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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) review

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At first glance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wi-Fi seems like it doesn’t belong in the Android-powered stable of Galaxy-branded tablets from Samsung. After all, the current flagship model competes with the best of the best in the 10-inch tablet arena and comes equipped with some of the best bits of hardware for complex mobile computing and graphics rendering tasks. So where exactly does the Tab 2 (7.0) with Wi-Fi fit in? And how does it fare when compared with devices that have similar form factors from other manufacturers?

The tablet runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as standard with the use of a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor clocked at 1GHz and 1GB of on-device RAM. It features a handy 7-inch 1024x600 resolution screen and has a built-in 4000 mAh battery that lasts around 5-6 hours per charge. This is what powers its many hardware features which include built-in sensors for motion and ambient light, Bluetooth wireless and Wi-Fi, as well as microHDMI and microUSB connectivity. There’s also a built-in microSD card slot onboard that will allow users to expand the amount of user-available storage space.

There are two cameras on the device. The main one at the back has a 5-megapixel sensor but lacks a built-in flash. And the one in front can capture VGA-resolution images and record videos as well. All of these hardware features are squeezed into a casing that measures only 10mm thick and weighs in at a total of 345 grams. There are plenty of ways to enjoy using this Samsung tablet and all of the many different features that it has to offer. But it isn’t the first 7-inch tablet to deliver what it does to the market. And it certainly won’t be the last.

Need to Know: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wi-Fi

1. Small form factor makes it handy for extended use (The Good)

2. Default Android software makes it far more feature-rich than most other tablets that run older versions of the same. (The Good)

3. Battery life falls way short of anything that would be considered impressive. (The Bad)

4. The 7-inch screen’s low resolution may make it difficult to browse certain Web sites and run certain applications. (The Bad)


Operating system
Android
Processor
1 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
3+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Expert Reviews

There's no denying that this is a well-made tablet with a great screen. If this was a few months ago we may even have said the Tab 2 7.0 was the best 7in tablet you could buy. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Google Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution screen, a faster processor and a lower price, as well...

- David Ludlow, Expert Reviews
TelecomTiger

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 620 is among the best 7 inch Tablet in the market, and at Rs. 19, 500 it is a very good option to opt for from Samsung. But, many domestic manufacturers these days are coming with far better and cost effective tablets. It comes with class and quality. It has great selection...

- TT Gadget editor, TelecomTiger
The Inquirer

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-da...

- Alastair Stevenson, The Inquirer
The Inquirer

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more...

- Alastair Stevenson , The Inquirer
Mobile88

A good effort by Samsung in releasing a device targeted at the budget crowd, as it comes with the full features that you would usually find in higher-end devices - definitely one to consider if you are considering tablets in the 7-inch range. However, it is difficult to recommend this over Google’s...

- Nigel Chew, Mobile88


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Screen Size
7"

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)'s screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1 GHz

There is a OMAP 4430 1 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
3+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the tablet's onboard 3+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with VGA (640 x 480) resolution.
Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/ 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
4000mAh

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 4000 mAh battery. Samsung's performance ratings are 10 days standby time, 8 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Specs

Overview
Release date April 24, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
Data:
HSDPA, HSPA+
variations
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor OMAP 4430 1 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16/ 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 3 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 5 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 8 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time No
Standby Time Up to: 10 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black, Garnet Red
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.2 x 19.3 x 1.0 cm (4.8 x 7.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 345 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 7 inches
3D No
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry XT9
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 3.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
3+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
Effects, Geotagging, Panorama, Self-portrait, Self-timer, Smile detection, White balance, Exposure Value, Metering
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
VGA (640 x 480)
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV, DivX, FLV, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Samsung GT-P3113, Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wi-Fi

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Expert Reviews

Well made and has an impressive screen

from Expert Reviews

There's no denying that this is a well-made tablet with a great screen. If this was a few months ago we may even have said the Tab 2 7.0 was the best 7in tablet you could buy. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Google Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution screen, a faster processor and a lower price, as we...More

There's no denying that this is a well-made tablet with a great screen. If this was a few months ago we may even have said the Tab 2 7.0 was the best 7in tablet you could buy. Unfortunately for Samsung, the Google Nexus 7 has a higher-resolution screen, a faster processor and a lower price, as well as a newer version of Android. Unless you really need the option of built-in 3G, the Nexus 7 is the better buy.

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TelecomTiger

It is among the best 7-inch tablet in the market

from TelecomTiger

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 620 is among the best 7 inch Tablet in the market, and at Rs. 19, 500 it is a very good option to opt for from Samsung. But, many domestic manufacturers these days are coming with far better and cost effective tablets. It comes with class and quality. It has great selecti...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 620 is among the best 7 inch Tablet in the market, and at Rs. 19, 500 it is a very good option to opt for from Samsung. But, many domestic manufacturers these days are coming with far better and cost effective tablets. It comes with class and quality. It has great selection of apps. The camera work is good but could have been better with LED flash. Its battery life is good and the features embedded are better and abundant.

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The Inquirer

A lack of outstanding features makes this a solid but fairly dull tablet

from The Inquirer

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-date operating system.

Read full review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-date operating system.

Read full review

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The Inquirer

A lack of outstanding features makes this a solid but fairly dull tablet

from The Inquirer

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-date operating system.

Read full review

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-date operating system.

Read full review

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Mobile88

Good hardware and reasonably priced

from Mobile88

A good effort by Samsung in releasing a device targeted at the budget crowd, as it comes with the full features that you would usually find in higher-end devices - definitely one to consider if you are considering tablets in the 7-inch range. However, it is difficult to recommend this over Google...More

A good effort by Samsung in releasing a device targeted at the budget crowd, as it comes with the full features that you would usually find in higher-end devices - definitely one to consider if you are considering tablets in the 7-inch range. However, it is difficult to recommend this over Google’s own Nexus 7 as it does pretty much the same thing for a lower asking price. The issue here of course is the availability, as the latter isn’t sold locally, so you are going to have to source it from a third party. Putting that aside, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a solid Ice Cream Sandwich tablet with a reasonable price tag.

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PhoneArena

Lowest price 4G tablet for Verizon with Android 4.0.4 ICS

from PhoneArena

Overall, for $350 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) from Verizon is a good quality tablet that offers the extra ability of using the carrier’s 3G/4G data network, instead of just being limited to Wi-Fi. The tablet has plenty of power under the hood with its 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor that run...More

Overall, for $350 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) from Verizon is a good quality tablet that offers the extra ability of using the carrier’s 3G/4G data network, instead of just being limited to Wi-Fi. The tablet has plenty of power under the hood with its 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor that runs Android ICS and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI without a hitch, but we do wish the display was higher resolution so text and images would look sharper, especially when viewing web pages. It is a good value if you must have the built-in 4G, but if not, we would rather recommend the Nexus 7.

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CNET

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

from CNET

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE for Verizon is essentially the same tablet Samsung released earlier in 2012, only now with 4G LTE speed at its disposal. The price has been raised by $100 to $350 in addition to monthly usage fees. Thankfully, now that Verizon has done away with subsidized tablets, there are no annoying two-year contracts to speak of....

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The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE for Verizon is essentially the same tablet Samsung released earlier in 2012, only now with 4G LTE speed at its disposal. The price has been raised by $100 to $350 in addition to monthly usage fees. Thankfully, now that Verizon has done away with subsidized tablets, there are no annoying two-year contracts to speak of.

Still, $350 is still a lot to pay for a 7-inch tablet, especially since the release of the $200 Nexus 7, which has a better screen, faster performance, Android 4.1, and NFC capabilities.

The 4G LTE counters with dual cameras, memory expansion, and of course a 4G connection and hot-spot capabilities; however, $350 (plus usage fees) is too high an investment. A starting price of $280 to $300 would have been much easier to swallow, especially since Verizon will continue to siphon cash from your pockets every month after you've paid that initial fee.

While the original Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is still a good investment at $250, $350 is asking too much for a 7-inch tablet of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 4G LTE's relatively meager capabilities.

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Android Tablet Blog

Cheap slate with Android 4.0 as selling point

from Android Tablet Blog

Its plasticky case may not be to your liking, but I found it to be both resilient and scratch free. My only objection about the design is the fact that the slot lids are hard to close. Also, you should know that at the bottom of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 there are two stereo speakers and the proprietary port typical for Samsung.

Read full review

Its plasticky case may not be to your liking, but I found it to be both resilient and scratch free. My only objection about the design is the fact that the slot lids are hard to close. Also, you should know that at the bottom of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 there are two stereo speakers and the proprietary port typical for Samsung.

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GSMArena

The tablet offers a capable hardware and solid build quality with decent camera

Entry into the realm of Android tablets can hardly get any easier than with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in your hands. The tablet offers a capable hardware and solid build quality, to go with a low price tag for the entry-level model. The camera is decent, despite the small sensor, while the TouchWiz-ed Android Ice Cream Sandwich offers one of the most polished software experiences with Google's own OS....

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Entry into the realm of Android tablets can hardly get any easier than with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in your hands. The tablet offers a capable hardware and solid build quality, to go with a low price tag for the entry-level model. The camera is decent, despite the small sensor, while the TouchWiz-ed Android Ice Cream Sandwich offers one of the most polished software experiences with Google's own OS.

Of course, not everything about the slate is perfect with the most notable letdown being the PLS LCD display. It is far from being the greatest around. At this price point however, expecting anything more would simply not make sense.

Like we already mentioned to you, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is aggressively priced at $249.99 for the entry-level version with 8GB of built-in memory. The entry-level price point has become increasingly popular with manufacturers lately, so here are a couple of other options.

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TrustedReviews

It's hardly cutting edge but performance is solid and build is good

from TrustedReviews

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't out to prove a grand point. This isn't the Galaxy Note, or the dazzling Tab 7.7. However, it is one of the very best tablets you can buy for under £200. With a dual-core 1GHz processor and relatively low-density 1,024 x 600 resolution screen, it's hardly cuttin...More

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't out to prove a grand point. This isn't the Galaxy Note, or the dazzling Tab 7.7. However, it is one of the very best tablets you can buy for under £200. 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.

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