Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

Not only does Samsung have another 10 inch tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, but along with Apple’s iPad, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has to contend with the inexpensive Google Nexus 7, other high-end Android tablets such as the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime, as well as a host of less expensive Android tabs. Is it up to the challenge?

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

Samsung galaxy tab 2 thickness

It’s a fast enough gadget, and we had no problems in terms of general interface, web browsing and even HD video playback. Waking up from standby takes perceptively longer than other tabs, as does opening and closing apps. It’s not a problem, but it does illustrate that this is a bargain device.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 in review is both slightly heavier and a bit less svelte than its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab. It still has the same plastic backside, but now comes in titanium silver as opposed to white.

The tablet feels comfortable in your hands, but it’s a bit wide and feels awkward when trying to type and hold at the same time, even if you sport alien-like fingers. Also, the finishing of the outer casing of the tablet isn’t designed with perfectly rounded corners, creating a slightly annoying edge.

The Galaxy tab 2 screen

Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1

The Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 screen is sharp with a good contrast ratio.

Although the pixel count may be lower than higher-cost rivals, the screen quality is excellent. Brilliant viewing angles mean the display is easy to read at any orientation, while bright whites, dark blacks and vibrant colours make the most of any content you’re viewing.

If you view the screen up-close you can see some pixelation occur, but usually you will not have to look at the tablet from such proximity. It’s also great for watching movies and general entertainment purposes, like games and internet browsing.

Samsung galaxy tab 2 storage space

Samsung galaxy tab 2 sd card

Galaxy tab 2 10.1’s memory can be extended using a simple SD card.

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is available with 16GB or 32GB of memory and you can add up-to 64GB more using a simple Micro SD card slot at the top of the tablet. Having this memory card slot means it’s cheaper to buy the 16GB model now and upgrade storage later. You can also buy a 3G model, which costs around $150 more for than the equivalent Wi-Fi model.

There are 10 inch Android tablets with higher-resolution screens and faster processors, but they’re more than $150 more expensive, making the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 a decent budget option if you want a large-screen tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review summary

Samsung galaxy tab 2 cover

The good: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a well-designed tablet with powerful speakers, a good camera for photos, and expandable storage.

The bad: The tablet can be slow responsive from time to time, its dual-core CPU has trouble running large 1080p movies smoothly, and its screen color accuracy isn’t as high as the previous Tab 10.1’s.

The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is not the best in performance, features, and value but compared with competing tablets, it is now a lot cheaper.