Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 LE Review – Real iPad 2 Competitor

By Posted 19 May 2011, 13:44

Earlier this month we told you that all attendees of the 2011 Google I/O Conference were given a free White Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition, well since posting the brief hands-on Engadget has been testing out the tablet and have now submitted their review.

In their review they did not give the tablet a score as it is a developer unit, however they did touch on all of the Tab’s main aspects including hardware, design, internals, performance, battery life, software and its camera, you can check out the full review for yourself here, in our article we will sum up some of the main points raised.

Engadget say that the build quality is on par with iPad 2 and in terms of handling it is superior to Apple’s tablet. They were impressed that despite it featuring a larger display than the 2nd-gen iPad it weighs less but still manages to feel rigid, additionally when holding the Tab it feels balanced. Engadget also prefer the aspect ratio the Tab 10.1 features and its 1280 x 800 resolution.

When talking about internals Engadget say that it will be hard to find anyone who is unimpressed with its display, also NVIDIA’s Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz processor ensures that things are snappy. One surprising thing about the internals is the fact that the Limited Edition model Engadget reviewed had 32GB of internal storage with no memory card slot. All models feature WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1 connectivity and 3G models will be available in the future.

As mentioned before the dual-core 1GHz processor keeps things running smoothly and the Tab boots up in under 20 seconds, once booted you can enter the camera app and shoot 720p video in under three seconds. Obviously performance with no control would be worthless, however we can also confirm that the capacitive touch panel was very responsive and gestures worked just fine, even with multiple apps open swiping through applications was seemless. If you are interested in benchmark scores you can find these on Engadget’s review (link in second paragraph).

There is a massive 7,000mAh battery hidden inside the tab, this has a higher capacity than what the last Tab 10.1 featured despite the new model being slimmer and lighter. Standard usage allowed roughly a day of battery power, whilst Engadget’s video loop test scored just under 10 hours with the display brightness set to 65%, this score comes second only to the iPad 2.

Obviously all of the impressive hardware is nothing without good software, Android 3.1 runs great and although there is nothing truly unique about this OS running on Samsung’s new tablet it provides that stable and intuitive backbone which we are beginning to expect from Google’s OS.

You can see sample video and photos taken by the Limited Edition Tab 10.1 over at Engadget, the 3 megapixel camera on the rear was obviously not going to be groundbreaking and this is evident, however we have to say that the colors captured looked pretty vivid to us. As for video capture the results were pretty impressive, but shooting video on a tablet just doesn’t seem right as the way you have to hold the tablet is unnatural.

As you can see Engadget were very happy with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition and the general feeling seems to be that Samsung is making up ground on Apple, it will be even more interesting to see the next-gen tablets from both manufacturers to see if Samsung’s offerings wipes the floor with the iPad 3.

Do you think that Samsung’s tablets will outdo Apple’s by this time next year?

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