Confused about the two tablets named Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1? Ditto. With the iPad fighters tipped to arrive in shops on 4
August, we knew it was time to sort out these wily tablet twins before
they trick us into taking each
Galaxy Tab 10.1, meet Galaxy Tab 10.1v
Back in March, Samsung slimmed down its Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet in response to the launch of the iPad 2. But it didn't do us any favours by giving its revamped, thinner
tablet the same name as its predecessor -- the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1.
Colour us confused as it renamed the original, fatter tablet as the Samsung
Galaxy Tab 10.1v.
The V stands for Vodafone, because Big Red was planning to
carry the tablet exclusively. But Vodafone has chucked
the chubster in the belief that, following the launch of the wafer-thin
2, no one would want it.
However, that doesn't mean that the 10.1v is dead in the
water. Samsung have made plenty of them, and we spotted several being
used by staff at last weekend's British Grand Prix. Even though
Vodafone has ditched the 10.1v, it could show up as a cheaper option
from other networks or from online shops like Expansys.
What's the difference?
Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the Galaxy Tab 10.1v
are identical in many ways. Both have equally powerful
1GHz dual-core processors and Android 3.0 Honeycomb operating systems
on board. Both have 10.1-inch, 1280x800 pixel screens. But there are
Despite its thicker case, there are advantages to the Galaxy
Tab 10.1v. It's got a better camera and claims a longer-lasting
example. Here's a breakdown of the differences. On this table, green
shows the superior spec, and it's clear that a lot has been sacrificed
to put the Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the same ballpark as the 8.8mm-thick iPad
Galaxy Tab 10.1
Galaxy Tab 10.1v
3 megapixels with LED flash
8 megapixels with
7000mAh claims 9 hours of video
claims 10 hours of video
Which one should I get?
Now that it's been axed by Vodafone, the Galaxy Tab 10.1v is
likely to be rarer than a unicorn zebra. It's obvious that Samsung
thinks that thinness is better than things like camera resolution and
other specs, and the hordes of us shelling out for the comparitively
low-specced iPad 2 seem to agree. Both Tabs promise plenty of speed and
power, and that's the important thing. Unless you've got the arm
muscles of Jeff Capes, we agree with Samsung that slimmer is better.
Get the Tab 10.1.