11.22.2011Personal Tech

Guest Post: Samsung Galaxy Tab Review

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This is a guest post by Eric Wilborn, a tech enthusiast and Android fan from Illinois.

“I never thought in a million years that the Verizon start-up tone could sound so beautiful.” That was my first thought as I powered on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 for the first time. Keep in mind, that’s a thought from a guy who has worked with mobile phones in retail for two years and has had a Verizon account with four lines for more than five years.

But don’t let those facts lessen the importance of how amazing things sound when they come from the speakers of Verizon’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. Of course, I saw the start-up graphics before I heard the start-up tone. The picture quality was amazing and it definitely caught my attention. It’s very similar to the fact that lightning catches your attention before thunder causes you to jump.

As previously mentioned, the image quality of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is nothing short of brilliant. Pictures and video are a pleasure to view on the bright, crisp screen. Games (such as Angry Birds) are a blast as well. If you’ve only ever played Angry Birds on a 3” or even a 4” screen, you’re missing out. Bringing together the brilliance of the colors with an amazing responsiveness, there isn’t a lot that this screen won’t allow you to do.

The unit I tested was equipped with 4G LTE connectivity, which just adds to the fact that you can do anything with it. During my time with the Galaxy Tab 10.1, I utilized it as a powerhouse to get work done. Email, web surfing, social media; you name it, I was utilizing that connectivity.

I don’t think I even need to go over this, but I suppose I can brush you up on the topic: Verizon’s 4G is fast. Very fast. Don’t bother even thinking about refilling your drink while waiting for a YouTube video to load fast. Any questions? None? Ok, good.

For some users, the size of the tablet could be a deterrent. No big deal for me; I have large hands. I could hold it comfortably in one hand while navigating around with the other. If that’s not the case for you, there’s always the Galaxy Tab 7.0.

My only complaint against the device was the charging port. Everything else that I own is micro USB now and I was shocked that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 didn’t follow along with that mobile trend. What made it worse is that the plug that it does utilize resembles the USB plug of an iDevice. I have nothing against iPhones, iPads and the lot (we own a few iPods in my household), but the fact that it so closely mimics the iDevice plugs can be a confusing factor for people who don’t pay a lot of attention.

So, if you’re thinking about a tablet for Christmas, don’t hesitate to put this one on your list. Also add on a case that matches your personality and needs, and then be sure to ask for a little bit of alone time to enjoy this beautiful piece of electronics.

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