“Meh” was the verdict Guardian tech journalist, Cory Doctorow, gave to Samsung’s latest LED 10.1″ Tab, expected by many as Android’s ultimate answer to the venerable iPad 2, with some fantastic specs including: speedy 1GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, hailed as the world’s thinnest tab (8.6 mm thick), 720p HD video recording, Adobe Flash, 1080p HD playback, DLNA support, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Here are the pros according to Doctorow: ” 2 X good cameras, described as a “delight”, Honeycomb 3.1 OS “easy and intuitive”, “good sharp” screen (res 1280 x 800 V iPad 2’s 1024×768), long battery life and super light.
However, one of its major weaknesses is the Tab lacks a built-in USB port, but has a connection kit.
But the connection, which is non-standard (similar to iPad 2), thus uncompatible with most other devices, is described as “worst of all” about the new slate.
Other sources of irk include the lack of microSD card slot on the Wi-Fi model and MTP data transfer technology dimissed as cumbersome and ultra slow.
“Samsung really doesn’t seem to have its head around the notion of Android’s strength being its non-proprietary, open nature,” the Guardian reviewer concludes.
However, this is just one point of view. Engadget begs to differ, saying it “outclasses Apple’s offering” in several ways, backing Samsung over the iOS contender. “As far as tablet touch experiences go, the Tab 10.1 delivers one that’s world class,” it grandly proclaims.
Another Cnet reviewer brands Tab 10.1 as “the iPad 2 of Honeycomb tablets.”
We will make our own mind up once we get our mitts on the Tab 10.1 in the coming weeks. Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 is already available in the States, Korea and hits the UK August 4.
|So, Android or iOS? Decide for yourself later this year when the Galaxy Tab hits Down Under at some mysterious date in 16GB / 32GB / 64GB versions.
Just today, Samsung also announced stellar sales of its much admired Galaxy S II smartphone – selling 5 million in 85 days.