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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

The popular Galaxy Tab gets a reboot and redesign for 2012

Our Verdict

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1280 x 800
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Android Jelly Bean
  • Good movie playback
  • MicroSD support
  • Bright screen

Against

  • No 3G
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Uninspiring design
  • Average cameras

Tablets are popular choices for sofa surfers, allowing for large screen browsing without the hassle, heat or weight of a laptop.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 manages to deliver in this field, with a strong showing in the internet department.

The stock Android browser comes preinstalled on the Tab 2 10.1, offering up tabbed browsing, offline reading and thumb-nailed bookmarks which can be synced to your Google account.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

Offline reading is a useful feature if you know you will be out of Wi-Fi zone for a period of time, as you can read the pages stored on the tablet, however the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 appears to save an image of the page – meaning URL links will not work on saved pages – resulting in you having to re-search for the page to click a particular link.

Of course if you're not a fan of this particular browser then head over to Google Play, where there's a whole host of alternatives, including Google's Chrome app – available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was able to load the content heavy TechRadar.com in around seven seconds, including all the animated banners, with less demanding sites appearing in a couple of seconds – providing a hassle free browsing experience.

Zooming in and out of pages isn't as smooth as we had hoped, with a noticeable judder as the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 attempts to render the page at the new level, with text appearing blurred for a second until snapping back to the crisp, clear display.

There's no text re-flow at play here, but thanks to the large 10.1-inch display it's unlikely that you'll zoom in enough for this to be a problem – a simple double tap on an area of text will zoom you to the area and you can further increase this view by pinching the screen.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 review

We found the default browser was sporadic when it came to deciding if it should serve up the mobile or desktop versions of websites – although this can be toggled in the settings menu, which seemed to sort the problem out for most sites.

Adobe Flash is supported here, as it is on most Android devices, and even though it's soon to be replaced by HTML 5, there's still a whole host of sites which use it to display various content including videos – the BBC is a prime example, giving it a clear advantage over the iPad 2.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab 2
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourTitanium Silver
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size25.7 cm (10.1")
Screen Resolution1280 x 800
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)581 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyPlane to Line (PLS) Switching
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height9.7 mm
Width256.7 mm
Depth175.3 mm
Screen ModeWXGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-P5110
Product NameGalaxy Tab 2 GT-P5110 Tablet
Product LineGalaxy Tab 2
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P5110-M16GBW
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
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Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P5110 Tablet
  • AC Adapter