Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 review: Pros and gones

GSMArena team, 14 February 2014.
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Tags: Samsung, Android

Great image gallery

The Album view in the Galaxy Tab 10.1 gallery app shows a stack of photos with a navigational bar on the left with all the albums. You can use the pinch gesture to change the size of the thumbnails. Various sorting and viewing options are also available.

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The image gallery

The gallery supports bulk actions, photo notes, there are lots of sharing options as well, plus there is a powerful embedded image editor you can launch when viewing a single image.

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Viewing a single image • editing options

Another cool feature is Buddy photo share - it recognizes faces in a photo, you link those to your contacts and the tablet will learn to recognize them itself in the future and tag them automatically. Then the faces in the photo become handy shortcuts to that contact. This way you can quickly send that photo you took of your friend just by touching their face.

The Gallery also supports highly customizable slideshows, too.

For managing other files, the Tab Pro 10.1 comes with a file browser. Besides the basics, the app also integrates with Dropbox, can handle ZIP files and even connect to FTP servers.

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My Files file manager

New look for the music player, same great functionality

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 comes with the redesigned TouchWiz music player. It offers the same rich functionality, but with a much better interface. The new Music app relies on a customizable tabbed interface, instead of the previous split-screen UI. Both playlists and folder view are supported.

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The Music app

The Now playing screen, even though it's got a new skin, gives you the usual options. The music player will also try to find the lyrics for the song you're listening to.

Automatic playlists can be generated with the Music Square feature, which categorizes songs by tempo (calm-exciting) and mood (passionate-joyful). The mood axis can be changed to years instead, if you want a playlist of classics or new hits.

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Now Playing • Music square

The music player supports a variety of codecs (including FLAC) and Samsung has implemented several audio-enhancement features. The equalizer presets (called SoundAlive) are cleverly organized into a square similar to the Music Square. The presets balance between Treble and Bass, Vocals and Instrumental. You can also just tap the Auto toggle or enable a Tube amp effect.

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Audio settings

The advanced view of the equalizer gives you a proper seven band equalizer you can tune manually and enable additional effects like 3D, Bass and Clarity.

Audio features don't end here. Smart sound will keep the sound level between tracks, while Adapt sound tests the performance of your headphones and tunes the equalizer based on that.

No DivX and AC3 codecs for the video player

The video player found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 features a UI similar to the music player, unfortunately, the video codec support is quite patchy.

Many videos we tried resulted in an "audio codec not supported" message and even some basic video codecs don't work (i.e. DivX). MKV, AVI (XviD) and MP4 videos do play, but anything beyond MP3 or AAC sound is no-go.

The video player has three tabs - Personal, Downloads and Nearby devices - complete with a search field. The available videos show up as a grid of animated thumbnails, but list and folder view are also available. A nice option lets you pull out a list of videos on the left, somewhat similar to the gallery app (but no folders are visible here).

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The Video player

You can change the zoom mode (100% or fit to screen with and without affecting the video's aspect ratio) and there's a pinch zoom too, in case you want to get close up on a specific part of the action.

The same SoundAlive audio-enhancing technology from the music player is available here too. There are additional settings for the brightness, playback speed and feeding the audio through Bluetooth (if you have wireless speakers).

The video player supports Multi Window but there's also Pop Up Play, which puts the video in a floating window, which is visible throughout the user interface. It can be moved and resized.

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Pop up play

If subtitles are available, the video player will automatically find and load them. You can also manually load subtitles, if the video and subtitle file names don't match.

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Video options and subtitle selection • chapter preview

Excellently clean audio output

Unsurprisingly given the record of recent Samsung tablets, the Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 delivered a great performance in our audio output test. With clean output in both parts of the test and decent if unspectacular volume levels the slate will leave few audiophiles wanting for more.

Not even plugging in our pair of headphones managed to bring the output down - it mostly had effect on the stereo crosstalk and even there the increase wasn't too dramatic.

Check out the table and see for yourself.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1+0.02, -0.08-93.292.60.00220.011-94.4
Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.13-93.592.30.0300.049-66.9
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition+0.01, -0.04-95.590.60.0150.016-97.3
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (headphones attached)+0.01, -0.05-95.290.50.00860.043-70.1
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2+0.04, -0.01-95.190.90.00280.0085-92.4
Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.04-95.190.90.0130.041-65.1
Sony Xperia Tablet Z+0.11, -0.10-87.089.20.0330.030-87.8
Sony Xperia Tablet Z (headphones attached)+0.21, -0.36-86.688.80.1140.233-45.4
Apple iPad 4+0.04, -0.00-85.785.70.00190.0017-85.2
Apple iPad 4 (headphones attached)+0.00, -0.07-85.785.60.00270.093-81.0
Google Nexus 10+0.03, -0.04-82.382.20.0110.022-81.4
Google Nexus 10 (headphones attached)+0.09, -0.24-82.782.70.0670.204-77.9

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1 frequency response

You can learn more about the whole testing process here.

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