Earlier, the word tablet had reference to a dose of medicine in form of a pellet and even stone slabs bearing an inscription. However, time has made a significant impact the way people refer to tablets. Now, a techie would think of a tablet to be a computing device with a flat touch screen. With the advent of the technology, the tablet market is currently on a boom with innumerable tablet PCs hitting the market every day and Samsung are really taking tablets seriously these days through its introduction of Tablet PCs.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the elder brother in the Samsung’s Galaxy Tab family and is all set to lead the unit in the War Zone. With a larger battery and bigger screen size, this gadget has maintained its sleek and slender look. To add on more, the tab offers its users with a Tegra 2 chipset and is powered by Android 3.1 Honeycomb. Rumours are that Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a worthy competitor to iPad 2. So let’s take a closer look at this 10.1” Tablet.
When it comes to Design, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a sleek waistline and is a magnified version of Galaxy Tab 8.9. The body is made of plastic and weighs around 565 gms. I.e. 10% lesser than the iPad 2 and has a great overall feel. The sunlight legibility of Galaxy Tab 10.1 is very promising. The viewing angles are another add-on to the Tab users. It also ranks top in the Tab category as it offers an outstanding image quality which has no match till date.
Coming to the placement of keys and other hardware, Galaxy Tab 10.1 has made quite many changes compared to its younger brother 8.9. The front-facing rarely has any hardware control except for the camera, embedded in the bezel. The speakers are now placed on the either sides in contrast to the closely placed speakers in 8.9. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is also equipped with a 30-pin connector and a microphone at the bottom. On the left side we find volume control key and the Power button. Provision for SIM card slot and a 3.5mm Audio Jack are given on the top. The Tablet also sports a 3.15 Megapixel camera lens and a LED Flash at the back. The camera in the front is definitely needed for Video-calling and also may come of use for some augmented reality games and applications.
Now moving on to the user interface, Galaxy Tab 10.1 is powered by Honeycomb 3.1 and has the most pretty and well-designed intuitive user interface. The common UI navigation keys (Back, Home and Task Switcher) are found on the bottom left, the notification area on the bottom right and the application drawer is found on the top right corner. The User interface features 4 home screens and editing the wallpapers and other applications on every screen is just as easy as you do it on other smart phones.
The application Launcher opens up with two tabs- All apps and My apps. All Apps refers to the stock apps and, My apps tab refer to those apps installed by the user. Another notch feature of Galaxy tab 10.1 is its ability to work on voice based inputs. This has made the search feature to be one of the bests.
Here is a video of the User Interface of Samsung Galaxy tab 10.1:
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 sports a stock Android music player. The music player also helps in sorting of tracks by album, song, genre, artist, year etc. There’s also a search option on the top right corner for those users who really have large collections. Moreover, a row with quick play and pause controls appear in the notification area when a track is being played in the background. Indeed, this really saves a lot of time by not opening the music player every time to perform an action.
When it comes to the Video Player, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has not met the expectations as there is no dedicated video player for its users. However the company has promised to upgrade this feature very shortly and users need not worry as they can always pull up a player from the android market. The Tab also supports XviD and DivX video formats.
And finally, browsing the web has become much simpler and easier in the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The web page tabs are arranged on the top as in a normal PC browser and the browser is loaded with the normal features like reload, history and bookmarks. The navigation buttons are missing on the browser as all navigation happen with swiping gestures on the right edge of the user’s screen. Synchronizing the browser with desktop browser is all possible with a click of an option. The browser also supports pinch-zoom for easier reading and also features an option of auto-completion for forms and password fields. The browser is also supported by flash plug-ins and makes watching of 360 pixel and 480 pixel Flash videos without any glitches.
To conclude, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has definitely been a top contender for the best android tablet of the year. It scores in the areas of its sleek design and powerful chipset. And when it comes to the bigger screen size, it may keep up the promise for those users who always wanted that extra inch of screen. And when it comes to portability, there are chances of users to sticking on to the extra inch of the Tab which is worth sacrificing. I also feel that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a lot of potential to improve on the major features which gives it a competitive edge over its rival the iPAd2. Overall, this Tab is truly a feast to the eye with its elegant design and finish.