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Galaxy Tab 10.1

Asus Eee Pad 32GB Transformer
Honeycomb tablets finally deliver

It happened a week later than we originally expected, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is now widely available to purchase in Best Buy stores across America, as well as the obligatory online stores (Amazon, New Egg, et al).

The 10.1-inch, Android Honeycomb 3.1-based tablet has garnered positive reviews, thanks to its slim design, light weight, and commendable battery life — looking like a valid challenger to the iPad's tablet crown.

Powered by a dual-core Tegra 2 processor, the Tab 10.1 comes in 16GB and 32GB iterations, priced at $499 and $599 respectively. Currently, Wi-Fi-only models are all that are available, although an HSPA+ version will be available soon for a $130 premium.

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Wrong picture
By jvillaro on 6/18/2011 12:21:15 AM , Rating: 2
That fist picture is not the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the article is referring, that's the 10.1v

RE: Wrong picture
By jvillaro on 6/18/2011 12:23:01 AM , Rating: 2
That fist picture...

The one in the first...

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
By Sazabi19 on 6/20/2011 8:09:54 AM , Rating: 2
I got my Transformer a few weeks ago and I have to say I couldn't be happier with it. It was only $400 (16 gig) and it has expandable memory through a Micro SDHC slot (suck it iFans), a dual-core nVidia Tegra 2 CPU, 1 gig of RAM (again, suck it iFans), and I can get a small docking station for it with a keyboard and mouse finger pad that extends battery life by 6.5 hrs (so it says) to make my overall life 16 hours (instead of 9.5 with just tab). I have to say that I love it, I have only had 1 app close on me once and have not had any other hiccups so far. Video play is fantastic and so is response time between touching the screen and anything moving, it is quite snappy and precise. I would suggest a screen protector, the nice glass on here is shiney as hell and loves to get fingerprints. I have heard a few people talk about the back being plastic and they thought it felt cheap but I have to say it is very sturdy and reassuring feeling. I have yet to drop it and really hope that I don't do it as well. If anyone else has one do you notice the left speaker being slightly louder than the right? That would be the only "complaint" I have with mine, other than that nothing, I would have to say that the Asus Transformer is in the running more so than the Samsung, just me though.

RE: ASUS Eee Pad Transformer
By Natch on 6/20/2011 1:45:20 PM , Rating: 2
I was just wondering how the specs for this Galaxy Tab compared to the Asus EEE Transformer. Looks like they're fairly close, though the Galaxy is priced ~$100 higher.

If I were to buy a tablet, my choice (currently) would be the Transformer.

OS upgrades
By DrApop on 6/17/2011 8:50:25 PM , Rating: 3
What really gets me with phones and now these tablets is that the user has to wait for the phone or the tablet manufacturer to push the upgrade to the user instead of the user being about to upgrade directly from the OS

How many of you would want to buy/build a computer if you had to wait for Dell, Foxconn, Asus, Acer or some parts manufacturer to provide you with an OS upgrade (microsoft) rather than getting it from microsoft/newegg/bestbuy/etc and upgrading yourself.

The great Android hope!
By stm1185 on 6/17/2011 9:05:48 PM , Rating: 2
I think the Galaxy 10.1 and it's success or lack there of will spell the future of the Android tablet market. You have a great manufacturer in Samsung putting out an Android tablet that bests the iPad in several areas and has gotten great reviews. It is thin, it is light, it is fast, it looks great. This is the contender!

So if this tablet cannot get consumer attention and sell out then I think the device manufacturers need to stop making Android tablets targeted at the iPad price range and start making $200-400 tablets instead; or abandon Android as a tablet OS. Maybe try again with Windows 8 next year to take a run at the iPad.

Wrong photo
By B3an on 6/18/2011 12:24:56 AM , Rating: 2
Mark, you're using an image of the old Galaxy Tab.

This is what you should have:

By Uncle on 6/18/2011 1:06:53 PM , Rating: 2
Whats Amd version of a tablet thats out or coming out.

A bit costly
By Miggleness on 6/18/2011 2:34:03 PM , Rating: 2
Problem for me is the cost. At this price, I think I'd rather go for the Ipad just because I have more faith in Apple at giving longer support and would be quicker at releasing updates.

My experience with Samsung in this regard hasn't been good.

DVD Drive
By BigSlick on 6/18/11, Rating: -1
RE: DVD Drive
By haldiggs on 6/18/2011 11:05:01 AM , Rating: 2
with you on that one BigSlick!

RE: DVD Drive
By Johnmcl7 on 6/18/2011 11:57:41 AM , Rating: 2
Apparently thinness is more important than useful features, I think the original Tab is too basic given it only has one micro SD card slot when I think it should have onboard USB, full size SD slot, hdmi etc. but the new Tab is even worse (not even micro SD expansion) and is getting all the more praise for that.


RE: DVD Drive
By B3an on 6/18/2011 10:28:17 PM , Rating: 1
It's certainly not getting more praise for missing a SD slot. It's been marked down in many reviews because of this. What annoys me though, is that in other reivews of the iPad it's perfectly fine that it has no SD slot, but when other tablets dont have one they're instantly marked down by the same reviewers. No matter how you look at that it's not fair.

Asking for a DVD drive is simply retarded though.

RE: DVD Drive
By B3an on 6/18/2011 10:24:31 PM , Rating: 1
Yeah and while they're at it, they need to stick a VHS and cassette player in it too. I'd also like VGA output. I'm mever getting one of these until it has this stuff.

But really... What century are we living in again? If you actually need a DVD drive... theres these things called laptops.

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