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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a far cry from its little brother, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0.

December 17, 2012
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Science Introduction

Outdated hardware has a bad knack of falling short.

Screen Performance

It has lower pixel density, but average performance otherwise.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 's screen is 8.5" x 5.325" and has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, giving it a pixel density of 150 pixels per inch (PPI), which is very low for current tablets. What does this mean for you? Well, for starters, you may notice pixels on your screen more prominently, and for media purists this may not be ideal, especially now that there are several devices with "retina" displays or very near.

All things considered, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a decent contrast performance, due in no small part to its relatively low black level of 0.42 cd/m2. With a peak brightness of 370.61 cd/m2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 nets a contrast ratio that is decent, but not all that great at 882:1. A wide contrast ratio is important to have, as the wider it goes, the more values along the greyscale it can produce, and the more detail will be preserved in shadows or different lighting schemes.

Like many of the last generation tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a very bad color gamut. Not only are the reds and greens very undersaturated (not as deep as they should be), but the blues are shifted to a more cyan color, meaning there is a high potential for error with pictures that use a lot of these particular colors. Your media may end up looking odd.

In addition to the other screen woes like low pixel density, bad color gamut, and uninspiring contrast performance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a highly reflective screen. Bouncing back about 15.5% of all light shone on the screen back at the user, you'll definitely be annoyed by the reflection patterns on the screen in even low light situations. Best to keep this one inside.

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Battery Life

Fair battery life

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 offers users about 6 hours and 3 minutes reading eBooks, and 6 hours and 10 minutes watching video. We were able to get these results by maxing the backlight and disabling literally everything else we possibly could, so running other apps, location services, or turning down the backlight will alter your battery life.

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