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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1"
Tablet is Android's long awaited (true) answer to the iPad 2

South Korean gadget maker Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. (SEO:005930) was one of the first to deploy a major Android tablet, releasing the 7-inch Galaxy Tab.  The small tablet wasn't exactly the "iPad-slayer" the market had been waiting for, but it occupied a unique niche in the food chain.  Now Samsung is stepping up to the plate, releasing a 10.1" direct challenger to the iPad and looking to go strong, where past competitors like Motorola Mobility Solutions, Inc. (MMIstruggled.

surprisingly slick iPad 2 design forced Samsung back to the drawing board.  It responded by trimming over 2 mm off its design.  In its new form, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a mere 8.6 mm thick -- 0.2 mm less than the iPad 2.  And with 4G wireless connectivity, it weighs in at 595g -- 15 grams less than the iPad 2.

The tablet’s construction is also apparently high quality.  Referencing the "Limited Edition" test builds that Google handed out to attendees of its I/O developers conference Engadget writes:

The consumer model is a spitting image of the LE variant, save for the motif on the rear; the one you'll pick up this month has a glossy white plastic rear, while the LE model had a glossy white plastic rear... with an Android army adorning it. Weight's the same, size is the same, build quality is the same. It's a tremendous thing to hold, and it truly oozes quality from corner to corner.

PC World adds:

In my hands-on testing, the Tab 10.1 achieved perhaps the best design compliment an Android tablet could hope for--often being mistaken by passers-by (including Apple iPad users) for an iPad 2.

Engadget seems to be the only ones who benchmarked it thoroughly, thus far.  They say the tablet's 7000 mAh battery offers 10 hours of battery life when playing video at 65 percent brightness.  That's only 0.5 hour less than the iPad.

Both the iPad 2 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1" should be similar in processing power as both pack dual-core ARMv7 proprietary CPUs (ironically Samsung manufacturers and likely helped design the iPad 2's CPU).  The one advantage the Galaxy Tab 10.1" has is it packs 1 GB of DDR2 memory, versus a mere 512 MB in the iPad 2.

The 16 GB model is priced the same as the iPad 2 for the 16 GB model with Wi-Fi only -- $499 USD.  As with Apple a 32 GB model ("the one with the bigger GBs") is available for $599 USD.  And Verizon will be offering 4G-equipped models for $130 USD more than their respective Wi-Fi counterparts -- the same premium as with the iPad 2.

The Galaxy Tab carries a minor update to Honeycomb -- Android 3.1.

Engadget concludes:

[T]his is the best Honeycomb tablet to date, and lucky for you, the one's available to purchase! Only time will tell if the Android Market will prove to be as well-stocked as the App Store, and if you're willing to wait, this here slate provides a world-class Gmail experience, better handling than the iPad 2 (in our humble opinion, anyway) and a higher resolution display.

PCWorld chimes in:

Whether you go Wi-Fi only or opt for a connected version, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first Android tablet that makes a credible, and successful, run at competing with Apple's iPad 2. It matches iPad in most every way-design, price, and even that intangible IT factor. Where it falls short lies is in sacrificing ports, but that alone isn't a dealbreaker; heck, Apple's been doing that from the outset. Google's Android Market continues to make it more difficult to find tablet-optimized apps than Apple's App Store does, but again, that may not be a dealbreaker. If neither of those constraints phase you, then the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is one of the top tablets you can consider buying today. And it becomes the flagship Honeycomb tablet for showcasing what Android 3.1 can do.

Note, the reviews all around were much more positive than with the Motorola Xoom, and better even that the somewhat warmly received original Galaxy Tab (7-inch model).

Sounds like the wait was worth it -- Samsung may have a winner on its hands.  That would certainly be a godsend for the struggling Android tablet market.



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RE: Asus Transformer
By mcnabney on 6/8/2011 9:45:38 PM , Rating: 3
I was wondering about PLS. I haven't seen PLS and IPS side by side yet. Hard to imagine viewing angles BETTER than IPS. To get any better you would need to see the screen from the back.

Still, no SD and no USB is a deal breaker. Sorry, don't want to be 100% dependent on a wireless technology to get data on or off the device.

Besides, Nvidia quads are coming soon.


RE: Asus Transformer
By piroroadkill on 6/9/2011 3:30:25 AM , Rating: 2
USB and SD are essential additions. Plus, yeah, how could you get better viewing angles than IPS? I have a Dell 2005wfp at home and there's no angle you could be at where the colour or backlight distorts in any way.
If you're at an angle where an IPS screen becomes distorted somehow, you probably can't even see the screen at all.


RE: Asus Transformer
By piroroadkill on 6/9/2011 3:31:22 AM , Rating: 2
Whoops, why do I always think that. It's a 2007wfp.


RE: Asus Transformer
By B3an on 6/9/2011 9:51:55 AM , Rating: 2
Sorry to break it to you piroroadkill but your Dell 2005FPW uses a S-PVA panel. And i had 3 of them monitors, and they certainly distort colours and got washed out at angles. Mostly the colours get more dull/washed out than anything else. I now have two 30" IPS monitors, and colours get washed out too, just not as much. All IPS displays do it.

I think both of you simply need to use a Samsung Super AMOLED+ display of a Super PLA display. Then you'll realise that these IPS and especially PVA displays are not all that good on viewing angles. Even a good Plasma TV would put them to shame.

Heres some comparisons against PLS...
http://www.phonearena.com/news/Samsung-outs-Super-...


RE: Asus Transformer
By robinthakur on 6/9/2011 5:40:39 AM , Rating: 2
Right, so you're going to wait to purchase an Android tablet now they finally have something that is on a vaguely similar level to the iPad2 (barring App support)? You had better hope that everyone doesn't think like that, or Samsung aren't going to sell many...The problem in the market thus far is of stability and those people who don't already own an ipad1/2 dissing the iPad whilst not actually putting their money where their mouth is and buying an Android.

The general public doesn't want to buy a product when a better one will be out in the next month or two. Nor do they want to buy a product that is seen as an 'iPad2-killer' me-too, almost-as-good device because this still makes it clear that the iPad is the standard which everybody else is buying and is pretty much the same price. The exact same thing happened with the iPhone back in the day. "iPhone killer" was shorthand for "disappointing execution, poor sales", and it stayed like that until the HTC Desire/Droid came out.

This applies to Apple as much as anyone else which is why each product has a life of at least 1 year on the market to establish itself. I feel sorry for those that paid a similar price of entry to the iPad2, for either the Blackberry Playbook or the Motorola Xoom, because they have been left in the dust holding lemons (especially the BBPB which has been an unmitigated disaster)


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