Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1inch Tablet - White (16GB, 3G, Android 4.0)
- Samsung's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of Android OS features, including an updated Android Market
- The Galaxy Tab 2 offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services
- Connecting socially has never been easier with a suite of powerful built-in communication capabilities
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Samsung's Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)-powered tablet offers a variety of Android OS features. An upgraded Android Market enables access to more than 400,000 applications which can be enjoyed across phones or tablets. Furthermore, an intuitive user interface includes the ability to swipe-control applications as well as a wholly redesigned app gallery for easier sharing of content. The OS's vastly faster performance and response times across multiple applications is further enhanced by HSPA+ 21 Mbps or WiF-i connectivity. Additionally, Android 4.0 includes a selection of embedded Google applications that enables users to quickly launch sites and applications that they use frequently; meanwhile, the innovative Face Unlock feature unlocks the tablet through unique facial recognition software.
The Galaxy Tab 2 offers users easy multimedia access, playback and sharing experiences with Samsung Hub services. Samsung's Music Hub provides a full music store solution with access to over 17 million tracks. Additionally, the Readers Hub provides the user with access to more than 2.3 million e-books, 3,500 magazines and over 2,000 newspapers in 51 languages, while the Game Hub instantly connects users to the latest game titles. Samsung is also introducing the Video Hub, which offers more than 1,000 film titles for purchase or rent, and provides reviews, trailers and recommendations for easier content selection. Complementing the Galaxy Tab 2's multimedia offering is an upgraded Touchwiz user interface that features Hub widgets for one-step access to users' content in Hubs; the device also presents S Suggest, a new service offering recommendations of apps suited to users' tastes directly on a home screen. The Galaxy Tab 2's superb multimedia experience is further boosted by Samsung's AllShare Play, a content-sharing service available on Samsung mobile devices. AllShare Play allows users to play or live-stream their multimedia content from PC's, other Samsung smart devices as well as third-party web storage. Users can also easily transfer content to other devices or directly to web services.
Connecting socially has never been easier with the Galaxy Tab 2's built-in powerful communication capabilities. With the voice call capability, the Galaxy Tab 2 can be used just as easily as a phone, affording users the handy convenience of a second device. It also allows users to spontaneously arrange multi-party video calls via Google+ hangouts, as well as engage in group chats or micro-communities to collectively chat or share content. In addition, ChatON, Samsung's cross-platform communication service, connects all phone users of any platform into a single community. ChatON uses phone numbers instead of ID and passwords, and provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in various formats (images, video, voice, contacts) to make messaging simple and intuitive.
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The tablet is about the size and weight of a hardback book, although its rather thinner. It comes packaged with a data cable and a charging plug (the data cable doubles as the charger cable). There is also a headphone set (the device takes a standard headphone jack). That's all that comes in the box.
Charging & Battery Life
The tab is pretty much ready to go - mine didn't need charging - so there's none of that frustrating waiting around before you can start playing. There's a good day's worth of play in a full charge - maybe more, depending on how much you're using it. It doesn't take long to charge, though although you may want to be charging it overnight for use during the day.
The instruction booklet is rather small and only just detailed enough to get you started, after which you'd be well advised to seek out the full manual from Samsung's website product support page. It's easy enough to find, is actually quite readable and it does provide a lot of useful information that will help you get the most out of the tab.
If, like me you're a tablet novice and are more used to the "IBM" format of most keyboard operated laptops and desktops, you will need to spend some time mucking around getting to know the tablet and familiarising yourself with the operating format. For instance, you don't need to "turn off" apps when you've finished with them. Simply return to the home page and the app will remain dormant in the background. However, the whole thing is pretty intuitive and it won't be long before you're doing Loop-the-Loops and Immelmann Turns.Read more ›
Android marketplace is super and apps download effortlessly. Customisable, and I find more intuitive than my larger wifi ipad. Lovely screen, decent enough camera for a phone/tablet. Syncs effortlessly with Microsoft exchange server at work for rapid e-mail transfer and separately with googlemail for personal e-mail. Calendar and memos very useful and as a teacher I find a lot of the apps are brilliant. I use mine in lessons to track pupil progress and behaviour. I even have a random student generator on it that the students love as they never feel picked on by me - it is the tablet that does it!
Never crashes for me and I rarely, if ever, switch it off. Just charge and go, perhaps I should deliberately restart it occasionally but I never have to.
Great GPS and works very well as SatNav in the car (although a bit hefty to mount, it ends up sitting on the seat next to me which is not ideal).
Only reason it loses a star is because I like mine so much I bought one for my husband for Christmas this week and was disappointed that the seals were broken on the box and the box scruffy around the edges. Clearly has been out to someone else Amazon! Don't want to risk sending it back with only a week or so to Christmas but will tell hubby that I wanted to pre-charge the battery for him for Christmas day.
Other criticism is Amazon's shifting prices on a daily basis. Up £30 down £30 these are substantial changes and make you feel like you are playing the price is right when you plump to buy. Not been massively stung yet this Christmas but the same was true of the Meep tablets and the day after I bought two they went up £20 each - £40 difference, these are big numbers you are playing with!
I have been a long time tablet sceptic but I repair and build computers for a living and figured I would have to take the plunge with tablets sooner or later. This was brought to head with a number of clients asking for advice.
I have played with iPads before but wasn't impressed and so I decided to try Android. I tried a cheap altenative but returned it for a refund and finally settled on this device.
The initial impression is of a well made and robust device but note there is some confusion over what is and isn't included in the box.
My "White WiFi only" tablet (no point in 3G as I live in an area with terrible 3G coverage) came with only the USB cable and plug unit and the tablet itself. There were no headphones included (and nowhere in the box where they should have been). Also there doesn't appear to be the famed InfraRed blaster that can be used for TV remote control - presumably Samsung have either changed the spec of this device or have a different spec in the UK to the US.
Set up was a breeze and took only a few minutes to get going and downloading some apps from the store.
On setup there are some rather large widgets on the Home Page (mainly Samsung trying to get you to pay for books, music and video) but these can be dragged to the bin at the top of the screen (they aren't deleted just removed from the screen - you can still find them in the widgets panes) or off to one side to a subsidiary Home Page.
Some people have commented on responsiveness of the screen - I haven't encountered any issues - seems very responsive to me, even with a screen protector applied. I have also played some HD games and it seems to cope very well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I don't like Android, because sometimes frozen, crash and no reasonPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
good product, except that charger connection is loose, seems a lot slower than a tab 3 or 4Published 1 month ago by john ellis
Never crashes for me and I rarely, if ever, switch it off. Just charge and go, perhaps I should deliberately restart it occasionally but I never have to. Read morePublished 1 month ago by tara