When we review a second-generation product there are certain things we tend to take for granted: this new thing, whatever it is, will be thinner, faster, longer-lasting, maybe even with more bells and whistles in tow. With Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1, though, it’s a little less obvious why its sequel is here. It offers near-identical specs, including a 10-inch, 1280 x 800 PLS display, dual-core 1GHz chip, 1GB of RAM and a minimum of 16GB of internal storage. What’s more, this generation is slightly thicker and heavier, and sheds the LED flash that used to sit on the back side. But there’s one detail we haven’t mentioned yet: in addition to softening the specs, Samsung dropped the price by about hundred bucks, so that it now starts at $ 400.
Clearly, then, the 10.1 has evolved into a mid-range tablet, whereas it used to be the best Samsung had to offer. That’s good news for penny-pinching shoppers, but Samsung has a bit of a problem on its hands: it’s jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire, dodging direct competition with the new iPad, only to find itself competing with a raft of affordable tablets made by Acer, ASUS and even Apple. So how does Samsung’s warmed-over 10.1 compare? Can it be a winner in the mid-tier category, at least? Let’s find out.
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