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T-Mobile today announced the availability of their version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablet. You can snag one now online for $399.99 on a two-year contract after mail-in rebate. Though the AT&T or Sprint models have LTE included, the T-Mobile version is about a hundred bucks cheaper. 

Here's a quick run-down of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, but you can get a full tour in our review

  • Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich (Jelly Bean coming "soon")
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset)
  • 10.1-inch WXGA PLS TFT 1280 x 800 display
  • 7,000mAh Lithium-Ion battery
  • 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM and microSD card slot supporting up to 64 GB memory card
  • Mobile hotspot capability supporting up to 10 Wi-Fi enabled devices simultaneously

Of course, this all pales in comparison to the now-available Nexus 10. Would anyone actually be interested in getting a Tab 2 10.1 with the N10 available as an option? For that matter, are there any other high-end Android tablets worth considering? Even if you were still in the market for a Tab 2 10.1 after all that, why go with T-Mobile?

More: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 forums

 
There are 9 comments

DAS says:

IMO, for those in the market for a 10 inch Android tablet should be considering the Nexus 10 or the Galaxy Note 10.1.

These other tablets, while nice, don't have the value added features of the Nexus 10 or the Note 10.1. Again, it's just my opinion.

Joe H. says:

I would also add the Transformer Infinity to your list for the best 10" tablets

Mobius360 says:

I had the Prime + Keyboard, it was very nice. The extra battery life with the Keyboard made it last forever. I would definitely recommend either Asus Tablets being sold right now with the keyboard. Plus they were good about updates.

In the end for me, I found my needs to be different. I found myself using my Xoom 4G all the time because I would travel with it. So I sold my Prime and kept my older Xoom. I know you can use your phone to give you a connection or buy a portable hot spot, but the convenience of my Tablet being ready to go at a moments notice is what I like best.

With that said I would take this Tab 2 over many other 10" Tablets but I wouldn't replace my Xoom for it. Hopefully a N10 3G is in my future, maybe even 4G by then.

ChrisFricke says:

Agreed that the Asus Transformer series needs more love sometimes. My Prime has replaced my laptop and paper notebook for work purposes. I tether it to my Samsung GS3 and sometimes will charge the GS3 from the Prime while doing so. It's pretty much the circle of mobility life.

Jayshmay says:

I agree, especially the Galaxy Note 10.1!
That thing has a lot of value added features!

Mobius360 says:

The problem with all the Tablets being mentioned is none of them have a 3G or 4G connection.

There's better Tablets spec wise for sure. Probably the best recommendation right now would be to get the Nexus 7 3G Tablet.

I don't understand why the Tab 2 is coming suddenly out on carriers. It's been out a long time and while it's a capable tablet, the carriers should have pushed for the Note 10.1. Of course I'm typing this on my Xoom 4G Tablet which is very long in the tooth but is still doing things nicely. A Note 10.1 4G Tablet would make me consider upgrading. Or a N10 3G Tablet of course.

chronophilos says:

It still puzzles me why there is such a discrepancy between "professional" online reviews of the Note 10.1 and "real users" reviews.

"$399.99 on a two-year contract after mail-in rebate" HAHAHAHAH....No! Seriously 400 bucks after a rebate and on a 2-year contract? Who in their right mind would buy that when an unlocked Nexus 10 costs only a 100 more without a contract along with superior specs?

mtmerrick says:

What no one seems to realize is that the Sprint/AT&T/T-Mo versions of this tablet have Snapdragon S4 CPUs in them, vs the OMAP4 in the WiFi and Unlocked GSM versions have. That's a HUGE difference, and IMHO makes them not even the same device.