Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100

The Good
  • A new silver exterior looks much more slick than its white predecessor
  • Large screen for easy readability and navigation
The Bad
  • Thicker and heavier than the original Galaxy Tab
  • Lackluster speakers when listening to movies or music
The Verdict
★★★☆☆

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a worthy competitor against other heavyweights in the marketplace, though it lacks the thinner-and-lighter improvements that we’ve come to expect from the latest tablets.

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The Galaxy Tab 2: Samsung’s Successor to the Original

Samsung’s original Galaxy Tab was designed by the company to be the first solid competitor over Apple’s dominance of the tablet space, and it did a great job at introducing consumers to the power of Android on a tablet-sized device. As with all things tech, though, a revision was necessary in order to include more powerful hardware and better features that could continue to win over new customers.

Design & Features

Samsung’s P5100 follow-up tablet is made of plastic, with the same exterior shell that accompanied the original Galaxy Tab. A major differentiator between the two models is the Galaxy Tab 2’s brushed silver exterior, which compares favorably to the white and black models of the original Galaxy Tab. We found the minimalist, silver design to be quite pleasing to the eye, and sturdy in the hand, making the device feel like a premium competitor.

Samsung packs its tablet with the familiar TouchWiz user interface, which can also be found on virtually all of the company’s Android-based smartphones. A number of proprietary apps are included in an effort to enrich the multimedia and gaming experience on the device, including Samsung’s own Music Hub, Game Hub, Media Hub offerings. The applications are a great alternative to the standard Android experience, though many of Android’s native apps and user interface elements have been retained.

Hardware

A 1GHZ processor accompanies this model, along with space for a miniSIM and a microSD card slot. Connectivity options include home Wi-Fi and mobile HSPA networks around the world. Front and rear cameras are included, with the rear camera capable of 720p video and 3 megapixel photos. One gigabyte of RAM comes standard, as does either 16GB or 32GB of included storage.

Software

The Galaxy Tab 2 runs Android 4.0, called “Ice Cream Sandwich” by Google. An upgrade has been released that allows the device to install Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as well.

Display

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 offers, as its name implies, a 10.1-inch screen with a great resolution and vivid colors. It should be noted, though, that the device’s colors are noticeably less bright than on the previous generation’s screen.

Conclusion

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2 is a great competitor that is bound to convert people from their iPads and Kindles. The company embraces Android and supplements with its own apps, enriching the media experience while providing fast, responsive hardware. Overall, the follow-up to the original Galaxy Tab is a worthy successor and a strong option for consumers.

The Good
  • A new silver exterior looks much more slick than its white predecessor
  • Large screen for easy readability and navigation
The Bad
  • Thicker and heavier than the original Galaxy Tab
  • Lackluster speakers when listening to movies or music
The Verdict
★★★☆☆

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a worth competitor against other heavyweights in the marketplace, though it lacks the thinner-and-lighter improvements that typically accompany newer generations of hardware in today’s competitive market for new tablets.

R5,632.99
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Comments

  1. An upgrade has been released that allows the device to install Android 4.1 “Jelly Bean” as well. – when will this update be available in South Africa. When trying to update my P5100 tells me there is no new updates.The version I have on my P5100 is B4.0.4

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