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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Wednesday 01 August 2012


Rating of 4

The basics

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a 10.1-inch tablet that weighs 588 grams. It is powered by the Android operating system, and a 1GHz dual-core processor. Features include up to 32GB (using micro SD card) of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos and recording HD video, and a 1.3-megapixel camera for video calls.

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The good

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 isn’t seen as one of the better tablets around for no good reason. It’s a very well built tablet with some nice design touches to make it stand out both on the outside and inside. One of the more thoughtful touches is the screenshot button, letting users snap a picture of a helpful, or memorable webpages. The design, too, is totally uncluttered, with no buttons to get in the way of its clean design. The ease of use extends to the latest Android 4.0 interface it comes shipped with, offering bright menus, with big icons, shortcuts to important features, and notifications for social networks.

A micro SD memory card slot comes in most handy, letting Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 expand the memory up to a roomy 32GB, giving ample room for music files, videos, documents, apps and games. As portable games become more graphic and power-intensive, they also get bigger in size, leaving less space to store them - so the extra storage is more than welcome. A necessity, even.

And running these games proves to be little problem for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Its 1GHz dual core processor is more than capable of running pretty much any game found on the Google Play application store. The same goes for the array of onboard apps, and those downloaded from the store.

Performance is almost always smooth throughout, with little sign of lag. The same goes for web browsing. Nestling on the sofa with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to browse the web is one of the pleasures of owning a tablet - one that continues to be a joy on the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.

The bad

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a great device, and one of the most well-rounded tablets available, but for sheer beauty, its display doesn’t quite have the shine of the new iPad’s Retina Display. Put the two next to each other and the difference becomes blindingly obvious.

That said, to criticise too much would be to nitpick. It can be said that nobody really needs a rear-facing camera on a tablet device. The camera here does not have a flash, making it usable only in well-lit conditions.

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The bottom line

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 remains one of the better tablets out there. It looks good, and offers great performance. For those looking for an iPad-alternative, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes well recommended.

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User comments (11)

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i have one of these tabs the only thing that it cant do is watch skygo or itv player i was told that skygo would operate on the galaxy tab 2 but it does not work yet on android 4.0 just 2.3

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I think it is really good with its dual core processes and has wicked apps

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harry hamilton

Just got one of these and they are definately an ipad killer. All the guys in our IT office wowwed about it except the apple owners. Think they might be a bit jealous at the low cost and amazing features . Well done Samsung! !!

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I love my Tab 2, most of the time I have it in the Car great battery life easy to use.

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debbie potter-turner

bought two of these for my children and they want to waych sky go but still unavailable i bought these for this reason so when is the sky go app available

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Steve Corcoran

I spoke to a Sky employee just after Xmas and complained about the fact Sky Go wasn't available on the Samsung 2. Although she said she couldn't give me a release date she did say it was coming very soon? And that they had received a lot of complaints. Sky pull your finger out please!

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I just recently bought this and I really like it, I love the apps it comes with free and the speed. The only bad thing with this tablet is the camera and the software updates take along tie to arrive both thru Kies and OTA (over the air).

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Sky should be ashamed of themselves not having skygo available for the tab2 10.1. Is it possibly that apple and sky are trying to lessen the appeal of this ipad beater by limiting its functionality. Sky should be aware of how many of the tabs have been sold recently and many of these tab2 users are sky customers who feel that they are being short changed and are consequently disillusioned with the service provided. Sky needs to get the finger out and put customer service first or they may find that tab2 owners start walking.

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Sharon Harrold

I too have just bought the galaxy tab 2 for my son who has special needs so he could watch the sports channel where ever we are as this is mostly the only thing that pacifies him on the say so that sky go was available. Am now very annoyed that I have wasted money.

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This Tab 2 seems ok so far but oneof main downsides cannot watch catch up tv or Demand 5 :(

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