Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review: Pros and gones

GSMArena team, 14 February 2014.
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Phonebook

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 comes in Wi-Fi-only and LTE flavors, the latter capable of voice telephony. Either way, both have the Contacts app - for email and IM on the Wi-Fi only version and for calls on the LTE version.

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The phonebook

As usual, the Contacts app syncs automatically with Google and your social networks, while you can choose which contacts to display. You can do everything a phonebook should be capable of: edit a contact, import/export, join contacts, send or print name cards, get friends via social services, etc.

Telephony

We have the LTE version in our office, so we managed to try the voice call feature too. We had no issues with reception or audio quality, though obviously you're limited to loudspeaker calling unless you connect a hands-free (wired or Bluetooth).

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The dialer supports smart dialing and video calls

The Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 even supports 3G video calls for those who still use them. Many IM apps offer video calls, including Google's Hangouts and Samsung's ChatON. These are more widely supported, 3G video call support is rare outside of Samsung devices.

Loudspeaker performance was a bit disappointing though - the sound is good and clear, but not very loud. Even the smaller Tab Pro 8.4 managed higher volume.

Speakerphone testVoice, dBPink noise/ Music, dBRinging phone, dBOveral score
Amazon Kindle Fire66.6 63.766.9Below Average
Microsoft Surface RT61.7 60.264.2Below Average
Sony Xperia Tablet Z66.064.670.1Below average
Google Nexus 1068.366.167.8Average
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.167.766.269.8Average
Asus Google Nexus 768.6 65.975.8Good
Apple iPad mini68.265.775.7Good
Apple iPad 467.266.175.9Good
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.475.766.676.8Very Good
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 201475.766.677.2Very Good
LG Optimus G74.671.382.7Excellent

Messaging and text input

The LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 features the Messages app too, it handles SMS and MMS messages. It's the same apps we've seen on phones, except with a split-screen UI.

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The Samsung Messaging app

Anyway, many people have switched over to Google Hangouts, which is an instant messenger that also supports SMS and MMS. Unlike iMessage, this app keeps IMs and SMS conversation threads separate.

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Google Hangouts for both IM and text messages

ChatON is not pre-installed, but it's a free download from the Play Store.

The tablet also comes with the traditional duo of email apps - the Gmail app provided by Google and the Email client courtesy of Samsung. Both have a split-screen interface, support multiple accounts, bulk actions and folder view.

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Gmail • Samsung Email

The default Samsung Email app supports POP3, IMAP and Microsoft Exchange. It also offers a very useful Magazine widget, which will probably see lots of use if you are into email.

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Email settings • Magazine Email widget

The Samsung QWERTY keyboard occupies about half of the screen in landscape and about a third of screen in portrait view. There are two additional keyboard layouts to try out. You can opt for the small floating keyboard and a split keyboard.

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The QWERTY keyboard

Choosing the split keyboard allows you to quickly thumb-type while holding the tablet with both hands. Other tablets show pop-up compose windows that neatly fit between the two halves of the keyboard, but this wasn't the case with the Tab Pro 10.1.

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Split and floating keyboards

Several other options are available to make text input easier, including dictation and various options for predictive text and auto correction. Swipe input is also supported or, if you disable it, you can swipe left and right across the keyboard to move the cursor. The large keyboard does have arrow keys anyway.

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