Samsung’s Galaxy Tab Book Cover Case first impressions

When I got my Galaxy Tab tablet, I thought I would mostly be using it at home. As it turns out, it’s also an ideal device to take with you. I’ve spent hours playing Wordfeud on long distance train rides, and well… everywhere else too. Like any tablet, the Samsung is basically a large piece of glass with some electronics glued to the back. Without a good cover, chances are you’ll eventually scratch the screen, and a drop from even one meter could be fatal.

But one of the downsides of not going with the absolute market leader, the iPad, is that there isn’t an abundance of protective cases available. My friends over at Mobilefun offer quite a few Galaxy Tab 10.1 accessories, including Samsung’s own Book Cover Case. They were nice enough to send me one of those to take a look at, and I’m happy to report that it’s pretty nice.

The case uses four plastic corners to snap onto the back of the tablet, and wraps around the front so the whole thing is protected. It can also be folded into a stand for watching video, or as pictured above to accommodate typing. Not quite as smart as Apple’s Smart Cover, but it does also protect the device’s back. What I like most however is the excellent material, and the remarkable build quality.

I’m glad I have a decent DSLR camera now, because otherwise it would have been impossible to show the nice, textured surface. It’s almost completely fingerprint-resistant, and it looks silky smooth. At the same time, the front and back panes are very rigid, so they probably offer excellent protection. All connectors are accessible, and it also doesn’t block the camera.

Another plus is that the case is lightweight. I estimate that with the cover on, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 weighs as much as an Asus Transformer or a Xoom without one. But because the case makes the tablet less slippery, it’s actually easier to hold. I like that it’s easy to remove the cover when you get home, but I think I’ll just leave it on. Recommended.

Roy | September 29, 2011 | English,Gadgets | Comments (6)
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  3. This is an essential accessory for the galaxy tab. Nice shot on the book cover case showing the textured surface.

    Comment by Marvs — October 6, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

  4. So, why in your opinion is the Galaxy Tab superior to the Asus Transformer?

    Comment by DH — October 16, 2011 @ 1:02 pm

    • I don’t think either is superior. Personally, I don’t need the extra connections the Transformer has (wouldn’t use HDMI, no need for SD card storage). What I do love is how light the Galaxy Tab is. That makes it easier to hold with one hand, which is how you’ll likely end up holding it.

      Comment by Roy — October 17, 2011 @ 10:00 am

      • Handy mini-review. Just bought a Tab 10.1 and am looking around for advice, and this post is the first non-journalist site I found.

        Picked up a simple cover from Amazon for a tenner (sterling), http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005QSWWUW, which does the job well. Has a sleeve inside rather than corner holders but also has a nice texture and folds to do stand duties. It came with a couple of screen covers as well. One problem is that it has no cut-out for the port so the device is unprotected when being charged (a time of considerable vulnerability as I might forget it is there and put something on it by mistake). Is your case okay on this front?

        Like you, I do not consider it superior to the other leading Android tablets, but preferred the simplicity of the housing and weight (iPad without the IOS ecosystem constraints).

        Comment by Stuart Moore — November 9, 2011 @ 5:18 pm