Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

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 speakers onto its left and right edges, which are also raised higher to not interfere with our hands while holding onto it. And of course, there’s a front-facing VGA camera perched above the display ready for all our video chatting needs.

Looking around its sides, most of its buttons and ports are located on the top side of the tablet – these include the springy power button, volume control, microSD card slot, 3.5mm headset jack, and an IR blaster. With the latter, we’ve been seeing it incorporated with many of Samsung’s recent tablets, and we continue to enjoy seeing the tablet doubling as a universal remote. On the bottom edge, the only thing we find is the proprietary charging/data port and the microphone.

In the rear, Samsung has opted to keep the same sized 3.2-megapixel camera, but it’s sadly lacking auto-focus and an LED flash.


Now that we’ve been teased by some wicked tablet displays, we’re not overblown by the 10.1” WXGA (1280 x 800) Super PLS-LCD display of the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). Naturally, its 149 ppi pixel density might exhibit some pixilation here and there, but from a good distance away, it’s hardly noticeable. Furthermore, we’re still content by its robust color reproduction, good brightness output, and reasonable viewing angles. Unless you’ve been spoiled by some higher resolution tablet displays, you’ll find this one pleasing enough to look at, but if you’re on the opposite end, you might not be wowed.

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1. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 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: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 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: Sep 04, 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

24. GalaxyTeam

Posts: 1; Member since: May 20, 2012

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is great, trust me!

2. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 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: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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: Oct 26, 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: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Galaxy S III 9.3 review. Take this slap too. Do you like it or not?

13. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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: Mar 09, 2012

They all have better signal than an iPhone by the way.

21. paulyyd

Posts: 340; Member since: Jan 08, 2011

lol keep telling yourself that buddy

31. pilot91

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 26, 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: Feb 14, 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: 1225; Member since: May 03, 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: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 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: 203; Member since: Feb 09, 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: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

That is true, better Asus Pad 300 even with 100$ dollars of difference.

8. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 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: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Only now I see theoak's same comment above. Sorry.

14. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 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: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 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: Jan 04, 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: May 22, 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! If you want to buy one, just buy on amazon the cheapest and trusted merchant on the earth. Simply click this link :

26. biohazard

Posts: 2; Member since: May 28, 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: Jan 04, 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: 42; Member since: Aug 20, 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: Jul 11, 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.
Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
  • Display 10.1" 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 7000 mAh

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