Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at MWC 2011: Large-Screen Charmer (DeviceMAG Video)

February 15, 2011, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

One reason that spurred us into the Barcelona venue could well be this device, we guess. The screen size was the first lure, and then came a session with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. To say the least, we had a great time with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 at the Mobile World Congress 2011. The Honeycomb experience on the 10.1 inch high-resolution screen is something indeed that calls for applause.

Well, to have it in your hand, it feels like feather and thinner than its rival iPad. Its plastic body may be cheaper and less secure, but it really makes it lighter. We don’t know if it feels the same for you – if you are someone who believes always the good stuff comes with some weight.

Navigating the Android 3.0 Honeycomb, the first OS designed by Google for tablets, is an enjoyable experience. The button-less hardware does come as a stunner, though.

A go at the navigation buttons on the bottom of the screen threw to the wind all apprehensions, as the icons and widgets played pretty on the home screen right at the tip of the fingers.

Well, in the first experience, the Honeycomb comes very much different from iOS. Icons and widgets load in a jiffy and the touch screen pages flip effortlessly.

Try playing slide-shows on the device and you get to realize the effortless ease in which the task runs on the 1280×800 pixel display. It’s of course beyond the visual experience of the iPad’s 1024×768 display, and we are sure this is going to attract many.

Should we tell you that the device sports an 8 megapixel camera on the rear and a 2 megapixel cam in the front.  A simple, easy tap gets the camera start recording video, and you can even effortlessly switch from the rear cam to the front one .Videos are indeed fine, we didn’t find it up to the mark when it came to still pictures.

The experience has been fabulous, and we think we will go for it a second time too if it comes our way.  We just love the screen and all that Samsung has stored under the hood. Kudos to such innovation, and we are just waiting to see the device make it to our hands.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is expected to have a March release on Vodafone in Europe. However, there hasn’t been confirmation by Samsung on who the carrier will be, and when it would arrive on the US shores. We would like to speculate on a March release for the US too.

We have had a quick feel of the device at the MWC podium, and we have brought it here for you to have a closer look. Tell us what you think.

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