Enterprise Mobility: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Makes Fine Xoom, iPad Alternative

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2011-05-23 Print this article Print
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Unboxed

Galaxy Tab 10.1 Unboxed

Here is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 unpacked. While the Xoom felt heavy at 1.6 pounds, the Tab 10.1 is a lightweight at 1.31 pounds. That's almost one small smartphone's worth less weight than the Xoom, ranking with the iPad 2's 1.33 pounds.
Thanks to a less-than-stellar reception of the Android 3.0 "Honeycomb"-based Motorola Xoom, analysts have come to take a dim view of tablet computers based on Google's new tablet operating system. Is there some relief on the horizon that will help Android slates enjoy some of the success of their smaller smartphone counterparts? For competition's sake, eWEEK hopes so. Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1, expected to launch in June to challenge Apple's iPad and fellow Honeycomb tablets, could restore faith in Android tablets. The custom, limited edition Tab 10.1 landed in eWEEK's hands at Google I/O May 10, and we have been impressed by its speed and graphical elements in a lightweight, attractive package. This device, powered by a 1GHz, dual-core processor, supports HSPA+ network speeds of up to 21M bps as well as Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity. Speed isn't the only perk. Surround-sound stereo speakers and support for Adobe Flash 10.2 make music and video content a blast on the Tab. The user experience is excellent once a user gets used to Honeycomb's icons and graphical idiosyncrasies. There are deck-of-card-style widgets and moveable application tabs, which are geared for multitasking, or switching from one app to the next with ease. There is a lot to enjoy about this tablet. Take a stroll through its features in this slide show and in the related review.

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