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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Tablet Review

Samsung steps up its game, going toe to toe with the best Android products on the market.

August 29, 2011
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Reading Books

Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 uses the Android 3.1 operating system, it has access to the wide variety of eReader applications available on the Android Market. Pictured below is the screen that welcomes you when using the Kindle eReader software.

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Depending upon which software you choose to read eBooks, you will have several different control options available to you. Using the popular Kindle application to read your eBook, you can tap the edge of the screen or swipe to turn pages. If at any point you would like to change the settings, you can tap the top of the screen to open a menu that will allow you to change the screen color, font size, position, or access the shop.

Buying Books

Once you've opened the eBook shop, you can browse titles by top sellers, genre, author, or even QWERTY search for your favorite book. The keyboard is very forgiving, and you won't have to worry about auto-correct changing what you enter before you mash the "search" button.

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The Kindle store has a simple layout.

Before you're able to buy books, most eBook stores will require that you set up an account with your billing information ahead of time to streamline the process when you do want to buy an eBook or periodical. After you've done this and once you've found the title you'd like to buy, all you have to do is tap the "buy" button and begin your download. It's that simple.

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eBook Formats

Due to the Android Market making a large range of eBook reader applications available, the Galaxy Tab 10.1's one hindrance in terms of supported formats is simply the fact that none of these apps are preloaded. They are usually free, however, so it's really not that big of a problem, just a small nuisance.

Newspapers & Magazines

Because the Galaxy Tab 10.1 shares the same exact markets and applications as the Xoom and other Android 3.1 devices, you can expect the same prices and selection for newspapers and other periodicals. Many of them have their own apps, but if you do choose to subscribe to them via Kindle or another eReader program, you can read them through said software much like you would an eBook.

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The periodical section is little different.

eBook Battery Life

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Dell Streak 7 Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 2 Wi-fi & 3G / AT&T / 16 GB Comparison
  12. Toshiba Thrive Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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