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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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By testerguy on 6/12/2011 5:35:45 AM , Rating: 2
erm, are you serious?

'Apple's walled garden, our way or the highway, customer is too stupid to know or be able to decide on things'

What the **** are you on about? They offer more user friendly, higher quality products, with more applications and consequently greater functionality, than any other company. How do I not get to decide what I do with my iPhone? Seriously. What a ridiculously blind, ignorant comment. The first post was right when they said your credibility is completely shot.

Your assertation of 'Deny Deny Deny' and 'reliable source' of suggesting we google it - is also beyond ridiculous. Labelling company associates as 'minions' is also ridiculously immature and pathetic. No successful businessman, anywhere in life, would have such a sad, pathetic 'evil' hatred of a COMPANY. It's seriously sad, you have issues.

You say: 'Apple sticks it to its customers, overcharges for any and all iKnickKnacks, doubles and triples prices of third party parts in their computers during upgrades and repairs, depends on cult of personality and generally abuses people's ignorance.'

1 - 'Sticks it to it's customers' - You mean in achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction of any company? Right.... those customers just didn't see it coming?

2 - 'Overcharges for any and all' - Do you have any knowledge of business, whatsoever? If you did, you would know that VALUE is driven by SUPPLY AND DEMAND. The iPhone 4 and the iPad 2 are both the best selling devices, EVER, in their category. The market has spoken, and BY DEFINITION, proved that they cannot be overpriced. If they were, they wouldn't have been best sellers.

3 - 'doubles and triples prices of third party parts in their computers during upgrades and repairs' - Yeah, it's crazy. I mean this company, is actually selling stuff, and trying to make a profit out of it. IT IS OUTRAGEOUS! Satan's minions at work again. Thank god that no other technology company aims to make a profit, what would the world come to? YOU IDIOT, LOL!

4 - 'depends on cult of personality and generally abuses people's ignorance' - The reason they have a 'cult' following, or as us intelligent people refer to it, a 'well respected and established brand name' is because of their continual ability to produce products, which, especially recently, such as the iPhone 4, iPad, iPad 2, Macbook Air - have ALL been WIDELY REVIEWED by INDEPENDENT websites / magazines / institutions to be THE BEST at the time they were released. That's what Apple depends on. Why that causes a massive bunch of lonely, insecure freaks like you to describe them as Evil, is beyond me, but seriously - you've got issues.


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