If you’ve already ordered your Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 then you’re probably going to want to protect that lovely 10.1-inch screen from getting all grubby and scratched. It’d be a good idea to consider then this Book Cover, the official case for the Tab 10.1 made by Samsung.
Available alongside the fetching Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Keyboard Dock, this neat Book Cover is a foldable case that doubles as a protective cover and has a kickstand/prop to allow for easier typing. The Book Cover is going for £40 right now, so it's not going to break the bank.
While it's not ruggedised (i.e. we don’t advise you chucking your Tab 10.1 down flights of stairs in this) the Book Cover certainly feels solid, reliable and chunky. It’ll certainly keep the Tab 10.1 free from scratches and mess when you lug it around in your bag.
The exterior of the case is made from textured plastic that feels solid and provides a bit of grip. There are holes cut into the case to allow the camera unit and 3.5mm jack to peep out.
The clasp features magnetic strips and doubles as a stand for when you want to either prop the Tab up for watching a video, or lie it flat on its back for doing a bit of typing.
All in all it’s a pretty decent accessory and a relatively inexpensive one at that. Click through to see the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 Book Cover from all angles.
The clasp is secured shut by magnets, so it won't suddenly open up in your bag when you're going about town.
Holes have been cut into the case allowing you to use the 3-megapixel main camera and listen to music through the headphone jack.
The underside of the Samsuing Galaxy Tab 10.1 Book Cover. You probably won't see much of it from this angle.
The clasp easily opens with a gentle tug and just as easily pops back into place. TO make the Tab stand up, simply fold it back on itself and pop the clasp/stand into that little horizontal groove.
A handy pictorial list of instructions on 'How to fold your Book Cover' has also been included.
Even without the kickstand in place you can still prop your Tab 10.1 up in other ways.
The Book Cover holds the Tab 10.1 snugly and securely. It's pretty hard to dislodge; removing the Tab takes a bit of gentle easing. Good to know that it won't fall out flat on its face when you're halfway through watching a movie or a YouTube clip.
The Book Cover propped up and ready to go.
Typing does feels a bit more natural in this arrangement. We still think that for longer journeys or longer working sessions we'd consider the Keyboard Dock. But for short bursts of activity on the train it should suffice.
When you've got the Book Cover open like this, the 30-pin connection is exposed. So you should be able to keep your Tab 10.1 charged on the go, if you're lucky enough to commute on trains that have mains sockets.
To get your Tab 10.1 out we found it easiest to come at it from the sides and gently prise it out.