Hands-on: Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition with Android Honeycomb OS

hands-on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition at Google I/O 2011
hands-on Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition at Google I/O 2011

In case you missed it, Google just handed out free Galaxy Tab 10.1 Limited Edition Android Honeycomb tablets to all five thousand or so attendees of its Google I/O 2011 conference. While the rest of the world has to wait to put their own fingerprints all over the shiny new tablet, we’re lucky enough to go hands-on with the most impressive Honeycomb tablet we’ve come across to date.

With a super slim profile, lightweight construction, and snazzy “Limited Edition” graphics and white paint job, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is clearly gunning for the iPad. In fact, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is competing with the iPad 2, which is faster, slimmer, and more feature-packed than the original iPad. The good news? The Galaxy Tab 10.1 seems to be a legitimate competitor.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is thinner and lighter in weight than the iPad 2. That’s no easy feat. Thanks to some ingenius re-engineering by Samsung’s tablet boffins, the Tab 10.1 packs a serious dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor and two cameras into a package that’s both solid and sturdy in the hand as well as light and nimble. The tablet runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb OS and should be updated to Android 3.1 OS in the coming weeks.

The Limited Edition version of the tablet – the version that was given out to all I/O 2011 attendees – sports a glossy, white paint job. The backside is adorned with cute little Android graphics. The packaging also sports a “Google I/O 2011” logo, which makes these particular tablets just that much more exclusive.

Judging by the heavy use of lightweight plastics, you’d initially expect the tablet to feel cheap and somewhat less “premium” than the iPad. That isn’t necessarily the case. While it can’t match the in-hand feel of the iPad 2’s aluminum unibody chassis/casing, the Tab 10.1 feels every bit as solid. It’s no doubt a premium product.

We have yet to put the Tab 10.1 fully through its paces, and battery life is a big concern. Expect to see a full review of the Tab 10.1 Limited Edition from us in the near future. For the time being, enjoy the hands-on photo gallery and video below!

  • Sounds like some awesome hardware. Can’t wait to see some matching awesome software.

  • Anonymous

    Is it really a piece of crap Tegra2 and not the Exynos??? Worthless. I’ll wait for Exynos,=,=

    • Anonymous

      Tegra 2 dual-core is actually more than enough for the Tab 10.1. Runs smoothly. Multitasking is good. Honeycomb 3.1 will be even better (more robust multitasking, especially)

  • Anonymous

    Dang, that’s slick… I like the Androids on the back.

  • Limited Edition means: No SIM-Slot, no MicroSD slot, but also no Samsung UI Customization?

    • Anonymous

      Samsung’s TouchWIZ UX will likely hit the Tab 10.1 LImited Edition when it gets the Honeycomb 3.1 update. So no customizations for now, but will probably have customizations soon

  • when will the 8.9″ version be available?

  • I was at Google I/O and I got the galaxy 10.1 too.
    On the hardware side you are right, the tablet is amazing but when you turn it on.. It’s horrible.
    All apps from the Android market are crashing, or refuse to open because they “don’t know this device) (what’s app, netflix, and some others).
    Is there anyway to upgrade (or downgrade) to another software version? I would love to enjoy this tablet but I’m new in the Android world and I absolutly don’t know what to do to fix these issues..
    Thanks for your help.

  • Jeff

    Sucks. When people who have money get mo’ sh’t for free….some of us got suckered by apple….google too?

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