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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was one of the premier Android tablets when it launched in 2011, with specs that, at the very least, matched top-tier Android tablets at the time. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 feels almost like a disappointing prequel, rather than a full-fledged "we've improved everything" sequel. Also, the asking price for the cellular versions -- both on and off contract -- is too high, given its offerings. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is both slightly heavier and a bit less svelte than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It still sports the same plastic backside, but now comes in titanium silver as opposed to white. The tablet feels comfortable in my hands, but it's a bit wide and feels awkward when trying to type and hold at the same time, even if you sport alienlike, Arsenio Hall-length fingers, like me. Also, the bezel isn't completely flush with the outer casing of the tablet, creating a slightly annoying edge. When held in landscape, the top edge of the tablet seats five features: from left, there's a power/sleep button, a volume rocker, a 32GB-capacity microSD slot, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is the rather wordy successor to the popular Galaxy Tab 10.1, an Android tablet which managed to challenge the iPad in almost every department, which are some pretty big shoes to fill.Unveiled by Samsung in February at MWC 2012, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was confusingly launched alongside the Galaxy Note 10.1 which sported a similar, if slightly more premium, look and a S-Pen stylus, something the former does not have.However unlike its blockbuster predecessor, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is only available with 16GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi only, priced at a reasonable 299 (around $470).The lack of a 3G model in the UK and larger storage capacities means that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 isn't as much of a contender to the new iPad as the original was to the iPad 2, with the middle to high end of the market more suited to its price.Where does this leave the Tab 2 10.1 one then? Well, rubbing shoulders with the likes of the Toshiba AT200, iPad 2, Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Acer Iconia Tab A200.Take one look at the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and you'll notice immediately that it's undergone a dramatic redesign from the original Galaxy Tab, as Samsung looks to distance its devices from Apple's iconic iPad – something which has landed the South Korean company in trouble before and seen the Galaxy Tab 10.1 taken off the shelves in some countries.
Ever since the launch of the iPad we have seen a slew of tablets that have tried to take on the big Apple and quite frankly, failed miserably at it. It was with the launch of Google's Honeycomb OS that Android tablets showed some potential and with the launch of Android 4.0 ICS, Android tablets finally started to make sense. We have also begun to see some budget tablets hit the streets that boat of decent hardware under the hood and an attractive price point of around Rs. 10,000. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is priced at the Rs. 20,000 mark which means that it offers features specifications and a build that goes beyond the budget devices and is aimed at the audience that doesn't want to drop a lot of cash on the iPad. But does the device make a place for itself in the tablet market or are you better off aspiring for an iPad? One look at the device and it has the build of a typical 7-inch tablet. It feels way better than any budget tablet that we have seen but doesn't have the classy feel of the iPad. The rear of the Galaxy Tab 2 has a grey plastic matte finish which is nice. It gives the device an elegant finish while making it a resistive to dust and fingerprints.
Samsung has already proved its tablet-making credentials by producing the Galaxy Tab 1, which was the best Android tablet on the market when it was released, combining a great user interface with some very neat design. Now Samsung has come up with the Galaxy Tab 2, which comes in two sizes. Here we're reviewing the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but there is also a seven-inch Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. So can the successor live up to the original? At first glance, the Tab 2 has the look of a very thin iPad, with its shiny front and back and the white border running around the 10.1-in display. But there are plenty of differences to set it apart from Apple's iconic device. For a start, the Tab 2 has a metallic look rim, which is where the two slim speaker strips are located. It does look a little odd next to the white gloss surface, but you don't notice it in use. The Galaxy Tab 2 is also built really well – it's got a sturdy feel about it, and feels like it can stand up to the odd knock here and there. That's good news, because it can be popped into a bag easily and is light enough to offer a comfortable user experience on long journeys.
The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was released side-by-side with the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which we reviewed a couple weeks ago. It is the sequel to last year's Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Samsung's primary weapon in its offensive against the iPad. This time around, the Korean high tech giant seems less inclined to attack its adversary from the front, or at least not with this latest product. As we see it, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is more of a threat to the iPad 2 (now dropped to £329) on the mid-range tablet market. So here we are, with a 10.1-inch tablet equipped with a 1 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM. In terms of raw power, nothing has changed since the first 10.1-inch tablet running a 1 GHz Samsung Exynos dual-core. As a reminder, the upcoming Galaxy Note 10.1 has the exact same design and a 1.4 GHz Exynos dual-core processor, with a touchscreen and stylus from Wacom. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a capacitive touchscreen made using PLS technology, Samsung's equivalent of IPS (wide viewing angles and great contrast), and 1280 x 800 pixel resolution.
Samsung's Galaxy Tab line continues to expand, with the latest additions coming in the form of the Galaxy Tab 2 Series. The Galaxy Tab 2 Series is available in 10.1-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes. While these second-generation models clearly borrow some design cues and other specifications from their predecessors, we were a bit surprised to find out that not a lot has changed from the first-generation models to the new Galaxy Tab 2 series, at least in terms of their internal components. In fact, many of the key specifications of the first-generation 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab match that of the second-generation Galaxy Tab 2: there's a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) display, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The biggest difference between the two 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs is price: The second-generation model costs $100 less than its older brother. The story for the 7.0-inch Galaxy Tab is much the same: similar specifications, but the second-generation model has a price tag that's $100 lower. One key advantage both of the new-generation Galaxy Tab 2 tablets offer is the fact that they run on Android 4.0.
I don't know why Samsung decided to call its new 10.1-inch Android tablet the Galaxy Tab 2. That moniker should have been reserved for a true next-generation Galaxy Tab, one with a quad-core chip and high-resolution or Super AMOLED Plus display. As it stands, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is only a modest update from the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was one of the better Android tablets released in 2011. That said, I understand why Samsung would want to release a device like the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. At $400, it's a modestly priced tablet, and TabletPCReview gave the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, itself a small update from the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a great review based largely on the fact it launched priced at $250. In addition, Apple dropped the price of the iPad 2 to $400, and this 10.1-inch Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablet gives Samsung a large-screen alternative to better compete with Apple. So let's find out if the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch can compete, and is in fact, a great tablet value.Build & DesignSamsung has some of the best-looking Android tablets on the market, and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1-inch is no exception. It's sleek, thin, and light. Samsung has once again turned to an all-plastic build, which I've lamented in the past, but am starting to appreciate having recently dropped my iPad 2.
This review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is based on the irreproachably authoritative opinions of Eric Franklin, from our estimable sister site CNET.com, who awarded it 3 stars. We'll be streaking the pristine glass of the Tab 2 with our Krispy Kreme-tainted digits soon enough. When we do, the score will be updated to reflect our own views. CNET UK's Luke Westaway got hands-on with the Tab 2 at Mobile World Congress in February, so his and Eric's views have been woven together here to give you an idea of what to expect when it lands in Blighty. The Tab 2 10.1 joins a lengthening line-up of Samsung tablets, following in the footsteps of the 7-inch Galaxy Tab, Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7. While the original 10.1-inch Tab was a premier Android device, joining the firmament of top Google-powered tablets, does its slender successor do enough to challenge the dominance of the new iPad? You can preorder the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from the likes of Expansys for around £420. The awkwardly named Tab 2 10.1 keeps the basic design of Samsung's previous tablets. The plastic backside is the same, but it now comes in a titanium silver finish rather than white. Luke thought those strips down the side looked rather classy, but added the plain silvery colour was hardly inspiring.
Samsung is changing its approach to tablets. Rather than compete at the highest end with the iPad or the Transformer Prime, Samsung's aiming for a happy medium: all the features we've come to expect from an Android tablet, without necessarily top-notch performance or specs, for an appealing price. The tactic worked really well with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, a $249.99 7-inch tablet that outpaces the Kindle Fire, Nook Tablet, or BlackBerry PlayBook. The bigger brother in the Tab 2 line is now upon us in the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Like the 7.0, it has solid but unspectacular specs (a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1280 x 800 TFT display, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, dual cameras), plus Android 4.0, all for a very reasonable $399.99. Of course, even at that price there's competition from the still-on-sale iPad 2, the Transformer Pad TF300, and a handful of others. Does the 10-inch Galaxy Tab 2 find the same balance its 7-inch sibling did, or is your $400 better spent elsewhere? Read on to find out. Hardware / design Whatever the reason for the new look of Samsung's tablets, it's clearly a good new direction for the company: The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a much more original-looking tablet than previous Galaxy Tabs, and it's an attractive one at that.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 somehow becomes larger than its predecessor while barely changing hardware at all, leaving potential buyers to scratch their heads on the necessity of an upgrade.In the last year, Samsung has released more tablets than you can shake a stick at. So many, in fact, that it has run out of sensible ways to name them all, leaving us with the new “Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.” No it's not the second Galaxy Tab, and it won't even be the only 10.1-inch Android tablet from Samsung this year. Pretty soon we'll have the Galaxy Note 10.1 to contend with as well. Strange name aside though, is the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 worth your time? Find out below. Samsung doesn't make a habit on delivering horribly uncomfortable and ugly products (though it definitely does from time to time), and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is another solid improvement in the design and feel of the Korean manufacturer's larger tablets. Compared to the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, it's about 1 mm thicker and weighs an extra ounce, but it definitely looks and feels like a better, more unique tablet. It's still encased in plastic, but now has a darker slate coloring to its shell.More importantly, this is one of the first tablets that has placed its speakers on the front so they, you know, face at you when you're watching something.
Samsung made it blatantly obvious last year that they would not be upstaged by the competition, as they seemingly redesigned the original Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 to be thinner than the iPad 2. Well folks, fast forward one year later to the present, and Sammy is back for round two with its successor in the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). Strangely, rather than concocting something bigger and more immense, they've decided to go towards the affordability route, as the tablet launches with a specs sheet similar to its predecessor – while boasting a $50 decrease in price to $450 for the base 16GB version. Will this new approach expand its reach?By now, we're all too familiar with Samsung's strategy of not being upstaged by the competition. However, with this successor model, its design is a wee bit uninspiring and underwhelming. Overall, it exhibits all of the characteristics of being a Samsung made device, as it sports a sturdy all-plastic build – while still regarded as being streamlined at 0.38” thick. No doubt, we applaud its slick and comfortable feel in the hand, but still, its design is not as aggressive when compared to other recent things like the Asus Transformer Prime.This time around, Samsung has repositioned its onto its left and right edges, which are also raised higher to not interfere with our hands while holding onto it.
This week we've gotten the next Galaxy Player family member in the house with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. What's that, you say? The Galaxy Tab 2 is a tablet and not a Galaxy Player? I beg to differ, ladies and gentlemen, as the Samsung world has done a big split in recent months, with no less than the Galaxy Tab 2 line heading in the direction of the media player while the Galaxy Note line (including the 10.1, for example) moves in the direction the Galaxy Tab 10.1 original started in back at Google I/O in 2011. Have a peek at what the Tab 2 line continues here in the 2 10.1 for the media world. This device works with a wide variety of Samsung applications made perfect for the Galaxy Tab 2 and Galaxy Player lineup including AllShare, Samsung Media Hub, and Peel smart remote. These applications allow you to control your media on a variety of players and alternate screens as well as share between devices with great ease. You'll find apps like ChatON popping up on the Galaxy S III as well, it made for Samsung devices to communicate between one another in a powerful way not unlike what BlackBerry did with their BB Messenger.
With the original Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung had a pretty good thing going: It was thin, lighter than the iPad 2, and had strong speakers. But technology never stands still, which is why Samsung added smart remote capability for controlling your TV, as well as a microSD card slot, all while lowering the price by $100. Now just $399 for the 16GB version, the Tab 2 10.1 is a definite improvement over the original, but has Samsung done enough to stay ahead of the Android competition?Click to EnlargeUnlike the Tab 2 7.0, which looks almost identical to its earlier iteration, the Tab 2 10.1 has a slightly different design. Most notable are the two silver speakers that flank the display when held in portrait mode. Their placement makes the Tab 2 a bit wider than the first (10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 inches, compared to 9.7 x 6.7 x 0.34 inches), but it means that you'll never have to worry about muffling sound if you have the tablet in your lap.Instead of the all-black aesthetic common to many touchscreen devices, we like the silver plastic back and gray plastic edges of the Tab 2 10.1.Like the New iPad, the Tab 2 10.1 is both thicker and heavier than the previous version (1.28 pounds, compared with 1.24 pounds), but the difference in both cases is minimal.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 was one of the premier Android tablets when it launched in 2011, with specs that, at the very least, matched top tier Android tablets at the time. Unfortunately, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 feels almost like a disappointing prequel, rather than a full-fledged “we’ve improved everything” sequel. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is both slightly heavier and a bit less svelte than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1. It still sports the same plastic backside, but now comes in titanium silver as opposed to white. Not quite as thin as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1, but you'd be hard-pressed to tell the difference. The tablet feels comfortable in my hands, but it's a bit wide and feels awkward when trying to type and hold at the same time, even if you sport alienlike Arsenio Hall-long fingers, like me. Also, the bezel isn’t completely flush with the outer casing of the tablet, creating a slightly annoying edge. When held in landscape, the top edge of the tablet seats five features: from left to right there’s a power/sleep button, a volume rocker, a 32GB capacity microSD slot, an IR blaster, and a headphone jack. In addition, two 2-inch-long speakers stretch vertically along the left and right bezel.
The question this second-generation Samsung tablet is trying to answer is not "How much better can it get?" The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 stops at how much. It feels safe pretending there's no such thing as a third-generation iPad. Under different circumstances, the second-generation Galaxy Tab 10.1 would've been a disappointment. It still is, in a way - especially if you expected a substantial upgrade of the original. This duty however falls on another member of the Samsung tablet lineup. The 10-inch Note is the one with the better specs and the S Pen adds an extra dimension to the tablet experience. And it certainly needs every bit of muscle and brains to stand up to the iPad 3. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has the seemingly easier job to compete with a discounted iPad 2. On a second thought, although not as much as everyone may've hoped, the actual upgrades over the original manage to make a difference. The voice-call support and the memory-card slot are most welcome. And of course, it comes with Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box. Samsung have not one but two tablets to inherit the original 10" Galaxy Tab.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) was announced without much fanfare at the MWC expo last month, and we even had a jolly hands-on time with it, as well as with its smaller sibling, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). It is coming as a slightly downgraded 10-incher from Samsung, for the sake of affordability, and we have a preview unit to check out in the office.Did the allegedly lower price tag than the Galaxy Tab 10.1 made Samsung's new tablet compromise with its hardware and design features? Read on our quick preview of the non-final unit to know roughly what to expect when it launches...The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) comes at 0.38” (9.7mm) - a wee bit thicker than the Galaxy Tab 10.1, but not by much and is still a very slim and easy to hold tablet. “Affordable” is not associated with premium materials as a principle, and the Tab 2 does indeed sport an all-plastic construction, which is, however, pretty sturdy in our prototype – no creases or squeaking sounds.The dark gray doesn't flex, and the tablet is surrounded by a faux-metal rim in a darker gray. The rounded corners and a small circle in the middle of the upper back for the without a flash complete a very typical Samsung slate design heritage.
The 10-inch form factor is the corridors of power in tablet terms, but the ones that won't turn your wallet inside out are hard to come by. In the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, Samsung seem to have a reasonably-spec'd Android tablet, which might be the answer to that particular problem. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 isn't a radical departure from the original Tab 10.1, but builds on the company's tablet know-how (they must have redesigned the original a dozen times) and launches with Google's latest Android version, Ice Cream Sandwich. Let's go over the specs before moving on. If you were expecting the Tab 2 10.1 to take charge of Samsung's Android tablet lineup, you'd probably be disappointed, but there's little to cast doubt on its ability to handle daily tasks with ease. Samsung have also enabled 1080p video recording (like in the Tab 2 7.0), but to us photography on a tablet shouldn't be a priority. Things like web browsing, watching videos, gaming and document editing are well within its reach, the only area where the Tab 2 10.1 is likely to fall short (besides synthetic benchmarks) is high-end gaming.
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