The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is by far the sleekest and most good-looking Android tablet that we have seen. In fact, it rivals the Apple iPad 2's new age design. At 8.6 mm it is 0.2 mm sleeker than the iPad 2 and weighs even lesser. It has a smooth curved body and the white colour adds to its overall appeal. The front panel has a 10.l-inch PLS capacitive touchscreen of 1280 x 800 resolution, which again betters the iPad 2. On the downside, the glossy screen is a fingerprint magnet. There are no keys on the front panel. A secondary 2.0-megapixel camera has been added to it though. The back panel again has a glossy finish and sports a 3.0-meapixel camera with LED flash. The design is pretty minimalist with the volume rocker, 3.5 mm jack, power key and the SIM cad slot, all being on one side and the connecting port being on the other (top and bottom respectively in landscape).

Sarnsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the first tablet to come with Android 3.1 (the updated version of Honeycomb) out of the box. And this brings some significant enhancements. The user interface has been polished further for faster and smoother transitions and easy manageability. Pressing the Home button takes you directly to the last accessed home screen panel. The 3. I update also brings the capabil*ity of resizing the widgets on the homescreen. Long pressing on the widget makes a grid appear and you can simply drag you finger to make it bigger or smaller. The Recent Apps section has also been expanded and now you can scroll through it to see recently accessed applications. There is a Wi-Fi lock that allows the tablet to maintain Wi-Fi connectivity even when the screen goes off.


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There is also support for Preferred Network Offload (PNO) which enables power saving during continuous Wi-Fi connectivity. The interface remains more or less the same. There are five customisable homescreen pan*els , the Apps icon is at the top right and the right bottom has the notification bar that also gives access to the settings. There is an arrow at the bottom, tapping which gives access to the Task Manager, Calendar, World Clock, Memo Pad, Calculator and Music.

Apart from the Back, Home and Recent Apps button there is another touch button that takes screen shots of the display. The App Tray is divided into All and My Apps and on the right of these is a direct link to the Android Market.The Galaxy tab comes with a Social Hub and a Music Hub.The Social Hub lets you integrate all your email and social networking communication under one head. You can integrate your Microsoft Exchange Active Sync account, POP3 and IMAP accounts, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts in the Social Hub application.

The Music Hub is supposed to integrate all your music but is not supported in India yet. As mentioned, the Tab supports all popular e-mail accounts and the two window interface is pretty convenient to use too. You can use the tablet both in landscape as well as portrait mode. The browser of the tab has desktop-like feel and with a brilliant screen you will not miss your computer. to just zoom in and out. The browser comes with Flash support and for those into ing MS Office files, there is Polaris Off enable creation and editing of documet Apart from the Android Market, user apps from the Samsung App Store too. Tab has GPS and Google maps for nal!' The touch response is great and the 1Tegra 2 dual core processor makes performance snappy. The 3.1 update also brings support for additional hardware. You can now connect a USB device to the tablet using an adapter. This capability also gives you option to connect keyboards, USB mouse, game pads, etc. You can also connect these peripherals to the Tab through Bluetooth. Sam sung has a special keyboard for the Tab but you will have to buy it separately. There is a ebook reader on the galaxy 10.1. And for news freaks,