Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

83
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83

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Summary

Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a smart choice for budget-conscious buyers looking for a dependable Android 4.0 tablet on the cheap.

from $224.5+
Pros
  • Ships with Ice Cream SandwichIR Blaster transforms tablet into smart remotePerformance is fast and fluidDecent battery life for a 7-incherPriced to sell
Cons
  • No LED flash accompanying the rear camera
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review
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There's an age-old saying: "If a tree falls in the forest and no one's around to hear it, does it make a sound?" We're tempted to posit that question to Samsung as it clears room in its crowded product portfolio for yet another Galaxy Tab. One month after announcing it at Mobile World Congress, the outfit's bringing its 7-inch sequel to the masses. As if Sammy's Galaxy Tab lineup weren't already overflowing, this guy comes bearing internals that make it near-identical to the OG Galaxy Tab and 7.0 Plus that have come before it.

A few specs, though, have seen downgrades: the front-facing camera now has VGA resolution, and the dual-core TI OMAP processor powering it is clocked at a lower 1GHz. Still, the 1024 x 600 TFT LCD display remains intact, as does the 3-megapixel rear camera, microSD slot and IR blaster. It's a puzzling hardware refresh ushering in modest tweaks to a proven design, with the biggest change of all being the move to Ice Cream Sandwich (with TouchWiz, of course). Is that software upgrade alone compelling enough to warrant an entirely new piece of hardware in Samsung's lineup? Maybe, maybe not. It all comes down to price, and at $250 this WiFi-only tablet could give consumers with Kindle Fire ire something to talk about. Follow past the break to see what we mean.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Features
7.3
Durability
8.0
Ease of use
7.6
Portability (size / weight)
8.0
Battery life
8.2
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
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Specs

Galaxy

Form factor
Tablet
Operating system
Android
Camera (integrated)
yes
Storage type
Internal storage, Memory card
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