Galaxy Tab 10.1: the Best Android Tablet on the Market

Samsung’s device matches the iPad on items such as design and performance.

The Tablet market is currently divided into two sides: one of them is, alone, the iPad 2 , leader raised in the category. On the other side are dozens of tablets of varied sizes and manufacturers, nearly all of the Google’s Android system.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung Galaxy line, is, without doubt, the best Android tablet on the market. It may not be enough to attract those who love the simplicity and elegance of the iPad, but it’s the best option for those who want a tablet and don’t like the restrictions imposed by Apple. The suggested retail price of R $1,999 leaves the Galaxy Tab in the same price range of iPad 2 equivalent (with 3 g and 16 GB) which costs R $2,049. The iG has tested the device and you can see the following analysis.

Physical characteristics

Samsung went all out in the body of the Galaxy Tab 10.1. The unit has less than 9 mm thick and weighs 565 grams. In both cases, the device takes a small advantage over the iPad 2. The difference is not great to the point of being perceived by the user, but ensures that the Galaxy Tab is at the same level as the Apple tablet and above your competitors with Android in terms of design.

The housing has only three buttons, an on/off switch and two for the volume control. In addition, there are input for headphones and a connector for battery charging and connecting via USB.

As the name indicates, the Samsung tablet has 10.1-inch screen and a resolution of 1,280 x 800. She has excellent gloss and rate responds very well to user gestures, a key feature in a tablet.

The Galaxy Tab screen has no physical button. Four fixed icons (back, home, open applications and screenshot) are in the lower left corner. In the lower right corner is the area of Android notifications, which displays the latest posts of the user-installed programs (new emails, social networking messages, schedule appointments, etc.)

Hardware

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with a dual-core processor Nvidia Tegra 2 1 GHz., This modern chip causes the appliance rarely “choke”, even with multiple applications open. During testing of the iG , there were some small “gagging” to navigate between the screens of applications, but nothing that would compromise the use of the appliance.

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The tablet also has two cameras, one for video conferencing (2 megapixels) and one for photos (3.2 megapixels). Moreover, it has 16 GB of memory for data storage. The memory is sufficient for most users, but can be a little for those who want to see many videos on your tablet. Unfortunately, there is no entry for memory cards or versions with more space to store files.

In tests of the iG , the Galaxy’s battery lasted about 10 hours in continuous use. It’s a great brand and is equivalent to the battery life of the iPad 2.

Software

The Galaxy Tab runs the 3.1 version of Android and the interface is similar to other tablets with the system. The main window shows the icons of the most commonly used applications and simply slide the screen to access other areas of applications.

Unlike the iPad, in which all the application icons are the same size and distributed equally across the screen, Android many applications have larger areas, with more information. Applications such as weather, YouTube, email and others occupy bigger space.

A positive point of this feature is that you can view more information on screen without having to open each application. On the other hand, the interface can be “jammed” too much and confuse users more lay people. You can resize and move the blocks of each application easily, but it generates an extra task for the user and can confuse people with less intimacy with technology products.

A great advantage of the Galaxy Tab about the iPad is the transfer of content from computers. In the case of the Apple tablet, everything is downloaded through iTunes. Already the Galaxy, like other Android devices, lets you transfer files just by dragging and dropping the icons in the appropriate folder. Is a practical process and familiar to anyone who has ever used a computer.

The largest Galaxy software differential compared to other tablets with Android is the Social Hub application. Created by Samsung, he brings together in one place updates from social networks like Twitter and Facebook.

Applications

This question still represents a challenge not only for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but as for all the other Android tablets. The device is compatible with the approximately 300,000 applications available for Android. But only a small part of these (about 1,000) is specifically designed to versions Honeycomb (3.0 or 3.1) of Android (for comparison, there are about 100,000 applications specifically designed for the iPad 2). The vast majority of applications that run on Galaxy Tab 10.1 is designed for mobile phones, which have much smaller screens than the tablets.

In practice, this means that most applications provides an experience of using only regular, do you enjoy the most screen space and the capabilities of the Honeycomb. To make matters worse, the Android Market, Google’s app store doesn’t have a specific section for applications built for Honeycomb. So, it becomes more difficult to find the best apps for the device.

Conclusion

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is, at the moment, the strongest competitor for the iPad 2. In counts as physical construction, battery performance and speed, the appliances are on similar level.

The option for one or the other depends on the type of user. The cleanest interface and easy to use the iPad has more appeal to people with less intimacy with technology. Already those who prefer a more versatile and device independent of other programs (like iTunes) will certainly make the right choice by opting for the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

Factsheet

Product: Galaxy Tab 10.1
Manufacturer: Samsung
Configuration: Android 3.1, 10.1-inch screen, Nvidia Tegra processor HGz january 2 and two cores, 16 GB storage memory, 1 GB of RAM, WiFi, 3 g, Bluetooth, GPS, 2 MP camera (front) and 3.2 MP (back),
Strengths: Excellent hardware design, good battery duration, good performance to run applications and games, top quality screen
Weaknesses : as in other tablets with Android, the interface can confuse most lay users, few specific applications for Honeycomb, lack of models with more memory.
Price: R $1,999

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