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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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Video Controls

Possibly due to the fact that screen space is best occupied by what you intend to watch, the controls for video files are very minimalistic, and disappear after a few seconds of being idle. Frustratingly enough though, the tablet does not always resize files that are of a smallish resolution, this particular problem is pictured below.

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Yes, it fails to scale your video

Video Management

Videos are managed by the gallery function in the somewhat limited app menu in the main screen. There, you will note thumbnails of all your photos and videos are arranged alphabetically. It shouldn't be difficult to retrieve any supported file from this application.

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Video Formats

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a great range of file support for videos, despite its refusal to resize video files to fit the screen sometimes. If you want to load them onto your tablet, it can support H.263, H.264, MP4,.xvid, and.divx file formats. Be aware that there are several other media players on the Android Market, so if there's an unsupported file format that you want or need, take a look around.

Internet Video

All Android 3.1 devices come pre-loaded with the YouTube application, which allows you to stream your favorite video clips from the internet. In addition to having a wall of featured videos you can swipe through, you can also search using the QWERTY keyboard to quickly access the latest sensation.

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Sure it's clunky, but it's YouTube.

In addition to the YouTube application, there are several apps in the Android Market that allow you to stream longer video clips, such as Netflix and Vimeo. Chances are good that if you're used to a client on your home computer, you can find it in the Android Market.

Video Battery Life

We found it surprising that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 fell a little flat in this test, as it was only able to play continuous video for 6 hours and 48 minutes; a full hour less than it's able to read an eBook. You may be able to coax a little more battery life out of your tablet with its "auto adjust screen power" setting, or by turning down the brightness.

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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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