Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is the sequel from the Korean electronics giant to the original Galaxy Tab 7.0 and the 7.0 Plus.

Features

A peek through the specs should tell you that much has not changed on the hardware as compared to the original Galaxy. If you have been wondering what really has changed then on the Samsung Galaxy 2 (7.0 inch), there are a couple of hardware changes which are not that noticeable.

The front-facing camera has been downgraded to VGA and the processor has been mellowed down a bit to 1.0 GHz. The LED flash for the back camera has been omitted. The tablet features a 1024*600 7 inch TFT PLS display.

Samsung must have surely set its sights on latest Android 4.0 OS and the budget category, considering that the tablet is about half the price of the Galaxy 7.0 Plus.

Usability

It’s hard to notice an external difference in the layout of the keys or the ports around the tablet as compared to its predecessor. Unfortunately, the performance comparison between this tablet and its predecessors does not have much speaking in its favor.

However, if you are not overly worried about the scores, the tablet can provide reasonably fast navigation between screens and the browser is capable of rendering full desktop sites in about eight to twelve seconds. Battery life is not a strong feature of this tablet with just about 7 and half hours of juice.

The IR blaster is a nice feature on the Galaxy 2 that will transform your tablet into a smart remote. The Ice Cream Sandwich user interface will be a welcome change for anybody who has experienced the previous Android versions.

The 3-megapixel rear camera just about does its job. Do not expect high-quality pictures. The device ships as Wi-Fi only option and is mainly targeted at the budget buyers.

What Customers Say

Among the biggest competition to the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is the Kindle Fire. Some users have experienced a better browser compatibility including Flash on the Samsung than the Kindle. The Micro SD slot lets you add on an additional 32 GB to the inbuilt 8 GB on the Galaxy 2 (7.0), unlike the Kindle.

However, you must note that Ice Cream Sandwich in its current build does not allow any Google Play Apps to be saved on to the Micro SD Card. This has had some customers disappointed as the only other memory available is the inbuilt 8GB storage. The Apps space may run out real quick.

A few customers also had Wi-Fi issues and this could be really critical since the only networking option on this tablet is through the Wireless connection.

Conclusion

It is clear from the tablets design and features that Samsung has the Kindle Fire market in mind when it designed this tablet. If you are on a budget and do not mind being limited to a Wi-Fi only connection and a bit of compromise on the performance, the Samsung Galaxy 2.0 (7 inch) is something that is definitely worth consideration.