In 2012 samsung release the second generation of galaxy tablets, the samsung galaxy tab 2. There are two type of galaxy tab 2, the one with 7 inches screen and the other with 10.1 inches screen. Right now we have the 10.1 inches galaxy tab 2 P5100 and we’re going to review it here.
The design of samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 inches are similar with the 7 inches galaxy tab 2. The noticeable difference between the two is the position of the speaker, on galaxy tab 2 7 inches the speakers are on the bottom side.
While galaxy tab 2 10.1 inches the speakers are on the right and left side, with this position the sound is more clear and optimum.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 inches have landscape default position, we can see this from the samsung logo which placed in the bottom of the screen. On the top of the screen you will find small VGA resolution camera for video call.
On the upper side of the tablet, you can also find power button, next to the volume button, micro SD slot, and simcard slot. Where the charger port is on the bottom side of the tablet.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 inches already equip with dual core processors, the Texas Instrument OMAP 4430, the speed of this CPU is 1 Ghz on each core.
This CPU also have dual channel memory controller, which improve the performance on multitasking and also video decoding.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 inches have 1 GB of RAM and for the graphics (GPU), samsung decided to use powerVR SGX540.
With this hardware configuration, the performance of samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 are quite good. Galaxy tab 2 10.1 are much better than previous galaxy tab 10.1 in terms of hardware.
This new CPU and GPU of galaxy tab 2 10.1 consumes more electricity, but unfortunately the battery capacity is still the same, its only 7000 mAh.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 already using the latest android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich and also the latest TouchWiz UX user interface. This user interface have 7 pages of home screen which you can put wallpaper, widgets or application shortcuts.
Inside the ICS you will get software like polaris document (office apps), samsung hub, samsung kies, samsung chatOn, and also google apps (google play, gmail, youtube, google maps, google+, google calendar, google search).
For internet connection you can use either 3G (HSDPA) or Wifi. The web browser of samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 already support for flash player. You can open up to 8 tab using this web browser.
The music player on samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 will automatically categorized your music base on artis, genre, composer, and year.
When you play music, the screen will split into three different segments that is filter, album, and now playing.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 also capable of playing HD video up to 1080p in various format such as mkv, avi, divx, mp4, flv, wmv, etc.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 are equip with 3.15 mega pixels (2048 x 1536 pixels) camera on the back and VGA camera on the front. Sadly, this 3 mega pixels camera doesn’t have LED flash.
For outdoor photo shooting, the result was quite good, but for indoor there’s many noise on the photo, because there’s no flash on the camera.
For video recording, this back camera can output up to HD 720p resolution (1280 x 720 pixels).
Using the latest antutu software benchmark, samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 gets 4930 points, while on quadrant standard it gets 2635 points.
Using NenaMark 1, samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 gets 29.6 fps and 18.6 fps on NenaMark 2.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1 have better performance from the previous one, but its lack of new innovative features. Samsung should put new, unique and innovative features on this tablet not just hardware and operating system upgrade.
Samsung galaxy tab 2 7 inches and the 10.1 inches have the same hardware and OS, but honestly i prefer the 7 inches because its easier to carry around. But if you have some money to burn, you can buy them both.