After US Cellular’s announcement earlier this year that it would be rolling out its in 4G LTE network starting in March, I was interested to see what devices would also be introduced in conjunction with the new network.
US Cellular chose the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 as its first 4G LTE device. The Galaxy line from Samsung has been a hit for several other carriers, including Verizon and AT&T, so it’s a safe move for US Cellular to bring the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to its customers. On the other hand though, some devices on this line have already been on the market for the last six months and, with the Apple’s new iPad out as well, customers may be looking for something new.
The Galaxy Tab’s 10.1-inch screen is similar in size as other tablets including the new iPad and HTC Jetstream. Users concerned about size and bulkiness shouldn’t worry; I found the Galaxy Tab to fit easily into my bag without adding a noticeable amount of weight or bulk. My only grievance with the design of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the power button on the side that’s easy to hit. There were a few times while watching a video I would accidently hit the power button and shut down the tablet. However, I’m sure this problem can be easily avoided with regular use.
With the 4G LTE network, I was expecting the Galaxy Tab to make smooth transitions, have little video buffering and speedy downloads. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. Transitioning from applications to web browsing was a breeze. If you’re anxious to upgrade your current device to 4G LTE, I would definitely suggest checking out the Galaxy Tab. While the tablet currently runs Android’s Honeycomb software, I’m hoping that an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich will become available to users in the near future.
If you’re interested in picking up a new tablet, check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 for $399 after $100 rebate and a two-year agreement.