Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 Review
So many tablets have been launched in the recent months, But Samsung has been the only one to bring all the latest features and the ability of full Phone usage on their Tablets. The Galaxy Tab 2 is one such tab, but is it really something that you should drop your dough for ? Lets see in our in-depth review.
Build Quality and Design
The design follows more or less on the lines of the original Galaxy Tab 7 inch, but seems more robust and a lot less plastic.
The Tab 2 has interesting set of specs, apart from the outer specs like, 7 inch 600 x 1024 pixels PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen, and dual cameras, the tab is powered by a TI OMAP 4430 1 Ghz dual core processor. Graphics are also impressive due to the PowerVR SGX540 GPU, and a lot less lag thanks to 8/16/32 GB storage along with 1GB RAM. There is a MicroSD slot that accepts 64Gb MicroSD cards.The Tab also has a relatively large 4000mAh battery thats powers it well. (Skip to the Battery Life Section below for more info)
For connectivity we have a connection chip that does Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot along with HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, HS.
Display, Camera and Multimedia
The display on the Galaxy Tab 2 is much better than the original one, viewing angles are absolutely great and color reproduction is superior. The new resolution makes the display on the tab a lot more crisper.
Camera is a 3 MP camera which can do 720p Video, there are several options in the camera app, which has been designed by the software engineers at Samsung. Leaving aside all these customizations, the Camera is only basic and does not deliver high resolution images. There is also a front VGA camera, which for the true sense of it is pretty much useless.
The tablet is a multimedia monster, whether its videos or movies, music or radio or even gaming. Excellent playback and hardware make the device a perfect travel or daily use companion.
Connectivity and UI
The Tab 2 features a whole host of connectivity options from Wifi, Wifi Direct to DLNA and Glonass assisted GPS. Also in the mix is a full featured cellular radio which has 3G : HSPA+ 21Mbps/HSUPA 5.76Mbps connectivity, you can also use the tablet to make phone calls.
The Tab 2 has a proprietary dock connector vs the standard microUSB, which makes it quite upsetting in our opinion
The UI is fast and intuitive and comes with Samsung’s very own TouchWiz UI laid over Android 4.0 ICS, the tablet is also set to receive Jelly Bean. The dock and included apps make the tablet a lot more user friendly and easy to use. Check out the video review below for the full details.
- Talk Time 3G network(data off): 6 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data off) : hours
- Internet : N/A
- Music : 8 Hours
- Video : 6 hours
- Talk Time 3G network(data on): 4 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data on) : 5.5 hours
- Internet : 6 Hours
- Music : 8 Hours
- Video : 4 hours
- Talk Time 3G network(data off): 5 Hours
- Talk Time 2g (data off) : 6 hours
- Internet : 6.5 Hours
- Music : 8 Hours
- Video : 4.5 hours
So many tablets have been launched. But, none have given the flexibility that the Galaxy Tab 2 does. Portability, connectivity, expandability, multimedia and Android 4.0.4 with a nice flavor of TouchWiz. We have no complaints, except possibly price and the lack of microUSB connector. It’s a lot of fun to use the tab and even more easier to carry around. The host of docks and accessories make it a users delight.