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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) review

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6.7/10
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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Samsung has definitely established itself as a great name in the world of Android, so you can expect to hear plenty of good stuff about its Galaxy range of tablets. Among these is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi, a non-3G device that comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed right out of the box. In terms of build quality and overall design, it may not be exceptional, but that doesn’t mean it lacks features that would make it very attractive for those looking to buy a new tablet computer.

For starters, there’s a 1GHz dual-core processor onboard along with 1GB of RAM, which should allow users to breeze through most apps in Android quite easily. Other niceties include dual cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB connectivity, support for microSD card slots, and a 7000 mAh battery. The bit about the battery is quite good, as many other tablets in the market come with batteries that have much lower capacity.

With the combination of hardware and software features that it has, it’s easy to see how this tablet deserves some consideration. However, it should be noted that since connecting to the Internet is only possible through Wi-Fi, users who aim to be online all the time will be severely limited. For those who are really serious about always-on connectivity, there’s always the 3G version.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi

1. 10-inch form factor gives plenty of room for movie watching and Web browsing. (The Good)

2. Battery life is good compared with certain other 10-inch tablets. (The Good)

3. Build quality and design could be improved greatly with the use better materials. (The Bad)

4. Does not come with the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Inquirer

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a decent tablet for those looking for an affordable Android device. There's a decent screen, it has intuitive software, and although it's not the nippiest tablet available on the market, this shouldn't be a problem for the average consumer. However, this is by no mea...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
Tech Advisor

A year ago we liked the Tab 10.1, and for the second generation the hardware specs remain broadly the same, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a much better operating system. All for £100 cheaper than it was. We love the bright screen, and adding SD support and 1080p video capture are both improv...

- Matt Ega, Tech Advisor
Pocket-lint

There's no doubt at all that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is very capable indeed. The screen is clear, bright and has great viewing angles, although it lacks that super-high resolution that's all the rage these days.Perhaps best of all though, is the price. Samsung hates the idea that people think it is a...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
Android Tablet Blog

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is still...

- James A., Android Tablet Blog
Tablet News

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is...

- James A., Tablet News


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean) operating system (OS).

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 83 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Specs

Overview
Release date May 26, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (Update Available: 4.1.1 Jelly Bean)

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Secondary OS No
Processor Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 83 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.5 x 25.7 x 1.0 cm (6.9 x 10.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 581 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1280 x 800 pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Exposure Value, Scene Mode, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P5113, Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi

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The Inquirer

An affordable Android tablet, but some performance lag

from The Inquirer

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a decent tablet for those looking for an affordable Android device. There's a decent screen, it has intuitive software, and although it's not the nippiest tablet available on the market, this shouldn't be a problem for the average consumer. However, this is by no...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a decent tablet for those looking for an affordable Android device. There's a decent screen, it has intuitive software, and although it's not the nippiest tablet available on the market, this shouldn't be a problem for the average consumer. However, this is by no means the device for those looking for a top-end Android tablet. Although the two tablets look nearly identical, we'd recommend checking out the Galaxy Note 10.1 instead, which proved much faster, more more creative and better suited to those who want a tablet that can compete with the new Apple Ipad.

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Tech Advisor

Offers Ice Cream Sandwich at a much lower price that its predecessor

from Tech Advisor

A year ago we liked the Tab 10.1, and for the second generation the hardware specs remain broadly the same, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a much better operating system. All for £100 cheaper than it was. We love the bright screen, and adding SD support and 1080p video capture are both im...More

A year ago we liked the Tab 10.1, and for the second generation the hardware specs remain broadly the same, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a much better operating system. All for £100 cheaper than it was. We love the bright screen, and adding SD support and 1080p video capture are both improvements. The problem is the competition: the Nexus 7 in particular has changed the game for Android tablets, and is a little more than half the price of the Tab.

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Pocket-lint

Great video support, superb battery, screen is better than the spec suggests

from Pocket-lint

There's no doubt at all that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is very capable indeed. The screen is clear, bright and has great viewing angles, although it lacks that super-high resolution that's all the rage these days.

Perhaps best of all though, is the price. Samsung hates the idea that people think it is a budget brand. It sees itself as producing equipment equal in quality to that of Sony and Panasonic. And that might be true, but the firm can't deny that it makes things that are sensibly priced too. And this is true of the 10.1 more than anything in recent history. The £300 asking price is impressive for a tablet this capable, and while it lacks 3G there's more than enough here to make this tablet a worthy addition to your electronics collection....

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There's no doubt at all that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is very capable indeed. The screen is clear, bright and has great viewing angles, although it lacks that super-high resolution that's all the rage these days.

Perhaps best of all though, is the price. Samsung hates the idea that people think it is a budget brand. It sees itself as producing equipment equal in quality to that of Sony and Panasonic. And that might be true, but the firm can't deny that it makes things that are sensibly priced too. And this is true of the 10.1 more than anything in recent history. The £300 asking price is impressive for a tablet this capable, and while it lacks 3G there's more than enough here to make this tablet a worthy addition to your electronics collection.

Video playback is exceptional, and the web browsing experience is great too. So if you're someone who uses a tablet to browse, and watch video, then we would suggest that the Tab 2 is a great choice for you.

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Android Tablet Blog

The price is still a bit high for what this model offers

from Android Tablet Blog

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is...More

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is still a bit high for what this model offers, plus the CPU and display are old by today’s standards, especially the resolution.

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Tablet News

The battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant

from Tablet News

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price...More

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is still a bit high for what this model offers, plus the CPU and display are old by today’s standards, especially the resolution.

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TabletPCReview

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has 2011 specs, but a great design makes it a decent mid-range addition to Samsung's tablet lineup

from TabletPCReview

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a modest update to what was a great tablet in 2011, making it a good tablet in 2012. Unquestionably, the new iPad is a better overall device even if I grant Samsung a slight edge in the build and design category, thanks to the iPad's Retina Display, 2GB of RAM, and quad-core GPU. I would also recommend any quad-core Android tablet, like the Acer A510, over the Tab 2....

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The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a modest update to what was a great tablet in 2011, making it a good tablet in 2012. Unquestionably, the new iPad is a better overall device even if I grant Samsung a slight edge in the build and design category, thanks to the iPad's Retina Display, 2GB of RAM, and quad-core GPU. I would also recommend any quad-core Android tablet, like the Acer A510, over the Tab 2.

But that's an unfair comparison as the Tab 2 10.1 is a less expensive device. A proper comparison can be made between the $400 iPad 2 (16GB, Wi-Fi) and the $400 (at launch) Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (16GB, Wi-Fi), however. The Tab 2 again has the edge in build and design, as well as display quality, though it's a close call. The Tab 2 has expandable memory via microSD, and if you have a Samsung HDTV, streaming content from the tablet is simple and effective. The IR blaster is also a bonus feature not found on the iPad 2.

Even though the Tab 2 has better speaker placement, the iPad 2 outputs better overall sound, and iOS iPad apps very often look much better than their Android tablet counterparts. In terms of app selection, iOS has a slight but dwindling advantage in high-end applications, and much better games, hands down.

The rest of the debate centers on iOS vs Android. Apple iOS is simple, clean, and easy to use. Google Android is open and heavily customizable with fun widgets and various input methods. If you own a Mac and are a heavy iTunes user tied into iCloud, then get an iPad. If you prefer Google Drive and Google Music, then take a look at a Galaxy Tab 2. Before settling on the Tab 2 10.1 though, take a look at the $250 Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It offers essentially the same experience in a smaller and less expensive package.

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Digital Trends

It’s not overly expensive, but it’s also not a deal

from Digital Trends

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not a bad tablet, but it’s also almost identical, and in some ways inferior, to last year’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. At $400 it’s not overly expensive, but it’s also not a deal. You can likely find the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 for less money by now. Also, for $400...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not a bad tablet, but it’s also almost identical, and in some ways inferior, to last year’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. At $400 it’s not overly expensive, but it’s also not a deal. You can likely find the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 for less money by now. Also, for $400, you can still afford an iPad 2 and a number of other good, if not superior tablets. We were really hoping for a price between $250 and $300, but Samsung seems determined to keep its prices high.

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PhoneArena

Great battery life, solid construction, but sluggish overall performance

from PhoneArena

Reminiscing about the experience we had with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from last year, we’re a bit saddened in a way that this successor is undeniably lacking the same level of love and attraction. Compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) doesn’t innovate in any way with...More

Reminiscing about the experience we had with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from last year, we’re a bit saddened in a way that this successor is undeniably lacking the same level of love and attraction. Compared to its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) doesn’t innovate in any way with its ho-hum specs sheets, but then again, Sammy has opted to make this line as its affordable offering – though, at $50 less ($450), it’s not particularly deemed as something super affordable compared to other thing. Instead, if you prefer to save even more money, without compromising features, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a better buy at $250. Overall, we can honestly say that this is a step backwards in the wrong direction, as it seemingly doesn’t have enough of the goods to compete viably in this market.

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Mashable

Solid performer and bright widescreen display

from Mashable

If you’re in the market for a tablet, you could do a lot worse than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. It’s a solid performer, and the bright widescreen display is tailor-made for things like watching HD video. But until app developers rise to the challenge of fully supporting Android tablets —...More

If you’re in the market for a tablet, you could do a lot worse than the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. It’s a solid performer, and the bright widescreen display is tailor-made for things like watching HD video. But until app developers rise to the challenge of fully supporting Android tablets — and Google gets its fragmentation problem under control — tablets such as the Tab 2 will never make enough noise to be heard over the stampede of customers trampling their way toward the nearest Apple Store.

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Business Insider

Comfortable in your hands, nice graphic, Adobe flash support

from Business Insider

Let's get this out of the way first, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not an iPad, but it's certainly on par with the iPad 2. If you're considering an iPad 2 take the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for a test drive and see how you like it first.

If you want an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will give you one of the best experiences out there. Ice Cream Sandwich is packed with a ton of customizable features and options that allow you to truly make it unique and personal....

More

Let's get this out of the way first, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not an iPad, but it's certainly on par with the iPad 2. If you're considering an iPad 2 take the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 for a test drive and see how you like it first.

If you want an Android tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will give you one of the best experiences out there. Ice Cream Sandwich is packed with a ton of customizable features and options that allow you to truly make it unique and personal.

My entire experience was smooth and I didn't encounter any software glitches or hangups. I did have a bit of trouble when using the GPS because it took forever for the device to locate me. But that's the extent of issues I had.

I think this is a very formidable tablet packed with first-class features and the friendly price of $399 certainly makes it worth you consideration.

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