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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1inch Tablet - Silver (16GB, WiFi, Android 4.0)
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- 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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From my experience, I suspect the bad reviews are based on defective tablets, not the actual product.
I have owned a galaxy tab 2 for a few years. Only one glitch, when I installed a japanese language reader, which completely threw the input all over the place, rectified when I un installed. That seemed to be a software incompatibility.
I can say that the galaxy tab outclasses the ipad on almost every level. Performance, appearance features and above all price. The camera isn't amazing, but I think Samsung's newer models have improved this. The time and date input on galxy tab 2 has it's limitations, it's manual input only, but that's a minor thing.
I would never consider an ipad, when Samsung have their tablets.
Samsung have possibly the best tablets out there.
Reasons for purchase:
My Nook HD has horrible audio due to a lot of system noise being audible. The Galaxy Tab 2 is well known for having good sound quality.
I wanted something which will run CyanogenMod so I can keep it up to date with patches, security fixes etc. as I like to use Amazon, Ebay and Paypal apps.
I already have a 1st generation Galaxy Note phone so I know Samsung do some important things right such as good battery life and decent design and construction. I have several Samsung and Samsung compatible headsets and headphones.
Sound quality is superb. This is the first tablet I've heard which I prefer to my iRiver and Sansa audio players. There is zero system noise or hiss and this tablet works beautifully with my Sennheiser Momentum Headphones (with aftermarket Samsung compatible control cable) and with my dual driver Samsung in ear monitors. A cheapish Samsung dock is also available that offers true Line Out 3.5mm socket.
Battery life is, or can be, superb. I was slightly concerned after seeing reviews commenting unfavourably on this. However, running CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat) my device has been on for 16 hours so far: awake for 7.5 hours, screen on for 1.75 hours and alseep the rest of the time (mostly used as an audio player for the last couple of days) and the battery has only gone from 89% charged to 56% charged.
There is a GPS built-in so if you have an offline map app you can navigate even if there is no wifi available.
Samsung seem to spit out new phones and tablets almost weekly, and in a vast array of slightly differing versions. Luckily the Tab 2.0 series is about as bog-standard as they get and sold many millions so there are all the accessories you can think of, both official and third party, and usually at a very good price. You can get cables, docks, cases, replacement parts, car adapters, chargers and so on
There is only one real deficiency but could be a big one for many: the screen isn't very good. After using a Galaxy Note with 800x1280 Super AMOLED screen and a Nook HD with 900x1440 IPS 7 inch screen I must have got used to really sharp, vivid displays. I thought all the fuss about screen type was just nerdy one-upmanship and journalists trying to fill pages until I bought my Tab 2.0. I am truly surprised by the difference. The Tab's screen is bright and sharp enough for enjoyable reading in apps like FBReader or Kindle and movies also look good, but web pages look horrible. Most websites identify your device and serve you much the same pages as if you were using a desktop computer with a full size monitor. On the 7" Tab this means a lot of horribly fuzzy and tiny text that is hard to read. If you use Firefox you can install an extension so you always get the web site's mobile version (if available) and this problem is diminished, but if you use the standard browser, or Chrome, then I think you will hate it.
Ha; it is terrific. Very fast, highly responsive screen, loads and loads of Apps, excellent sound.
I really can't fault it. I wouldn't buy any of the Apple devices as a matter of principle and this is no cheap alternative.
This is a high spec bit of kit.
It is clearly a threat to the other tablets when Amazon won't allow you to load their app onto the Galaxy. (You just have to go through the browser.) I detest the pettiness of decisions like this as I can load the app onto my samsung Galaxy smartphoe which runs the same operating system!
Anyway, don't be shy about buying on of these, you will not be disappointed.
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!
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