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A smart choice, even if it is more expensive than the Kindle Fire

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At almost half the price of the similar-looking Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the Tab 2 performs gracefully, comes with ample storage space to harbor your vast trove of media and generally makes Google's latest software more accessible. Still, despite its reliable performance, it seems to us that Samsung didn't do enough to compete with Kindle Fire's tidy ecosystem. Without access to a well-curated content library, the Tab 2 (7.0) doesn't stand out amid an ever-deepening line of Android devices. All that said, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better Android 4.0 tablet at this price. So if that newly minted OS is what your wallet's angling for, go ahead: Take the plunge and call this media-minded slate your own. Had Samsung chopped off an extra $50 and put this on even ground with the Kindle Fire, though, it might have had an even clearer winner on its hands.

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Critic reviews

7.7
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    7.4
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    6.6
  • Battery life
    8.1
  • Ease of use
    7.6
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    7.5
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    7.4
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    7.9
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8.4
19 reviews
8.0
Engadget Apr 11, 2012

Despite its reliable performance, it seems to us that Samsung didn't do enough to effectively overpower the allure of the Kindle Fire's tidy ecosystem ... All that said, you'll be hard-pressed to find a better ICS tablet at this price.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Apr 11, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a sleek Android tablet that offers snappy performance, Ice Cream Sandwich, and the ability to control your TV at a competitive price.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 11, 2012

At $50 more than the Kindle Fire, the Tab 2.0 offers a more feature-rich, flexible tablet experience ... users looking for the best Android ICS experience in a small screen tablet right now, look no further than the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0).

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8.0
PC World Apr 23, 2012

This inexpensive, full-featured Android 4.0 tablet is neither the best performer nor the prettiest option; but it does well as a point of entry for tablet shoppers who feel comfortable without the training wheels of the value-priced tablets from Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 4, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a reasonably priced and reliable Android tablet that will get fast speeds on Verizon's solid 4G LTE network.

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7.0
Computerworld Apr 11, 2012

The problem is that it seems like a sideways step -- or in some ways, a backwards one -- from the 7-in. tablets Samsung already has available. And by simply recycling and remixing an existing concept, Samsung has doomed the product to be quickly outpaced.

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7.0
CNET Aug 27, 2012

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE (Verizon) delivers on 4G speeds and features, but is too expensive to recommend.

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9.0
SlashGear Apr 11, 2012

This tablet is made to be inexpensive enough for anyone to afford while it keeps many of the features and elements that make a Samsung tablet experience one to look forward to. And best of all, the price on this beast is one to look forward to.

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8.0
Time Apr 20, 2012

If you don’t [have Amazon Prime], I personally think the fact that the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2 ships with Ice Cream Sandwich — on top of all of its other features — makes it an excellent buy for an extra $50.

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7.0
CNET AU Sep 12, 2012

Though the core elements of this tablet are fine, there is no compelling reason to choose this tablet over the many others in this fast-growing category.

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8.0
phoneArena Apr 24, 2012

It’s $50 more expensive than the Amazon Kindle Fire, but the advantages are seen with its arsenal of cameras and full access to Android’s ecosystem. However, we’re still puzzled to find its performance a little bit on the sluggish side – but at least it’s never the point stagnant.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Jun 21, 2012

With a dual-core 1GHz processor and relatively low-density 1,024 x 600 resolution screen, it's hardly cutting edge but performance is solid and build is good. The one lingering concern is that the screen resolution ensures games optimisation and support isn't up there with the best.

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8.0
GSM Arena Jul 2, 2012

More participants in the segment of entry-level tablets are bound to enter in the coming months... The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 2 is not exactly the most powerful option around, but thanks to it overall polished nature, is surely bound to appeal to many.

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6.0
T3 Jun 20, 2012

If we are judging this in terms of being the best tablet on the market, well, this is definitely not it. We'd say that it is not even the best Samsung tablet on the market with the Samsung 8.9 still T3's preferred choice.

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6.0
Techno Buffalo Apr 11, 2012

Consumers gravitate to the Kindle Fire because it’s incredibly intuitive and puts books, music, videos and games right at their fingertips. You don’t get that with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 — it’s a device for Android fans.

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10
MobileBurn Apr 11, 2012

Amazon, beware. The big boys are going to show you how to make an affordable Android tablet! This new Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an absolute steal for $249.99 ... If you want a do-everything tablet for under $300, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is it.

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8.0
marc marc

With a price just $50 above that of the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet, most reviews compare the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 to those devices. And as an alternative to those models, it acquits itself well, especially when compared with the Fire, which doesn't offer any options for expanded storage, and limits...

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9.0
jakematic jakematic

Incredible tablet, great value. TouchWiz drives me crazy though. My Google Nexus is what it should be, not a cobbled up ICS interface with a lot of bloatware. WiFi tends to be hit or miss at times while the Nexus is fine on the same network.

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9.0
schrist schrist

Had the device two days, but very easy to set up. I find it very nice and responsive. Only issues I have (very minor): The camera on the back seems to be where I want to rest one of my fingers when holding it. A little bigger than my shirt pocket, but that maybe a good thing meaning I don't...

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9.0
shadabk92 shadabk92

Ultimate device for those who want budget cuts, huge screen, Android version above 4.0 and a tablet with phone facility. The best device to select if you are going for a touch device which has Android versions above 4.0 or 4.1. This could become your best companion and replace the cluttered desk...

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8.0
gregjent gregjent

I feel that the Tab 2 is a strong competitor in the 7 inch tablet market for a few key reasons. 1. It has JellyBean. which give it more usability. 2. It has a great design and is not very heavy. 3. The price is awesome. I bought this for $179 which is quite a steal for a good 7 inch tablet.

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8.0
uninspired uninspired

I'd been thinking about an e-reader or tablet for a while, but nothing seemed to perfectly suit my needs. I wanted something for occasional reading and surfing (without having to open up my laptop and revive it from sleep every time), so I couldn't justify the expense of an iPad or other 10"...

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8.0
dorinbro dorinbro

I`m a new owner of this TAB 2 7.0 - a short list of points will be written in the near future, detailed, with the response of the product and the feeling that I got regarding it.

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8.0
bruce27 bruce27

Overall, the Samsung Galazy tab 2 7.0 is an excellent device, the batteries need better capacity, screen needs better displays, though it's good, but not that good, specifically playing with it outdoors, where ambient light is brighter, the glare of the screen somehow is not appreciated. Over...

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