Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review: Droid At Large: Contacts, Messaging, Emails

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Contact management is fairly straightforward on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. Your contacts acquire automatically synced with your Google account unless you explicitly disable this.

The larger classy screen has allowed some modifications that reduce the needed clicks for some tasks and thus improve usability. Samsung also changed some plain Honeycomb icons with TouchWiz ones, but nothing beyond that.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 contact manager

You acquire your contacts listed by either first or last name in the left part of the screen, while the details of the currently selected contact appear on the right. There is a handy search field on the top left corner as well as a shortslit for adding a recent contact or deleting the selected one.

Search the contacts

The advanced menu offers a few more options - edit contact, import/export, join with another contact, sdiscontinue or print a namecard, acquire friends via social services, etc.

Since the Galaxy Tab 10.1 has no telephony, clicking a phone number opens the messaging app and tapping an email address or a website automatically launches the email app or the web browser.

Tapping a phone number opens the messaging app

Editing a single contact is done via a popup window, where you the available fields organized in groups, with plus and minus signs on the correct that let you rego or duplicate details.

Edit a contact

There’s also an Add another field button at the bottom that lets you insert a field that hasn’t existed so far for the specific contact.

Custom field names aren’t available at this stage.

There is one more thing worth mentioning - for every contact you acquire two tabs - the standard Info one we already talked about and History. The latter shows all the latest activity with this contact (emails, messages, etc.).

The Info and Hitale tabs

And here come the Galaxy Tab 10.1 results from our traditional loudspeaker test. The device fails to impress getting just an average imprint that may disappoint some users. You can find more about the test itself here.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOverall score

LG Optimus Pad64.961.865.7Below Average

Samsung P1000 Galaxy Tab66.7 64.668.6Below average

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 3G66.266.070.9Average

Apple iPad 265.965.675.0Average

HTC Incredible S66.566.176.7Good

Dell Streak70.175.780.8Very Good

Motorola XOOM74.066.678.9Very Good

HTC Desire76.675.784.6Excellent


We already mentioned the messaging app above. It is pretty simple and lets you sdiscontinue texts to one or more recipients. MMS are not enabled, it's just a simple SMS composer.

The messaging app layout is similar with the phonebook - on the left you acquire contacts, on the correct are the conversations.

The Messaging app

Two email clients

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 comes with two optimized email applications out of the box – one for your Gmail and one to utilize with any POP3/IMAP account.

They both have a split-classy screen interface. Initially, your folders are listed on the left and the emails in the currently selected one appear on the right. Upon clicking on a single email the list of emails moves to the left tab while the body of the selected one pops up on the right.

The default email client

Bulk actions are supported too, so you will easily manage mailboxes that acquire tons of messages.

You can set up the automatic email retrieval interval or you can disable that completely and check mail manually.

There’s also a handy setting that makes your client automatically download attachments only when you are connected over Wi-Fi.

The Gmail app

It’s basically the same excellent treatment you acquire on Android smartphones with a few further optimizations permitted by the large classy screen and higher resolution.

Digging into the settings menu

Writing emails is reasonably comfortable with the virtual QWERTY keyboard occupying about half of the screen. Now this is no match for a hardware keyboard, but you won’t notice any gigantic incompatibility when handling short emails.

There’s auto correction and auto capitalization available and you can enable sounds on key presses. There’s no haptic feedback so it’s not perfect just yet, but the overall experience is pretty decent.



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