Apart from the original 7-inch Galaxy Tab, all the Samsung tablets look identical, with just a few aesthetic differences. The tablet back is made of matte plastic and is resistant to fingerprints.
The tablet comes with microSD card and regular SIM card slot on the left, while volume rocker and power button are present on the right.
There is no Micro-USB port on the device and company has included a proprietary data cum charging port on the bottom that is joined by the stereo speakers and primary mic. The top houses the 3.5mm audio jack and secondary mic.
In order to reduce the pricing of Tab 2, Samsung has opted for 1024x600p PLS display instead of much fancier AMOLED displays. PLS display are said to be brighter than normal LCD and offer better viewing angles, which is true for Tab 2 310 apart from the glare, but make no mistake – it is just your average display.
The touchscreen on the tablet is prone to smudges and fingerprints.
Software/ User Interface
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 310 runs on Android 4.0.3 with Touchwiz UX on top. Another positive of having ICS on the device is the ability to install Chrome browserr.
One of the major issues that keep plaguing every Android tablet is the lack of optimised apps, and the story is same with Galaxy Tab 2 310. The number of tablet optimised apps is increasing but it is still quite low when compared to iOS.
On the pre-installed apps front, Samsung has included its own set of mini-apps (such as alarm, calculator, e-mail, music player, etc.) that do not take full screen space and can be overlaid on any running apps.
These mini-apps are very useful at times and can be opened from anywhere on the tablet by simply tapping on the arrow present on the bottom panel.
Other pre-loaded apps include ChatON, Photo Editor, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, World Clock and Video maker.
Samsung has included a 3MP rear camera and VGA front camera on Tab 2 310. While, you won’t be using this tablet as your primary imaging device, but still the rear camera leaves a lot to be desired. The quality of images is average and as there is no flash, you will hardly be able to take any decent shots in low-light conditions.
The front camera is usable and you won’t have any issues with video chats on the tablet.
Performance/ Battery Life
The Galaxy Tab 2 comes with 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM, which is more than enough to give decent performance and it succeeds in that. Apart from the occasional hiccups and shutters, the tablet is pretty smooth.
Tab 2 310 also comes with 3G connectivity with voice calling support and it works as anticipated. You can make voice calls, send text messages and get 3G data, when you have no Wi-Fi access. In a country like India, where you don’t find Wi-Fi hotspot that commonly, having 3G on the tablet is certainly a big value addition.
The game playback is decent and games like Temple Run, BackStab, Asphalt 6 and Shadowgun worked perfectly.
The Wi-Fi and Bluetooth work just fine, however the Wi-Fi range is less than other tablets in the market.
The tablet comes with 4000 mAh battery, which is same as found in Galaxy Tab 620, and you will get almost two days of battery backup on regular use. However, if you are a 3G network hog, don’t expect it to last more than a day on heavy use.