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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £289
inc VAT

The price is spot-on and it's excellent value for a fast 10.1in tablet


10.1 in 1,280×800 display, 581.0kg, 1GHz Dual-core Texas Instruments, 1.00GB RAM, 16GB disk, Android 4.0

If there’s one thing that the Google Nexus 7 proved, it’s that there’s demand for low-cost, yet powerful Android tablets. While Google may have the 7in market sewn up at the moment (at least until the Kindle Fire HD appears), if you want a 10in model, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 could be the tablet you’re looking for.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 front
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.


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 1,280×800 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 2,048×1,536 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.

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Basic Specifications

ProcessorDual-core Texas Instruments
Processor clock speed1GHz
Maximum memory1GB
Pointing devicetouchscreen


Viewable size10.1 in
Native resolution1,280×800
Graphics/video portsNone


Total storage capacity16GB
Optical drive typenone

Ports and Expansion

Wired network ports0
Wireless networking support802.11n
PC Card slots0
Supported memory cardsMicro SDXC
Other portsdock connector


Carrying caseNo
Operating systemAndroid 4.0
Operating system restore optionrestore partition
Software includedN/A
Optional extrasnone

Buying Information

Warrantyone year RTB

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