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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

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Call it a shocker, especially when we tend to see improvements with successive devices, but in this case, it’s a big step backwards. For starters, Samsung decided to keep the same 3.2-megapixel camera from before – albeit, it’s without auto-focus and an LED flash. With the results, they’re nothing pretty as the images appear simultaneously muddy and hazy – as details appear extremely soft in tone. Forget about using it indoors or under low lighting, seeing that we’re repulsed by the extravagant amount of graininess and noise ruining the shots.

Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Camera interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Samples taken with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

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Medium - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Low light - Indoor samples - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

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Moving onto video capture, there’s nothing wonderful to say since it’s only boasting 720p – as opposed to 1080p that many devices are offering. Seriously, the only thing going for it is the clear audio recording it’s able to cough up, but aside from that, everything else is downright unimpressive. Well, it specifically consists of soft details, a lot of artifacting when panning, and a constant trouble with looking over-exposed.

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Like a tape player set on repeat, the music player interface is nothing more than a rehash of what we’ve seen with TouchWiz for Honeycomb. No doubt functional at its core, its presentation is lacking the visual allure. As for its stereo speakers, they’re point enough to deliver some strong and robust tones without any hint of crackling.

The music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
The music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
The music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
The music player interface - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

As expected, the tablet fares well when it comes to playing high-definition videos, as it’s able to perfectly play our test video that’s encoded in DivX 1920 x 1080 resolution. Additionally, it has support for a wide array of codecs, like XviD, MPEG-4, and H.264, to ensure you’re covered with all your video watching needs.

Video player - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Video player - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review
Video player - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Review

For those with DLNA compatible devices in the home, you’ll be able to wirelessly stream local media content from the tablet thanks to the AllShare app. However, if you prefer a wired connection, you’ll need to purchase an additional accessory to gain a video-out function.

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PhoneArena rating:
6.5Good
Display10.1 inches, 1280 x 800 pixels (149 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual-core, 1000 MHz
1 GB RAM
Size10.10 x 6.90 x 0.38 inches
(256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm)
20.74 oz  (588 g)

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