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I bought myself this tablet to take to college and help me with writing up my notes and assignments since my laptop weighs a tonne, I did originally want an iPad but the price was off putting, and I was untrusting of the cheap android devices you find online.
It's got a lovely big screen and is relatively lightweight, certainly far easier to transport than a laptop or netbook, so it definitely fits the bill for students or commuters.
However, another aspect of it's intended use with me was for social networking, online games, and apps. This is where my love for the Tab started to sway.. I couldn't watch videos or YouTube postings on my newsfeed, nor could I play online games, because there's no Flash Player installed on the product.
Minor setback I thought, as I tried to install it, but the Samsung rep I bought it from in store told me you can't actually put Flash on the Tab! That was it for me, I took the product back - it may be cheaper than an iPad but it's still a hefty price and I need to know I'm getting my money's worth.
All in all, great for commuters who just need to jot down figures, bullet points or read the news; and serious students who want to take their notes and essays with them, but this isn't for you if you like apps, showing off your family photos, or mindless online entertainment.
I got given this product as a (really) early Christmas present... with the whole craze of tablets and ipads they sounded quite good and so i really wanted one!.
I've had my tablet for around 3/4 months now and at first i didn't like it too much as it was trying to get use to it as im not really god with touch screen, within a few days i was a pro at it... i spend alot of time on it playing games, downloading apps and just generally working on it.
Its absolutely great! they are quite stylish, slim and not heavy... you can choose either black or white and even the size if you would prefer more of a pocket version then the Samsung tablet 7.1 is good but if you like a big screen for watching movies or stuff then the 10.1 like the picture above is the one for you.
They're great for watching movies,playing games, accessing the internet on the move and they're easy to transport around with you on long travels or going on holiday! it's like taking your computer/laptop but without it being really heavy or hard to transport this is why the samsung pad is just great!
The battery life when fully charged can last upto around 4 hours which is always handy.. you can control sound if you don't want it too loud, they're very reliable and dont crash like usual laptops.
With all the hype on tablets, we decided to get this Galaxy Tab 2 last year. We opted for the 10.1 as the 7 seems rather small. I like that it has front and rear camera as that makes shooting easier and more flexible. I am not overly impressed with the quality of the photos though, I would say it is average.
The sound quality is great and navigating it is fairly easy once you have used it once or twice. It also connects to our Wi-Fi with no problem at all, it even picks it up in the back garden which is a plus when we want to browse while sitting outside on a warm day (not that we get a lot in the UK).
I think it is pretty sturdy too as I caught my 10kg toddler standing on it while the hubby is suppose to be looking after her and the tab is still intact so I guess the screen can some weight. I am not sure that is a plus for everybody but it certainly is a plus for us. And last but not the least on the pros, it is a lot cheaper that it's Apple tablet counterpart.
My only complain is that it takes too longer to boot up or maybe I am just impatient! :D
I bought this tablet about 6 months ago and so far so good. Apart from a few let downs here and there, it has preformed fairly well.
The first thing I will pick up on is the speed when processing. With only 1gb of RAM, it is fairly slow and can freeze now and then; it's not quite as fluent as the I-Pad for example. But really this is what we expect from a cheaper tablet. However, I think that it is worth buying the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 because it does everything an I-Pad does, but just not as good, however for a better price.
If you would rather not risk it and you would prefer a better preforming tablet, go buy the I-Pad Mini for a similar price. But there are of course good aspects from this tablet.
The Galaxy Tab 2 has great customisation options to make it as you want it. You can easily designate certain pages for certain uses such as a chat page or an internet page; it really is easy. Also, google has played a huge part in the development of Samsung products recently and so Google, I think is what makes this tablet a little more special. The Tab 2 has 'Google +' and Google already installed as an app with fairly good voice control functionalities. Also, whenever you enter the app, instant notifications of the: weather, traffic, flight times, app suggestions, live times, news, currency conversions, etc are instantly shown on the screen. This is a fantastic attribute which allows you to get the best from Google.
Another great attribute is the fact that it is lighter and thinner than the I-Pad so getting around with it is easier. I can just slot it in my bag for the day and take it out with me anywhere. I use it a lot when travelling.
Go buy one for a decent budget tablet.
I spend all day in front of computers (and most of the night as well), and these days I rarely go anywhere, so I really didn't need a tablet, but I can't resist gadgets and toys. I previously had an iPad 2 (still got it somewhere in a cupboard, or under my bed) but really hated the way Apple insist on locking everything to them, and soon got fed up of jailbreaking it all the time. So I opted for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to have something to play with. I had thought I would do my usual and play with it for a month and then it would get buried under paperwork and junk, but I'm still using it 6 months on.
It is wifi enabled, allowing me to use it wherever I can find free wifi, though I've never had the need to take it out with me to be honest - my phone covers all my mobile needs. It doesn't have 3G, so it's restricted to wifi, but there are plenty of tablets out there that are cellular enabled if that it what you really need.
Internally, it's running 1Gb of RAM and a dual-core 1GHz CPU, so it operates at a good speed. It is limited to 16Gb internal memory, which is a bit limiting, but does have a MicroSD slot capable of taking up to 32Gb cards for expandion, and also has a micro-USB slot so you can plug in additional external storage - you will need a USB to micro-USB adapter for most flash drives and external HDD's though, but they only cost a couple of pounds on Ebay if you don't already have one. It's also running Android Ice Cream Sandwich - maybe not the most current version of the OS, but still recent enough that there should be no problems running all the current apps. (I have about 70 apps on mine - again, just playing with them - and have never encountered a problem with any).
Externally, my one is white, but there are black versions available. It has a solid feel to it, and moderate weight, just under 600g, so less than the weight of a hardback book. I know some people prefer a really lightweight tablet, but I prefer to feel I'm holding something solid with a bit of substance to it. At 10.1 inches and less than 10mm thick, it really is a convenient size for transporting.
The camera's aren't great to be honest, but are you really going to be taking many photo's with a tablet when all phones have camera's on them these days? The front camera, really just useful for video calling, is only VGA quality, and the rear-facing camera is 3MP - ok for the occasional snap, but don't expect exceptional quality. The screen however is crystal clear, and is perfect for video playback, with no lag or stuttering. There are also stereo speakers on the sides, sound slightly tinny, but overall good sound from such small and restrictive speakers; or you can plug your headphones in.
The real winner for this tablet is Android. If you are used to Apple, then Android does feel extremely liberating by letting you take control of your tablet, and customize it to the way you want to use it. I personally am not a fan of Apple so apologies if this appears biased - I have tried both OS's and just prefer the freedom of Android, though that may not be to everyone's tastes. The Google Play app store (as well as a few other sources online) provide a vast wealth of apps for every situation, a lot of them free, and the paid apps usually costing only a few pounds (many paid apps do have free trial versions, either time-limited or feature limited, that allow you to explore and experiment before committing to purchasing them).
I'm giving the Galaxy Tab 2 a 5/5 rating, because honestly I cannot fault it personally. Others may give a lower rating because of the camera quality, but for me that is not an issue - I am not a serious user
I've had this tablet for quite a while now and it still amazes me to this day. The Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1, in my opinion is just as good if not better than apples iPad and this tablet is just a fraction of the price!
This Samsung tab comes with 16GB internal memory as well as WiFi capabilities which will you give you the opportunity to go around public places like McDonald's and many popular cafes wirelessly. One thing i don't like about this tablet at the moment though is that is it yet to be released with any 3G or 4G capabilities, which greatly reduces its superiority of that of the iPad and many other tablets of it's kind.
The features of this tablet include the well places 2 speakers on either side of the screen to allow for a more pleasant sound experience when playing music or videos etc. without the use of headphones/earphones. The tablet itself is in fact a very slim device, with a 9.7mm deep body it's ideal for slipping into a bag or adding it into a laptop bag when on the go however this is much beefier than the iPad 2 for example due to this being 8.8mm.
The tablet comes in both a grey/black colour as well as a limited edition white colour. Both look and feel like a quality build and neither of them feel like they have been made of cheap plastic or materials and the whole of the product weighs around 587g
The new Samsung galaxy tab gets shipped out with latest of android, Ice Cream Sandwich (Yes, Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)). With a 1 GHz Dual-Core processor this isn't going to blow away the competition on the market at the moment. However with its 1GB of RAM this brings the galaxy tab back up there on the market competition.
The front facing camera is initially for Skype and video calls, and taking quick pictures of your pretty face, which leads to why this camera is not fully visually appealing. Around the back of the camera however is a 3.15MP sensor. With no auto-focus or low light setting the pictures you take are really restricted to those outside on a sunny day in a well lit place. There are different effects that make up for this however, like Sepia, Black and white, and negative. There is a very panorama effect within the samsung galaxy tab which can produce some pretty good pictures.
The video on the tablet is superb. with the ability to record and capture at 720p with the 3.15mp camera on the back of the device. just stealing the limelight against the galaxy tab 2 is the Transformer Pad 300 which has the ability to record at 1080p! To access the video settings you have to go through the camera app and toggle the switch. I have had a lot of fun with the video as my dog is always doing something crazy and funny which i can just record at the click of a touchable button and capture. Another negative i didn't like with the tab is that it has no auto-focus, zoom capabilities or flash.
There are loads of apps to be accessed on the Play store with vaguely the same amount and style of apps as that of Apple's App store. a lot more apps are being made for android systems so just stand by if there is an app on the iPad that isn't yet on the android store. There is a larger range of the price of apps on the play store ranging from 61p and up, which is what i have seen so far. these are cheaper than some of the apple apps as they are roughly about 69p each and up. One thing i like about the Play store is that you can get the high quality premium apps on the app store for free! with just one or two adverts places in here and there. this means that you can save a good sum of money on apps like the Angry birds Trilogy and other apps.
I really think that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a really underrated tablet which is being crushed by the 'popular' and 'better' iPads (which are not). Movie playback is great and sound is as good as its going to get on a tablet like this. This is a great tablet and i still really like it. the apps are great and the speed of loading the apps and booting the system up are brilliant. I would really recommend this tablet over that of the iPad as it is something different but still has all the features of apples tablet and can even do flash!! YES! With 720p movie recordings this tablet is even better for YouTubers and video editors as well as skypers and app gamers. BUY IT! :)
I got the Galaxy tab 2 because I was wanting an iPad or something similiar for easy use both inside and outside the home, I was very impressed with the display and found it makes a good alternative to a laptop, I have found myself using it to read books, browse websites and watch videos. It is a simple to use, smart device and I am more than satisfied with it, the price is a lot but for all that you can do it is not too bad. I found the front camera to be a good feature however had some difficulties using it on skype, not sure why and I was also unhappy that I had to download various extra plugins to enable me to watch certain videos or online tv on this andriod device so for novices then its not ideal. The sound is also not ideal so im looking for some kind of docking system but for everything else it works fine, even games. Google play is a great and seemingly cheaper alternative to the apple store so im happy about that and I use my device daily to check out ebay and kindle.
not long ago I parted company with my Ipad, I sold it because I was a bit short of cash. My girlfriend and I felt lost without a tablet so We decided to save up for a new one. We initially wanted a cheap tablet, but seeing a few adverts for these we decided to investigate.
My girlfriend works as tesco so we get the 10% discount, we decided to look at the tablets they had on offer and we saw this was reduced down to £238, this was a brilliant price seeing as we got the discount too. They are very competitively priced against the other tablets and are a slightly cheaper price than the Ipads. I was happy to pay the £238 pounds as this was less than I was expecting to pay. For the money you get the Tablet, A charger with a lead and the box! The size of the tablet we have is 16gb which is plenty of space for all my games and apps.
We picked up the white tablet which instantly stood out from the shelf. It really looks smart and shiny and much nicer than I expected. The tablet is longer and thinner than the Ipad, but I think this is better because when using this in landscape mode, web pages, apps and games look much better. This has two speakers down either side at the stop which also adds to the style of the tablet. It is very leightweght and when sitting with this on your lap you can hardly even feel it is there. There is a camera on the front and the back. The back is very smooth and is all white, I like how it feels when you hold it too. It fits nicely into my hands.
The operating system is excellent and very user friendly, you can personalise the home screens in any way you like. You can use apps or widgets on the home screen! there is much more flexibility with designing what your tablet looks like than with the ipad which is rigid. The widgets are excellent, you can get ones which show your new mail, the weather, time etc. You have the samsung apps store and Google play app store. There are so many apps which work with this and you will find all the usual ones you want such as facebook and angry birds! Its really easy to use. The screen is very touch sensitive and easy to select things on screen.
This connected very easy to my Wifi and its works very fast. web browsing is so easy and I have downloaded Google chrome which works so fast and looks great. web pages are very bright and clear and this also has flash player meaning it is very user friendly with almost any website you want to go on. I am very pleased with how good this is for using the internet and it also downloads apps and songs quickly.
at first I was a bit worried that I would be lost without itunes, but I got over that pretty quickly, I hardly ever use my tablet to listen to music so its not a big deal. You can still purchase songs on this but it uses the samsung store. I have my iphone for itunes so its not a big deal. The app store on the galaxy is just as good as the apple app store and the apps are reasonably priced.
This is meant to last around 9 hours use, I would say it is pretty accurate as it will last the whole day of me using this, it charges up over a long period of time which I usually do over night. The battery life is not as good as the Ipad but I see this as the only real downside to the product. It still is much better than a laptop or a phone so I don't think this should put you off at all.
I love my galaxy tablet as it is stylish, works fast and can do all the same things as an ipad can do. The screen is HD and you can tell. These are cheaper and do the same things. If you are used to apple products this can take a bit of getting used to, after a while I prefer this. You can even put your own microsd card into this and import your own files. There is more flexibility with this than the Ipad. This is a genuine Ipad beater and I can't believe these are not as popular, they are cheaper and look fantastic! This gets 5 stars from me, the perfect tab for a brilliant price, can't beat this.
Josh - jlaker1992
The Samsung Galaxy S2 is pre-loaded with ICS (Android Ice Cream Sandwich). Android Ice Cream Sandwich is one of the latest Android operating systems for tablets and phones. You're probably wondering why I'm talking about the operating system rather than the actual device itself... When people buy an Android tablet, they probably look for the latest or popular ones. What makes an Android device, "new"? It operating system! People don't see it's operating system. All they see is it's new software features. For example, when Android released its ICS operating system to tablets, people wanted the new features of that operating system. Many companies released tablets that was pre-loaded with ICS. That's what struck people opinion's. Many people didn't care about the new exterior features of the tablets. They wanted ICS.
In some cases, its necessary to judge an android tablet by exterior features. For example, if you compare the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2) with the old Samsung Galaxy 7 inch you would see major exterior differences. (The size, shape, design, performance, camera, etc.) Even though the Samsung Galaxy 7 inch had the old Android Froyo 2.2, compared to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2)'s Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, it's exterior features are significant in comparison.
Enough about the background information... Let's dive into the features of the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (2). I personally have this tablet and love it a lot. It exceeds in many aspects. Let's start off with performance. You can multitask by downloading files, playing games, chatting, etc. without slowing your speed down. Many devices often lag if too much memory is used. You won't have to worry about that when you have the Samsung Galaxy 10.1 (2). Another good aspect on this tablet is the camera with flash. You can take videos and pictures at night or in dark places. You won't have to worry about focusing the camera when you move to different positions. Samsung added an auto-focus feature that allows you to take continuous pictures without constantly adjusting the focus.
Now, let's talk about the tablet's stylish interface. Samsung wanted users to have a great experience with this tablet. How can they accomplish this goal without a good interface that appeals to everyone? Samsung made great start-up and shut-down animations, scrolling animations, window animations, user customization(s), etc. to provide a better experience for the user. For example, you all probably experienced the old Windows XP or Windows 2000. Now look at the cool new Windows 7 and Windows 8. Don't think about its new features. Think about's design and appearance. Would you rather use Windows XP or Windows 8?
Finally, I would like to talk about the tablet's exterior features like it's volume buttons, sleep and on/off switch, color, hard drive, etc. You can just skip this paragraph if this doesn't interest you. Don't worry, I won't mind. The Samsung Galaxy 10.1 Tablet (2) can be purchased in different colors and in different hard drive sizes. The maximum size is 32GB. I personally have the 16GB as I don't download many apps. I use the tablet for basic web browsing, checking email, etc. If you are a heavy user I would recommend the 32GB. Note that the 16GB is cheaper. Finally, I would like wrap up this review by talking about the it exterior buttons. This tablet doesn't have a home button like many Apple products because all your navigating options are in the bottom left hand corner of the screen. This tablet has volume button, a charging port, and an on/off button. Nothing special, just simplicity.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 (2) is a great device and I highly recommend it.