Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

It's slimmer and lighter than the iPad 2, and it's the best Android tablet yet

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses more or less the same interface as the other Android 3.0 tablets.

There's a Home button on the lower-left, app icons fill the centre of the screen and alerts and settings are on the lower-left.

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That may be an adjustment for those used to the pull-down menu on Android smartphones, but the Android 3.0 interface provides intuitive control over the device that rivals and in some ways surpasses the Apple iPad 2.

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That said, we still prefer the BlackBerry PlayBook UI over Android 3.1 in terms of swiping quickly through open apps. And, from early demos of the HP TouchPad, the card interface for Palm webOS 3.0 may be worth the wait since cards can be grouped together even when one is from an email and another is from a web page.

We like the way the TouchPad and PlayBook move well past the iPad paradigm of selecting an app icon and not really having a good way to glide easily between open apps.

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Most of the interface enhancements on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 have to do with Android 3.1, although none of them are radical improvements over Android 3.0. When you drop a widget onto a home screen, you can now grab a handle and resize it.

A pop-up menu on the lower left of the screen next to the Home button shows all open apps. You can now scroll up and down to view them and pick the one you want, which is more helpful than having just a few open apps.


TouchWiz update

Samsung released the TouchWhiz UI add-on in August 2011, which essentially adds widgets below the main screen. You click an arrow in the center bottom menu, and can then add widgets for a Calculator, a notepad, and a music player. These additions help add value to the device beyond the basic Android 3.1 release, but they might not change how you use the device that much, and did not influence our overall score too much because they should have been available from the start.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ManufacturerNVIDIA
Graphics Controller ModelULP GeForce
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+, HSUPA, EDGE, GPRS, HSDPA, UMTS
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Processor ModelT250
Operating SystemAndroid 3.1 Honeycomb
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeTegra 2
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)569 g
Cache1 MB
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Height257 mm
Width175 mm
Depth8.6 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
Product ModelP7500
Product NameGalaxy Tab P7500 Tablet Computer
Product LineGalaxy Tab
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P7500UWDDBT
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Better Design

The new GALAXY Tab 10.1 offers a superlative experience with the thinnest and lightest large screen tablet available! Enjoy unmatched mobility thanks to the amazingly thin and light body. At just 565 grams and 8.6mm slim, this tablet is a breeze to handle.

Better Screen

High definition 10.1" display delivers excellent screen sharpness. With 1280 x 800 WXGA display boasting a pixel density of 149ppi (pixel per inch), you can enjoy better details. Movies, photos and programs with rich graphics will pop to life on the tablet's screen.

Maximum Memory1 GB
Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab P7500 Tablet Computer
  • Lithium Polymer Battery
  • AC Adapter