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The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 launched last year and flew under the radar for the most part, being overshadowed by the mini tablet revolution and the introduction of 3 new iPads in 2012.
The Christian Post was able to get its hands on the 10.1-inch version and what was found was that the Galaxy Tab 2 is a decent tablet, but definitely needs some kinks worked out on the next go round.
The Galaxy Tab 2 is a huge step up from its predecessor in the display department. Its 10.1-inch Super PLS LCD screen has a 1280x800 resolution providing the user with a quality high-definition experience. It also comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and 1024 MB of RAM.
The device's display looks beautiful, but it did not provide the smoothest experience navigating through the various apps. The Galaxy Tab 2 cannot be called slow, but it pales in comparison to the 4th generation iPad and Nexus 10 tablet in the speed department.
One of the Galaxy Tab 2's most valuable assets is its ability to connect to 4G LTE networks. This makes the tablet have a slight advantage over the Samsung Nexus 10 since Google has not yet released an LTE version.
Battery life on the Galaxy Tab 2 is pretty good as with less than moderate use the device can last up to 3 days, even with its LTE antenna.
The HD screen is one of the main selling points on the Galaxy Tab 2 but there are issues when it comes to watching the YouTube app. When videos are viewed in high-definition they load extremely slowly on Wi-Fi and LTE which is unfortunate.
The web browser also takes a while to load. This can be seen in the video. Even when it is connected to Wi-Fi the browser lags a bit too much.
This is strange as apps such as Netflix run quite well without any issues even in areas with low LTE reception. The picture is blurry at first, and clears up as the bars on the LTE reception rise.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a decent tablet, but is not on par with the best in the market such as the Nexus 10, and iPad 4. Samsung will need to step it up a bit with the Galaxy Tab 3 if it hopes to be the number one tablet in the market.