Following Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy Tab announcement at Mobile World Congress, TabletPCReview tested out the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which unfortunately was only interesting for its hardware, seeing how its Android 3.0 OS is still very unpolished and does not provide the real insight into the tablet’s possibilities. Still, Samsung has decided to deliver this tablet without upgrading the user interface, with a “pure” Google OS, just like Motorola is planning to do with Xoom.
Given its size, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is unusually light — it weighs only 1.23 pounds and when held, one can feel how much lighter it is than the iPad straight away. It is even lighter than Motorola’s Xoom, and that is the result of a plastic build that shirks heavier metal alloys. Still, the tablet does seem very solid when held; but compared to the previous Galaxy Tab, it seems bulky, and must be used with both hands.
At first glance, users can feel a relatively high screen resolution (1280 x 800 pixels), making web browsing and watching multimedia clips fantastic, just like a desktop computer or a notebook. The dual core Tegra 2 chipset clearly suits this resolution and OS.
It is unusual that the tablet does not include any keys or buttons in the front, which is a new feature enabled by Honeycomb, but this is somewhat confusing and requires getting used to. It is a shame that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not include USB or HDMI ports either, as they could surely be put to good use.
Right now, it’s tough to draw a conclusion on the new Galaxy Tab, given the current limitations of the OS. However, we will be sure to evaluate this Android tablet to the fullest when it comes time for a review.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to ship for Europe in March, and come to the US shortly thereafter. There is no word on pricing or an exact launch date, but Samsung claims its new Android tablet will be competitively priced.
Galaxy S II Preview
Samsung also unveiled a successor to its popular Galaxy S smartphone, appropriately called the Samsung Galaxy S II. TabletPCReview’s sister site, Brighthand has a full preview of Samsung’s latest Android-powered smartphone.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Action