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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) review

6.7/10 AVG.
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6.7/10
Informr score
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 19 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

Samsung has definitely established itself as a great name in the world of Android, so you can expect to hear plenty of good stuff about its Galaxy range of tablets. Among these is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi, a non-3G device that comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich installed right out of the box. In terms of build quality and overall design, it may not be exceptional, but that doesn’t mean it lacks features that would make it very attractive for those looking to buy a new tablet computer.

For starters, there’s a 1GHz dual-core processor onboard along with 1GB of RAM, which should allow users to breeze through most apps in Android quite easily. Other niceties include dual cameras, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS with A-GPS, microUSB connectivity, support for microSD card slots, and a 7000 mAh battery. The bit about the battery is quite good, as many other tablets in the market come with batteries that have much lower capacity.

With the combination of hardware and software features that it has, it’s easy to see how this tablet deserves some consideration. However, it should be noted that since connecting to the Internet is only possible through Wi-Fi, users who aim to be online all the time will be severely limited. For those who are really serious about always-on connectivity, there’s always the 3G version.

Need To Know: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi

1. 10-inch form factor gives plenty of room for movie watching and Web browsing. (The Good)

2. Battery life is good compared with certain other 10-inch tablets. (The Good)

3. Build quality and design could be improved greatly with the use better materials. (The Bad)

4. Does not come with the latest version of the Android software. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
10.1"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


The Inquirer

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a decent tablet for those looking for an affordable Android device. There's a decent screen, it has intuitive software, and although it's not the nippiest tablet available on the market, this shouldn't be a problem for the average consumer. However, this is by no mea...

- Carly Page, The Inquirer
Tech Advisor

A year ago we liked the Tab 10.1, and for the second generation the hardware specs remain broadly the same, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a much better operating system. All for £100 cheaper than it was. We love the bright screen, and adding SD support and 1080p video capture are both improv...

- Matt Ega, Tech Advisor
Pocket-lint

There's no doubt at all that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is very capable indeed. The screen is clear, bright and has great viewing angles, although it lacks that super-high resolution that's all the rage these days.Perhaps best of all though, is the price. Samsung hates the idea that people think it is a...

- Ian Morris, Pocket-lint
Android Tablet Blog

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is still...

- James A., Android Tablet Blog
Tablet News

On the pro side we’ve got the OS and UI, that are a good combo in this case and finally TouchWiz is not so bothersome as it was on the 2011 Galaxy Tabs. Also, the battery is pretty good, the camera is decent, the speakers are very good and the design is pleasant. On the cons side, the price is...

- James A., Tablet News


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Screen Size
10.1"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)'s screen size is 10.1 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a Dual-core 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
16/32 GB

Internal memory is 16/32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
7000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 7000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 83 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Specs

Overview
Release date May 26, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada
Mobile / Cellular Data
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSUPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

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Processor Dual-core 1 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 7000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 83 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.5 x 25.7 x 1.0 cm (6.9 x 10.1 x 0.4 in)
Weight 581 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 10.1 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization OTA
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Exposure Value, Scene Mode, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback No
Video Playback Formats No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, HTML, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P5113, Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi

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