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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is almost identical to the manufacturer’s OG Galaxy tablet and the 7.0 Plus that have been launched before it. A few of the specifications of the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) have been downgraded: the camera at the front is now VGA and the TI OMAP dual-core central processing unit has a lower speed of 1GHz. However, the 1024×600 TFT liquid crystal display remains and so does the 3MP rear-facing camera, IR blaster and the slot for microSD.
The hardware has been refreshed and some tweaks have been made to the design and the most important change is the shift to the Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, on top of which sits Samsung’s TouchWiz user-interface. But with just the new software, was there a need for Samsung to have come out with a completely new model in its already extensive line-up of tablets? Maybe the price — $250 — this WiFi tablet sells at can give the Kindle Fire some competition.
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Features of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)
The lineage from where the Tab 2 has descended is pretty much obvious. It looks exactly like the 7.0 Plus, which retails for $420, though it is slightly more thicker at 10.5mm compared to 9.96mm. But despite this the weight of the two tablets is exactly the same: 345 grams.
At first glance you would be hard pressed to spot the difference between the two. However, after examining the devices closely you will notice the omission of speaker grille at the front and the LED flash on the rear of the new device. Ergonomically, this device is better to hold while watching a video. The surface of the tablet is slippery though it remains smudge free. On the right of the tablet there are keys for volume and power along with the IR blaster. The charging dock and the twin-speakers are fitted to the base.
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On the left side, there is a covered slot for a microSD card with the 3.5mm jack for the earphones finding a place on the top edge. The back is plain save for the 3MP camera and the Samsung logo. The front remains largely unadorned with the ambient sensor and VGA shooter fitted in the thick bezel which surrounds the seven-inch 1024×600 PLS TFT screen. It can be easily viewed from different angles and only the harshest of lighting can upset the composure of the screen. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)’s screen can double up as a mirror as it reflects lot of light.
Performance & Battery Life
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is endowed with less specifications than the 7.0 Plus. The Tab 2′s CPU is manufactured by Texas Instruments and it is quite different from the in-house Exynos processor used in big brother 7.0 Plus and is also slower by 200MHz.
The slower speed does affect the performance and in our test, the Tab 2 was left behind by 7.0 Plus in almost all tasks. However, in real world conditions these tests don’t matter much because the Tab 2 works quite fast. Navigating from one screen to the next is accomplished at a fluid and consistent pace.
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Not even once did we encounter any kind of trouble which generally afflicts other tablets, running on Android operating system. Though the browser on the Tab 2 (7.0) may not have the speed of the Plus, but users won’t be disappointed by its overall ability. The pinch-to-zoom feature works briskly though there are some white spaces and slight loss in the integrity of the text.
Power to the Tab 2 (7.0) is provided by the tried and tested 4000mAh battery pack, which lasts 7.38 hours while playing videos before needing a recharge. In comparison, the battery on the 7.0 Plus lasts eight hours. It can even last more than a day if you don’t use the tablet very extensively.
Samsung is positioning the Tab 2 (7.0) as a media consumption tablet and fitted an IR blaster on it. Coupled with the Peel application, which is similar to the one on the 7.0 Plus, the Tab 2 turns into a universal television remote control, containing program recommendations.
The operating system on the Tab 2 (7.0) is the Android Ice Cream Sandwich. The inbuilt storage capacity is 8GB which can be extended up to 32GB using a microSD card. Samsung also offers a one-year free Dropbox service which has a storage capacity of 50GB.
Cameras fitted on tablets don’t give as reliable and sharp results as those on smartphones and digital cameras. Having said that, the 3MP shooter does just fine, clicking detailed, if noisy and a little bit oversaturated pictures. Videos can be recorded at a resolution of 720p.
Sum Up & Price of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)
It is difficult to find a better Ice Cream Sandwich tablet at the price the Tab 2 (7.0) sells at. Available for $250, makes a great buy for budget-minded buyers, who won’t mind its WiFi-only hardware.