The Galaxy Tab 10.1 is set to its highest possible brightness by default, measuring 336 candelas per square meter (cd/m2) at its highest and 0.30 cd/m2 at its lowest, delivering a very good contrast ratio of 1,120:1. Here's how it compares with other tablets.
|Tested specs||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G Verizon||Apple iPad 2||Asus Eee Pad Transformer||Acer Iconia Tab A500||T-Mobile G-Slate|
|Maximum brightness||336 cd/m2||455 cd/m2||432 cd/m2||320 cd/m2||337 cd/m2||424 cd/m2|
|Default brightness||336 cd/m2||83 cd/m2||176 cd/m2||85 cd/m2||67 cd/m2||143 cd/m2|
|Maximum black level||0.30 cd/m2||0.48 cdm/2||0.46 cd/m2||0.29 cd/m2||0.24 cd/m2||0.52 cd/m2|
|Default black level||0.30 cd/m2||0.11 cd/m2||0.19 cd/m2||0.08 cd/m2||0.05 cd/m2||0.18 cd/m2|
|Default contrast ratio||1,120:1||948:1||929:1||1,063:1||1,340:1||794:1|
|Contrast ratio (max brightness)||1,120:1||948:1||939:1||1,103:1||1,404:1||815:1|
Using the tablet at full brightness with 4G on saw the battery charge drop 20 percent in the span of about 50 minutes. Using the tablet at full brightness with 4G on saw the battery charge drop 20 percent in the span of about 50 minutes.
Here are our official CNET Labs-tested battery life results. More tablet testing results can be found here.
|Tablet||Video battery life (in hours)||Video battery life (Wi-Fi on, 4G off)||Video battery life (Wi-Fi off, 4G on)|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G (Verizon)||8.4||7.8||8.1|
While there are some small but notable design changes from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) and its Wi-Fi-only counterpart, it's still essentially the same great 10.1 tablet, but as a bonus it allows you to access the Internet almost anywhere, at Wireless network-level speeds.
To take advantage of that speed, a two-year contract commitment is necessary, however. The problem with such commitments is the speed at which technology advances and the relative infantile state of the current tablet market. You never know what the market will look like in two years, so we still feel it's best to wait things out and not get roped into something that would be costly to get out of prematurely.
That said, if you don't mind the commitment and you're the type of user who needs constant, remote Internet access, this is the best Honeycomb tablet to serve your needs, and the 4G speed is virtually as good as a Wireless network.
As we said about the Wi-Fi-only version of the 10.1, this is still the iPad 2 of Honeycomb tablets. From a design standpoint it has more in common with Apple's hardware than other Honeycomb tablets and that's a compliment of the highest order. The iPad 2 still has the sexiest, smoothest form factor of any tablet.
That style isn't for everyone, though, so those looking for a tricked-out Android tablet with all the fixings would be better off with the Toshiba Thrive or Asus Eee Pad Transformer.
At $530 and $630 for the 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) is only $30 more than the Wi-Fi-only version and still less than the iPad 2, before data plan prices are factored in of course. Also, there's no commitment with Apple's 3G iPad 2 and users can opt out at any time.
Apple still has superior support for games, apps, music, and movies. So, if it's down to the iPad 2 or either version of the 10.1, we still recommend the iPad 2. The Wi-Fi-only version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still our Android tablet of choice, but if you need constant remote Internet access, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) is currently your best bet for Android tablets.