Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) went on sale the past weekend and in just mere days, the $400 Android gizmo was rooted. XDA Developers member weltwon posted instructions on how to gain root access to the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 inch version. This root allows you to access protected files and settings.

Also, this hack will allow users to install apps that require root privileges and allows the install of custom ROMs on the slate. Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary here, since the Samsung 10 inch tablet is rooted the same way the 7 inch is and any other Android device for that matter. Keep in mind that rooting an Android tablet will result in voiding its warranty, so be careful with that. The good thing here, when rooting the device is that you get rid of TouchWiz, that frankly to me is a bit of a pest, since I don’t appreciate its looks and sluggishness.

You can go with the latest CyanogenMod as replacement or any other custom ROM you fancy. Meanwhile, remember that you can get the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 from Amazon for a mere $399.99. For this price you get a tablet with 1280 x 800 pixel display, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and a dual core TI OMAP CPU.