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Samsung has done the best
job thus far of challenging
the iPad 2’s supremacy, and
a new adversary has landed
on Verizon Wireless. Not
only is this 10-inch Android
Honeycomb tablet as slim
as Apple’s slate, it connects
to Verizon’s blazing 4G LTE
network, offering 10 times
the data speeds of the 3G-
only iPad 2. Still, $529 isn’t
cheap, and that doesn’t count
the monthly data fee.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab
10.1 is one seriously slim slate.
Identical in size and shape to the
Wi-Fi -only version of the Galaxy
Tab 10.1, it’s also as trim as the
iPad 2. We could easily hold the Tab with little arm
strain while reading for extended periods.
Unlike on the Wi-Fi Galaxy Tab 10.1, power and
volume keys sit on the slate’s left side (in landscape
orientation) instead of on top. We actually prefer
this placement, as the Honeycomb UI is optimized
for landscape mode. While the back is plastic like
on the Wi-Fi -only version, here it has a finish that
looks like brushed metal, making it feel sturdier
and more luxurious than the Wi-Fi model.
The Galaxy Tab’s 10.1-inch, 1280 x 800 WXGA
display is lovely. It provided vivid, eye-catching
colors with wide viewing angles. Even so, the
iPad 2’s smaller 9.7-inch screen looked a little
brighter than the Tab’s , which possessed a slight
blue cast. That said, watching the YouTube HD
trailers for Battleship and Conan the Barbarian
was extremely entertaining.
As with the Wi-Fi -only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1,
the tablet’s twin stereo speakers provide surprisingly
pleasing audio for a device this thin and compact.
Our test song, “I Follow Rivers” by Lykke Li, was
clear with a wide sound field and breathy vocals.
The Tab 10.1 runs Android Honeycomb 3.1, the
most modern version of Google’s tablet OS. As on
the Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi -Fi unit, Honeycomb ran
smoothly on this device. We were able to switch
between more than a dozen simultaneously run-
ning applications using the app tray, which can
list up to 16 most recently used programs.
Web surfing on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
with LTE is a dream. Thanks to the one-two punch of
an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual-core chip plus connection to
Verizon’s ultra-fast 4G network, we saw swift aver-
age download speeds of 13.5 Mbps. Uploads were
quick as well, with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 turning in
throughput of 2.6 Mbps. The iPad 2 3G, by contrast,
managed downloads of just 460 to 980 Kbps, and
uploads were a pokey 192 to 210 Kbps.
The graphics test An3DBench highlighted the
Tab’s Nvidia horsepower, with the device notching
a blazing result of 7,616, more than 700 points
higher than the typical tablet.
It’s well known that Verizon’s 4G LTE phones
don’t offer the best battery life, and unfortunately
this tablet is in the same boat. The Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1 lasted just 6 hours and 8
minutes on the LAPTOP Battery Test over 4G. By
comparison, the iPad 2 ran for 8:59. Over Wi-Fi,
the original Tab 10.1 lasted 8:23, so we’d expect
similar endurance here. The iPad 2 lasted more
than 11 hours in Wi-Fi mode.
At $529, the 16GB Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
is $30 more than its Wi-Fi -only cousin ($499).
It’s the data costs that really add up. Access to
Verizon’s 4G LTE network runs an extra $30, $50,
and $80 per month for 2GB, 5GB, and 10GB of
data, respectively. If you run over your allotment
of data, users will be charged an additional $10
per GB. Annoyingly, to use this tablet as a mobile
hotspot and tethered modem, customers must
sign up for the 5GB or 10GB plans.
Verizon’s version of the Galaxy tab 10.1
features swift 4G data in an attractive design.
Those who spend a a lot of time on the go will
certainly appreciate the sheer speed of the Verizon
Galaxy Tab 10.1’s 4G LTE connection, as well as
its slim and light design and great display. While
Apple’s iPad 2 on Verizon Wireless has a slower
3G radio, it offers many more apps, longer battery
life, and doesn’t force you into a two-year contract.
But among Android tablets with mobile broadband,
the Verizon Galaxy Tab 10.1 can’t be beat.
— Brian Oliver Bennett
CPU: Nvidia Tegra 2 Operating System:
Android 3.1 RaM/ROM: 1GB/16GB Display
Size/Resolution: 10.1 inches/1280 x 800
Wireless: 4G LTE, 802.a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 +
ED R Front-Facing Camera: 2- MP Rear-Facing
Camera: 3 - MP Ports: Proprietary, headphone,
mic Card Slots: SIM Size: 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.3
inches Weight: 1.3 pounds
Attractive, slim design
4G LTE data access
Bright, colorful display
Solid audio quality
Short battery life over 4G
Expensive over two years
Tethering and hotspot only available with priciest
Laptop | october 2011
At 0.3 inches thin and 1.3 pounds, the 4G Galaxy Tab 10.1 is just as portable as the iPad 2.
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