Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review
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.
You don't need a phone contract to use Samsung's 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. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 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 1GHz CPU and includes 8GB of storage and a microSD card slot that lets users expand the memory. The Tab 2 7.0 supports Wi-Fi connections and features a 3MP rear-facing camera.
A solid entry among Android tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers strong, though not outstanding, performance. Its 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 Tab 2 7.0 doesn't quite measure up to Google's Nexus 7.