Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a good tablet, one that runs fast and includes a microSD card slot, but is held back by average screen resolution.

We combed through many Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 reviews to bring you highlights and shortfalls of this 7-inch tablet. You don't need a phone contract to use the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (starting at $199, Amazon), as you do with some other Samsung tablets. And according to a Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review by Laptop Mag, this model is a little faster than some other Android tablets although a bit slower than the Kindle Fire. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0's screen resolution is only 1024x600, but the expert review says the display still looks quite good, with nice contrast in video. The Android 4.0 interface is user-friendly and includes Google Play, which provides a quick and easy path to finding and installing apps from the Android store. A review in PC Mag notes that the CPU in this model isn't quite as powerful as the guts of other new tablets but still delivers smooth and responsive performance. In tests run by PC Mag, battery life measured 5 hours, 48 minutes while Laptop Mag managed to stretch the battery life to 8 hours, 32 minutes.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a 7-inch tablet that runs a full version of the Android 4.0 operating system, unlike the modified versions of Android employed by the Kindle Fire and Nook HD. It runs on a dual-core 1 GHz CPU and includes 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot that lets users expand the memory. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 supports Wi-Fi connections and features a 3MP rear-facing camera.

A solid entry among Android tablets, this device delivers strong, though not outstanding, performance, according to Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 reviews. The Android OS is easy to master and gives full access directly to the Android app store. The fact that the tablet includes a microSD card slot is a big plus given that it has only 8GB of storage. For the price, though, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 doesn't measure up to Google's Nexus 7.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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