Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1V is about as highly spec'd as tablets come at the moment.

Powered by Nvidia's dual core Tegra 2 CPU and lubricated by 1GB, it's powerful and a match for any other Android tablet yet released.

Physically speaking, the 10.1V isn't too different from most other tablets. The bezel is marginally slimmer than that of the iPad 2 and the unit weighs about the same – 599g versus iPad 2's 600g.

It's a bit thicker than the iPad 2 though...

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v apple ipad 2

...and marginally thinner than the original iPad...

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v apple ipad

It does feel very well balanced though, so much so that most people we gave it to to play with thought it was quite a bit lighter than the iPad 2, even though it really isn't.

The most interesting physical talking points of the 10.1V can be found if you flip the device over.

10.1v

The back has a rough, honeycomb-like surface, with contoured ridges on each side. This makes gripping the device (in landscape mode) very easy. It's especially good for those times when you're in a stuffy office and your palms are a tad sweaty.

The stand-out feature of the 10.1V, hardware-wise at least, is that 8MP rear-facing camera which sits next to an LED flash on the back of the device. It absolutely blows the iPad 2's 0.7MP effort into oblivion. It's a very welcome feature - if something's worth doing, it's worth doing well, after all.

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v camera

The rear-facing camera is backed up by a 2MP front-facing effort for video chats and self portrait photos if you're that-way inclined.

The screen is a 10.1-inch TFT with a resolution of 1280x800. It has a widescreen aspect ratio, and that resolution is a fraction higher than the iPad 2's 1024x768 display.

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

Flash storage is available in both 16GB and 32GB flavours, while additional hardware features come in the shape of a gyroscope, accelerometer, digital compass and proximity detector.

The usual connectivity options are there also, in the form of Bluetooth 2.1, Wireless N and the full range of cellular protocols are there too. The 10.1V uses a full-sized SIM slot though, unlike some other tablets that use a micro SIM.

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

As is fast becoming the norm with Android 3.0 tablets, the Galaxy Tab 10.1V only has three hardware buttons. An on/off/standby button on the left-hand side, as well as volume up and volume down just round the corner on top left.

tab

That SIM slot is located at the top of the right-hand side, while stereo speakers sit in the centre at both ends of the device when held in landscape mode.

Samsung galaxy tab 10.1v

In terms of software, this is a stock Android 3.0 affair, with no sign of any of Samsung's Touchwiz modifications or apps. That means it's Android 3.0 as Google intended it to be, and comes with the full range of Google mobile service apps like Android Market, Gmail, Google Maps and Google Talk.