Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 White: First Impressions

First look: Hands-on with Galaxy Tab 10.1 White Edition

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Super slim and super desirable but marred by the drop in camera resolution

Samsung unveiled its latest incarnation of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Google I/O conference. With a slimmer form factor and glossy white back it’s certainly a change from the industrious looking original and T3 was lucky enough to get its hands on one. Here’s our first impressions:

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With a depth that can rival the iPad 2 the Galaxy Tab White Edition is incredibly thin, almost astonishingly thin at 8.6mm, and with the metal accents and glossy white back it definitely implies a build quality which could rival Apple’s latest offering.

Going into the tablet itself the hardware appears to be similar in terms of power and storage NVIDIA Tegra 2 Processor, 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage being on offer and both a rear and front facing camera.

This however leads us on to the one negative point. Samsung has confirmed that the new White Edition has lost the 8 Megapixel snapper from its larger sibling instead opting for a much smaller 3.2 MP snapper on the back and a 2 MP snapper on the front. It does however still record 720p HD video, although with such a small sensor expect the quality to be lower than on the previous model.

Under the hood you’ll find the latest incarnation of Android’s tablet OS Honeycomb 3.0.1 which offers the same 3D styled user-interface and full Flash compatibility. As with the previous Galaxy Tab 10.1 using the OS is a joy, with only the occasional glitch giving you grief. As a web browser it’s lightning fast, optimising the page for the tablet’s gargantuan screen. In a quick speed test we found the Galaxy Tab 10.1 White was as quick, if not quicker than the iPad 2 in loading T3.com.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 White Edition: Early verdict

Coming just a few weeks after the release of the iPad 2 you could be forgiven for thinking this is simply Samsung’s way of staying ahead of the game. That said, as an effort it’s an incredible leap forward from the original Galaxy Tab 10.1. Wafer thin and achingly good to look at it’s a definite contender with only the huge drop in camera resolution and Honeycomb's ocassional glitches being low points.

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