Full Performance Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100, Latest Software, Increased Performance

As the tablet market leader in several countries, Samsung unveiled two tablets at once which directly carry the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Both of these tablets are Galaxy Tab 2 7 inches and 10.1 inches. Accordance with its name, Galaxy Tab comes with two 10.1-inch screen that pretty much 10.i as a successor of Galaxy’s first-generation 10.1-inch Tab. So, what are the advantages offered by tablet that was released with the price about $530 dollars is?

The design

Dimensions: (WxDxH): 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7 mm and weights 588 g.

Design of Tab 2 10.1 looks similar to Galaxy Tab 2 7″ which comes first. Tablet which CnwinTech trials comes with gray on the back and black on the screen frame.

In contrast to Tab 2 7″ which second speakers located below, speaker at Tab 2 10.1 located on the left and right. With speakers laying on both sides, making sound output even more optimal.

Samsung logo placed right below the screen, so it can be concluded that default position of this tablet is landscape. While above its screen there is a VGA front camera for video calls.

The power button which sitting on top placed side by side with the volume control buttons, slot micro SD card audio port and SIM card slot. At bottom of the body there are only a proprietary Samsung port charger you can also functioned to transfer data to a PC. Unfortunately the HDMI port was also absent from the tablet should be this one.


Processor: TI OMAP 4430Dual-core 1 GHz; GPU: PowerVR SGX540; RAM: 1GB; Storage: 16GB (availabe user: 11GB)

In order to run applications smoothly, Samsung equip Tab 2 10.1 with a 1GHz dual core processor and 1GB RAM. Difference if the first generation, Samsung use processors made by Nvidia which only equipped with single-channel memory controller.

While in this second generation Samsung chose to use a processor made by Texas Instruments which has a dual-channel memory controller to obtain a better ability to handle multitasking and video decoding.

Although from the slightly better performance, but in terms of power consumption, Tab 2 10.1 more power hungry. Unfortunately, in terms of battery capacity that carried did not have increased that still in amount of 7000 mAh.

OS and Interface

Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0.3, TouchWiz UX: 7 Homescreen, Notification Area, etc.; 7" LCD PLS capacitive touchscreen 1280x800 pixel ~ 16M colors 149 ppi

Armed with the latest Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich, Tab 2 UX 10.1 using TouchWiz interface that presents 7 homescreen that you can fill with widgets, application shortcuts, wallpaper, etc. as needed.

Not much different from the Honeycomb, the main page of Tab 2 10.1 decorated with rows of virtual keys back, home, recent apps, screenshots and arrow. The difference if the older OS, you can only see applications that run in background, while here you can also close running applications simply by shifting an application icon to the side.

In the lower right corner of screen there is a notification bar, while in the upper left corner you will find a shortcut to access Google search box. To get into menu, you simply touching top right corner drawer section. Menu icons laid out by 8 x 5 formation if held in landscape position.

Camera and Video

Rear Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, Fixed Focus; Front camera: VGA

To supporting an image preservation, Samsung equip Tab 2 10.1 with 3.15 megapixel fixed focus camera that unfortunately has not been equipped with flash lights.

Bunch additional settings such as self portrait, shooting mode, scene modes, exposure value, timer, effects and so on have been embedded also by Samsung.

For results of picture itself, quite clearly when outdoors. However, BGers will see a lot of noise when used to take pictures objects indoors. Even so, it thus not a problem considering tablet functions are more used to playing games or typing.

While for recording moving objects, Tab 2 10.1 has support 720p HD-quality video (1280 x 720 pixels) with various settings such as self-recording, recording mode, exposure value, timer, effects, resolution, etc.


Audio: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA; Video: AVI, DIVX, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV, TS

Default music player tab 2 10.1 categorize songs stored by album, artist, genre, folder, composer, and year. Default music player will also automatically displays the playlist that contains a list of songs that are played or recently added.

The sound effects and equalizer were also embedded by Samsung. Audio player can play various audio formats commonly used. When you play audio files, the interface will be divided into three screens consisting of a filter on the left, albums in the middle and now playing on the right side.

While for the video player, you will be greeted with an interface that gives you the option for sorting videos stored on a thumbnail view, list or folder. Tab 2 10.1 itself can play various video formats up to full resolution HD1080p. CH.5.1 effect is also present in its video player. You can also choose 3 full screen mode: normal, fill and stretch.

Phone and Sms

GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100

Unlike its predecessor, Tab 2 1.10 adds the ability to make phone calls and send sms. You can also make video calls via 3G to use VGA camera in front.

Embedded contact list consists of two panels, namely the right panel that displays contact name as well as the left panel that contains contact details like phone numbers, mobile, email, address and so on.

While to send a sms, there are two panels on the left side that displays sms contact and message content details on the right side that appears in chat mode.


GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100, HSDPA 21 Mbps. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspots, Bluetooth A2DP

Browsing the web with Tab 2 10.1 you can do via a 3G connection and Wi-Fi. Android browser that had also been supported flash player.

Unfortunately not like Tab 7 plus that can open 22 tabs at once, or Tab 7.7 which able to open 16 tabs, Tab 2 1.10 browser can only open 8 tabs.


A2DP Bluetooth, DLNA with AllShare, Wi-Fi Direct

For the purposes Data transfer, Samsung only equip Tab 2 10.1 with a data cable that’s too bad using a special port Samsung rather than a micro USB port such as tablets or other modern cell phones. By purchasing accessory USB Connection Kit, Tab 2 1.10 can actually be used to read flash.

In addition to data transfer via cable, you can also use the data transfer via Wi-Fi or Wi-Fi Direct. Meanwhile if you want to play videos, listen to music or view photos from other DLNA devices that are in a hotspot, you can use AllShare application.

Highlight Features

All Share, chaton, My Files, Games Hub, Photo Editor, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, S Suggest, Video Maker and Samsung Apps.

Office applications, Polaris Office were also present to support you in completing work tasks. You can open, edit and create a new document format doc, excel, and powerpoint.

Photo editor App as well as movie editor at Tab 2 10.1 is called Movie Maker also included by Samsung. Whereas screenshot editor allows users to edit capture menu results by using handwriting recognition feature.

S Suggest and Samsung Apps has also been included to allow you to choose and get applications that best suits to your device which made by Samsung.


Quadrant Standard: 2635, Antutu Benchmark: 4930, Nenamark 1:29.6 fps, Nenamark 2:18.6

Benchmark test results Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 by using Standard Edition Quadrant managed to get a 2635 score. Meanwhile, when using Antutu Benchmark, successfully obtained 4930 score. These Obtaining makes Tab 2 10.1 ahead of Amazon Kindle Fire.

Whereas when tested using a nenamark earned 29.6 fps points. Meanwhile, 18.6 points was achieved by Tab 2 10.1 when tested with Nenamark 2. Points are slightly more superior above Galaxy Tab first generation due to similar GPU embedded.


Plus: 1GHz dual core processor, affordable price, New OS

Minus: Average Pictures, Minus HDMI, Features Monotony

The arrival of the latest Android system update used by Samsung to launch new products, one of them by launching Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Coming with specs and features similar to his brother Galaxy Tab 2 7″, Samsung seems to just make the screen size as a differentiating factor. This will certainly give the impression that Samsung products tend to be monotonous and slow innovation. However, the presence of this new tablet will certainly continue to attract consumers considering the price is quite light in pocket.

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Muhammad Azam

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