Galaxy Tab Trash

Should you upgrade to the Galaxy Tab 10.1?

The new Galaxy Tab is out and you might be thinking about trading in your original Galaxy Tab for the Galaxy Tab 10.1. There is a lot of good things about the 10.1, but is it right for you?

Why you should

1. Display – The screen is larger and the resolution is higher making it much better for watching movies or browsing the web.

2. NVIDIA Tegra 2 – The Galaxy Tab 10.1 packs a powerful punch with the NVIDIA Tegra 2 chipset. Its dual-core architecture makes the original Galaxy Tab seem as slow as molasses.

3. Honeycomb – The original Galaxy Tab runs Froyo/Gingerbread, which were both designed for phones originally. Samsung did make some customizations to the software to make it more tablet-friendly, but at the end of the day Honeycomb is for tablets and Android 2.x is for phones.

4. Tablet Optimized Apps – There is a growing number of apps designed for Honeycomb that take advantage of the large screen that will not work on the original Galaxy Tab.

5. Tegra Zone – NVIDIA has restricted THD games (Tegra HD) to phones or tablets with the NVIDIA Tegra 2. It might make you angry, but the only way to play those games is if your device has a Tegra 2 processor.

Why you shouldn’t

1. Portability – The seven inch screen on the original Galaxy Tab makes it extremely portable. It can even fit in some back pockets.

2. Phone capabilities – The international version of the original Galaxy Tab can double as a phone. It works perfectly with a Bluetooth headset.

3. Price – You already own the original Galaxy Tab, so you would have to shell out $499 to $599 to buy the new one. Even if you sold it, then you would only make around $250.

So what do you think? Is it worth it to upgrade?

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  • Peter

    Main reason I like my 7″ tab is that it fits in my suit pocket. I will only upgrade if a Honeycomb version for the original tab – or can I ugrade the software?

  • Jeff Suber

    I did not replace my 7″ with the 10.1 I just added the 10.1 to my collection.  Like the previous guy said, I like the portability of the 7″, but I really like reading and watching movies on the 10.1

  • Barutib

    Nothing beats the portability of the original. I also own an iPad 2 and the Tab is the best for reading on the subway, especially one handed. I’m still hoping to get Honeycomb on it. As a matter of fact i read a rumor today that 3.2 will work on 7 inch tablets.

  • Anonymous

    I just got the standard Galaxy Tab (which I call Galaxy Tab I), I haven’t even started customizing etc. and yet it’s a very exciting device indeed. Plus it’s portable – doubles up as a notebook/diary. It’s better to take to meetings (using a leather “book”-cover” than a laptop, netbook or even a Blackberry or other phone because you can get away with using it without appearing to be rude, unprofessional or inappropriate… for now

  • Aaron Cappadoro

    Where can you trade in your 7 inch for the 10.1