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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Tablet Review

An older tablet, will work in a pinch for browsing and media consumption needs.

December 17, 2012
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Video Controls

The pre-installed video player for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has a rather strange-looking semi-transparent control overlay that appears once you open a video file that's been downloaded onto your tablet. Once open, you'll see a play/pause icon, track forward, track backward, scrub bar, audio settings, and volume slider. After a moment or two, this overlay will disappear once you've stopped pawing at it so you can watch your videos in relative peace.

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Video Management

File management on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a little tricky, as it can be a pain to get the stupid PTP/MTP transfer working the way it should. Once you've found a method that works to transfer files between your computer and tablet, you will probably elect to dump your video files in the "movies" folder on the hard drive of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Once there, you'll be able to browse them with the movie player of your choice.

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Video Formats

Despite the decent array of file format options available to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, you may have a couple files that you want on your tablet that you'd like to watch but your hardware won't allow it. No worries: the Play Store has a bunch of alternative media player options for video, and many of them come with codec packs that allow you much better file support. To wit, MX Player is well-attested.

Internet Video

Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 has mostly-unfettered access to the Play Store, you'll be able to make good use of the YouTube, Netflix, and other apps that can be found in Google's app bazaar. Unfortunately, there is currently no Amazon instant video app, but it stands to reason that this may not be the case forever, as one exists for the Android-based Kindle Fires.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Conclusion
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