The first Android tablets, in fact, are large smartphones, which Samsung hastily released to compete with the then first iPad. Decent competition, however, did not work. However, everything has changed with the release of Android 3 Honeycomb.
Firstly, the third Android made it possible to create devices with a higher resolution screen and, as a result, with a larger diagonal. As a matter of fact, the first 10-inches on Android appeared only after the release of Honeycomb. But the main thing is that in the “troika” the desktop space is more rationally utilized. For example, in addition to application icons, large and very functional widgets appeared, which you can work with without even opening the application itself.
Samsung was the first global brand to pick up the idea of Android tablets. But with the release of the updated Galaxy Tab 10.1, tablets from the category of “big smartphones” moved into the category of serious devices.
Secondly, the eternal problem of the motley fleet of Android devices received some kind of solution in the “troika”.
The system completely left the “iron” buttons, in most tablets there are only power and volume buttons. Yes, manufacturers both did and do their own assemblies of the system with proprietary shells and unique interfaces. But all the control buttons are exclusively virtual and are always in their places.
Thirdly, Android tablets have ceased to be smartphones and have forgotten how to make calls. Perhaps this is still good, because hardly anyone will use them as a phone. The SIM card in the GSM versions of the devices is needed to access the mobile Internet and send SMS. Yes, yes, with short messages, unlike the same iPad, the tablets on the “troika” are all right. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a diagonal of about 10 inches. This will seem a lot to someone. Indeed, the dimensions and weight of the device are such that it is unlikely to be able to replace you with a smartphone (yes, in fact, does not seek). But the Galaxy Tab is perfect for those who are tired of carrying a laptop, albeit even the most ultraportable. For most typical office tasks (including web surfing, working with documents and email), the tablet’s capabilities are enough.
Under the hood of the tablet is a dual-core ARM Cortex Tegra 2 processor with a frequency of 1 GHz. This is enough not only to watch videos of even the highest definition, but also three-dimensional computer games: the legendary GTA (Grand Theft Auto) or Brothers In Arms 2.
Separately, it must be said about the screen of the device. It uses the Super PLS matrix, which is a kind of improved (in terms of image brightness and viewing angles) analogue of e-IPS (used in many other high-quality tablets) and has approximately the same cost. Assess the color rendition and wide viewing angles is fully hindered by the easily soiled glossy coating of the screen. But, anyway, the supply of brightness is enough even for using the tablet in bright sunlight.
At the same time, the tablet demonstrates excellent battery life. Given the subtle possibilities of setting up energy consumption schemes, energy saving modes, etc., with occasional use, the tablet can be charged at all several times a week.
Unfortunately, there are no official firmware for the new Android 4 operating system for the Galaxy Tab 10.1 (GT-7500) yet. However, at your own peril and risk, you can try unofficial firmware created by enthusiastic users.