Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 - The Vastest GALAXY

12/6/2012 3:18:17 PM

Probing the stars and planets of Samsung's latest Tab

This voyage into the Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 has been a long awaited one. We've journeyed far and deep into the various other Samsung GALAXY Tabs, but the 10.1 is undoubtedly the largest, and therefore undoubtedly the most promising. We're more than ready to send our own Curiosity probes to do the probing.

Description: Probing the stars and planets of Samsung's latest Tab

Probing the stars and planets of Samsung's latest Tab

Design-wise, the Tab 2 10.1 looks very much different from its predecessor; subtleties that build up into a whole, diverse look. The most noticeable traits are the two speakers that sit like ears on both sides of the bezel. Plastic silver takes up most the casing, as opposed to its more rubbery predecessor. Overall, the build quality is solid; it feels tough, holds lightly and is slim enough for a snug fit into our bags.

The 10.1-inch screen is not a disappointment. There's much to love about its 1920 x 800 display, which not only manages good colour reproduction, but also provides crisp and bright images. The aforementioned ear-speakers also display loudly and clearly, which pretty much makes for a fine multimedia device. With expandable memory via microSD plus SIM card support, this is as featureful as it gets.

The Tab 2 10.1 supports Android 4.0 right out of the box, which is a great thing. The TouchWiz Ul is layered over it, which surprisingly doesn't drastically alter much of the user experience. The 1GHz dual-core processor won't be winning the strength contest medal, but it's sufficient to run the tablet smoothly enough.

Playing games, browsing the web and watching videos all work with minimal hitches here.

So where does the limits of the Tab 2 10.1 ends? Here, unfortunately. That is, to paraphrase, the Tab 2 10.1 doesn't exactly offer much more than a solid tablet experience. The Samsung-exclusive apps and features are welcoming, surely, but there's little here that shoots for the stars. Still, we can attest to solid battery life. The camera, unfortunately, isn't so well, taking grainy and washed-out pics.

Description: The silver casing looks good and feels tough, and the device is pretty portable.

The silver casing looks good and feels tough, and the device is pretty portable.


The Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 10.1 offers a solid Android tablet experience, boosted by its solid build, great display and audio, and good performances. It's not a tablet to shake the universe, but as a GALAXY, it's certainly the largest in heart and offer.


Price: $490




Bright, crisp display, Good performance, Loud audio, Android 4.0


Camera could be better



·         Operating System: Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

·         Processor: 1GHz Dual-Core processor

·         Frequency: HSDPA 2100 /1900 / 900 EDGE / GPRS / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

·         Screen: 10.1-inch WXGA TFT at 1920 x 800 resolutions

·         Connectivity: Bluetooth, USB2.0, Wi-Fi, microSD, 3.5mm audio

·         Others: 3.0-megapixels camera (rear), VGA (front)

·         Dimensions: 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm

·         Weight: 588g



·         Performance: 4/5

·         Features: 4/5

·         Design: 4/5

·         Value: 4/5


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