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Samsung Tab 2 10.1 WiFi - Very Detailed Review On The Many Excellent Features Of This Tablet.,
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This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1-Inch, Wi-Fi) (Personal Computers)Updated Review: October 25, 2013 - For over one year now, I have been totally enjoying this excellent Tab 2 10.1 WiFi tablet and I continue use this very dependable tablet for hours each day. Since I am a techie, I tested this tablet thoroughly and I have found it to be excellent for my everyday basic computer functions at home and on the road. And it is much easier to travel with than my heavy laptop. For you the reader, my goal here is to give you everyday and practical uses regarding the Tab 2 10.1 WiFi model.
In August, 2013, I updated to 4.2.2 as it has many improvements and my tablet is running perfectly and it is up to date. The update did remove the screenshot, however, I use the Power Key and Volume key and this takes a screenshot when needed.
- EXTERNAL SLOT FOR MICRO SD CARD - What a great feature! It is set to accept up to 32g SD, however, you can add a 64gb SD card, however, you will have to format it inside the Tab 2 and it will then be ready to add files. For me, I placed a 32g in mine for music, files etc. Note that this was one of the deciding factors that sold me on this tablet. *Keep in mind where External SD cards are concerned: They are JUST for your personal files: music, videos, photos, and other files. When you install apps from the Playstore or other sources, they store either in INTERNAL SD Card area or the main internal area.
- WiFi Connecting/Speed of WiFi - This I tested using my home router and on the go at many hotspots with WiFi. What I discovered: The Tab 2 connected very quickly to my home router and has a high rate of speed no matter where I am located in my home (of course the closer to the router, the faster). Other hotspots: No problems at all connecting and staying connected on these. And I found the speed still high at home with several devices connected to the router, no loss in speed. **Note that I had other tablets before this one and for me, none gave me the quick connect and overall speed over WiFi as the Tab 2. **Newest observation--Today, I tested ALL my WiFi devices (phones and Tablets) and discovered this: Using my home router I noticed that the Tab 2's that I own (7 inch and 10.1 ones), connected faster and have far greater distance to my router than even my Android phone did as it seems to have the HIGHEST signal strength and longest WiFi distance). Then I took the Tab 2 outside and even in my back yard (furthest from router), still got a signal, moved in to back porch and got a very good signal. The same holds true when I travel, I am able to connect to many free WiFi hotspots, easily with great signal strength.
- Internet & Webpage & Video Viewing - The stock browser does a great job, however, I use Maxthon Browser and installed archived flash so I have great internet flash video viewing results and it renders webpages quite fast for me. And I suggest the free app called Pocket from the Playstore so you can read internet articles later offline. Even TODAY after almost ten months of ownership, I still enjoy using this tablet for viewing internet pages, videos and more.
- Reading/Creating/Editing Word, Excel, Text Files and much more on this tablet: This comes with a OK app for reading Office documents, however, I prefer Kingsoft Office which is a free app from Playstore. It is the best I have ever tried and I am very picky about so called Office programs. It is very compatible with MS Office as it reads, edits and creates Office files and reads PDF files, and it has more features of any other Android Office program that I tried. This app is a MUST have for tablet owners in my opinion.
- Printing Using the Tab 2 - Yes, even with my older home printer, I print documents, photos, etc that are on my Tab 2 using the app Cloud Print and PrinterShare Mobile (both free from Playstore. In addition, there are many apps in the Playstore that will allow you to print using the Tab 2. (If you have questions about printing using the Tab 2 or any question, please ask in the comment section and I will answer).
- Watching Online Flash Videos Directly From Maxthon Browser (regular one not the tablet one is best) - If archived flash is installed and Maxthon Browser or other good browsers, I can play videos online. All videos I have tried have played just fine. ***Please ask me in the comments if you need more details regarding watching online videos of any kind on the Tab 2 and also instructions on archived flash,etc...
- Home Videos - The stock video player is OK and plays MOST home videos, however, may I suggest QQ Player (Free App from Playstore and the ONLY one I recommend as it plays every home video I tried).
- Music Player/Sound Quality - Stock player has clear sound through the outside "speakers" and very clear using headphones. To sync easily with Windows Media Player may I suggest the Playstore app free) WinAmp for the tablet as it is very highly rated and the sound is SUPERB!
**** SUGGESTION: If love watching videos and listening to music, may I suggest that you invest in a Bluetooth Speaker. There are many out there on Amazon most are OK and many low it cost. However, for me I use the EasyAcc Second Gen Bluetooth that Amazon sells and the sound is SUPERB! Also, it plays stand alone SD card music and Flash Drive music as it has the ports for that (the Flash drive and LARGE STANDARD SD cards play directly from the ports the music as stored on the Flash drive of SD CARD).
- Battery Life- Excellent! This is what I have found: When I am on WiFi, I go to the websites I need and then as soon as I am done (reasonable time), I exit the browser (or YouTube, etc) and TURN OFF WiFi. However, I run my brightness at 100%. So on an average day, I get at least 8-12 hours using the tablet before I charge it (depending on how long my WiFi is connected).
- OTG USB Compatible - You can add an optional OTG (On the Go adapter cable to the Micro port for copying files to your flash drive and from your flash drive to the Tab 2). You can also plug in a mouse, I tried it and it worked. *Note that portable external hard drives and portable DVD/CD drives will not work using OTG in the Tab 2 because these both require a lot of power to be compatible with the Tab 2 and most tablets that have the OTG. However, it is still good to know that you can easily plug in your flash drive and copy files to the Tab 2 and from Tab 2 to PC--what a time-saver.
- On-Screen Keyboard - For me, I prefer to use the large keys on the on-screen keyboard so this one is PERFECT for me to type on. However, there are many great Bluetooth keyboards out there for the Tab2.
- The tablet is very well constructed, however, to secure it better, I bought from Amazon a MoKo adjustable stand/case that I set it up in landscape mode and it has 3 positions.
- Bluetooth Speed and Performance - The Bluetooth paired quickly with several devices and copied files at a great rate of speed. Speaking of Bluetooth: Also there are many great Bluetooth keyboards out for the Tab2. (Just make sure you purchase one for JUST THE TAB2 10.1).
- SPECIAL FREE OUTSTANDING APPS I SUGGEST FROM THE PLAYSTORE:
* Pocket App (This is a must app you can "save to" Pocket and read text later when offline so you can read text articles (you must be online to watch videos or view pictures however).
* Cloud Print and PrinterShare Mobile (both free lets you print right from your tablet).
* TV SHOW APP (free) is US TV & Radio Free and also get TV Guide app to go with this. This is an app that lets you watch many TV shows (but they are live so you will need TV Guide app to see what is on). These apps I have tried and the tablet plays the shows wonderfully in full screen. This app also has great radio stations on it. (Note that this app is HUGE almost 33MB but you can watch most cable TV shows on it LIVE).
* Netflix (free in Playstore), You really need this app if you plan on watching Netflix using this tablet. * Hulu Plus, I recommend for movies and more.
* TV.COM - gets SOME TV shows and some networks, but you can watch pre-recorded shows.
Also great FREE apps: WiFi Analyzer (lets you know how strong your WiFi is), QQ Player, QuickPic (better than the Gallery), Maxthon Browser, AVG Antivirus Free, and I list more in comment section.
- Wonderful Kindle Android App is pre-installed, and I downloaded several Kindle books with no problems. Kindle loads fast and this Tablet is a joy to read a book on either Kindle or any eBook or PDF booklet.
CONS: (Just one con I found, however, this con is NOT the fault of Samsung)
- New Adobe Flash is not supported, however, I found that archived flash gets the online videos to play. So I downloaded the older archived flash which gives me the ability to view many internet videos.
*****Update August 30, 2013 ***** There is an AUTO UPDATE for the new OS that will be starting up the next time you turn on WiFi or very soon. It is best that you are aware that you MUST has at least 60% battery, or better yet 100% battery as this update takes up LOTS of space and take a long time to complete. (You can also turn off the auto update to prevent this from happening). Note that the update removes your soft key for the Screenshot and moves the soft keys into the center and lots of other changes. So you may want to take a look at the comment section as there is quite a bit posted these on this)...
Bottom line: Would I buy this WiFi only model over again? Yes I certainly would, in a heartbeat! So if you are looking for a superb Samsung 10.1 inch tablet and you have great access to WiFi, this is the one to buy. Also, since I am somewhat of a techie person, I will be happy to answer any questions you may have through the comment section.
Hope this review has assisted you and thank you for reading it.
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 5:21:57 PM PST
Thank you very much for replying to me. My main reason to go for the samsung note 10.1 was so that i'll be able to add my own notes to the ebooks or pdf files i'm reading. I'm grad student so i read and edit a lot of papers. to be able to do that on the go would be great for me and since i hate carrying my bulky laptop everywhere i prefer a tablet. From everything you told me and everything i've read so far seems to point towards the note 10.1 even if it is pricey.
What are your thoughts on the google nexus 10? and if you don't mind can you explain why i should not add the 64GB memory card?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 6:13:06 PM PST
Ladyvanposh: Great, hope you post your review on it on Amazon. Glad to have been of help to you and you may ask questions anytime!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 6:23:04 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2013 10:35:40 AM PDT
The major difference between Note and Tab 2 is the Note accepts a 64g SD card, and the Samsung Tab 2 manual tells you UP TO 32g (others have formatted a 64g in the Tab2 or players etc, but I do not recommend this in those). If you want to the best tablet in my opinion (but the cost is HIGH) is to get the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with 32g INTERNAL MEMORY on-board and will let you add according to gsmarena.com you add a 64g SD Card to the Note as the hardware on the Note is of higher specs:
Also, you can download ANY tablet or cellphone manual directly on gsmarena.com website! I always download the PDF manual to my computer and read to be totally sure before I buy any tablet or smartphone. No suprises that way!
This Note 10.1 link on Amazon for $499.00 on Amazon:
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (32GB, Deep Grey)
The disadvantage of the Nexus 10 or the Nexus 7 for that matter is:
1) NO slot to add an external sd card! You really need this to add you own music, files, and more. This was a major deal breaker for me as before I bought the Samsung Tablet, I came close to both a Nexus 10 and a Kindle 8.9. Neither one has a slot for a memory card - hence, Samsung wins on this score.
2) Nexus 10 Price is OK, Samsung Tab2 price is reasonable. Both are great, but the BEST one out there to me is the Samsung Note 10.1 with the 32g INTERNAL MEMORY (see the link above). The price is about $170 more than the Samsung Tab 2, but the specs are HIGHER, it is faster and also DOUBLE the internal storage space. And the Note 10.1 has the STUDENT in mind as there are several apps just for students already installed when you receive the Note.
Quick lesson on SD Cards:
1) Samsung Tablets, Phones and PC's can easily read SD cards UP TO 32g because the formatting on the cards (up to 32g) is called FAT32 formatting.
2) When the new 64g SD cards came out, these were no longer formatted at the factory with the FAT32, but instead with SDXC (Secure Digital Extended Capacity). Many high end newer Tablets and Smartphones made after April 2012 or so are changing this and offer slots that will work with SD cards up to 64g. These models include: Samsung Note 10.1, Samsung S3 and the high end phones and tablets soon to be released, you will see this.
*** Before I even consider any new device, I always write down about 3 models to compare and then go to gsmarena.com and read the specs of all of them. Since I am a techie, I know what specific specs I am looking for and this site tells me which model is better for me. Then I download the manual from gsmarena and read it on my PC to learn more about the device BEFORE purchasing it.
3) The NOTE 10.1 is very high end device and according to gsmarena, you can put upt On older phones and tablets that have capaticy of UP TO 32G, I read online where people just place the card inside the phone or tablet and then format it in the phone or tablet. Remember formatting ERASES any files that were on the files and places the new formatting on the phone. Many times this will work in older phones/tablets, but Samsung has stated in the manual for the Tab 2 to install memory cards UP TO 32g. I have a 32g in mine and no problems, still have 20g left for many more files, music etc.
For me, I am quite happy with my Tab 2 with 16g internal memory, and my 32g sd card installed. And I stand by my Tab 2 as it runs like a champ and the screen is crisp, vivid and clear--so easy to read. Either the Tab 2 or the Note will work for you just fine, the Note has more internal memory up to 32 g and accepts a 64g SD card. If you want to spend more then maybe consider the Note.
Remember the iPad, Nexus tablets DO NOT have a slot to add any size SD card, not good!
One more very important thing for you to install on any Android Samsung, Note or Tab 2 is this app: Android Kindle (you can download Kindle books, Read PDF files). This is a must app for a student.
Also the Kingsoft Office (free App) at the Play Store.
Hope this is of help to you.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:03:11 PM PST
I finally decided on a samsung note 10.1. 16GB and a 32GB microSD. I think it will be more than enough storage for me. Thanks so much for helping me make up my mind and for all the info.
I know that it's impossible to use a dongle to get internet connection when wifi is not available for ipads but is it the same for the note as well? I mean, is it possible to connect to the internet via a dongle if wifi is not available? or would i have to go for a mifi?
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:22:57 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 22, 2012 7:24:30 PM PST
If you have not ordered your Note, consider this, I know that the Tab 2 has an optional USB Adapter (not included, but sold on Amazon or ebay) so you can place a flash drive in it, mouse, etc. And SOME dongles work in tab 2, but my suggestion is that if you need a WiFi and a Data (3g) for phone calls and data sometimes, then the Samsung tab 2 P5110 with 3g is just about $450 or so.
But for you, the Note has MORE apps for students and what I like is that it easily will hold a 64g SD card at Amazon for just 61.06:
SanDisk 64GB ULTRA microSDXC Card Class 10 (SDSDQUA-064G)
If you have ordered the Note, I think you will really like it. As far as dongles (I do not recommend them as many do not work well). Here is a Amazon page on MiFi listings. I have a tab 2 7.0 with 3g for the times I really need Data (just about 10% or less). Samsung Tab 2 10.1 with 3g (phone and data is just $450, but it HAS DATA and PHONE abilities on it, the Note does not. Here is the link to the MiFi but I never tried any of these personally.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:48:54 PM PST
Like you said the Note seems to be more student friendly. The Tab2 seems almost the same to me (expect for the s pen - which was the winning factor for the Note) and Verizon has a great offer of $10 per month but the price of $499 as compared to the wifi only version of $299 seems a bit excessive.
Only reason I wanted to see if a dongle would work is because i'm originally from sri lanka and it's almost impossible to get wifi. So i would be stuck when I visit home,which is not very often. but since usually the 3G ones are locked and would not work with local sims I will have to pay some big amount to get roaming which I usually try to avoid.
Anyway, thanks for all the help and I'll let you know how the Note works out...
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 22, 2012 7:56:32 PM PST
Glad to help. Let me know what you think of tne Note 10.1. I have the Note 5.3 with 4g (unlocked smartphone and love it.
Posted on Nov 28, 2012 10:03:45 PM PST
James Smith says:
screw adobe, i have had nothing but problems with them. i can't get things to down load, same screen keeps poping up repeatedly . i called and they said not their problem. i say screw them.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 8:42:36 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Mar 28, 2013 10:38:37 AM PDT
James: Yes, I totally understand about Adobe. They quit supporting ICS and all new OS in Android. This is really not Samsung problem nor Android, I blame Adobe. But for now, I found a workaround which is archived Adobe Flash and installed it on my Tab 2 so I watch all kinds of internet videos. (Ask if you want instructions for the archived flash)...Here is hoping that this will be solved by another Flash Player in the future. I use the youtube app and also TV.COM app to watch videos. TV.COM let you watch lots of shows free and they have their own built in player. Most apps have built in player of their own so watching videos can be done on these.
Posted on Dec 10, 2012 7:11:48 AM PST
Ronald Maranto says:
My wife has very little use of her hands and has trouble answering the phone or dialing. She also has great difficulty working her remote for her TV, and needs touch screen accesse to the internet.
Am I on the right track with the Galaxy Tab ?