Galaxy Tab 10.1, I think I’m in love…

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that I’ve been in the market for a tablet for a long time. I would have been an early iPad adopter if it hadn’t been for the whole iTunes thing. And since I got my first Android phone last year, I’ve been pretty sure I want my slate to run Google’s OS. The problem with Andriod tablets however is availability. The first serious contenders are only just starting to pop up in shops.

I played with an Acer Iconia and loved it. The Asus Transformer is cheaper and looks great. But there’s one that – in my opinion – really stands out. Samsung’s first tablet, the Galaxy Tab, was too expensive and too small for my taste, but its 10.1″ follow-up looks really promising. Not only does it match most of the iPad 2′s specs, it bests a couple of them too. Most notably, it’s thinner and lighter. It’s still no match for Apple’s super-slick design, but it’s very sexy in its own right.

Like pretty much all Android tablets, Samsung’s offering has USB, HDMI out, a MicroSD slot and version 3.0 of Google’s mobile OS. It also runs the same 1GHz Tegra 250 processor, and has the same 1280*800 screen resolution. It’s hard to stand out among the current wave of Android tablets, but the Galaxy Tab 10.1 manages to do so through excellent design and better-than-ipad specs.

The 10.1 will be available on june 8th. Samsung is currently selling an older, thicker, “10.1v” revision through mobile providers, but I would recommend waiting for the “real” one. What’s another month?

Roy | May 10, 2011 | English,Gadgets | Comments (5)

5 Comments

  1. It is true that it has usb? is it micro? mini? or the normal 2.0? also hdmi? there havent any vids showing them and i hope that what u said it is all true cause i love this tablet.

    Comment by Jefpier — May 11, 2011 @ 12:23 am

  2. There is no USB or HDMI on the device. Samsung put a single proprietary port on the bottom which — in the least — adds a USB port. I haven’t found any mention of HDMI via an adapter, but it seems possible.

    Comment by originalbryan — May 11, 2011 @ 3:52 am

    • The official specs list both USB and “TV out”, which I assume to be HDMI. I haven’t seen any pics of the actual connectors, but I assume Samsung will bundle any appropriate adapters.

      Comment by Roy — May 11, 2011 @ 9:08 am

  3. What official specs? Certainly not here:

    http://www.samsung.com/global/microsite/galaxytab/

    If it’s the same as the Google I/O version, there’s no USB, no HDMI, no microSD. I think you’ll be disappointed if you think Samsung will bundle adapters too.

    Comment by Dags — May 13, 2011 @ 7:07 am

    • I’m seeing the same set of specs on a lot of websites (like this one: http://gadgetian.com/10288/samsung-galaxy-tab-10-1-specs-price-2/), so I assume they come from an official source. Either that or everyone is simply copying other people’s content, which I’ll admit is just as likely. I’ll see if I can get some more info.

      Comment by Roy — May 13, 2011 @ 9:46 am