Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review

The Galaxy Tab Pro middle child

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10. review
A solid tablet, but the price is the sticking point

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Whilst the camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is by no means a slouch, there is no doubt that media consumption is far more important on devices of this size.

This means the Tab Pro 10.1 needs a decent screen, powerful speakers and enough internal grunt to ensure smooth gaming and video streaming.

Decent storage should also be thrown in there, as all of this will prove completely useless if there is no way of storing all your media. Thankfully Dropbox comes preinstalled so you can store a wealth of media there, all being available to play via the Video app.

This backs up the available 8.9GB of free space, disappointingly low given that this is the 16GB model. Of this, 2.6GB also comes filled leaving a rather measly 6.3GB. You're left with less than 40% of the space advertised.

Samsung does allow this to be boosted through microSD though, so there is some light at the end of the storage tunnel. With 64GB cards supported, and 50GB of Dropbox there is a possibility of 120GB, which isn't to be balked at.

With storage sorted, you can get on to playing with your media library. I've already mentioned the screen a few times, but I'll mention it again once more for good luck.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

There are few tablets that can give the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 a run for its money when it comes to screen quality. Its high resolution and impressive colour reproduction really do HD movies justice, even if the battery seems to suffer.

Where the Tab Pro 10.1 does begin to suffer is with the speakers. Whilst they are loud enough and the dual speakers do mean that there is none of the associated problems of sound only entering one ear, at full blast I found the sound to be a bit tinny. Anyone expecting HTC One M8 levels of quality will be a little disappointed.

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 doesn't have a lot to shout about when it comes to media apps, with the standard Samsung apps on offer when it comes to both the video and media apps. Google's standard YouTube app is also bundled in.

YouTube Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Another area that I expected to be able to use when reviewing the media section of the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 was a tablet version of Samsung's WatchOn service.

This is thanks to the apparent inclusion of an infra-red blaster at the top of the tablet, which seems ideal for throwing information towards the television. Perhaps Samsung has something for the future? I hope so.

Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review

Last on the list of requirements for a decent media device is the internal powerhouse, of which the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 is by no means lacking.

Graphically intensive games may prove to be a bit of a drain on the battery, but I didn't find any stuttering or hesitation that so often plagues the mobile gamer.