Living with Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 for 7 days: Day 4

Since last three days I’m looking at Galaxy Tab 2 externally and sharing that experience, now I think is the right time to take a look inside it. I feel a device can be as powerful as its hardware. No matter how many awesome apps or games are available for any device, unless and until they are supported by device’s hardware, they can’t be used. And, hence today I checked out what’s underneath this wonderful Tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Under the hood

The device features a TI OMAP 4430 chipset powering a dual-core 1 GHz processor. It has PowerVR SGX540 as the graphics processor. Galaxy Tablet has 1 GB of RAM.

In memory department, it has internal storage of 16 GB out if which approx. 12 GB is available to user. Unlike other tablets, Galaxy Tab also gives the option of external storage via MicroSD cards up to 32 GB making it a perfect Portable entertainment device.

A non-removable Li-Ion battery of 4000 mAh fuels the device, which according to Samsung’s claims have Stand-by time of up to 1190 h (in 2G)/ up to 1080 h (in 3G) and Talk-time of up to 40 h (in 2G)/ up to 20 h (in 3G).

In my usage, the tablet has good combination of processor and RAM, as I didn’t faced any lags while using it for normal tasks or even for processor-intensive tasks.

Whatever I may say about the tablet’s hardware capability, its actual potential can only be seen when it stacks up against competition.

Benchmarks

The first benchmark I ran was AnTuTu Benchmark, which is one of the most popular tool for benchmarking Android devices. It runs the “Memory Performance”, “CPU Integer Performance”, “CPU Floating point Performance”, “2D/ 3D Graphics Performance”, “SD card reading/ writing speed”, “Database IO” on the device to calculate its overall score.

AnTuTu Benchmark on Galaxy Tab 2       AnTuTu Benchmark on Galaxy Tab 2

AnTuTu Benchmark also compares the device’s performance against other Android devices (including Tablets and Smartphones), here’s the ranking chart-

AnTuTu Benchmark on Galaxy Tab 2 compared with other Android devices

I also ran Quadrant Benchmark on the tablet. This tool computes the device’s CPU, I/O and 3D Graphics.

Quadrant Benchmark on Galaxy Tab 2

Overall, according to my experience, while the tablet can’t be compared to other smartphones and tablets out there in terms of hardware, it still holds its own territory well. Also, those devices costs double and triple the price of Galaxy Tab 2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 packs a decent punch of hardware for an affordable tablet.

If you want to read my previous days of experience of using Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, kindly follow these links:

Day 1 Unboxing and First Look
Day 2 Operating System and Bundled Apps
Day 3 Calling, Texting and Browsing in Tablet
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