Disappointingly, there was no video editing software installed on my test unit, although the electronic user manual suggests it should be on there – and acutally finding the electronic user manual was a challenge in itself.
Let’s see what Samsung’s Hub app suggests we should be doing. Oh...
Out of the box, the tablet comes with possibly the worst ‘getting started’ booklet I have ever read. As an example, the section headed ‘Send and receive an email message’ reads: ‘You can send and receive email messages, and view or manage messages you have sent or received.’ And that’s all you get: there are no actual instructions on how to use the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to send or receive email.
The booklet does, however, waste seven pages on daft safety warnings, including my favourite: ‘Do not bite or suck on the device or the battery.’ The last 13 pages at the back of the booklet are blank.
This is a tablet you can hold in one hand without getting cramp in 30 seconds.
The front page suggests I can read the full user guide by going to www.samsung.com. I did that and all I saw was a lot of information about washing machines and TV sets. Even the day before its official on-sale date (when this review was written), the product was unknown on Samsung’s UK website. I eventually found a link to the Galaxy Tab 10.1 user manual tucked away on a US support page, but it took some hunting.
The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is an attractive purchase: it’s well-built, slim and light, has a valuable collection of quality apps, and sports a comparatively low price. It even fares well in performance benchmark tests against its competitors. However, some of these competitors offer better value by building memory card slots and comms ports into tablets costing roughly the same price. Here, Samsung takes yet another leaf out of Apple's book, as all those niceties will cost you extra. ®
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Please do not comment on personal tastes
There are too many issues of personal taste in this review, especially at the beginning.
E.g. you don't like haptic feedback , I think it's good though so why is this a bad point of the device especially as you can turn it off.
I can also see that a swish noise when turning a page is annoying, but it may not bother others.
Also you have started off the review with what seems to be a negative point of view regarding the name "10.1". It's just a name!!!! Andto then criticise the use of Android 3.1 is then just plain ridiculous.
Thanks for the review of the manual and the Samsung web site - I'll keep an eye out for the device review at a later date shall I?
The review and the quotation marks don't quite match up. Seeing the 75% I was expecting a bit of negative comment (on stuff that matters, not booklets or missing links for unreleased products), but no.
It seems to be as good or rather even better than an ipad2 - did that get 70% then?
iPad owner perchance?
Literally burst out laughing when I read "In landscape mode, that gives it less vertical resolution than Apple’s current iPads, which offer full-screen 1024 x 768 at either orientation".
a minor point...
" there's less real estate on screen than the iPad" ....
iPad resolution = 1024 x 768 = 786k pixels
GTab 10.1 resolution = 1280 x 752 = 962k pixels
Since when is a 22% increase in pixel count a reduction in real estate?