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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G - When One More is Too Many

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Launch SRP S$598

Overall rating 7.5/10
Design:
8
Features:
8.5
User-Friendliness:
8.5
Performance:
6.5
Value:
7.5
THE GOOD
Runs on Android 4.0
Good build quality and handling
Expandable memory slot
THE BAD
Average performance
Competition offers better choices
Price could be lower


Overview, Design and Features

Overview

Samsung introduced its first tablet, the Galaxy Tab at the end 2010. Though it was touted as an iPad killer, the Samsung Galaxy Tab suffered from one serious drawback which was its user experience. Running on Android 2.2 Froyo, the user interface wasn't optimized for use on the 7-inch display hence making the Galaxy Tab look like an oversized smartphone.

Earlier this year, Samsung refreshed its Galaxy Tab with two more powerful slates - the Galaxy Tab 7.7 and the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, where we had our first hands-on at an event. This time round, both of these tablets run on the tablet optimized Android 3.0 Honeycomb platform, which obviously led to a better user experience.The Galaxy Tab 7.7 impressed us greatly with its Super AMOLED Plus display while the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus offered an overall package of features and performance that is hard to beat. However, the two tablets suffered from sluggish performance which is not uncommon among Honeycomb tablets.

Just six months later, we have in our labs the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), one of the first two Android 4.0 tablets from the company. Similar to the Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) that we reviewed earlier, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) looks like an exact copy of all recent Samsung slates. What's more important in this case are the hardware and software components running under the hood. As per usual, let's take a look at the specs between the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and the first Galaxy Tab: -

 

Comparing the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G against the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and the original Galaxy Tab  (3G)

Specifications Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) 3G Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (3G) Samsung Galaxy Tab (3G)
Operating System / User Interface
  • Google Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Google Android 3.2 Honeycomb
  • Google Android 2.2 Froyo
Processor
  • TI OMAP 4430 dual-core 1GHz
  • Exynos dual-core 1.2GHz
  • Hummingbird single-core 1GHz
Built-in Memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 1GB RAM
  • 512MB RAM
Display
  • 7.0-inch display, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • 7.0-inch display, 1024 x 600 pixels
  • 7.0-inch display, 1024 x 600 pixels 
Camera
  • VGA front and 3-megapixel rear fixed focus camera
  • 2.0-megapixel front and 3.0-megapixel autofocus rear camera
  • 1.3-megapixel front and 3-megapixel rear camera with auto focus and LED flash
Storage
  • 16GB internal memory 
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 16GB internal memory
  • microSD support up to 32GB
  • 16/32GB
  • microSD support up to 32GB
Battery
  • 4000mAh
  • 4000mAh
  • 4000mAh
Dimensions
  • 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5mm
  • 193.65 x 122.37 x 9.96mm
  • 190.09 x 120.45 x 11.98mm
Weight
  • 344g
  • 345g
  • 380g

 

Design

As mentioned earlier, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) looks no different from the other recent tablets from the company - rounded corners, gray edging around the black bezel and a plastic backing that has a brushed metallic look.

While its 10.5mm side profile is thicker than the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus (@ 9.96mm) and Galaxy Tab 7.7 (@ 7.89mm), the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is generally no less pocketable and portable. It is also quite light at 344g, a hairline lighter (1g) than the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and just 9g heavier than the Galaxy Tab 7.7. And if you are deciding between this Samsung slate and the Google Nexus 7, both devices are pretty close in terms of physical attributes

 

Features

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is powered by Google Android 4.0.4. Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. It is also skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz user interface, which adds more customizations and features. We are not going into details again as we've covered them in our earlier review of the larger Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1). In case you are wondering whether Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is coming to the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), Samsung will soon announce which devices are eligible for the update.