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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 may be the thinnest, lightest 10 inch tablet around. But it’s certainly not the smallest Android tablet, not by a long shot. I got a chance to spend some quality time with the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the other day, but I brought along an HTC Flyer 7 inch tablet to see how the two little guys compare.
As you can see in the image above, the tablet with the 7 inch screen is smaller than the one with the 10 inch display. But you already knew that. The Flyer is also lighter, weighing around 0.9 pounds to the Tab’s 1.25 pounds. And it fits more comfortably in one hand.
That said, the Flyer is actually quit a bit thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

HTC Flyer and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
That picture is actually a little deceptive, since it shows the bottom edge of the HTC Flyer which is actually the thickest part of the tablet. But at 0.52 inches thick, the Flyer does look downright chunky next to the Galaxy Tab 10.1.

The HTC tablet is lighter, but it’s surprising that it’s not really that much lighter. While most 10 inch Android tablets weigh 1.5 pounds or more, the Galaxy Tab’s 1.25 pound weight makes it feel like a whole different class of device. But it still feels like a machine that’s meant to be held in two hands rather than one. The 10 inch widescreen tablet just feels off balance when you try to hold it in portrait mode like you would an eBook reader.

Another key difference between the Flyer and the Galaxy Tab is that the HTC tablet has a slot for a microSD card. You might not notice this at first, since you have to slide off a portion of the back cover to get at the microSD card slot. But that’s true of most Android smartphone as well.
I know you’re going to want to know which tablet is better, but that’s a tough question to answer. One is a 7 inch model with a 1024 x 600 pixel display, an optional digital pen, and Android 2.3 while the other is a 10.1 inch model with a 1280 x 800 pixel display, an advanced 3D graphics chip, and Android 3.1 Honeycomb. I suspect each will appeal to different people for different reasons.
I also haven’t really spent enough time with the Tab 10.1 to come to any real conclusions, but I should be getting a demo unit soon.

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