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Intro

For the past 3 weeks, I've been rigorously testing Samsung's latest Android tablet - the Galaxy Tab 10.1, and I am happy to report that my verdict is now out. I hope you will forgive such a long review timeline, but I wanted to really dig in deep and get the full experience, all while comparing it to that of the Motorola XOOM.

I know a lot of you will jump to the Conclusion right away, but I urge you to read all the interesting sections as well - In A Nutshell, The Good, and The Not So Good at a minimum.

If you've been following Android news at all this year, you're probably already aware of the history of Samsung tablets, culminating in the release of the super-slim Galaxy Tabs 10.1 and 8.9. Before I move on, let me briefly recap it for those not as caught up:

  • The first Samsung Android tablet was the original 7" Galaxy Tab, which was launched with Froyo and recently updated to Gingerbread (in some countries). It was thick and relatively heavy, and lacked Google's Honeycomb tablet OS, essentially making it a giant Android phone (and in the U.S., without even a phone app). Its pocketable size was great for reading and carrying around, but it left much to be desired.
  • Samsung's 2nd tablet was the Galaxy Tab 10.1v, which was designed before the iPad 2. It was also thick and kind of bulky - an improvement over the 7" tab, but still nothing that special.
  • Samsung's latest tablet duo, the Galaxy Tabs 10.1 and 8.9, announced at CTIA Wireless earlier this year, was meant to be the company's first really competitive answer to the iPad 2 and all other Android tablets on the market. The limited I/O edition 10.1" model is exactly what we're dealing with today in this review.

Earlier this year, I bought a 4G Motorola XOOM - the first device ever to run Android 3.0 "Honeycomb." It was kind of heavy, kind of thick, and kind of buggy, but it was the first real Android tablet, and I had to get my hands on it. 2 months later, Google gifted all I/O conference attendees limited edition Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1s, giving me a chance to run both of them side-by-side for a few weeks before the public release.

Let's dig in.

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In A Nutshell [Do Not Skip This Section]

The Galaxy Tab 10.1's 2 most valuable qualities are first and foremost its size and weight. The Tab 10.1 is both the slimmest and the lightest Android tablet to date in its size category, and while it achieves it with some sacrifices, listen to me when I say that these two factors make ALL the difference in the world.

Let me put it this way - I own the XOOM and the Tab 10.1, and 100% of the time, I prefer to use the Tab 10.1 to the XOOM. I've given them to friends to compare, and every single one prefers the Tab by a long margin.

The reason? The Tab 10.1 weighs considerably less, even though in reality the difference is only 165 grams (or 0.36 lb). It is almost half the XOOM's thickness as well (8.6 mm vs 13 mm), and these two qualities combined completely transform the experience of using what is meant to be a portable product.

Compromises needed to be made by Samsung, and it chose to deliberately replace HDMI and USB ports with a single 30-pin connector, as well as omit a MicroSD port altogether. In return, they've managed to slim down the tablet to the point that I do not feel the strain in my hands anymore. I go through the day without thinking how heavy or thick it is, and time and time again it proves to be the most important part of the tablet experience. If you've played around with the newest MacBook Airs, it's kind of like going from the thick and heavy HP clunker to the Air, which you can hold easily in one hand. Try that with the XOOM, and your hand will get fatigued really fast.

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After further digging into the 30-pin connector situation, it no longer feels like Samsung really made many compromises after all - as it turns out, if you really need that HDMI capability, you can actually gain it by buying a converter cable. A replacement 30-pin <-> USB cable can also be purchased, but who really needs one outside of charging when pretty much all the syncing can be easily done in the cloud or over-the-air? The MicroSD situation is really not an issue at all in my opinion - the 32GB version should be enough for most people, especially considering that both music and movies are steadily heading to the cloud as well.

With the Tab 10.1, you pay a certain premium in accessories and give up certain features in exchange for its incredible thinness and portability - if it's something you're not willing to live with and you just need that MicroSD slot, perhaps this tablet is not for you (perhaps what you're really looking for is a netbook). You could say I'm a fairly techy guy, but even with all my needs, not once did I feel like I was missing something important while using the Tab.

To summarize, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is currently my top Android tablet recommendation due to its incredible size and weight. Comparatively, the XOOM, while only 2 months older, feels like a previous generation rattletrap. The Tab 10.1 also sports a superior, more vibrant screen which makes the XOOM look pale in comparison (literally). Even with the Transformers and Padfones of the world, I would still go with the Tab in the foreseeable future.

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Specs

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 currently comes in 2 flavors - $599.99 32GB version and the $499 16GB version. The Limited Edition Tab 10.1 from I/O is the former of the two.

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Here are the Tab 10.1's specs:

  • Dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 T20 processor
  • 10.1" WXGA 1280x800 TFT (PLS) screen (PLS confirmed by official specs)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 32GB or 16GB on-board storage
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 7000 mAh battery
  • 3MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • video codecs: 720p/1080p Mpeg4, H.264, H.263, H263Sorenson, Divx/XviD, VC-1, WMV7/8
  • audio codecs: MP3, OGG, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-, NB, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, MID, AC3, IMY, AAC(Mono), AMR_NB
  • unlocked bootloader (this likely won't be present in the final version)
  • proprietary 30-pin connector
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • dimensions: 175.3 x 256.7 x 8.6 mm (for comparison, the XOOM is 170 x 250 x 13 mm)
  • weight: 565 grams (for comparison, the XOOM is 730 grams)
  • the tablet has none of these: SD (MicroSD, SD), HDMI, USB (MicroUSB, MiniUSB, full-size USB), SIM slot (although a 4G version will be coming later this year)
  • optional docks (sold separately): vehicle, keyboard, desktop

The Good

  • The Tab 10.1 is very light - only 565 grams.
  • Thinness - 8.6 mm is thinner than the iPad 2.

In my opinion, combined, the 2 bullet points above outweigh all potential negatives.

  • Brighter, crisper, more color-rich screen compared to the XOOM. I have no problems with the screen whatsoever outside of glare. It also doesn't seem to have those weird rhombus-like textures that the XOOM does upon close examination.
  • Easy root, fully unlocked bootloader and /system that allow for a custom ClockworkMod recovery (this probably won't stay in the final version).
  • The Tab is plenty fast. Not as fast as the upcoming quad-cores, but its stock Tegra 2 performs very well.
  • The glossy feel of the back (surprisingly) - it feels like it's covered by a protective layer and to me feels better than the XOOM's matte surface.
  • Very clean look, with no logos polluting the front. Little Androids on the back are a nice touch (though the latter is a limited edition only feature).
  • A large 7000 mAh battery that delivers enough juice to last several days in moderate to heavy usage scenarios. My own light usage resulted in 11 days of battery life without a recharge (!).
  • Stereo speakers.
  • Power button on the top rather than on the back (wtf, XOOM?).
  • A 2MP front-facing camera - this is the one that matters.
  • Update 6/2/11: According to the press release Samsung just put out, DLNA capabilities will be actually present on the Tab after a future software update.

The Not So Good

  • The Tab 10.1 is a bit on the expensive side, at $599.99 for the 32GB version and $499.99 for the 16GB. The Transformer has more features and costs $100 less, for example, but can't even touch the Tab 10.1's slimness. Everything will depend on what you value more - size or peripherals.
  • Low-resolution 3MP rear camera with poor picture quality and color reproduction; but frankly, you should care about the front-facing camera more, as that's the one you'll be probably primarily using.
  • No USB, HDMI, or SD slots of any kind.
  • Proprietary Samsung PDMI-like connector, which should in theory provide HDMI, USB 2.0 and 3.0, high output power, etc. However, Samsung modified it sufficiently that it is no longer PDMI-compatible, according to Wikipedia.
  • There is still considerable UI lag, even though hardware acceleration is in effect. It's nowhere near the iPad's buttery smoothness in certain areas, like bring up the Apps menu or scrolling between app list screens. To be fair, a lot of areas are also really smooth, so it's a hit or miss that is more of a Honeycomb problem in general at the moment, surely fixable with future software tweaks.
  • The speakers are pathetic - they're only a tad louder than my EVO 4G and produce tinny, quiet sound.
  • Update: DLNA capabilities are missing at launch but will be available in the future (see above).

Limited Edition

The limited edition Google I/O edition differs from the final consumer release in the following ways:

  • Box says Google I/O.
  • Fully unlocked and extremely easy to root.
  • The back is full of little Androids rather than a solid and boring white.

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Build Quality and Hardware

The overall build of the Tab 10.1 is very good - the tablet feels absolutely great in my hands and on my lap. It's also more flat, without any weird bulges, creating a good seal between the back and whatever surface it's laying on, unlike the XOOM. You can actually spin the XOOM pretty easily on its back due to its curved shape, which I absolutely hate (bump it accidentally, and it suddenly rotates 45 degrees).

The tablet feels a little plasticky compared to other tablets, such as the XOOM, but after using it for 3 weeks, I have to admit that I prefer the glossy, plasticky feel of the back to the rugged, matte feel of the XOOM. For one, I feel like the back is not going to get easily smudged or damaged, because the plastic gives the tablet an added layer of scratch protection.

As for the external port and button configuration, the Tab has a single 30-pin charging/data port on the bottom, 2 speakers on each side, and a 3.5mm audio jack together with the Power button and the volume rocker on the top. On the front, we have a 2MP front-facing camera, while the back houses a measly 3MP camera/flash combo. As with all other Honeycomb tablets, the Tab has no physical contextual and menu buttons - instead, they're omnipresent on the bottom left of the screen.

Even though my Tab 10.1 still physically looks brand new, some users appear to not be as lucky, with reports of defective screens coming out of their housing have started showing up on the web. I'm not sure if only a few units are affected or eventually all Tabs start bulging out, but considering Samsung's warranty is in effect, I'm not too worried. I just hope they fix the problem before it's too late.

Overall, at this point I am happy with build quality.

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Screen

  • 10.1" 1280x800 WXGA TFT (PLS) screen with the same dimensions and resolution as the XOOM.
  • The screen is not AMOLED or SLCD and at first looked similar to the XOOM's. However, upon closer inspection, I found it to be definitely brighter, crisper, and more vibrant. Just look at the comparison screenshots below. Update: I was able to confirm the screen is indeed using PLS technology instead of IPS, which explains the better picture quality.

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Left: Samsung Tab 10.1, Right: Motorola XOOM

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Left: Samsung Tab 10.1, Right: Motorola XOOM

  • I can't complain about the Tab's screen's viewing angles - they're great. I never feel like I need to angle it a certain way to see the picture better, and that's what matters to me.
  • Nevertheless, the screen is still pretty glossy, just like the XOOM, making reading anything but my reflection in bright sunlight very hard.

Overall, I'm happy with the screen, though its reflective properties could definitely allow me to replace a few mirrors in my house.

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Performance and Battery Life

  • Plenty fast for pretty much anything you throw at it.
  • Sometimes gets slightly sluggish in the UI.
  • Wi-Fi is almost an order of magnitude faster than what we're used to on phones - the downloads finish a lot faster.
  • Disk performance is also much better than on phones - I could be installing multiple apps at the same time without noticing any lag.
  • Upon initial setup, 40 apps were simultaneously downloaded and installed in about 7 minutes. I was impressed - this would have taken ages on my phone.
  • Great battery life, definitely better than XOOM's. The wife charges her XOOM every 2-3 days, while my Tab usually goes on for 4-5 no problem. Update 6/10/11: I have been using the tablet a lot more casually in the last week or so, and it lasted 11 days before I got the low battery notification. Not bad. At all.

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  • Quadrant scores were jumping between 1894 and 2157, while SmartBench 2011 scored 2807.

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Software/UI

  • The Tab 10.1 currently runs pure Honeycomb - at the moment 3.0.1, but 3.1 is planned for the release version. Update: The 3.1 upgrade has been released.
    No bloat whatsoever, just like on the XOOM, although I did notice Pulse was pre-installed (I ended up kind of liking it).
  • Samsung's custom white keyboard is installed in addition to the one that comes stock with Honeycomb. It offers no benefit whatsoever compared to the stock one, so I immediately replaced it with Thumb Keyboard - the best tablet keyboard on the Market right now.
  • Some of the programs (including Gmail and Maps) crashed, but I blame it fully on software developers in charge of those apps (see more software bugs in the Bugs section below).
  • There is an app called Samsung Apps, presumably Samsung's own version of the Market, but it's currently filled with test apps and is completely useless (see more in the Bugs section).
  • The Samsung Music Hub (I didn't find a Movie or Book Hubs here) seems to be fully operational, offering music for purchase and sampling.
  • The rest of the tablet is pretty much stock; I won't go into details - if you want to read up more on the pure Honeycomb experience, visit our Honeycomb walkthrough.

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Sound

The speakers are small and produce very tinny sound, only a tad louder than my EVO. I think this was a deliberate trade-off made to achieve slimness, but it's disappointing nonetheless.

Cameras

The rear camera's resolution is 3MP - cameras with resolution this low nowadays can only be found in low-end devices. It's pretty embarrassing really, and not just because of the resolution. Unless shot in perfect conditions, photos come grainy, complete with poor color reproduction and lack of vibrancy. Add a flash and you get a horrible whitish/bluish glow. Add darkness, and the artifacts fill up the whole frame, making it look like sand paper.

The one redeeming quality of the rear camera is its video recording capability - 720p videos come out surprisingly smooth for a mobile device, most likely benefitting from a powerful processor and lower resolution, resulting in recording fewer pixels. Even then, video lacks the same color richness that I mentioned above.

Judge for yourself - 2 video samples and a variety of photo samples await you below.

Considering that the Tab 10.1v had an 8MP shooter, it's safe to say a sizable compromise has been made to achieve the slim factor in the Tab 10.1. Personally, I am never going to use the rear camera anyway, so I won't feel too heartbroken about its poor quality.

As for the front-facing camera, I didn't get to test it much, but video you can expect is really nothing to write home about. Still, compared to most other mobile front-facing cameras, both the XOOM and the Tab 10.1 come out ahead at 2 megapixels.

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Video Samples

Daytime sample

Nighttime sample (Jane's Addiction concert at Google I/O, lots of noise)

Photo Samples

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Rooting/Unlocking

The limited edition Tab 10.1 comes completely unlocked and can be rooted in minutes. ClockworkMod recovery can be easily installed from here. Needless to say, I was ecstatic and managed to claim the Tab as "my" tablet around the house, citing rooting and openness as supporting evidence (also known as gibberish, according to the wife).

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Bugs

Here are the bugs I found during the first 3 weeks of using the Tab 10.1 with the stock 3.0.1 Android OS. None of them are show-stoppers, maybe with the exception of the charging bug, but I think all software issues will be fixed with an over-the-air update.

  • [software] The Volume Up/Down buttons do not reverse when you switch from holding the tablet 90 degrees to 270 degrees, so depending on which way it's facing in portrait mode, the Volume Up may actually be Volume Down.
  • [software] No United States in the country selection when you try to check for OTA updates.

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  • [software] Completely nonoperational Samsung Apps app with a bunch of test apps - this is probably reserved for the official launch and will start working then.

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  • [software] Sometimes the tablet no longer turns on after 100% charge and requires a soft reset - I even thought it was completely dead the first time. Holding the power and volume buttons seems to revive it.
  • [software] Occasional crashes in Maps, Music hub, browser, gmail, other apps (nothing to do with this particular Tab though) - this should be fixed with app and OS updates.

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  • [software] Randomly after a few days of running fine, browsers relying on WebViews (stock Browser, Dolphin, etc.) suddenly refuse to scroll and behave very weird. Only a reboot fixes this behavior.
  • [software] All scrolling in WebViews (stock Browser, Dolphin, in-app browsers) on the Tab 10.1 seems to be lacking proper momentum and has too much friction. For example, on the XOOM, it takes me a single strong fling to scroll through a long webpage, while on the Tab 10.1, it takes 3-4. It's really annoying and takes away from the otherwise mostly butter-smooth experience.
  • [hardware] Some users reported physical issues with their Tabs' screens coming out of their housing. This issue makes me quite nervous about using the tablet on the go, and we've yet to hear Samsung chime in.

What Else Is Missing?

So what else is missing from the Tab besides SD/USB/HDMI?

  • TouchWiz 4.0 or any custom UI at all - this was missing on both the Limited Edition and production Tabs showcased before I/O. Most of you will probably consider this a good thing, although the word on the street is TouchWiz 4 is not dead, scheduled to arrive OTA sometime in the future.
  • No word on the stick type BT headset that we heard about at the CTIA announcement.
  • 30-pin <-> HDMI cable - the only cable in the box is 30-pin <-> USB. More accessories are planned.
  • Samsung Hubs (other than Music and Apps), although Books are already present from Google, and Movies should be coming with Android 3.1. Update: Movies didn't come with 3.1 :(.

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Conclusion

Ha, I knew you'd jump here right away (kudos if you read the whole review first!). Rather than repeat myself, I'll send you straight back to the In A Nutshell section, which provides a great summary of my thoughts on this tablet.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • MikeSimon7

    Can you test playback of any divx/xvid videos with the included Samsung media app? Are these supported out of the box?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      What Samsung media app - I'm not next to the Tab now, but I don't remember seeing a media app. I downloaded a couple of media players from the market - VPlayer and one other one, both of which worked great playing divx/xvid.

    • http://news-knut.net mr-intenret

      video qualiy out of the box is great http://news-knut.net for a video playing avi / divx .

      mobo player is the best and offers codecs as well.

  • Carlos Garcia

    Are you crazy? Did you get paid by Samsung to write it? No USB, HDMI, or SD slots of any kind and you tell me that you dont miss of these things? and the only important thing is the thickness and weight ?
    Bad article for sure....

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      No, I'm not crazy and I did not get paid by Samsung to write a review. I stand by everything I said and mentioned that if you care about peripherals more than the weight and size, this tablet may not be for you. HDMI can be had with a converter cable and so can USB. Having no MicroSD is not an issue for me with 32GB and the cloud to back it up.
      Please read the In A Nutshell section in full.

    • Danny

      Just because you don't agree with his opinions re the Samsung Tab 10.1, doesn't mean it's a bad article.

      I like my Xoom, though, and will stick with it for a year or two. :-)

      • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

        Yeah, if you already have a XOOM or another tablet, the Tab 10.1 is not worth the upgrade, as it's still current-gen technology (unless you can still return whatever you have and reconsider).

    • http://lettersfromdave.wordpress.com daveloft

      I have never used the HDMI out on my tablet and I only use the USB port for a mouse. If I didn't have a USB port I would be just fine and use a Bluetooth mouse. I also stopped using USB drives years ago and instead use Dropbox as far as file transfers go.

      The microSD card in my tablet is used for nothing more than storing zip files with new Roms to flash.

      I use Rdio, Google Music, Netflix, YouTube, Comixology, Zinio, Kindle, Kobo and BeyondPod for my media needs and none of them let me use the SD card for storage.

      My biggest complaint about the ASUS Transformer is the thickness and weight and I believe those two aspects as well as the display and price are the most important aspects of a tablet.

      I think the majority of people looking to buy a tablet believe that as well. But I understand that some people like yourself would disagree.

      It appears your just trolling reviews of this tablet to trash any opinions that do no align with yours.

      I would suggest checking out the reviews of the Toshiba Thrive or Acer Iconia tablets as they are the ones that offer what your looking for. To each his own.

  • btod

    this was seriously one of the best reviews I've seen so far. Though a tad biased, I liked how you went into all the aspects, good and bad and gave examples and visuals to back it up. Kudos, I'm a officially a fan now.

    Is a transformer review in the works?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thanks and unfortunately, we didn't get a Transformer review unit, so we have no plans for a review. If ASUS still wants to send us one, I'm going to be right here.

  • Adam

    Dude get your head out of your butt this is a really really bad article. to lose USB, HDMI, and, SD slots to gain such a small thing like thickness and weight is an really bad trade off. and sure cloud is nice but o crap i am in a plane for 12hrs and have no network conection!!! and all the crashing and the battery bug and the non-smooth operation!!! wow this is the worst review i have ever seen from you guys i am disapointed!!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Again, you don't lose USB and HDMI, and it's not like you have no space at all - 32GB is more than enough space to fill up with movies for a week and music for months.

      The software crashing has nothing to do with the Tab itself, but rather software developers who write buggy software. There is that charging bug, but remember - this tablet is pre-release with software that may not function 100%. Once the production versions are released, I fully expect the bugs that Samsung can fix to be squashed.

      I knew the peripheral fans will come in bashing this tablet left and right, and as I said, I agree that if you want all those ports out of the box, the Tab may not be for you.

      As for the head in my butt, I guess I'm not the one who's been actually using both tablets for the last 3 weeks, noting down my impressions. I suppose that was some other guy, and this review was randomly put together by some imbecile.

      • Phill

        Well, I also have been using both the Tab 10.1 and the Xoom since Google I/O, and I'm afraid I can't agree with several of your assertions.

        I don't see the same software issues on the Xoom: web views not scrolling, OS lockups, touch screen non-responsive (till reboot), and various other quirks. All these happen frequently on the Tab, but the Xoom is pretty solid.

        Regarding battery life, I've not done exhaustive tests (neither has the reviewer), but in my anecdotal experience the Xoom and the Tab provide similar amounts of use between charges.

        Additionally, the power button... I'm shocked to say that I think the Xoom placement of the power button is _genius_. At first it was annoying, but now I keep getting irritated at the Tab for making me have to search for the power button instead of having it right behind my left index finger.

        Also, the Tab requires an additional $30 investment to get HDMI out.... Or a replacement USB cable... These are costs that aren't there with the Xoom, and these things (tablets) cost enough as it is. "Just buy another cable" isn't an acceptable response for a loss of features.

        The guy with the "head/butt" comment was way out of line. I have to say I don't agree w/ several of your conclusions/opinions, but the review was well thought-out.

        TL;DR: I also have been using both tablets since Google I/O, and I disagree with major points in this review, but a review is often about perception and opinion.

  • Wam

    So what you're saying is that :
    - TFT instead of the transformers IPS,
    - the total lack of connectivity,
    - the proprietary port,
    - the poor 3Mpx camera
    is totally worth the 160g of weight loss???
    And for a 100$ more than a Asus Transformer?

    I am sorry for but it's s is nonsense to me...

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Aside from the screen glue issues (I do not have a Transformer, so I can't comment on the difference), what I'm saying is that I'll take the look and feel over features I'm never going to use (rear camera, SD card - HDMI and USB are both possible). The price difference is something to really think about, that's where you're absolutely right. It all comes down to the demographics and deciding what is more important to you, and after using the XOOM, I've decided that my daily interaction with it is more important.
      Btw, I'd like to point one thing out that I forgot to mention - I would have slammed the lack of a MicroUSB port much harder, were it able to actually charge the device. Since the XOOM is not able to charge from the slot and requires a proprietary charger (I suspect some other tablets are similar - can you clarify this with the Transformer please?), the lack of a straight up MicroUSB port was no longer as big of an issue.

      • http://blog.iangclifton.com Ian G. Clifton

        The Transformer does charge via USB with the proprietary connector (note that it doesn't have a microUSB port), but it only charges while the screen is off (either from standby or from the tablet actually being off) according to the guide. The charge is very slow but quite useful for developers and others who will have it plugged in most of the day anyway.

      • Wam

        All right, USB & HDMI are possible, but you have to deal with adapter, cables... which you have to keep with you on the move. Apple crap, really !
        Not at all what I expect from an Android Tablet, which is connectivity, openness, customization...
        Proprietary is a dealbreaker to me. But maybe it's just me. I a big fan of Dealextreme goodies. Not used to pay 20$ on a proprietary cable everytime I want to be able to recharge @ the office, or in the car... 2$ on an additionnal standard cable is much more like it !

        Also, as I see it, USB & SD are not for space extention but rather for conveniant data tranfert (friends, photos from camera SD, etc...). So it is important ! 16 GB is way more than I would use on a tablet. This is not a storage unit.

        You're absolutely right, though, it all comes down to people's choice and needs/priorities. That's what I always tell people.
        But when you say that the tablet you would recommend does not have USB, SD, HDMI (having to use an adapter is not acceptable for me) and have an old TFT screen but still costs 100$ more than the "actual" best Tablet that is the Transformer, that got me thinking... The overall user experience MUST BE DAMN GOOD ! But then you said it was laggy so, I'm lost...

        One thing I don't get, is the point of comparing the Tab to the Xoom. Every Tablet will look good compared to it. The Xoom is notoriously bad, really bad.
        I would love to read your review on the Transformer. That sounds like a real test !
        BTW, after some research, the TF is 680g, the Xoom is 760 !

        To answer your question on the USB charging capabilities, 2 things :

        - First, from what I personnally experienced (HTC Desire bought a year ago), charging from USB is extreeeeemely long (low amperage). And don't get me started with the high capacity battery (2600 mAh, lasts almost 4 days ! thx DealExtreme), days to charge on USB !. So USB Charging is not relevant for me. For the record, the Transformer has 16h of battery (with keyboard dock) ! I let you guess how many days it would take to fully charge... ;-)

        - Second, I don't own a Transformer, so I can't really tell you if it does (charge on USB) but, as no apple fanboy, I like to see for myself what I'm gonna spend 500$ for ! Never understood the pre order thing...
        Well, 500 €, actually, as I'm french and the Tansformer is comming out tomorrow here, in France !
        So I'm going to test it a bit and get back to you.

        I'm also gonna try to get my hands on a Tab 10.1. So much flaws and ur ready to recommend it over the TF ? I have to see that for myself ! ;-)
        But I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go for the TF's extra USB/SD/HDMI/16h battery/nolag/real keyboard/laptop transformation for the same price !!!

        PS: Sorry for the post size, didn't mean to when I started lol

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          The overall user experience is as good as any other Honeycomb tablet - it's mostly good 95% of the time, with some lag noticeable the other 5%. I didn't notice 3.1 address it, and since the Transformer also uses Tegra 2 and runs 3.1 now, I don't think it would be too far off the competition performance-wise.

          According to Wikipedia, the XOOM is 730g, TF is 680g, and the Tab is 595g. Indeed, TF is a bit lighter than the XOOM, so it should be more pleasant to use. However, where the Tab really wins is thickness - both TF and XOOM are about 13mm.

          Unfortunately, I don't have a Transformer to compare to - it would be a really good comparison, and I'd love to test it out.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Update: I've confirmed the Tab 10.1 has a superior TFT PLS display and not IPS, which explains the better picture that I've observed compared to the XOOM. Another point for the Tab 10.1.

  • Adam

    sorry i know it just personal opinion and that was just my opinion i was kinda sad to see samsung take the route of needing a "converter cable" to the the most out of your tablet. kinda reminds me of apple

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Indeed, having standard ports would be great, but I think it was a design decision that helped slim the tablet down to the point where it is thinner than the iPad 2. I personally don't like proprietary ports, which is why it went to the Not So Good section, but after using it for weeks, I really value the weight and size more than having to buy an extra cable. I hate to admit it, but it's true. The 165 gram difference may not sound like much, but it does make all the difference to me. I suggest when the tablet comes out that everyone goes and plays with it for 15 minutes at a local store, comparing to whatever other tablet you had in mind.

  • Manadare

    I'm a little scared by these lags you mention across the review. Let's hope it's not so bad. I wanna buy the 8.9 asap.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Don't be scared - it's no worse than any other Honeycomb tablet out there running on Tegra 2. I'm sure it will be fixed or improved in upcoming versions of Android.

      • Tyler

        the shipped out of the box Tegra 2 made Transformer had no crash, lag or anything. The 3.1 firmware made it better.. but running the same original Honeycomb version in the Transformer it was solid.

      • Tyler

        regardless.. nice review but i passed on the sammy 10.1 after the Transformer out performed the Xoom. 4 days of not crashing with the original Honeycomb update-before 3.1.

  • http://www.ragtop.org Jeff

    I don't agree that you don't need an SD slot because you can sync and stream from the cloud. What good is the cloud going to do you when you are on vacation and don't have WiFi access? For a WiFi only tablet, the cloud is only good when you are at home or a few other limited places. I REALLY want to like the 10.1, but the lack of an SD card is a killer. And No, I'm not really looking for a NetBook, as you suggest.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Wi-Fi is not the only connectivity this tablet has. There is plenty of space on the 32GB tablet to last for a while, but if you want to upload more stuff to it, just connect it via the included USB cable to your computer and upload away. I'm still not seeing the need for an SD card slot that badly.

    • http://zalzalaweb.com/jens anakin78z

      I just took a 2 week vacation with the Tab 10.1 and... it was fine. I didn't miss anything. I had 5 movies with me, a ton of music, and I'm pretty sure I didn't even make a dent in the 32 gigs. In addition I copied over photos from our trip as we went along, and never came close to filling the space.
      I realize that everyone is different, but I think most people will have no issue with storage space, even on vacation.

  • tescm

    Honestly, I don't see the need for tween like name calling against the writer. Its his opinion and I think it was quite fair.
    The general users are going to look at the lightness and style over whether there is a USB connector...uh..iPad. I have been using mine since Google IO and I have to agree that I prefer this over the Xoom. I thought I would not like having the expanded memory but haven't had a problem. I have 4 movies, over 2,000 songs and more apps than I can play, work with at any point in time and still have plenty off room.

    The USB...sure but I'm use to it now so no biggie. But the biggie is the speakers which are just dreadful and the pitiful camera. Then again I use my earphones most of the time so that is less of an issue and the back camera how many people really go walking around taking pictures with their tablet anyway.

    If you want all the USB, HDMIa nd whatamjig connectors than look at the Transformer. Its a slight thicker but if you are looking for sex appeal then Samsung's got it right.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Precisely - thank you for chiming in.

  • Kenneth P

    Why are you ppl bashing this article?? I agree with Artem 32gb is plenty so no sd slot is no big deal.

    Not everybody uses hdmi. I have had my evo since they came out and not once have I used hdmi. If anything you less of a need for hdmi because of the 10.1 screen

    No usb slot kinda hurts but it's no big deal. Never had full size usb on my phone and it has never bothered me so it's not going to bother me on a similar device like a tablet.

    Also Artem said it 3 times but maybe that wasn't enough so I'll say it again. Purchase a converter cable!! If that's too much for you to do go buy a xoom. Artem said more than once the tab is not for everybody

    • Tyler

      last i checked only 2 people bashed him..

    • Phill

      Just because you agree with the article doesn't mean that it's correct.

      You think 32G is "plenty".
      You don't use HDMI.
      You don't think missing standard USB is a deal breaker.

      When you compare the facts, some tablets have these features, but the Tab is lacking them (that's a fact, not an opinion).

      People are disagreeing (or bashing) because they disagree w/ the author's opinion. The fact that you agree with the author does not make him right; it just means his opinion is similar to yours.

      For some people, the features that are lacking are important, and saying "just buy a $30 cable" is not an appropriate response. The argument would then become: "$599 tablet (Xoom) vs. $630 Tab 10.1 (w/ HDMI cable, no external storage, etc)".

      Really, we're paying more cash for less capability. What we're getting in return is slimness and a better screen. (and the other things talked about in the review).

  • sciwiz

    IIRC, Samsung's using their own SuperPLS displays, that's why you have such color vibrancy and wide viewing angles.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      You're correct. Thanks for Samsung's first release of 10.1v as 10.1 and lack of reliable detailed specs on the web, it took me forever to find this page http://innovator.samsungmobile.com/google/io.device.do?platformId=1 that confirmed PLS, in addition to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samsung_Galaxy_Tab_10.1 (I wanted a proper reference). This explains the better picture quality.

      • Tyler

        When they fist gave you the Samsung tab 10.1 for free.. i asked if the display was better than the Xoom?

        you said:

        Artem Russakovskii May 10, 2011 at 5:51 pm

        Looked the same to me, but I’ll check. They’re both plain LCDs.

        Artem Russakovskii May 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

        The Tab’s display seems a bit brighter and not as dull, but still nothing to write home about. Still, it’s definitely better. Reflectivity is about the same – both suck balls in sunlight – there’s tons of glare.

        So the question is.. is it a slight improvement or just a little like you stated before? It seams like your Praising the 10.1 tab now vs before you said it wasnt anything to write home about.

        it was this conversation that made me buy a Transformer.

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Haha, you bring out the chat convos and balls now.

          As I kept using the tablet and switching between the XOOM and the Tab, I could tell without any doubt when I was looking at the Tab's screen, as it was more vibrant, especially in the dark. It's nothing mind blowing, like the SAMOLED, but an improvement nonetheless.

  • Abhishek

    Great bang on review. Thanks for profoundly touching all the points and making clear all the aspects and comparisons.
    - on a lighter note-
    i like the way you wrote " the wife " :)lol

  • Ron

    Nice review. The 10.1 will probably be my first purchase in the Android world due mainly to be able to use Flash. I don't mind not having it on my iPhone but for a device that is all about surfing for me I can't justify the iPad price for a half-ass web experience. How does the 10.1 handle general surfing with Flash? (not talking about games which is a whole other thing).

  • Lorenzo in a Benzo

    Is your Xoom running 3.1? Just curious if it addresses any of the software problems you are having on the 10.1 Tab and what new features come with.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Yes, it is. It comes with the scrollable app switcher and resizable widgets as well as a variety of fixes, but it doesn't seem faster to me at all. In fact, it seems more sluggish. Most of the software issues listed in this post are pertinent to this Tab only and don't show up on the XOOM.

  • tiger541

    Artem, when I saw the heading of your article I was really excited to read it, and I was not disappointed. I am on the verge of buying a Transformer, and would of probably gotten one already if it wasnt for the shortage. Now we are here with June right around the corner, and I started thinking maybe I should wait for the SGT10.1. The reviews from the IO lucky assess have all been very convincing, but the connectivity and peripheral always had me second guessing. Your article clearly address that issue. Thank you. The reasons you forego the need for the those connectivity options are a breath of fresh air. I have had hands-on with the IPAD 2 at best buy, and I do like the feel of the weight. My wife has the IPAD and I hardly touch it due to the weight and, well, I just feel trapped in their OS, without freedom. At any rate, the IPAD is heavy compared to the IPAD2. Moto Xoom is even heavier, and not evenly weighted either. this made me decide against going for it, along with the ridiculous price.
    Back to the Transformer, after positive review after positive review, I am convinced. Now with your review, I have to look twice and consider the benefits that each tablet uniquely offers. Thank you Artem for sharing your quality time with a great product, as this is what reviews should be like, as opposed to knee jerk reactions.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Thank you for your kind words. Let me know what you end up with!

  • Rich

    Great review! I had some concerns about the lack of USB/SD/HDMI, but you just made great points as to why one doesn't need them. As for some opinions on the cloud. You can select movies with the Google Movie app and ping them to the Tab, in a sense downloading the movie to the Tab, therefore they are on the Tab if you're on a long flight and/or have no connectivity. This to me has been the best review on the product that has not been released yet and I have been checking every day this month for news. THANKS ARTEM!

  • ocdtrekkie

    I would never part with my ports, accessories, and stock Android for it being as thin as an iPad 2 and getting TouchWiz. And the SD card thing... 32 GB is plenty *now*, but two years from now, the Xoom owners will be glad they have it (once the software patch for it is in, of course).

    The stock factor and that it'll be the first to get all Honeycomb updates in the forseeable future will always keep the Xoom as the strong winner for a while to come.

    That being said, I hope the 10.1 can pull some of the Apple crowd away from the iPad. They're similar in design mentality (maybe why they're getting sued? :P). Forget ports or features, just make it thin, etc.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Those are some great points - thanks for chiming in.

  • biggs

    Thanks for the review this tab is really sexy it going to look really nice next to my Samsung Galaxy S keep up the good work

  • Really

    The xooms build quality is much better!! Really Fatigue from 2 oz difference!! Please definite kickback from samsung!

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Perhaps you should check your math - the difference is almost 6 ounces. Until you compare the two and hold them for a good period of time, you won't know the difference. Numbers don't mean much until you put them to the test.

      And kickbacks, give me a break - I already stated there are no kickbacks involved.

      • Really

        OK 6 oz wow!!!! Lift some weights, maybe you won't get so fatigued! Wifi xoom is 708 grams. The Sammy 10.1 is 599 grams. That breaks down to 3.9 oz. I'll put up with that weight difference for build quality, and almost all the conectivity someone can ask for in a tablet! Please no sd card means no custom recovery. Samsung went the wrong direction with this tab! Oh but its lighter so its better. What a joke!

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Arguing is useless really - you have your opinion, I have mine. But as far as "no custom recovery" goes, I suppose ClockworkMod doesn't count, does it? http://droidbasement.com/db-blog/?p=1977

        • James

          Arguing on the internetz is like the Special Olympics, no matter if you win or lose....you're still a retard!

        • Really

          Without an SD card the recovery will never function correctly.

  • Dipock

    I'd agree with most of your comments: - I felt it was crazy not to provide the micro SD or HDMI - but, like you I discovered that I haven't missed them much - relying on cloud services like Google Music. I am paranoid that I'll lose that cable though - which is the downside. I noticed that it looks a lot like the Apple connector (but haven't tried it out yet). Which brings me to my question - comparing with Xoom is one thing - but how about comparing with the iPad? I have both ( and the Tab wins in my opinion ) - surely that's what we want to see?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I don't have an iPad 2, but the comparison could potentially take a month to write if I had one. They are just such different products.

      Oh, and the 30-pin is absolutely not an Apple connector.

      • Casavapiece

        Great review Artem, but you didn't mention if this tab was DLNA compliant like most Samsung products today. I read a lot of people complaining about lack of HDMI, but if the unit is going to be that close to a big screen to use a cable, then why not go cable free, and play over DNLA, I do with my Samsung Fascinate, and load files to and from my laptop with the Fascinate over WiFi (DLNA), so I personally don't see the absolute need for HDMI and USB connectivity, on the other hand, a micro SDHC slot would have been a feasable option, for future travels, I may want to bump up storage a little bit. Oh, and don't keep repeating yourself for the people that only read parts of your article, almost all of your responses were repeats of what you already wrote, LOL.. Lastly, not very many people who own these type items, hold them for any lengthy period of time, it is simply a distraction for them, (hey look at what I just bought!) type of distraction, not like a code writer, (like yourself) who has to walk around with the book, and pen, in hand most of the day, so the thing about the small differences in the weight, went right over their heads. My wife plays Angry Birds on her NOOK color for hours on end, and periodically, without even realizing it, will take a time out to rest her hand, after moving it aroung for a while trying to stay comfortable. She won't notice the weight until she plays that game on a lighter platform like the 10.1. Now, how about the 8.9, is it also Divx certified? Does that have a super AMOLED screen, and will it support DLNA protocol with bluetooth 3.0?

        • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

          Hrm, DLNA didn't pop out anywhere on the device, and I wasn't able to find any specs that mention it, so I'm going to assume it doesn't have DLNA capabilities. That's a bummer - it would have been handy to have that. On the other hand, I was able to confirm the PLS display, so the positive news cancels out the negative :P

          I try to reply to everyone, so sometimes I have to repeat myself. I don't mind really, as long as the response makes sense.

          As for your Nook Color reference, I just looked it up, and it's lighter than the 10.1 - 450 grams. The 7" Galaxy Tab is lighter than the 10.1 as well, but among 9-10" tablets, the Tab 10.1/8.9 line rules.

          Neither 10.1 or 8.9 have AMOLED screens - they're PLS. Wouldn't make sense for 8.9 to have DLNA if the 10.1 doesn't have it.

          As for BT 3.0, Samsung's own specs confuse me - http://innovator.samsungmobile.com/google/io.device.do?platformId=1 says BT v3.0 and Bluetooth Core Spec v2.1+EDR at the same time. I'm not a Bluetooth pro, so the numbers there look conflicting and confusing.

          I'm not sure about the DIVX certification, but I haven't seen a Samsung product that isn't DIVX certified yet (maybe I haven't looked hard enough though, so don't quote me on this).

  • Miya

    Meh, music and movies to cloud are only available for US users. How is that most of us?

    People in the rest of the world like me need alternatives like SD card.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I still fail to see why you *need* an SD card. If you run out of the 32GB, just delete some stuff and copy some more from your PC via Wi-Fi or the included USB cable.

      • Phill

        It's not just about space, it's about convenience and capability. I can think of at least a couple uses off-hand:

        * View pics off of a camera w/o involving a PC.
        * Moving data off your phone onto a tablet. (Pics/music/ebooks/etc).
        * Easy backup of the important info on your tablet (Titanium backup files,etc)

        Not to mention: If the tablet dies, you can't retrieve anything off of it. If you store all your important documents on the SD card and your tablet bites the big one, you can just pop that card out and you have all your data. (Whether it's work or pictures.. whatever.)

  • JJ

    "No bloat whatsoever"
    Really? What do you call Music Hub & Samsung Apps?
    Or needing to have a Samsung Account to update your Android OS?
    Besides, they will put TouchWiz UI on top of Honeycomb... which sux.

  • http://www.playtogetherstaytogeter.co.uk Steven Thomsen-Jones

    A very interesting article for me being a Xoom owner. You are right to value the weight issue here, it becomes noticable quickly that holding the Xoom in the hand is tiresome and you usually end up resting it on a thigh whilst using it (and yes the rear power button is stupid, especially when the official Moto case doesn't have a hole where it is!!)
    For me the last of a SD slot is a big oversight (even if my Xooms hasn't been enabled yet) Not that I need to 64GB of space, but being a geek I like having data such as photos being written to a different location from where the app taking the photos is stored as in my head this will yield greater performance.
    The USB and HDMI are not such an issue, as much as I hate none standard ports. I was miffed enough that the Xoom can't be charged via the USB, but the need to use USN and HDMI are low enough for it to not matter.
    The UI slowdown is bad though, I've noticed the same on the Xoom. We end up restarting the device once a day to keep is smooth, much be issues with garbage collection, and a lot of apps do still crash but as you say that's more down to developers needing time to check their Honeycomb compatibility.
    Nice balance comparison and I can't blame you for favoring it over the Xoom, but at the same time I think I can be happy that the Xoom is still a comparable device from a usage point of view.

  • Stephen

    My experience with it has been good. Very nice tablet but there are a few things that bug me:

    - USB connectivity is rubbish - it doesn't mount as a mass storage device and so transferring files to it (particularly from Mac) is painful

    - No charging via standard USB - means that you have to switch to the power supply even if you've had it connected to a computer all the time. Also makes the power adapter an expensive part and it only has a US adapter on it which means I have to use a converter to use it in the UK (can't just use another USB charger because of the number of amps it needs).

    - Doesn't have Honeycomb 3.1 yet and Samsung won't tell us when we'll get it. This is a big shame as Google I/O had a lot about 3.1 and it's benefits, including all the USB host stuff and ADK. Google should be pushing Samsung to push the 3.1 update to the devices so we can start using the new features ready for the general launch of the tablet.

    Anyways - despite these grumbles (which two I hope will be solved soon), it's a great tablet. Look forward to getting 3.1 on it (hint hint Samsung!).

  • http://www.scholaprogenium.com/ Sean Schoonmaker

    Well done review - enough information about the pros and cons to allow me to make my own judgement based on my preferences.

    Kudos!

    I think I'll be waiting for the 8.9, as I want an even lighter form factor, but I'd guess that everything in this review would apply equally there.

  • G Man

    I am admittedly a novice when it comes to tablets.

    I have a Droid X and transfer a lot of Excel files from my computer to use on the X. I use Quickoffice Pro and I am happy with what I can do on my X.

    I am still uncertain if the Tab 10.1 will have a micro-sd--some reviews say yes, some say definitely not. Generally, it appears the answer is no. Without a USB slot it would appear the micro-sd would be the easiest way to transfer files.

    Using the proprietary cable with the Tab 10.1, will I be able to "easily" transfer Excel files from my computer? I have read it won't be "easy" but I have no idea what it would entail.

    I have read the Tab 10.1 comes preloaded with Quickoffice Pro.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

  • G Man

    Artem,

    Thank you for your quick and helpful reply.

    I have looked at your tutorial and must admit I am not sure I understand it all (afterall, I am a novice :) ) but I will study it and see what I can do.

    If I buy the Tab 10.1 I will probably go with the propriety cable and see what happens.

    Thanks for your help.

  • ChrisLH

    Great, thorough review! Really good information and I've seen a lot of people looking to choose between the Tab and the Xoom, so the comparison between the two was very helpful. Would love to see some similar reviews of the Flyer and Transformer. Thanks!

  • Hrpuffnstuff

    Great review. Now I'm wondering if USB host mode plus a USB cable and possible gender changer plug might allow one to plug in a thumb drive to say, play music from it?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      That's the million dollar question. The Sammy press release from this morning mentions USB host, so I think that the chances are decent.

  • http://news-knut.net mr-internet

    first, what a great review...WOW.
    hats off dude,

    I did not see in your review any bugs showing up / errors / crashes mentioned. I have personally had and seen others (lots of others) have crashes, and bugs, like browser crashing when trying to scroll, fatal errors etc. not showing up on other 10.1 honeycomb tablets (I also have the samsung 10.1V, Acer A500, and motoroloa Xoom
    I also have been reviewing multiple other honeycomb 10.1 tablets, and had no others with any repeatable crashing or bugginess requiring multiple resets.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      Heh, I'm not sure how you managed to miss the Bugs section. Maybe you should take another look.

  • Mike

    I, too, am a little upset about no internal microSD for the wifi version... but some of you guys are making it sound like it's lost altogether. If you do some research, there is a kit just like the Apple camera kit where there are 2 dongles, 1 for USB and the other is an SD card reader. Sure, it's $30 more for the kit, but at least the option is there to still buy a microSD, pop it into an SD adapter, and then pop that into the SD card reader dongle. Again, I would've liked not to go that route, but at least it's there.

  • slippery

    Great write up. Extremely informative. Ask your wife to b**w you, you deserve it.

  • Observer

    Thank you for this review. Whilst connectivity is important, the weight and size of a tablet is an everyday issue during the daily commute. This review has helped to clarify this issue.

    I also note your patience with the many detractors is well done. Whilst a tablet with every feature available might be nice, it is not essential if those features aren't in constant use. Availability of an adaptor is a workable compromise for a device that will, for me, travel away from the house every day of the week.

  • Rick

    I bought the 10.1 2 weeks ago primarily to show my photo portfolio to potential clients. I regard the lack of an SD card slot nothing more than an inconvenience. I process all of my photos on my desktop (and I'm NOT looking to do post-processing on a tablet), and transferring them is easy. I get at least a full day out of the battery, so I hook it up for a charge at night. It seems that I can get additional cables on Amazon.com for about $10, and I plan on buying 3 more.

    I think that Artem's review is spot on, and the Galaxy Tab is fast becoming one of my most useful tech tools.

  • mpthegreek

    Good review. The 30 pin connector / charger is proprietary so you get 9 hours of video watching 10 days of light use out of the device on a 4 hour charge time. Try doing that with standard USB to charge LOL. SD Card Missing if you want to hook your SD card up there is an attachment for that so you can transfer what you need and remove it + the standard 32 Gigs on the device. Place your Files / Stolen Movies on an sd card and transfer them as needed. HDMI there is an option for that and same with USB. This is not a cell phone don't except to slip an SD card into it to upgrade your memory. This is the King/Queen of tablets at this time. Xoom is the only thing close and look at the comparisons one screen looks out dated the other looks fresh. The IPAD2 OF Course has no Flash/Heavier/ and everything has to use itunes and be synced. FUN. Good review fanboys STFU LOL oh yeah I have this Tablet and IPAD2 Take a guess which one I prefer. Thanks

  • Eddy Edward

    Nice review. I am looking for reviews for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 before I actually purchase one.

    I have seen a lot of reviews regards to the scren that the screen freezed up a lot, usually for a duration of 5 to 10 seconds.

    Another issue is that the screen between Human Machine Interface, it is not so reponsive to our human touch. I heard not as reponsive as the ipad.

    Correct me if I am wrong. I want to make sure before I actually purchase one overseas. Cheers

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I am not sure what screen freezes we're talking about - never had any. I found the screen responsive - not any less responsive than any other tablet. In fact, it's probably more responsive than some others I've tried.

      • Eddy Edward

        Thank you for the reply!
        I have been watching some reviews in Youtube regarding to the tab 10.1. For example in one of the video, the user was trying to move the pages. But the screen is not responding to his fingers. Have to wait a few seconds before the page actually moved.
        Some other videos I saw. Moving icons around the same page is laggy.
        Or even writing on the on-screen-keyboard is laggy.
        I am actually very keen on the tab 10.1, however judging from those user complains doubt me.

  • Eddy Edward

    Hie it's me again.
    Been reading your posts/reviews and tips for Andriod devices (I am never an andriod user).

    I would like advices from you.
    It seems that if the GT 10.1 experience some slowness. Changing the ROM might slightly improve it (after rooted it).
    In order to install custom ROM, the GT needed to be rooted.

    I wonder am I able to restore/reset the GT to original factory setting in case sometimes goes wrong? and if I restore/reset it, am I able to re-root it again?

    THanks!

  • sumeet

    hi

    i won one 10.1 wifi version in USA, and i am in India, where i can only use it in my house,how do i use on the go....

    through my BB i cannot connect. also can i use a data card, with the new USB connector

  • okantomi

    I wonder how people feel about this and the other tabs now that we're in November. My Xoom is going strong and I feel like it's going to continue to satisfy for quite a while to come.

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