After my wife became inseparable from her Galaxy Tab 10.1 (first generation/version), I recommended this newer Tab as a first tablet for my mother. For her purposes (checking email, basic Web browsing, Google Maps), it was more than enough. Buying on discount for a refurbished made it a no-brainer. We'll see how she does with it, but overall this newer version of the Tab is more refined than my wife's. If she ends up loving it half as much as my wife loves/uses hers, it was a steal of a deal
The Galaxy Tab 2 (refurb) was in absolutely horrible condition. The unit booted up and seems to run well, but, the rear cover is dented/damaged and the unit has several areas of dead pixels. This unit wasn't refurbished, it was factory reset and packaged to sell. On top of that, it shipped without a proper charger. The Galaxy Tab 2 uses a proprietary charger, not a micro USB... which is what it shipped with. Ridiculous. The unit should never have shipped in the first place without actually being "refurbished", but to ship without the proper required accessories is beyond dumb.
Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (10.1) opens up the tablet experience, bringing a new level of interactivity and multimedia sharing to the entire family. Whether resting on the couch, playing in the den or reading e-books to your children in bed, enjoy a stimulating world of digital contents for fun and relaxed sharing. Outfitted with the latest Android platform and preloaded with exicting apps, entertainment hubs and full Google Mobile services. Slim and lightweight, Tab 2 (10.1) is smart, accessible tablet that everyone will love.