Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 Series: Quick Review Roundup

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Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 Series: Quick Review RoundupHi guys, welcome back to this site!

With the first-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab series, Samsung did what it had to do on tablet market. And that was to introduce to the world another tablet that was not an iPad.

However, the journey of Samsung to conquer the tablet market back then was full of struggles especially given the fact that iPad used to be really famous on this market.

In fact, iPad was the pioneer that had opened up this niche market and turned it into a promising land of business for other manufacturers.

Not to mention, the fact that most consumers called all tablets as iPad really made it hard for other manufacturers - including Samsung - to gain similar popularity and sales just like what Apple had with its iPad.

But the impressive thing about Samsung was, this Korean-based manufacturer didn’t just stop there and give up quite easily.

After having some mixed up cold reception by the market, Samsung then continued its journey by bringing a much better successor for its Samsung GALAXY Tab line.

It was the second-generation Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 series.

And as the sequel tablet series, it’s really obvious that Samsung had made a lot of tweaks and upgrades here and there especially on the software and hardware.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 series is slightly different with the predecessor, however.

It consists in varied types of models, ranging from the basic 7-inch and the 10.1-inch models.

And these models are also divided in different variants, the one with 3G cellular connectivity and the other one without cellular connectivity, only WiFi.

However, the highlight of all these Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 series is state of the obvious.

Unlike Apple with its iPad, however, Samsung wants to strive on other direction – despite being in the same market.

And that direction is to bring not just a tablet, but also a tablet that can have cellular functionality, from making calls to even send text messages.

So basically, Samsung wants its Samsung GALAXY Tab tablets to be the big giant GALAXY smartphones.

Anyway guys, as i’ve already explained quite a bit above, today, i want to make another quick roundup of tablets in Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 series, the second-gen models of course.

So if you’re interested to learn more about all of the tablets released by Samsung in this series, then here you go, my quick roundup of Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 tablets.

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0

Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0The basic model in this series obviously is Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0, the 7-inch variant.

This actually contradicts with the previous-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab I, which the basic smallest model is the 7.7-inch Samsung GALAXY Tab.

However, this probably doesn’t really bother many of tablet users out there because Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 actually had been selling quite well on the global market when it came out.

In fact, this tablet used to be one of the best selling devices around the global tablet market back then, although iPad was still the dominant player there.

As a second-gen model, it’s pretty obvious that Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 will be much better than the predecessor, especially in terms of performance.

But interestingly, despite being the sequel model, Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 actually still inherits some of the elements found on the predecessor.

It still shares the same low-resolution 1024x600 pixels on its 7-inch display, the same Mali-400 GPU, the same 1GB of RAM, the same 3.15MP rear-facing camera, microSD card slot fro up to 64GB, 8/16GB of internal storage, the same TouchWiz UI and some other similar quality specs.

In fact, compared to the predecessor, on this Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0, Samsung made sacrifices on some of the sectors of this tablet, like its VGA front-facing camera, its lower 1.2GHz clock speed of CPU and lower 4000mAH battery capacity (not surprised given its smaller screen size) – as opposed to the 2MP front-facing camera, 1.4GHz clock speed and 5100mAh capacity battery on the previous-gen Samsung GALAXY Tab 7.7 - which was the mid-end quality tablet shipping with 4G LTE.

In terms of gaming performance, this tablet is probably similar with the predecessor, especially given that these 2 models share the same Mali-400 GPU and low-resolution 1024x600 pixel display.

And since we all know that Mali-400 GPU is a pretty strong GPU and in fact, is still capable to handle many latest graphics intense games smoothly and in full graphics, then i’m not gonna be surprised if this tablet also really screams when running games like Dead Trigger, Asphalt 7: Heat or Need for Speed Most Wanted in smooth performance.

In fact, based on what i’ve heard on one user of this tablet, he told me that this tablet amazingly was capable to run Dead Trigger in full graphics, despite not using Tegra 3 processor (given that Dead Trigger used to be promoted aggressively as a game well-optimized only for Tegra 3 tablets).

So overall, i personally think that Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 7.0 is still a pretty good tablet, especially as a media-consumption device.

But it’s also pretty good for playing games though, thanks to its Mali-400 GPU.

And if you manage to root this tablet and install stock Android custom ROM (or CyanogenMOD), i believe its gaming performance will be even more powerful because it will free more space in the memory/RAM, than when using TouchWiz UI, which is a pretty heavy UI.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1The largest-model released under this series is Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. This model also contains in varied different variants - the WiFi-only, 3G and 4G LTE models.

However, from all of these 3 models, the WiFi and 3G variants use the same hardware specs – from the same dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor, PowerVR SGX540 GPU and 1GB of RAM.

Meanwhile, the other 4G LTE model uses different hardware specs – from a Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 GPU.

So when it comes to gaming performance, the WiFi/3G models might not be as powerful as the 4G variant given that Android game developers are more interested to bring their titles to Adreno-powered devices around the Android market, although PowerVR SGX 540 is still a powerful GPU.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 comes with a 10.1-inch PLS TFT display sporting the 1280x800 pixel resolution, a dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1GHz, PowerVR SGX540 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0.3 ICS with TouchWiz UX UI, microSD card for up to 32GB, 16/32GB of internal storage, 3.15MP camera on the back, VGA front-facing camera and 7000mAH power battery, promising for up to 2000 hours for stand-by and 10 hours for talk time (multimedia).

As far as the performance goes, the WiFi-only Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 will likely be similar with the 3G model, especially given their similar processor and GPU.

So basically, with this specs, this tablet will perform well and smooth when doing some basic daily tasks – like watching movies, browsing the web, reading books/magazines, controlling UI or even playing games.

However, in terms of gaming performance, these 2 models probably are not that great especially when deployed with some latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne or GTA San Andreas, which obviously are not playable on these devices, especially in full highest graphics.

But you can still play some older games with these tablets, like PES 2012, Need for Speed SHIFT or NOVA 1.

But that is acceptable given that Samsung itself didn’t have any intention to make these tablets as pure gaming devices.

So if you’re on the search for a great gaming tablet with 10.1-inch display, i strongly recommend you to pick other options, like Google Nexus 10, Google Nexus 9 or obviously, iPad Air.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 4G

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 4G LTECompared to the 3G/WiFi-only models, it’s really obvious that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 4G LTE is more powerful in performance, especially when playing games.

And that’s thanks to the Snapdragon MSM8960 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz per core and Adreno 225 GPU found inside this tablet, which is more powerful than the TI OMAP 4430 and PowerVR SGX 540 GPU on the WiFi and 3G models.

In fact, it can be seen directly at how this 4G model is capable to handle microSD card for up to 64GB, as opposed to the WiFi and 3G models that are only capable to read 32GB microSD card.

In terms of gaming performance, obviously, you can expect to see this tablet capable to run games like Dungeon Defender, Modern Combat 1 or NOVA 1 in buttery smooth performance and in full graphics.

And that’s not shocking given that Android game developers are mostly interested to fully port their titles to Android devices with Adreno GPU, instead of PowerVR SGX GPU - with the exception of iOS developers of course that only need to make games for PowerVR SGX GPU on all iOS devices.

I’m not saying that PowerVR SGX 540 GPU is weak in graphical performance because that’s wrong.

It is still a great powerful GPU, as seen on iPhone 4 (if i’m not mistaken). It’s just a matter of developers’ preference between these 2 GPUs.

In terms of specs, this tablet obviously shares some similarities with other WiFi and 3G models.

It has the same 10.1-inch display sporting the same 1280x800 pixel resolution, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS, 3.15MP rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing camera, microSD card for up to 64GB (as opposed to the 32GB on the WiFi/3G models), 8/16GB of internal storage, 7000mAh battery (promising for up to 624 hours of stand-by time and 12 hours for talk time (multimedia).

Not to mention, you’ll also get the fast 4G LTE connectivity, providing fast downloading and uploading speed than 3G/WiFi.

Overall, i think this 4G model is much better choice than the WiFI-only/3G models, especially in terms of gaming performance.

But even so, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 4G is still not that adequate to handle the very latest graphics intense games like Asphalt 8: Airborne, GTA San Andreas or Modern Combat 5.

So if you’re looking for a much better 10.1-inch tablet with better gaming performance, i strongly recommend you to pick up either Google Nexus 10, Google Nexus 9, Sony Xperia Z/Z2 or iPad Air.

But i still personally think that Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 4G is a neat quality tablet, especially for enjoying contents like books or movies.


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