Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) GT-P5100 & GT-P5110 User Manual

Official user manual for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Below is the user guide for the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi and 3G model GT-P5100

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Below is the user guide for the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Wi-Fi only model GT-P5110

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Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 vs. Galaxy Note 10.1

Choice can be a good or a bad thing depending on your perspective. Samsung have two 10 inch Android tablets available right now, so is this catering to our needs or just plain confusing?

Samsung are a prolific hardware manufacturer and release a lot of products (not just in the mobile industry) every year. The choice in range is great for those who love to pour over spec sheets and find the perfect fit but for some it can be confusing. At the time of writing Samsung have the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 and the Galaxy Note 10.1 both sitting in almost the same place in the tablet market and for those who struggle or maybe just don’t have the time, figuring out which is better or just right for you may be tough. So let’s put them side by side and try to pick a winner.

Operating System

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Version Android 4.0 ICS (upgrade to Jelly Bean expected soon) Android 4.0 ICS (upgrade to Jelly Bean expected soon)
Skin TouchWiz TouchWiz

Result – DRAW As expected both devices are running the highest available version of Android that Samsung are currently supporting with their TouchWiz skin. An official stable 4.1 release for either device is not yet available but expect them both to appear at similar times.

Raw Power

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Processor 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412
RAM 1 GB 2 GB

Result – Note 10.1 No two ways about it, the Note 10.1 is way ahead of the Tab 2 10.1 in terms of punching power. It’s worth noting that several reviews also mark the Note 10.1 as setting new benchmark highs for graphics performance on an Android Tablet.

Display

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Resolution WXGA 1280 x 800 WXGA 1280 x 800
Glass Corning Gorilla Glass Corning Gorilla Glass

Result – DRAW It’s the same display which is to be expected with both tablets being in the same range from the same manufacturer. Not much to say here apart from it’s a high quality, bright and scratch resistant screen on both devices.

Connectivity

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Bluetooth 3.0 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 802.11 a/b/g/n
DLNA No No
Power / USB Connector Proprietary 30 pin Proprietary 30 pin
Card slot MicroSD MicroSD

Result – Note 10.1 Practically the same but the Note 10.1 edges things by including Bluetooth 4 support. It’s not a massive difference but version 4 includes new low energy protocols which makes the Note 10.1 more suitable as a constant Bluetooth hub or for those who regularly use Bluetooth apps for sharing data between devices.

Camera

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Megapixels 3 MP 5 MP
Flash LED Flash & autofocus LED Flash & autofocus
Front Facing Camera 0.3 MP 1.9 MP

Result – Note 10.1 The Note 10.1 also takes this round with both main and front facing cameras having an improved resolution.

Design

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Dimensions (inches) 10.1 x 6.9 x 0.38 10.3 x 7.1 x 0.35
Weight 588g 597g

Result – DRAW Although the Tab 2 is the marginally smaller and lighter of the two devices, the Note 10.1 has to include a slot for the S-Pen stylus to fit which invariably adds a bit of width but the tablet as a whole is actually slightly thinner. The differences and the reasons for them effectively cancel each other out. Coming from the same Galaxy range means both devices look and feel quite similar and colour is always a personal choice. I wouldn’t pick between these two on looks alone for sure.

Battery

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
Capacity 7000 mAh 7000 mAh
Removable Yes Yes

Result – DRAW Like the display round, what we have here is the same Samsung part being used. As always the actual battery life and performance of each device is going to vary depending on personal use – time spent on 3G / WiFi, gaming, using high power background applications etc. The higher clocked quad-core processor in the Note 10.1 has the potential to drain the battery faster than the Tab 2’s dual-core offering, which may be worth considering.

Price

  Tab 2 10.1 Note 10.1
16 GB WiFi £264 ex VAT £335 ex VAT
16 GB WiFi / 3G £349 ex VAT £420 ex VAT

Result – Tab 2 10.1 The Tab 2 is the cheaper device and Samsung have intentionally made it so to ease differentiating the two tablets. The reasons for this can be seen in the basic power specs alone along with the Note 10.1’s higher end camera, inclusion of the S-Pen and extra software that makes use of it.

Conclusion

The two tablets are actually quite tough to pull apart; in terms of the average user experience many would be hard pushed to tell the difference due to the identical operating system, interface and similar design. The differences lie where the power user will be interested. A faster processor and increased memory ensures the Note 10.1 has a longer lifespan and will remain ‘relevant’ as a higher end product for a longer time. Also as Android continues to develop and more powerful apps are released, the extra power will be better utilised whilst the Tab 2 10.1 is left behind.

Also no comparison here would be complete without another mention of the Note 10.1’s S-Pen. Samsung’s stylus makes writing, note taking and drawing a breeze and offers a much richer interaction. Its inclusion arguably justifies the extra cost over a Tab 2 10.1 with the same storage space without taking into account the increased power.

At the end of the day the proof is in the price. If you want a high quality 10 inch Android tablet for today and also want to save a bit of cash then you can’t really go wrong with the Tab 2 10.1. However if you want the knowledge that you’ve bought the best available device in the range, as future proofed as possible and with an extra toy on the side to show off with then spend that little bit extra and go for the Note 10.1.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 £50 cashback offer (UK only)

Samsung is currently running an offer to give UK customers £50 cashback when purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), or £30 cashback when purchasing a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). The offer runs until 30th September 2012 and claims can be submitted here from 30th August onwards. If you place an order with us, the invoice that we provide is used for the cashback claim.

The offer on the Tab 2 (7.0) brings the 8GB version down to under £200, which is a great price considering what the tablet has to offer. It also brings the Tab 2 (10.1) WiFi below £300 which is a great price for a 10-inch tablet of this quality.

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The Google Nexus 7 is seen as the Jesus tablet of the Android world and it is true that it is gaining lots of attention from the mass media, consumers and those in the market for an affordable tablet with a good screen and decent specifications. There is, however, an alternative.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 follows a fairy long line of Android tablet efforts from Samsung, most of which I haven’t enjoyed at all or considered to be too expensive, but this one surprised me a lot.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 & 7 arriving Friday

Ice Cream Sandwich Android tablets in stock this week

We are now expecting the first stock of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) to arrive on Friday 22nd June. We will be stocking the following variants of the latest additions to Samsung’s ever-growing tablet portfolio:

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5100 (3G) 16GB Titanium Silver £349 (£418.80 inc. VAT)

Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 P5110 (Wi-Fi) 16GB Titanium Silver £264 (£316.80 inc. VAT) 

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3100 (3G) 16GB Titanium Silver £299 (£358.80 inc. VAT)

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3110 (Wi-Fi) 8GB Titanium Silver £184 (£220.80 inc. VAT)

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