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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon)The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE (Verizon) has a sleek, slick design and blazingly fast 4G speeds if you're willing to sign up for a two-year contract.
At first glance, these 2 tablets look pretty much identical; but as we delve a little deeper, subtle differences begin to reveal themselves. Hi. I'm Eric Franklin, and today we'll take a first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE Verizon Wireless. This is essentially a carrier version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 released previously, which was Wi-Fi only. And as I said earlier, there are a few cosmetic differences between the two. While each tablet shares the same extreme thinness as the iPad 2, they also share the same iPad 2 bidding like weight. Each includes a 2-megapixel front-facing camera and a 3-megapixel back camera. Each tablet runs on a base version of Honeycomb as well. Now for the differences. In order to make room for the 4G's SIM card slot, the power button and volume rocker have been moved to the left side of the tablet's edge and the SIM card slot placed on the top. This is disappointing as it makes it easier to accidentally press the power and volume buttons while holding the tablet. Also, the speakers are in a slightly different orientation and are slightly smaller. The 4G's biggest difference is obviously its support for Verizon's 4G LTE network. Based on our limited testing so far, we've seen web-surfing speeds just as fast as our closed Wi-Fi testing network and app download speeds that were actually faster than Wi-Fi. We've not yet had a chance to test battery life though so look to our full review for more information on that. The 4G starts at $530 for the 16-gigabyte version and $630 for the 32-gigabyte version; however, users must sign up for a 2-year data plan. Once again, check out the full review for more info. I'm Eric Franklin, and this has been the first look at the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G LTE Verizon Wireless.