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I did a fair amount of research prior to deciding on purchasing the Samsung galaxy tab 2 10.1. I compared various specifications with other tablets, read helpful reviews and price comparisons. As im not very technologically literate, this review i write is jargon-free, hopefully conveying across the message. from what was read about this tablet, it became an easy choice to make in the end. It came boxed in excellent packaging. On first impressions, the tablet design is sleek, slim and sophisticated. the gorgeous and visually striking 10.1 capacitive screen is large enough and bright to view images and text without straining your eyes or fiddling with the zoom to read. in terms of the quality of images and text i find them very good clear definition, flawless and crisp. videos, movies, apps are a delight to view enhancing the user experience. splendid sound comes out of the speakers. the tablet is high performance with excellent battery life. quick and easy to navigate apps and internet. loads up pages fast when browsing and using apps: credit to its excellent memory and sufficient storage space, for a tablet. price is reasonable compared to most tablets on the android market. lots of detail gone into this tablet, Samsung truly delivers on every aspect. easy to clean screen with a cloth, no need for fancy wipes!
Given as a birthday gift for my wife, and deliberately chosen instead of the ubiquitous i Pad, it is more or less the same thing, at half the price. There are some issues though, and any potential purchaser should be aware of them. The instruction manual is laughable, with the full pdf accessible through the Samsung website. This is all very well, if you have another internet-enabled device to hand, so that you can fully comprehend the instructions. There are also some games and applications that will not work, or even download in the first place, as Samsung recently decided to make this machine incompatible with the correct flash player. If I had been aware of this, I would not have bought it. Saying that, the Apple competitor leaves their customers in the same boat. Once fired up, and connected to wi-fi, the device works very well. For web-surfing, Facebook, simple games, and watching You Tube, it is excellent; like a giant smartphone, though with no ability to make a call. There are 2 cameras, a simple menu system, and the screen is bright, and pleasant look at. The battery life is also surprisingly good, if you are not playing fast-moving games. All in all, very good value, shame about the instructions, and that flash player.
My need for a tablet was more in the realms of "it would be nice to have one" rather than "needing" one. I cannot recommend this one highly enough - I bought it while Samsung had the £50 cashback deal so my net price was about £180 which for a quality tablet is amazing. I had a couple of cheaper ones circa £110 which I tried and sent back - this one is so much better that it would not even be worth comparing them, and it has GPS which none of the cheaper ones do. Unless you are an Apple fan (if so why are you reading this) and feel you must have the apple infrastructure - then this is the tablet to suit all needs. It comes with Ice Cream Sandwich but the Jelly Bean update for it was released by Samsung last week so you can download it straight away.
I think you have to buy before the end of December to qualify for the cash back deal
When I first heard about tablets I wondered what all the fuss was about. I have a pretty high spec laptop so didn't feel I had the need for a tablet aswell. I was wrong! Its a great device. I only really use it surf the net and watch netflix on it. Internet speed is very good but I suppose that will also depend on your router. Picture and sound quality in my opinion are excellent for the size of the product. I would say its worth paying that little bit extra and getting the 10.1 inch. It doesnt feel that big when your holding it but is perfect for watching movies on it. I feel the 7inch would feel a little small for watching movies. Wifi and bluetooth are very easy to use and so is the overall interface of the tablet. I may have found it easier because I have a samsung galaxy S2 aswell so they are basically the same thing when it comes to working the apps etc. I think its dead handy to have the option to increase the memory unlike other devices where you are stuck with the memory built into it. Its alot quicker to grab the tab and check things instead of having to get the laptop out. Skygo is the 1 thing thats my main bug bearer at not having available on the samsung as I use it quite alot. I dont know if its something that will be available in the future or not? Because of this I still use the laptop for skygo and the word packages etc but apart from that the tab pretty much does what I need it to do. Battery life I think it very good. I reckon I get 8/9 hours per charge. I prob use it for an hour or so a day max. As for the price I would say its very competative. Im not a fan of apple but I havnt used the IPAD so I cant compare but the price difference alone makes you lean towards the samsung straight away if your not that fussed between the 2 probably top tablets available at the moment. All in all I would definately recommend this if your thinking about a tablet at a decent price.
Straight out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Tab2 trolls you. Instead of saying 'Ive been in a box for a while so my Apps are out of date' it gives you an error message with no apparent solution making you believe its broken and should be returned. It isnt, it just needs updating. The solution is similar to trying to shut down your anti-virus on a site that maybe a 'bit non-legit'. Just keep touching the error sign until it goes away, download the appropriate App (dont worry, its free), sign the disclaimer if you need to and all will be well. [*Also note that you cant access the customer service comments when the App is working so that is why there are no responses to the number of people who have been fooled by this - we just cant get on and tell you what to do].
So after this hiccup, the tablet is rather great. Its almost if it knows exactly what I want to do with it - i.e. entertainment whilst travelling (books and games) and TV and video in bed. It provided all this with ease on a great screen. What more can you ask for? The e-reader is provided by Kobo and it is magnificent. Wonderfully designed, very pretty with superb download speeds to boot. The Galaxy screen is eye-scorchingly bright (surprisingly the default is in the middle - so I dont want to know how nuclear the brightness would be if I turned it up!) but you can turn it down, and Im sure even the most technophobic of luddites can work out how to use the e-reader and adjust the settings in no more than ten minutes. This I find is a good thing about Samsung - they dont buy into thinking coolness is making things hard to use. The touchscreen is as responsive as you want it to be. You wont be skittishly jumping from one place to another as you accidentally touch the wrong place - nor do you have to hit it with a hammer. The portrait / landscape re-orientation as you move the tablet is very good (this is the main weakness of the phone IMHO). The only thing I noticed is that it is initially a bit heavy on the wrists (and my wrists are by no means weak) so you may take a few days working out how to maximise your comfort. The comfort zone Im sure is there, but you may have to find it.
The screen is an excellant size for watching films and TV and the sound is perfectly decent. Im definitely a sound snob, so I wont say its great, but if you take it into context, its pretty impressive. Again the controls are a doddle.
I dont use it for music, so I have no comment on that - I prefer my music more portable.
The only downsides are common to all pads - Samsung or not (1) They are fingerprint magnets (2) The cost accumulates more you use it
I quite like paying for books as its an industry that I think needs a bit of money. Games and films, however, just look at it as a way of improving your geekiness as you find new ways to keep the costs down. For me, one of the bonuses of Android over say, oh I dont know, Apple, is that you appear to have more ways to save yourself a bit of a cash (I have absolutely no proof of this), but go easy on those Apps - it all adds up!
I have had a desktop and laptop for many years but I kept thinking of buying a Tablet. Well, when I saw this on offer, I decided to take the plunge. I am glad that I did. It arrived quickly and was up and running in no time. Getting it to talk to my WiFi was a bit of a pain, but that was because I had a complicated password rather than any issue with the Tablet computer. The screen is clear to see, and is quick and responsive. Getting it set to how I like things was also easy. The sounds got a bit irritating so I disabled them and now I am getting on well having easily downloaded a number of Apps to use with it. I am no techie, so I am not commenting on its attributes in that department because I just want to use it without worrying about what is under the bonnet. I think that the only thing I have a problem with is the camera. No flash, no zoom and really does one actually need a camera on a tablet anyway. All in all, I am really happy with this device.
This tablet is simply fantastic. I have always had an iPhone and I am very familiar with Apple products, so was a bit apprehensive about buying an Android product - particularly due to compatibility issues. I don't like the idea of being locked in with one product and I have been getting fed up with the performance with my phone, and tired over paying £100s of pounds more for a similar product. So,absolutely no regrets. Android is so much more fun and copying contacts, calendar,music, files etc was a doddle through google/dropbox/doubletwist. The tablet itself is superfast, great screen and runs Adobe Flash which is a massive bonus. Also the orientation of the screen means that things like BBC iPlayer fill the screen where as you end up with a huge black bar at the top and bottom, even when in full screen, on an iPad. You can easily upgrade the memory for a few quid to 48gb using the micro sd slot and at over £100 cheaper than the cheapest iPad 2 (I paid £238), it's a no brainer. Chuffed to bits.
Don't be put off by the price. This seems like good deal and it is. More expensive versions say UK model so you might wonder what this one is. The pre loaded film and gaming centres are in American dollars and initially I thought I'd bought a dud but moved them to the bin and downloaded apps that do exactly the same thing in pounds. So there is no difference except about £100.also this model doesn't seem to qualify for the cashback but I didn't buy it with that in mind so it doesn't matter. Bought the Samsung usb converter but 2 of my usb sticks aren't recognized. I would suggest sending any photos or docs to dropbox or similar first as could be easier to save on tablet from there. I have happily wasted hours messing about with apps and design and am loving having fast internet access in my lounge.the screen is great and can't wait to watch films that were easy to download in UK pounds!
I looked at laptops vs tablets and bought the samsung tablet. The tablet concept is great, no waiting for it to load, its totally portable so you can surf on the sofa, watch videos in the bath, follow recipies in the kitchen, play games and listen to books, read books, play jigsaw puzzles etc in the park, on a plane etc, it reduces weight and increases space in your hol luggage as you can buy ebooks... BUT i’ve had this for a year now and i wish i’d bought an ipad, much as this is great on the whole, there are some things it doesn’t do and some things its not very good at: you cant watch Sky Go on it, the sky apps are only compatible with apple products, same for BBC iplayer, however you can get ITV, C4 and C5. It doesn’t support flash player either so a lot of videos on BBC news website and facebook posts won’t play. Quite often you have to press a lot of times to get the tablet to do what you want, eg you’ll do a google search and press on the result you want to see but have to press 20 times before it loads which is very frustrating if you have no patience like me! Also it doesnt always recognise that you want the keyboard when you click in a search field which is also frustrating. More worringly, recently it’s started to crash in a number of applications, especially the internet, you just get a black screen and then it goes back to the screen saver page and you’ve lost all the tabs you had open. It was a lot cheaper than an ipad but they say you get what you pay for and i think they’re right, i wish i’d paid a bit more a year ago and perhaps i’d be able to watch all the sky shows i’ve missed and not have my tablet crash on me 5 times a day!
I was disappointed with this product because of the Wifi. The reason I bought the tablet was so that I could connect to Wifi while I was out on the street, in cafes, in libraries, on trains. I have noticed two major problems:
1. When I compare it to my laptop, I notice that my laptop "sees" far more possible connections than the Samsung Galaxy tablet does.
2. The Samsung Galaxy tablet at first worked normally. Then, after a time, it refused to connect to Wifi out on the street or in cafes. The signal strength would be "very strong" and the tablet would tell me that it was connected. But it would not actually let me browse at all. Sometimes I would get a message that there was a "problem with the security certificate". But most of the time it would just do nothing at all when you attempted to open even the simplest of pages...
I have spent a lot of time assessing this problem. I have even tested it in various cities! In London, Vienna, Budapest over the past three months. But nowhere does it work!
I get the impression this is a design fault. I have contacted the seller about a refund and I will report on how this issue is resolved.
There are other issues, such as having Google rammed down your throat when you buy this tablet, but I know this when I was buying the tablet. My beef is with the headline of this review -- the problems with Wifi connectivity and the fact that there is de facto NO Wifi connectivity with my particular model!