Sunday, 23 March 2014

Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1

Most of Samsung's recent tablets are decidedly mid-range. Mediocre screen resolution, budget processors, plastic builds ... these qualities have gone hand-in-hand with close to all of the company's pill efforts. however 2014 may be a completely different story, with Samsung's high-end Galaxy professional tablets striking store shelves. We'll be reviewing all of them before long, however nowadays we're beginning with the Galaxy Tab pro ten.1.

If you consider Samsung's new tablets through the lens of equivalent Apple products, then the Galaxy Tab pro 10.1 is that the company's iPad Air rival. And you wouldn't be crazy for making that comparison. Not solely are the 2 devices' measurements solely off by some millimeters, their weights are identical. For the Tab professional, that is a decent issue. just like the iPad Air, this sucker is very light-weight, very thin, and a pleasure to carry.

On the tablet's back, we've the faux leather end that Samsung has fallen soft on with currently (we initial saw it on the Galaxy Note 3). Pleather with faux sewing might sound to a small degree tacky (oh, who am I kidding, it sounds very tacky), however I really assume it works. It's light-weight, slightly soft in hand, and lends itself to a premium aesthetic. Not AN genuinely premium aesthetic, mind you. however in terms of expertise, it is a nice different to the metal and matte or shiny plastic that you're going to realize on each alternative tablet. it's sharp and feels nice in hand.

The Tab professional 10.1 features a terrific show. As its name suggests, it's a 10.1-in diagonal, with a 16:10 ratio. that is additional elongated than the iPad's 4:3 screen, making the Tab higher for holding in landscape mode. Samsung agrees, and positioned its navigation buttons accordingly. and in contrast to the iPad, you'll be able to watch videos while not sandwiching your picture show between big black bars (here they are far smaller black bars).

Speaking of navigation buttons, we've Samsung's customary physical home button flanked by 2 capacitive bit keys. however this point around a recent apps key takes the place of the previous menu key. I find this to be a welcome modification. Most android apps are going to have onscreen menu triggers anyway, thus this switch simply makes jumping to your recently-used apps that much faster and easier.

The Tab's screen is additionally very sharp, at 2,560 x 1,600 and 299 pixels per in.. If you would like a frame of reference, that is the same size and resolution we saw in each the Nexus 10 and Galaxy Note ten.1 2014 edition (both Samsung affairs). The pixels are not packed quite as densely here as they're on its brother, the Galaxy Tab professional 8.4, however there is extremely nothing to complain regarding. The show is extremely bright, colours are made and varied, viewing angles are nice, and everything appearance crisp. And tho' the iPad Air's show is very sensible too, i believe the Tab Pro's screen pops to a small degree more.

On the software system finish we're greeted by Samsung's acquainted TouchWiz UI, at the side of a brand new "Magazine UX" on the house screen. it is a series of permanent widgets that seem like a cross between Flipboard and Windows eight live tiles. you'll be able to customise the widgets with news feeds from varied broad classes like "news," "technology," and sports" (the feeds square measure power-driven by Flipboard). there is conjointly a separate screen with Magazine widgets for email, calendar, and therefore the Hancom workplace suite.

App choice is that the biggest reason to hesitate regarding the new Galaxy Tab. it is not unhealthy by any suggests that, and isn't any higher or worse than the other humanoid pill, with the Google Play Store's solid choice on board. It's simply that after you compare it to the iPad's App Store, you will see that the Play Store's pill choice still has some catching up to try to to. you continue to run into a good quantity of smartphone apps extended for the massive screen: dead useful, however they do not continuously look thus hot on it spacious show.

The best a part of the Tab Pro's software system is its side-by-side multitasking, or "Multi Window." Swipe over from the proper facet of the screen, drag and drop another app from the launch bar that pops up, and you'll be able to run 2 apps next to every alternative. you'll be able to even slide your finger to alter what proportion of the screen every app takes up. that is a awfully nice perk that iPads, and most alternative humanoid tablets, do not presently supply.

The Tab professional ten.1 has terrific battery life. In fact, you'd ought to work extremely arduous to empty this sucker in at some point. In our normal check, wherever we have a tendency to stream video over Wi-Fi with brightness set at seventy five %, it lasted nearly specifically 9 hours. that is to a small degree bit off the record pace set by Apple's latest iPads, however it conjointly sounds like the Tab Pro's screen is brighter. With {a similar|an identical|an ANalogous|the same} battery check supported an absolute light-weight output level, i would not be shocked if the Tab professional came out to a small degree ahead. Either way, none of those tablets' batteries ought to provide you with any issues.

The Galaxy Tab professional ten.1 is well one in every of the most effective humanoid tablets cash should buy. On a hardware level, i would say it's one in every of the most effective tablets, period. Its killer options square measure its attractive screen and soft, feathery-light build. however its zippy performance and outstanding battery life are among the most effective. I may take or leave Samsung's Magazine wife widgets, and TouchWiz has continuously been a polarizing software system interface. And again, Android's pill app choice is not on par with the iPad's. however taken as a full, those are pretty minor nitpicks for what is otherwise a top-notch tablet.

Samsung priced the Tab pro ten.1 at constant US$500 beginning value because the iPad Air. it'd are nice to examine it enter a little lower, however even at that value, i believe it's price a glance next to Apple's tablet.

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