Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 gets good design and comes with powerful speakers. The screen is very responsive and bright. The device runs the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The device offers microSD card support and provides good movie playback.
The tablet seems to be overpriced as per the features and specs provided. More powerful devices with 4.0 ICS OS are available at same price. Dual core CPU sometimes lags in large 1080p movies. Screen color accuracy is not high like the earlier model Tab 10.1. 3G connectivity is missing. 16 GB internal storage is provided. Cameras stand in average category.
The popular Samsung Galaxy Tab has been improved with better design and reboot for 2012. This device is christened as Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This successor comes with the latest Android 4.0 operating system that has potential to challenge the iPad from every aspect. Some points are really good to consider and some are just disappointing that needed to be filled. Tab 2 was launched alongside Galaxy Note 10.1 smartphone due to which a lot of confusions have been found. In fact, Note was hyped as a tablet or a smartphone to grab most of the attention in the market. The smartphone stand in premium level, especially its unique S-Pen Stylus was very impressive. Leaving apart all these points, Tab 2 10.1 is a 16 GB inbuilt and Wi-Fi only device that has been priced for Rs. 32,990. Read full Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review to know more about this device.
Design and Display
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a bit heavier and svelte than its predecessor Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. This new version still gets plastic backside, but now it has retained a little different look where you can find titanium silver color on the body.
This tablet will make you feel comfortable in hands. However, while holding and typing, you may feel a bit uncomfortable. The wider size of this device could make you feel a little awkward. The device holds bezel and the edges could be a little annoying. If you hold this device in landscape view, the top edge of Tab 2 can be found seating five different features which are power button, a volume rocker, IR blaster, 32 GB microSD card slot, and a headset port. Despite this, the device also gets two 2-inch speakers that stretch upright the left and right side of the bezel. At the bottom of the edge, you will find a dock connector and a microphone pinhole. The device features 2 megapixel VGA front facing camera that is useful for video conferencing and video calling. Moreover, a primary 3 megapixel rear camera is also provided along with LED light support that improves the quality and brightness of images if taken in dark condition.
Users will be disappointed due to the lack of HDMI support. So, if you want HDMI on your device then you need to buy an additional accessory to connect Tab 2 with an HDTV. As far as the design is concerned, Tab 2 is not dramatically designed and come in two-toned black and grey colored device. The display sports 10.1 inch 1280 by 800 LCD screen. The display boasts 16M color and features display type of PLS TFT capacitive with WXGA touchscreen. Furthermore, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. The display features TouchWiz UX user interface.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 measures 256.6 mm by 175.3 mm by 9.7 mm in dimensions and weighs 588 gram. At least, one good thing about this plastic body is that the device becomes a little lighter in weight where the metal body would have increased the weight. Now, the device is lighter in weight as compared to its rivals Acer, Asus and iPad. However, Toshiba wins the game with 558 grams.
Connectivity and Performance
Tab 2 10.1 accommodates a 1 GHz dual core OMAP 4430 processor with 1 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory storage. This device supports Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS, gyroscope, digital compass support, and accelerometer.
Most of the 10 inch tablets run 1280 by 800 pixels resolution videos which are not something different for this device. Tab 2 comes with PLS based panel, but clarity can be found on the screen with good color, even though the colors aren’t impressive at certain point of time in high level. Just like the Tab 2 7.0, the Tab 2 10.1 boasts slightly green colored screen and appears washed out. While swiping through the screen or while navigating through the menus, you will find the screen matching the sensitivity of most of the Android screens that are very responsive like its rival Transformer Pad TF300. The apps do not take time to launch and the menu for settings immediately appears after tapping them.
Despite this, the web and app downloading speeds match the high end Android tablets. Scrolling through websites will give you smooth and comfortable experiences. Tab 2 comes with OMAP 4430 CPU, so you get smooth frame rates, but not that smooth like the Tegra 3-based tablets provide. If you play games on 2D like Angry Birds Space, you will not experience any lag in performance.
The front facing VGA camera and the 3 megapixel rear camera are very good features that Samsung has provided to its enthusiasts. Now, users can click good images through the 3MP camera which is supported well by a LED Flash. 720p video playback can be done with 30 frames per second through this camera where you will get smooth and crisp images. If you increase the ISO rate and use 1080p files, you may find bit blurriness. Apart from this, the tablet comes with GPRS/EDGE support, quad band HSPA 3G network.
Considering the battery of this device, it drained very quickly in normal use. Tab 2 10.1 houses a powerful standard Li-Polymer 7000 mAh battery. So, you can still get good experience and long run as compared to those 2000-3000 mAh high-end devices. Samsung has promised that this device will give you a straight run for up to 10 hours in talktime and up to 2000 hours in stand-by.
Even though Samsung has gained a huge fan list for its devices, especially aTouchwiz interface of Samsung, users might dislike few of the features that lack. This 10.1 inch device come equipped with an IR blaster and two good quality speakers. However, the price is still expensive that make this device stand in premium quality category. On the other than, the specs are not something to chase for. If it is the latest Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, there are many other low cost tablets offered with good specs. The dual core device only comes in 16 GB built-in version that users might dislike. Compared to Asus Transformer Pad TF300, Tab 2 stands low. TF300 also features 32 GB storage, microHDMI and high quality rear camera that features 2048×1536 pixels and geotagging.
In this competitive market, Samsung Tab 2 10.1 is overpriced, but lack some of the important features. The performance is also average and cannot challenge some of its rivals. One good thing is the IR blasters, but this cannot be compared with the missing quad core power and HDMI. The larger speaker provides amazingly loud sound, but does not provide that best quality sound like most other tablets provide. The performance increases due to the dual core 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Unlike other tablets, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 also provides voice calling options which are not provided on all the devices. V3.0 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi with dual band, Wi-Fi Direct and Wi-Fi hotspot, USB host, HDMI TV-Out that comes as adapter and will be available for extra money, 3.5 mm headset jack, Adobe Flash 11 support, GPS with A-GPS support and digital compass, and Polaris office document editor (pre-installed) are some of the features that improve the standard of this tablet.