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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 16GB


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  1. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

    Posted by Unknown on 26th Nov 2012


    Externally you'd be forgiven for thinking that it's merely a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 without a stylus. After all, both devices are roughly the same size and have the same case. It's no more attractive here and the silver-effect bezel still looks rather cheap. Inside, Samsung's two tablets differ slightly, with the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 having a slightly reduced specification, which helps keep its price far below that of the equivalent iPad model.

    Externally, it looks like the Galaxy Note 10.1, but inside there's a slower processor and less RAM to save on cost
    So, instead of the 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM on the Note, the Tab 2 10.1 has a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM – the same spec as the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. The trade-off is the that Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is that little bit jerkier, compared to the Note 10.1, when it comes to scrolling or zooming into web pages, and flicking between home screens is a touch jerky.

    PERFORMANCE AND SCREEN
    However, if this tablet gets upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with its Project Butter UI improvements, it should be very smooth. Even running Android 4.0, this tablet is far from slow. It handles websites and the OS perfectly well and it managed to render the BBC News homepage in around seven seconds. Battery life is pretty decent at 8hr 12m. It lasts over an hour less than the Galaxy Note 10.1, but you'll still have enough power to watch even the longest film.
    The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has the same screen as the Note 10.1, a 10.1in 1,280x800 LCD. While this feels a little low-res compared to the Full HD tablets from Acer and Asus, and the new iPad's stunning resolution of 2,048x1,536 resolution, it's pretty good on a sub-£300 tablet, with enough room for browsing websites comfortably.
    Although the pixel count may be lower than higher-cost rivals, the screen quality is excellent. Brilliant viewing angles mean the display is easy to read at any orientation, while bright whites, dark blacks and vibrant colours make the most of any content you're viewing.

    ANDROID
    As is usual, Samsung hasn't changed Android much. It has added a screenshot button to the soft buttons bar at the bottom of the screen, as well as a Mini Apps bar. Mini Apps are utilities that you can bring up in front of the main Android interface and include a calculator, music player and calendar, among others. They work quite well, but for us they don’t add anything over widgets or standard applications.
    Samsung has also made minor changes to the mail and calendar apps. They're mostly cosmetic, but S Planner, the calendar replacement, also lets you pinch-to-zoom to switch between day, week and month views. It's a useful feature, even if the actual animation is a little jerky.

    CAMERA
    While the Note 10.1 has 5-megapixel camera, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a 3-megapixel one. Quality isn't terrible, with the image well-exposed for the most part and bright colours. The low resolution images mean that there's not a lot of detail in the image. Full HD video recording at 30fps is also possible. While the footage is smooth, the picture is very noisy and detail is lacking.

    A 3-megapixel camera at the rear is fine for the odd shot, but you won't capture a lot of detail
    There's a front VGA camera for video calling. Quality is as you'd expect: good enough for a quick video chat, but nothing else.
    HARDWARE VERSIONS
    The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is available with 16GB or 32GB of onboard memory and you can add up-to 64GB more using the Micro SDXC card slot at the top of the tablet. Having this memory card slot means it's probably more cost effective to buy the 16GB model now and upgrade storage later. You can also buy a 3G model, which costs around £100 more for than the equivalent Wi-Fi model.
    There are 10in Android tablets with higher-resolution screens and faster processors, but they're more than £100 more expensive, making the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 a decent budget option if you want a large-screen tablet.




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