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21 August 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review & Price [Malaysia]

"Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 - Lightest, Slimmest & most powerful in its class"



Ultra-thin form factor in a lightweight design

First Impression
My first impression on Galaxy Tab 10.1 is that it is really thin and light at 8.6mm and 565g in weight only. I can hold it comfortably with just one hand. Besides, I like how the buttons (Power, Volume, Sim card slot, Audio jack) and the stereo speakers were designed at the side.

The screen is shorter but longer when compared to iPad 2. The only thing I don't like is the screen "absorb" your thumbprints whenever you touch on it. Maybe they will be anti-glare & anti-thumbprints screen protector that you can install afterwards.




Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Specification
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Specification
With the latest Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) OS, 10.1" WXGA 1280x800 display and 1GHz Dual Core application processor. Will it be an awesome tablet to have?

It is good to have surround sound stereo speakers at both side of Samsung Tab 10.1 as t does give better hearing experience. It don't have Microsoft Office but with Polaris Office that support your word document including PDF. I guess the major advantages of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 and iPad 2 is the Adobe Flash Player 10.3 capability. Which does appear in their recent advertisement.



Battery Life
With the built-in 7,000mAh battery, Galaxy Tab 10.1 is really long life in playing video for up to 9 hours and music up to 17 hours. Do note that Network Connection highly affecting your tablet battery life =) The more frequent you use 3G & WiFi, the faster your battery die. However, so far when I surfing Youtube & play games on the Tablet I was surprised with its long battery life!



Processor Speed and GUI
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a Tegra 1GHz Dual Core application processor. Good enough to make sure your tablet perform well but I hope that they can upgrade the processor to have a smoother GUI Interface.

There are 5 walls that you can customize but not much widget to add on when I compare it with HTC Desire S. There are some widget where you can adjust the dimension, which is something new to have. I use it to have a large Photo Feature Widget. You can see it in my Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review Video.


Task manager & Screen Capture shortcut on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
I like the easy access to Task Manager from the bottom of the screen as I can just switch off any application that I don't need anymore. I can also directly shut down all open applications to save RAM. I like the screen capture button cos it is easy for me to capture image and share with friends especially in this blog post =)


There is SWYPE keyboard preserved in this Samsung gadget. But it is not the default keyboard that you use, so remember to customize it.



YouTube Application
It looks awesome at first glance as all the videos appear as thumbnail and you can scroll between. However, you won't have a smooth experience if your Internet connection sucks because you can only toggle between mobile version(low quality) and HD version(need high speed) of YouTube video.

Therefore if you have not-so-good-bandwidth speed, I recommend you to use the Web Browser to watch YouTube instead. Thanks to the support of Adobe Flash player 10.3 capability.


Hyuna - Bubblepop on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Video and Audio Experience
My favourite part on Tablet as I get good music experience with the surrounding stereo speaker and high resolution screen (1280x800). You will have best video experience after you transfer your HD video inside the tab. 16GB internal storage. As for audio you can switch to 5.1-channel surround sound

Internet Browsing
For internet browsing, so far it is as good as other tablet. Can view full web page and you can enlarge the screen by just using two fingers. You can also play YouTube Video on the full page or even Facebook Game.



*Image capture with 2.0 MP Front camera*

Camera & Video Recording

Well, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 3.0 Mega Pixel Camera AF with LED Flash and a 2.0 MP front camera. Even Samsung Galaxy S2 has a better camera and thinner too (8.49mm). I wonder why Samsung never put in better camera like Samsung Galaxy S2 because it will makes your Tablet more awesome. Hmm... Maybe the reason is to create the thinnest tablet with affordable price for us? I don't mind paying more for a better camera. Because it allows me create video with better quality too.



Gaming Experience
So far all the games that I've downloaded from Android market are playable. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 support 3D Graphic game and I get addicted to Zenonia 3 because of the smooth experience. You can always drift your racing car with your tablet =)



File Transfer & Synchronization with Kies Wifi
You can transfer your favourite music and video to your tablet with the cable provided but I suggest you to use Kies Wifi instead. When both your PC and Tablet connected to same wifi. It is really easy to have your file transfer and synchronization done. Another step of "cable-less technology". I wish Samsung will come out with a Wifi Charger accessories soon, so you can always charge your Tablet with the wifi around. Maybe can use RCA Airnergy too.



Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 AccessoriesThe Tablet is not showing its full capability without these accessories. I highly suggest you to get one of these to ease your life. I personally find the USB Adaptor is the most helpful adapter.




  • A keyboard dock (RM299)
  • Bluetooth keyboard with case (RM399)
  • “Book Cover” case (RM219)
  • Neoprene Pouch (RM129)
  • Desktop dock (RM109)
  • USB connection kit (RM109)
  • HDMI adapter (RM139)
You can always get the accessories at nearest Samsung Retail Shop or Celcom Authorized Seller of Samsung Galaxy Tab.


This is a picture of a USB Drive was connected to Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 using the USB adaptor (RPP: RM109). I will need it when I want to transfer favourite photo directly from my Nikon D90 =)


Here's the keyboard dock that doesn't need battery to function. But some people hope that this keyboard dock has a built in battery that can charge the tablet =)



Conclusion
My impression on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet is that it is a gadget made to compare with iPad 2 as you can see from the advertisement. Thinner, Adobe Flash Player 10.3 compatibility, similar charger point. it is the lightest and slimmest tablet for now, so you can carry around with ease. I will get one for mobile leisure purpose especially when I am traveling around. Will you get a Samsung Galaxy Tab after reading several reviews?



Get Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Malaysia from Celcom
According to Samsung and Celcom, the retail price in Malaysia is RM1899 (3G & WiFi) from 20 August onwards!

Preciously there is a RM99 special promo by Celcom in Piazza e@curve and RM999 promo at Penang and Johor Bahru. I hope you are one of the guy who manage to get it at RM99 or RM999. If not, here's the latest plan and package you can get from Celcom from as low as RM1,468 for Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.


Here's my video review on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android Tablet:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Full Review | TianChad.com
You can see how I customize the tablet and how I use Samsung Tablet =)


Here's my post on the day Celcom Launch Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. [Sexy model in the post]
PS: If you want to know more about the tablet which I haven't cover in this post, do comment below so I can include them in =)


Read more:
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Launch @ only RM99 by Celcom!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Price & Plan Launch by Celcom Malaysia

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