The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in its current form emerged from a reaction to Apple's slim and thin iPad 2 tablet. The original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which hadn't hit the market just yet, just couldn't keep up. Samsung went back to the drawing board and brought out this beauty of a tablet in record time. And this one can keep up.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a large widescreen display that looks sharp and bright, and is housed in a body that is incredibly thin and light. This 10-inch tablet weighs less than a number of smaller tablets on the market, but features a dual-core 1 GHz processor and the latest version of Android 3.1 Honeycomb.
There are still not very many tablet-specific Android apps out there, and the existing ones are not that easy to find in the Android Market, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still a desirable part of the kit.
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As with all 10-inch tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a big device. The face measures 256.6 mm x 172.9 mm (10.1 inches x 6.8 inches), but the entire tablet is only 8.6 mm (0.3 inches) thick. Combine this with a low weight of 565g and you have a device that is much easier to use than you would expect.
In addition, the build quality of the tab is really good. The shiny back, which is white and silver on our device, feels good on the fingertips and all parts fit tightly together. The tab also feels very strong despite its flat design.
There are no buttons on the front of the Galaxy Tab 10.1, only the 10.1-inch display with 1280 x 800 pixels and the front-facing 2-megapixel camera. When set horizontally, the volume and power controls are on the left end of the top edge of the tablet, while the 3.5mm headphone jack is slightly to the right. There is a stereo speaker port on the left and right edges, and the proprietary charging / data port is on the bottom.
Samsung has installed a 3 megapixel camera with auto focus and flash on the back of the Tab 10.1. Apart from the Samsung logo in the center of the back cover, nothing else can be seen on the outside of the tablet.
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Inside there is an NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core 1 GHz processor and 16 GB (or 32 GB) of internal storage. I've tested the Wi-Fi model, but 3G capable models are expected soon.