Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 Review

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This Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review is the result of there being few decent low cost tablets that can also function as a drawing tablet. Since I know most artists are price sensitive I've decided I need to cover this model too. With it's predecessor the Samsung Galaxy Tab A having a lot of flaws we're glad to see an upgrade. In this review I'll highlight the pros and the cons of this new model. It will be available on the 29th of October 2016.

The Good and The Bad


  • WUXGA 1920 x 1200 Screen
  • 3GB RAM
  • Android
  • 10.1" Screen Size
  • 8 Core Processor
  • Multipurpose (Gaming, Email, Movies)
  • 16GB Storage (Expandable)
  • Cameras 
  • Good Battery Life


  • Software Based Pressure Sensitivity
  • No Tilt, Rotation
  • Android  Apps/Programs

Unlike it's older model the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 1920x1080 HD resolution. We know that the older model suffered from a very low resolution and that being the biggest flaw with it.
Now we have decent quality and functionality at an affordable price.

Ram was also improved in this version from 2GB to 3GB. More RAM is always good in particular for those enthusiastic about drawing in large detail or complex layers.

Now Android clearly can't run photoshop or some apps you might be familiar with from Apple products.  Even if the operating system allowed it there would still be the problem of the hardware being capable of running it. Having said that here are some Apps for use with the S-pen

The default OS installed will be 6.0. No idea if updates to Nougat but probably? Right?


Overall I think this is great news. It's nothing extraordinary but it has everything essential you might need to get stuff done.  Heck Ipads and Surface Pros are overrated. A reasonably priced drawing tablet which you can take with you wherever you go and do most things you'd want to do. Knowing that Samsung is going ahead with this model despite their recent setback with the Note 7 we can be fairly confident of this model not blowing up! So why not get it?

About the author

John Thatch

John Thatcher is a computer science educated artist. He uses technology to solve artist problems. His friends don't like it when he speaks of himself in the third person. But John does it anyway, because he's a rebel.

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