Price as Reviewed: $529.99 on 2-year agreement at Verizon Wireless
Despite all of the trouble between Apple and Samsung, and the “similarities” between the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and the iPad 2, the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is still the greatest Android tablet to date (see my original review in June). But Verizon added 4G LTE to it. Now that’s just a crime I say. Battery life remains just about the same, which is 9 to 10 hours of light usage (email, web, YouTube) and 8 hours o watching movies, playing music, and playing games on the awesome Tegra 2 dual-core 1GHz platform. However the difference here is getting 16MBps downloads in areas with a coverage of 1 bar, and 30 and up in other with very strong coverage. That still bests most average home internet connections. And as a mobile hotspot, that sweet, sweet 4G LTE service just gets even better to use on your laptop (or in my case, a WiFi Galaxy Tab 10.1). Also to be noted is that Movies in te Android market as well ass Media Hub access is available on the 4G LT Tab 101, and Verizon hasn’t included a single crapware app.
Just about everything I said in the original review stands strong with the 4G LTE addition, except one thing: the placement of the power and volume buttons have been moved to accommodate the SIM card, and instead are to the right of the tablet, so confusing the two is quite a possibility. And also the new pricetag: $529.99 for a new 16GB white or grey model, which is only $30 more than before for a 2-year contract, or $699.99 for a month-to-month contract, much like the iPad 2 on Verizon.
Either way, it’s still my favorite Android tablet. Thanks for not mucking something up with any crapware apps Verizon, and making something great even better than before.
One more shot of the 4G LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 10.1 after the break.