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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wi-Fi, 16GB Review – Price Comparison and Technical Details

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For what it’s worth, Samsung kept Apple company in the tablet market long before Google and Amazon came along. Samsung has the most experience (after Apple) with a device that is still nowhere near perfection, although the Galaxy Note 10.1 and the iPad are getting there. However, it is the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet that got Samsung the success that still has Apple throwing tantrum fists in courts all over the world.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was released in February 2012 at the same event the Galaxy Note 10.1 was launched also. But, whereas Note 10.1 is designed for the tech savvy and for delivering usefulness to a user’s experience, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is more about being user-friendly, since everything is comfortably in sight.

Reviews for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 say that the device is “rubbing shoulders” with iPad 2, although there’s the price differentiator that scores in favor of the South Korean product. The two-toned black and grey tablet is at $341.72 (on Amazon) a lot more affordable than the predecessor, not to mention it delivers a good quality, sharp and bright 1,280 by 800 pixel TFT display.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 runs on a 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB RAM which hasn’t exactly performed with flying colors in PC Mag’s tests. “In real world usage, the Tab 2 (10.1) felt slower than the TF300” PC Mag reads. Gaming performance did not impress, “scoring just 18.7 frames per second on our [PC Mag] graphics benchmark, compared with the TF300’s much smoother 47.1 frames per second”.

  • The pixel display (1,280 x 800) is higher than that of the iPad 2 (1,024 x 768 pixels)
  • The 3MP camera performed better than that on iPad 2, with video recording working great at 720p

Samsung says the battery life for this tablet is 9 hours (of video playback) but PC Mag’s tests puts that at 6 hours, 17 minutes (video playback, maximum brightness and Wi-Fi on)

  • Not many apps available for large screen Android tablets
  • Front-facing camera was downgraded to VGA resolution from 2MP

At $399.99, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Wi-Fi, 16 GB isn’t exactly affordable, but it does bring to the table of large screen tablets a more affordable and less pretentious option. The Galaxy Note 10.1 is however a much better choice if you’re into the Samsung tablet experience.
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