Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
TouchWiz over Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the name of the game on the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), and to tell you the truth, it hasn’t changed much from the prototype unit we checked out not too long ago. Peering over the interface, it isn’t a dramatic change from the TouchWiz UX experience found on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from last year. Specifically, we can tap on the arrow icon on the bottom center of the UI to access the Mini Apps Tray from before – where we’re able to layer apps like the Calculator, Task Manager, World Clock, Calendar, and much more. Certainly, it’s nice having access to them at any time, but not all of the apps are practical. Aside from that, it boasts the same amount of lovable personalization found with any other Android device out there.
Normally, 10.1-inch tablets tend to provide a suitable typing experience for us, but with Samsung’s updated layout, it’s not the most optimal thing due to its cramped layout. To tell you the truth, the landscape option requires more caution, but with the portrait one, it’s easier to handle because our thumbs easily encompass the layout. Alternatively, there’s a handwriting recognition option for those who prefer writing things out by hand – or in this case, by finger.
email experience that we’re so used to seeing on other devices. Both the standard Email and Gmail apps function the same, as they rely on a two-panel interface to provide us with easy organization. With setup, it’s effortless and simply requires our email address and password.
Surprisingly enough, there aren’t as many third party apps preloaded with the tablet when compared to other things, but nevertheless, the few on here include AllShare, Amazon Kindle, ChatON, Next Issue, Polaris Office, and the Peel Smart Remote app. With the latter, we’ve seen it already on other Samsung Tabs, as we find it especially rewarding in turning it into a fully immersive universal remote.
Processor and Memory:
Gone is the dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, and instead, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) is powered by a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 CPU with 1GB of RAM. In an age where quad-cores show their finesse, the dual-core in this one simply goes to show off its age. In fact, it exhibits some noticeable bouts of slowdown, lag, and delays with some of its operations – and it’s evident with processor intensive tasks such as activating a live wallpaper. Heck, our keen eyes are also able to recognize a slower rate of performance with a static wallpaper even. Of course, the benchmark results confirm our experience, as they’re clearly lagging from the big contenders in the market.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)||2711||4995||18.7|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1||2341||5167||20.6|
|Asus Trasnsformer Pad 300||3872||9551||47.1|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)||2750||5144||30.2|
With the base $450 priced model of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), you get 16GB of storage, which actually breaks down to 11.87GB out of the box. Luckily, it can be supplemented thanks to the microSD card that it’s boasting.
Internet and Connectivity:
Surfing the web is such a pleasure on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), mainly because it’s able to handle all operations without much fluff. Even with Flash heavy sites, it’s able to readily maintain a high level of performance with its navigational controls – such as smooth kinetic scrolling and pinch zooming. And with our Wi-Fi connection, it’s able to quickly and properly render our site to its entirety.
Although this particular model lacks cellular connectivity, we’ll most certainly see it available with other variants. Specifically, this version features aGPS, Bluetooth 3.0, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi.
1. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
- Uninspiring design?
What do you expect from a tablet?
It's thin and lightweight, what do you want more ?!?
- Shoots terrible photos & videos?
It's a damn tablet, put more importance on the front facing camera that is the only camera that SHOULD have quality in a tablet !
- Sluggish overall performance
Little disapponted by this, it's not the best that you cant find in the market, but it does the job.
- Stereo speakers and audio quality should be in the PROS.
3. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I think that you won't rate the front facing camera until Apple will give to its iPads a decent one... totally unfair
20. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)
He is right
I own the previous tab and it it's not really fast
Not a really good tab
It works but not very well
2. theoak (Posts: 320; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)
From the Conclusion:
"... we can honestly say that this is a step backwards in the wrong direction .. "
Would this not then be a step in the right direction??? ;)
4. bubbadoes (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 May 2012)
6.5 review...what a slap in the face to the #1 smartphone maker in the world...I am still trying to figure out how they assumed that title also...because I have never been impressed with none of the phones Samsung makes...especially SIGNAL strength.
7. jamrockjones (Posts: 345; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)
I agree, the specs on the device are way outdated... My friend just purchased one and it's completely sluggish. My Acer Iconia A500 that came out almost a year ago performs better than this tablet. I think Samsung really needs to step up in this category.
9. lpratas (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
Galaxy S III 9.3 review. Take this slap too. Do you like it or not?
13. bubbadoes (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 May 2012)
SG1, 2 or 3..none of them have a decent signal!! So what's the point of a 9.3...and the ratings come from PA, not actual users. Look at the Nexus on VW...after massive updates that phone still can't stay connected to LTE or have a decent 3G signal...
17. PackMan (Posts: 277; Member since: 09 Mar 2012)
They all have better signal than an iPhone by the way.
31. pilot91 (Posts: 1; Member since: 26 Jan 2013)
Actually, as an iPhone tech who happens to own an s3, the s3 does get better reception than the i5. Both on sprint (not my smartest decision) the s3 had 1 bar more than the i5, both had the same at my house, however gs3 had 1 more bar in my bathroom. Ill tell you why. Gs3 is made from mostly plastic ( i know you iphone people hate plastic, but it doesn't interrupt signal ) while the back of the iPhone is metal.
22. TimTebow (Posts: 70; Member since: 14 Feb 2012)
Just cause you are #1 does not make every product great.
Nokia was #1 for a long time too.....
What's the point of this tablet? Score is probably spot on.
5. bubbadoes (Posts: 348; Member since: 03 May 2012)
Fire Sale! in two months. Only Asus is the closest to challenging Apple in the tablet market...All others are just repeats of the same thing over and over....This new tablet by Samsung is the same version as last years model with only a few cosmetic changes (speaker layout)
11. lpratas (Posts: 103; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)
We will see in the Galaxy Note 10.1. You will take another slap in the face without the hand.
18. mrochester (unregistered)
I thought it was only Amazon who were close to challenging Apple in the tablet market? Although thinking about it, that might just be in the US.
23. Hemlocke (unregistered)
I'm not sure that ASUS is anything to the iPad, although it IS the nicest Android tablet. The 2,000 sales figure in the Oracle trial really casts Android tablets as poor competitors, and even the Fire has completely dropped off a cliff since the holiday season.
6. android1234 (Posts: 106; Member since: 09 Feb 2010)
Wrong pricing. This tablet shold have been marketed at $349.99. The Asus Pad 300 has a Tegra 3 quadcore processor, and overall better features and design at a better price of $379.99.
12. sorcio46 (Posts: 407; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
That is true, better Asus Pad 300 even with 100$ dollars of difference.
8. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
"...this is a step backwards in the wrong direction..."
Does this mean it's a step forward in the right direction?
10. AppleConspiracy (Posts: 636; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Only now I see theoak's same comment above. Sorry.
14. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)
samsung just can't get the tablet right.
fix it with the Note 10.1 or whatever it is you have with the 2560x1440 Exynos 5 with the new GPU if you want tablet sales! show me another series, the tab and note series looks crowded to start with.
15. Iphone4 (unregistered)
I don’t have tablet and I don’t want either as reader of phone arena that tell me Ipad is the king of tablet. after all that time still no one can touch the ipad. Hard to believe this. ipad 3 is cheaper then that let alone ipad 2
16. downphoenix (Posts: 2378; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)
This is just overpriced. For $50 more you can get a damn Transformer Prime or New Ipad, which blow this thing away. $350 would be the most this should go for (and I would imagine that it will be going for that soon enough).
19. CeluGeek (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
The price is $400, not $450. I've had the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 for 10 days and it is a great tablet for the price you pay. Not sure the same can be said about the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 but I'll see because I just bought one and will be delivered this Friday -- my mom will get a belated Mother's Day gift as I'm giving her the 7.0 tablet.
25. VinoJeff (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 May 2012)
I bought the new 10.1 tab 2, and I absolutely love it. I've been wanting a tablet for over a year. I could do easy internet stuff like twitter, facebook, surfing, and listening to internet radio, podcasts, and music that was smaller and more mobile then my laptop. And also i like play HD game with this gadget and run smoothly. Music sounds great. YouTube is cool to watch. Its nice to review my photos on a lightweight screen while sitting in bed.The display is bright and crisp, text is very easy to read even when I have screen brightness all the way turned down. There is nothing negative I have to say. This is THE tablet to have!
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26. biohazard (Posts: 2; Member since: 28 May 2012)
I am a huge Samsung fan (Sammy 24/7 every day all day) and I am extremely disappointed with this offering. In my honest opinion, it sure looks like Samsung threw Apple a bone on this offering perhaps in an attempt to resolve the international lawsuits Apple has against its smartphones. Its almost like Samsung told Apple "Drop your smartphone copyright infringement suit and we wont take you on in the tablet market".... Why else would Samsung roll out the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with specs so inferior to that of the latest Ipad? They have the technology to blow the ipad out of the water (if they wanted to), yet release this offering. This has the feel of a HP level mistake made here by Samsung.
My understanding is they make the display for the new ipad... So why not make a high resolution display for Galaxy Tab 2 10.1? Why not offer this product in 16 32 and 64gb versions? Why not build it with a HD front facing camera and a 8mp autofocus rear facing camera (found on most of Samsungs new phones)? What about the "NOTE" version Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 with stylus?
The only feature that has me interested is the ability to use the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 as a universal remote control. However, its not enough for me to run out and purchase Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.
I understand the price point battle that may have been a factor here. However, if they built it, with the specs I mentioned, and had to slap a $699 tag on it (wifi version)... I would have ponied up the loot and made a purchase.
Samsung has the technology. Samsung could have given the new ipad a real challenger and made the tablet wars interesting. I guess my inner conspiracy theorist smells a rat.
Samsung... Dont hold back. If you build it... We will purchase it.
27. CeluGeek (Posts: 2; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
The iPad killer you (and many reviewers) are expecting is indeed coming, but last time I heard it is to be called the Galaxy Note 10.1.
I wonder if Samsung has realized the mistake they made switching around product lines like this. I think the Galaxy Note 10.1 should've been released first because with the cravings for higher specs satisfied, bloggers and high-end users would've had an easier time understanding that Galaxy Tab 2 is a product line for entry-level and midrange devices instead of the natural expectation of Galaxy Tab 2 being a sequel to the original Galaxy Tabs.
28. cristianer (Posts: 41; Member since: 20 Aug 2010)
So guys. Should I buy this or the Xoom from 2011? I have the money to buy the New iPad but this one doesn't support Flash and I need it :-(
29. rhema2001bn (Posts: 1; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Bought the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 (GT2 10.1) and regretting it every minute.
Performance- The wireless comes and go as it like. The device says that it is connected wirelessly but once you try to go to the internet, it will not connect. The problem lies with the OS. The IP does not flush eventho its in dhcp mode making it difficult to connect if you have another device trying to connect wirelessly. You may end up with both devices not able to connect at all. Thats what happened to me when i tried to connect the GT2 and my ipod wirelessly. Dare not try the camera as more dissapointment will surface.
Sluggish. Sometimes will just blank out.
Price-Over the top.
Verdict:- can't wait to replace to another other than Samsung unless the OS update CAN FIX THE SILLY IP problem. Please reconsider before you BUY one.
30. kelvind13 (Posts: 2; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)
when is the galaxy tab 2 10.1 is getting jelly bean!!!!!!