would like to show your client. Talk about a waste of time.
So if you like clicking widgets and not have anywhere near the functionality of a laptop this is for you. If you are doing client presentations, do NOT purchase, you will be sorry. I am returning,
2out of 5
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2out of 5
This is the screen all the way to the left and the wallpaper stretches across 5 screens
It has been quite a treat to use since I bought it a few months ago. Not a single issue whatsoever. Only was the volume control would disappear, but after restarting its back, and after last firmware update that issue was solved. I dont even have to say anything to recommend it. just using it in public, and others seeing what it is, or letting them try it out, makes them go gaga, and in awe of it. Quite an amazing piece of tech. Its way over thin enough, and ballanced well. It feels great in the hands, and just exceeds all expectations. Not one bad thing Can I say about it, well because it wouldnt be true. The battery is a work all of its own. 5 volts n 2 amps is quite a capacity. can easily be on it all day web surfing, and half the next same thing. Charges fairly quickly. Just a fine product. Great work Samsung as usual. Keep doing what your doing, and better!
Cons: no netflix or hulu plus support, no html5 support, no dedicated usb hdmi or sd card slot, no rhapsody music support
I have always been a WebOS guy but this Tablet is way superior then the HP Touchpad as of now. And I can't stand Apple!! This is my first Android device and I have to say that I'm quite impressed. It is very sexy looking, light weight, slim, fast speeds, and the touchscreen is very responsive. I love the Android App's store. I just think that if this is Samsung's and Android's flag ship Tablet as of this review then it should have shipped with a few other upgrades. I would of liked to see HTML5 support, A dedicated USB, HDMI, and SD card slot's. Also I wish that there was Netflix, Hulu Plus Movies and Rhapsody Music streaming support I guess they are coming out with an update to the Tab 10.1 with Touchwiz 4.0 that will have there version of Media Hub for Movie and Tv rentals and purchases. But in the end I am very happy with my purchase of this Galaxy Tab 10.1!
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Durable, Realistic color, Lightweight, incredible performance, great for movie viewing
Cons: lack of ports, lack of video player, 16:10 ratio instead of 4:3
I was debating between purchasing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 over the iPad2 or ASUS Transformer and I'm really glad I decided to go with the Tab!
I was very impressed with the responsiveness of the Tab, the performance is really smooth when scrolling and everything is pretty much instant. Tho there is a very minute lag but that lies within Android 3.1 itself, the Acer Iconia Tab has far worst lag within the system even though it has the same theoretical specs.
Design is very impressive, it's extremely thin; in fact, it's the thinnest tablet out there! It's high quality build and the screen is absolutely gorgeous, though I wished it had a 4:3 aspect ratio for better browsing and reading.
I would say this is by far the best Android tablet out there and Honeycomb is just ripe for development; soon we can expect Honeycomb to take over the tablet market!
If you are like me and want a tablet, but refuse to be tied down to iTunes then this is what you want. Hardware-wise this is the best Android has to offer. You shouldn't even consider another Android based tablet unless you are one of the few people who absolutely need a USB and/or HDMI port... but really who are those people and what do they need those ports for?
Someone could also make a strong case for the HTC Flyer if you intend to use it to take notes during classes and/or meetings (like me). But the 7-inch screen seemed so small when I used it I decided I'd be better off with the 10-1-inch screen and look for a 3rd party app to handle notes and sketches.
If iTunes is an option for you then you will have some homework to do. The 16:10 in aspect ratio used by all Android tablets seems a little too long and the Android OS still has its rough edges.
I got this 10.1 tab during thanks giving via tigerdirect along with the dock/keyboard.
I have the following issue. There is some touch screen sensitivity issue. it is clicking on its own.When I try to type a password. it is typing Y and B often by itself. I tried the following test. *Changed the screen lock time setting to 30min *Opened the pen memo app *Tilted the tab to vertical, so that the memo is in full screen * kept the tab for 30min without touching anything *I COULD SEE FEW DOTS AND STRAIGHT LINES DRAWN BY ITSELF. I have saved around 5 pen momo and sent it for repair. I am yet to get it back after repair. Let see how it goes.
Not sure anyone else have this problem. Customer care execute said this is the first time they are hearing about this issue.
I will think about recommenting this product, only when I am satisfied after the repair.
I own an IPad and now a beautiful Galaxy Tab. While reading some of the reviews on the web, most people love to compare the two, but they are so much different that I don't see how can that be. Ok I will agree that the IPAD was the first of its kind to make it main stream, but come on.
Since my purchase, I have been able to almost trash my laptop, I can do almost everything that is need it on it (all I need now is a keyboard). The graphics are excellent, sound is awsome and speed, come on who can argue with it.
I love it so much that I'm also now using it at work, but the only down side is that CISCO VPN client still not available (or I haven't figured out how to set it up yet).
For those that are considering a tablet, I would say research, research and research and if you choose to purchase this one, I'm sure that you will love it as well.
This Tablet is well designed, lightweight, but its not different nor better than the XOOM, ASUS Eeepad when it comes to capabilities and not even close to the IPAD, lack of ports, it will not play videos from some websites (MLS soccer) DOES NOT HAVE ALLSHARE which is a on almost every Samsung product including BD players, other Samsung Tablets, Im not totally happy with it, but I am keeping it since I did not get to return it on time (took it on a vacation), I like the XOOM better which my wife uses for work, my son and daughter have an IPAD2 and the ASUS which was supposed to be mine but my son took it since he did not like the GT10.1, owned a Samsung TV 2 BD players, two phones, a video camcorder, and samsung appliances and I am happy with them, I would not recommend the Tablet to anyone. Lets get Allshare on this Tablet
My brother and mother have the iPad 2 and i still went for the 10.1 . This tab is probably the best tablet on the market ! The battery is amazing and competes with the iPad's battery, and the weight/design do too ! The only problem I had was staying on my home wifi network but after a few minutes it was fine . The front facing camera was a little disappointing but the back one is ok and the flash works well. The keyboard is fantastic, you can easily type on it with two hands (horizontal). There aren't that many apps for it but 3.1 is still new so I'd give that time if that's a problem. The speakers are pretty loud and the dual-core processors feel like 4g ! The back (of the gray) feels nice and the texture gives it grip. The tablet might be slim and light but it is very sturdy . This is going to be a tough tablet to top !
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Inexpensive, Lightweight, amazing internet speed., good apps., just a all around good tablet
Cons: bad skype app., bad facebook apps., bad keyboard dock.
I think this is the best tablet on the market. The sleek and stylish design is awesome. And the features are amazing. i love the cameras. but some of the flaws is that you cannot make skype video calls. so unless you have a lot of friends with the built in video calling service than the front facing camera is pretty much pointless besides for taking pictures. and another flaw is facebook. there is no good facebook app. and if you want to chat on facebook a lot then this tab isnt the way to do it. but if those two little flaws make you reconsider about this tablet. then your crazy. all is said. i would totally recommend this over any other table on the market. esp. the ipad..... all you have to really do is pick up a handy dandy case and your all set....... also my keyboard dock broke the second day i had it. so yeah.
The 101 is an excellent tablet overall. There are some issues with the stock versions that I believe Samsung has slowly been answering, such as a sluggishness in moving between screens. My wife and I both have a 10.1, mine is actually an I/O tab so mine works a little differently than hers, but both are fantastic. I hope that Samsung will release the ICS update quickly especially since they have had access to ICS from the beginning, being that they produced the first ICS phone.
I also recommend to the tech hobbiest that you take a chance and root this tablet if you can. Installing custom ROM's is fun and you will notice significant increases in performance with the unit. However know that if you do this with a retail version you are sacrificing your warranty. I have only tried customs on my I/O version.
I had originally purchased the 7 inch Wi-fi only Tab because I liked the size. However, after reading more reviews about Honeycomb I realized it was the better way to go with a tablet. I returned the 7 inch and bought the 10.1 and I could not be happier. The slim form factor and light weight make it very easy to handle and carry. Using the 7 inch with Android 2.2 was nice but it felt too much like a larger version of my Captivate. Honeycomb took a little while to get used to but since it is optimized for tablets it is very nice to use. The lack of apps for Honeycomb/tablets is the only con I would say. However, since it is still fairly new it was not a dealer breaker for me. I am sure in due time there will be a wave of apps flooding the market. A little patience will go a long way here.
When the Ipad first came out to stores I wanted to buy one like how everyone did so I went to Best Buy and looked around on it. At the time I had an IPhone and I asked the Apple guy that was standing there and I asked him "What is the difference between my IPhone and this Ipad?" he said " Bigger screen" and I was saying to myself what is the point of an Ipad it’s just a huge IPhone and I left without another question. A year later I quit Apple and go to the Android HTC Incredible 2 and I find out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 came out again went to Best Buy skipped the Apple section. 7 minutes after looking at it i bought the Tab. I walked by the Ipad 2 place and said to the people there why bother with Apple. Now I am a forever android tablet and cell owner. And I am happy 100%.
I had the Galaxy Tab 7" and it was a great little tablet, but I always wanted a 10.1" form factor. I've been researching these for awhile and waiting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to come out and compare. As soon as I began using it in the store I knew this was the one I wanted.
It does not come with any SD slots or USB/HDMI ports, but I honestly have never had a use form them on my other tablet/laptop so I decided for me I was willing to sacrifice these features for the thinness (which is why I think they were not included).
Overall the performance has been stellar - very fast browsing and downloading. I've tried a few games and they all work smoothly. It feels solid in my hands - not at all flimsy. The touchscreen is appropriately responsive.
My girlfriend just gave this to me as an early christmas gift, and i absolutely love it. Its fast, sleek, light, thin, powerful, handles all the apps and other multiple functions in a breeze. I love the fact that it doesn't discharge fast and lasts a long time as i'm a heavy user, i do everything on it especially play games. Google made it easy for me and all my apps from my VZW Thunderbolt just transferred over with no problem. Only gripe i have is the no usb port, so i can watch my movies from my external hard drive.It does come with a usb adapter but it isn't conducive to my keyboard case.My gf has an ipad and i know secretly she likes mine better, she just in denial...lol. TWO BIG THUMBS UP....if you don't have a Galaxy Tab yet...what are you waiting for?!
Though i have had my Galaxy Tab 10.1 for only a few weeks, I am learning to use it and love it. It has several functions/apps that work with programs i use on my laptop. i have been able to transfer files easily with the USB cable connected to my laptop. My wife loves it for listening to music anywhere in the house, or in the car.
I find myself constantly looking for new apps to try out, and otherwise learning how everything already on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 works.
Though there are a few standard apps I could live without, I imagine I will come to use them in time. My only con, so far, is being unable to zoom in when taking photos. But that's not what i use it for the most, so I can live with that.
Keep bringing us great products like this, Samsung!
I just upgraded mine to the 3.2 version of honeycomb, and it has some nice additional features. Looking forward to unlocking the full potential of the tablet options.
The display on this one is simply beautiful. I am purchasing likely towards the end of this models life span, but am finding it worth it [got a deal anyway :) ]. I would recommend this to anyone, I liked it over the Xoom and many other android models. I purchased it knowing it was limited to wifi sharing of media (at least conveniently), vs. having ports. I like the slimmer cleaner design and am moving wireless for all of my home networking. The only issue I have with it is the location of the charging port and the length of the factory charging cord. Otherwise it's great.
Pros: Built-in speakers, Bright display, Realistic color, Lightweight, super thin, super lite
Cons: Poor quality, only 2 and 3 mp cameras, screen poping out of place, no sd slot, no hdmi port
I'm so in love with this tablet. All around this if the thinest tab on the market right now. And as long as you have a strong wifi signal it's really fast. My only real issues on this tab are mostly diesign flaws. I believe the product was made to fast and the quality suffered for it. I read about the screen poping up issues where dust and moister get under the screen. I have had mine for 6 days and i can already see and feel one of the screen corners poping up out of place. My other issues are the lack of an sd slot or hdmi plug. Also i don't understand why the europen model 10.1v has a 5mg pixle camera on front and an 8megapixle on back but the us modle10.1 have a 2 and 3 megapixle camera?other than that this is a great tablet.
Originally bought an Acer tablet, sent it back day after Christmas because the microphone on those (had 2) were horrible (muffled, couldn't use at all). Bought the samsung galaxy because of the great reviews. A week out of the box my daughter wakes up and it won't turn on.....fully charged battery and no sign that anything went wrong at all. I frantically search online to find out this seems to be a frequent occurrence with the Samsung Galaxy tablets. Luckily I found a fix to hold the power button down for 12 seconds and thankfully it powered back on. Many of the reviews I read said that didn't work for them, so what happens when it doesn't work for me? Debating on returning it for something I know is great quality - the Ipad!
I was going back and forth between this tablet and the IPAD2. I own an IPOD and I really don't like ITunes. So having to use that program on the IPAD was a deal buster. I have an Andorid phone, so I didn't need to learn anything new on this tablet. It is light, yet sturdy. It feels good in your hand, doesn't slip. It ran tight out of the box, and since I have Gmail, it synced up with my phone and imported those apps, and made my device personal right away. I love this device! I bought one for myself, and for my daughter as supplements to our laptops. Now we don't have to always have our laptops on, or take our laptops w/us. Tablets are definitely the future. Oh, videos look stunning. I am more than pleased with my purchase.