The Pros and Cons of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1

Or what I think is cool and not so cool about my Samsung Galaxy Tab…read on

Recently , it seems that “Tablets” are all over the place: big, fancy touch-screens, great graphics and state of the art technology for fast internet browsing and social networking to stay in touch anywhere. So like any self-respecting American, who just has to have the latest and greatest,  I wanted a Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.

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I was looking for a tablet that was great for viewing multimedia and accomplishing basic tasks easily without having to drag out the laptop computer.   I got this Tab in particular because I currently have a Droid X phone and I wanted something with the same OS.  I also choose the Galaxy Tab because of its ability to play Flash and view webpages in the proper way, unlike some of the other “Tablets”.

A quick rundown of what the Tab features:  It is 10” by 7” and about .3” thick, weighing in at 1.25 pounds.   It has a large 10.1” high definition screen that allows you to view pictures and movies in full HD. It has two speakers that have pretty decent sound quality.  There are two cameras: a 3MP camera on the rear that has HD (720p) video recording, and a 2MP camera on the front.  Included with the Tab was a wall charger with cable and a set of ear-plug style headphones with microphone.  The headphones are of pretty good quality and come with three sizes of interchangeable rubber earpieces.

What is cool about the Tab:  One of the best things about the Tab is that if you are one of the many people familiar with the DROID operating system, you will be able to quickly learn how to use this Tab.  The basic operations and home screens are almost exactly the same as my Droid X which made it easy for me to get a grasp of the Tab just by messing around with it for a couple of hours.  The screen has a four way rotation that reacts with little hesitation to orient the screen to your viewing angle.  There are only three external buttons on the Tab: the stand-by button and the volume controls buttons.

There are five home screens that you can scroll back and forth through with a quick swipe of the finger.  As with my phone, I can quickly add shortcuts or apps that I like and customize my Tab to look the way I like.  The App Market is already preinstalled from the factory and with an internet connection you can find all your favorite Apps that you use on your Droid phone and install them on the Tab.  All you have to do is select the screen you want, press and hold your finger on that page, and select the shortcut or widget you want to add.

What is not so cool about the Tab: One of the main reasons I picked the Tab because I wanted to be able to view webpages and roam the internet without having problems.  While the Tab allows this to happen most of the time, I have still run into problems viewing some pages and accessing some sites properly.  Unfortunately, the Galaxy tab does not allow you to run multimedia on two or more web pages simultaneously (for example, if you are viewing a video on one page, it will not continue to run if a new tab and page are opened at the same time). This is a disappointment as I enjoy listening to music or audio from an instructional video while doing other work at the same time.

The documents program is a little on the weak side. You probably are not planning on writing your next essay for college on this Tab (and it would be difficult and frustrating to do so anyway, read on for more), but that being said, it is just a Quick Office program.  More in-depth document applications might be found in the Market.  As with the Droid phones, downloading a task manager recommended to save battery time and close operations that are not in use.  Applications can be backed out of, but they may still be running in the background.  I just downloaded the Advanced Task Killer and I have no problem clearing out running applications.   The battery life is surprisingly good for the Tab, but charging is a little on the slow side and from a dead battery it can take a good amount of time to be fully charged.

Lastly, the text input function of the tab has much room for improvement. When inputting text in a box, such as a blog comment, picture comments on Facebook, etc., there is a serious delay between typing and display, often even two seconds or more between pushing the specific character key and its appearance in the text box. It can be quite frustrating to not be able to see what has been typed until seconds or more AFTER it was inputted, requiring the need to touch the screen, move the cursor back to manually correct errors. The ability to move the cursor by touching the screen in the desired place also has its issues, mainly because tapping the middle of a word or sentence initiates the “paste” mechanism, and it is rather difficult to accurately place the cursor on the first try. Double tap and you may accidentally paste something into the text that you did not intend.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab is fun, lightweight, portable tablet, great for media, social networking, and internet access.  In a competitive market for this new technology, it definitely holds its own.

The Galaxy Tab sells for around $499 and is available online at Buy.com, Amazon, and many other retailers.

Pros:

  • Adobe Flash capable
  • Droid OS
  • Great battery life
  • Great picture quality, good sound quality
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Multiple customizable home screens
  • Great variety of Apps in Droid app store

Cons:

  • Some difficulty with certain website access
  • Cannot run media simultaneously
  • Weak documents functioning
  • Downloading of task manager may be required
  • Slow battery charge
  • Very poor text input design

Disclosure: We won the Samsung Galaxy that I am reviewing from a sweepstakes and these are my own personal opinions.

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