June 10, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has technically been in my possession since May, but I never wrote a review on the limited edition Tab 10.1 because that wasn’t the version that would arrive in stores. That and the software was tragically buggy whenever I tried to to use the Android Honeycomb tablet.
The time has finally come to give the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 a proper twice-over since Samsung sent me the official Tab 10.1, available for $499 (16 GB) or $599 (32 GB) at select retailers. A full-review of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 will be posted next week, so feel free to ask any lingering questions you may want answered. Until then, here’s my some quick info on Samsung’s first Honeycomb tablet.
Samsung gave the Galaxy Tab 10.1 a large 10.1-inch screen, as the name implies, and a thin build that is deceptively light. There’s a 3.2 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual-core processor, and the core standard features necessary to run most of today’s Android apps (accelerometer, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.). Wait, the same can be said of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 that’s been sitting on my desk for a month, so what’s the difference?
Software. The limited edition IO Galaxy Tab 10.1 ran a error-prone version of Android 3.0, and the Tab consumers will grab from store shelves has Android 3.1. That’s a big difference. Android 3.1 is is more stable, interacts with other devices better, and has the some of the snazzy features that Google unveiled at I/O (some of which are missing, but more on that later). There’s no TouchWiz UI just yet, but that will come in an update that Samsung will release later.
I’m still playing with the software, so I’ll hold off on posting the 3.1 tour video. Here’s a quick video unboxing discussing the hardware that answers some of the questions that our Twitter followers had. If you want to pose your own question, feel free to add it in the comments section.
note: if you don’t care about traditional unboxing video (box contents and spec recap peppered with inappropriate jokes), skip to the 2:10 mark and see the Q&A portion.