Sunday, September 25, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part II - Video Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
Hands-on Review - Part II
Video Review

In my earlier post of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Hands-on Review - Part I, we looked at the unboxing of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and features of the Galaxy Tab 10.1.
In this Part II, videos to take you through the Tab 10.1, highlighting the OS, gaming, pictures, videos playback, Facebook and Office.

Video I
This review includes a look into the Android Honeycomb 3.1 OS styled with Samsung TouchWiz UI; Gaming from Angry Birds to hardcore 3D games powered by Nvidia Tegra; Camera and photo gallery on the Tab 10.1 with samples shot using the Tab 10.1's 3.2MP camera. If are currently using an Android mobile phone, getting a hang of the Honeycomb OS is easy. The Back and Home touch buttons are located on the bottom left of the "taskbar". A new button sitting on the 3rd position is the "Alt-Tab" function, that lets you jump to previous used app/screen. The 4th button is neat feature, Screenshot (who says only iOS gets it!), that captures any screen you are currently at.
A "system tray" is located on the bottom right of the "taskbar". The "system tray" brings up the clock, quick settings and notifications. Home screens and widgets should not be unfamiliar to you, except that some apps are resizable to your liking.
Galaxy Tab 10.1 handles gaming with the most demanding 3D games very well with no lag, attributed to the Nvidia Tegra hardware architecture.
For those who love to do mobile photography and bring your photos around, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the perfect device for you. The camera has a nifty Sweep Panorama feature. Like the Android phones, the Honeycomb picks out the folders containing any image files and shows them in the Gallery, a great way to carry your work of art around!

Video II
This review includes using the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for viewing your offline videos as well as working with music playback in the background. It is very easy for you to copy the video files from your PC onto the Tab. The stock video playback app will display all your videos no matter which folder they are copied into. The stock video app playbacks your usual .avi smoothly, giving you option to bookmark certain parts of the video.
 There is a feature to turn on 5.1 Ch sound, but seems like Stereo mode is louder for my liking.
File formats such as .rmvb and .mkv cannot be played on the stock video app. However, there are workarounds.

From the video reviews, you can see that I have customized the home screens to be cluttered and having a 3D live wallpaper. Such a home screen setup definitely drains more memory than the default setup. This makes rotation slightly sluggish and the switching between apps very slightly delayed. However, the operation of apps continue to operate smoothly without any significant lag. If you do feel the system starting to lag, simple bring up Task Manager, clear the running apps and clear the memory in RAM Manager. 
As with all Android devices, app-app integration is something that you will love. I love it when I go into my gallery, tap the Share button and all my photo viewing/editing apps, social media apps and mail apps are listed. I can choose to edit, share or email in a flash!
If you are an experienced PC user, you really want a similar experience when you are on-the-go. You really do not want to bring a gigantic laptop or a heavy weight netbook around. You should go for an Android tablet. You will love it and nothing else comes close (unless you are getting a Windows tablet). With so many Android tablets out there, from Acer, Asus, HTC, Motorola and Viewsonic. There is really only one Android Honeycomb tablet that you should go for; Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
If you are going to get one, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the lightest available today!
Yes, weight does matter!

Coming up next: Comparison of Galaxy Tab 10.1 vs iPad 2.

Video and Editing by William Tan

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