Samsung Galaxy Tablet 2 (10.1) WiFi

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Android tablet with 10.1” screen

samsung_galexy_2_10Pros
Well-rounded in terms of performance
Medium priced
Excellent battery life

Cons
A step behind in terms of compatibility with the latest Android OS version
Samsung personalized, non-Google standard, user interface

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Product Description

Exynos 4 Dual Core 1.0GHz processor, 1280*800 resolution 10.1” Display, Android 4.1 OS, Ten-Point Capacitive Screen

Experience a variety of fun mobile entertainment in one convenient, interactive tablet PC that only weighs 1.28lbs. It features a large 10.1in touch screen that lets you easily navigate through the web, through its embedded applications, and many more. It even allows you to download games and other multimedia apps from thousands of selections from Google Play using an Android 4.0 platform and save them inside its 16GB expandable flash memory. For smooth interaction and operation, it runs with a Dual-Core 1GHz processor. Other features include Bluetooth capability, 3.0MP back camera, 0.3MP front camera, and a microSD slot.

Thinking of this tablet, the phrase “jack of all trades and master of none” comes to mind. The Galaxy Tab 2 is pretty good at everything, but not really great at much. The Galaxy Tab 2 has a nice screen and good responsiveness, but did not perform quite as well as the iPad or Nexus 10. It did well in the Hotbox and, in Inveneo’s test, showed significantly longer battery life than the other tablets. The processor is not as beefy as either the iPad or the Nexus 10, however it still is a fairly powerful unit.

It was a bit disappointing that Samsung decided to implement this tablet with its own front-end interface, called TouchWiz that does not provide much value to the user from the standard Android interface. The tablet also uses an unusual special USB cable to charge and connect to your PC, unlike the other Android tablets tested. Unfortunately, these cables are less likely to be found in developing countries.

Overall, the Galaxy Tab 2 is the middle of the pack in terms of quality and performance and its price reflects this.

Our recommendation is especially based on the following criteria:

Value Value
The Galaxy 2 is a jack of all trades that does almost everything well. This makes it a solid mid-tier tablet, available at a great price.
Value Performance
The Galaxy 2 offers good performance when compared with most tablets on the market. Expandable memory (uncommon in tablets) means there is room to grow.
Value Manufacturer Support
Samsung has a solid global presence, which means that equipment, and products are available worldwide. A 1-year warranty is standard.
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  1. Posted by Aaron Mason on July 22, 2013 in the categories: User Machine
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