If you’re looking for inexpensive small tablets, the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab should be on that list. The small tablet market now features a plethora of brands, but not all are really worth their price tag, considering what they can offer. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-inch) however, is at the top of that market, being almost as appealing as Google Nexus 7 and Amazon Kindle Fire HD.
For the most part, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 reviews read that despite not being as great as the more expensive Google Nexus 7, the $199 7-inch Wi-Fi tablet comes with features that are great selling points. Leaving the Samsung tech specs apart, it is the Android OS and the LTE connectivity (not in the Wi-Fi version) that make Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 a great small tablet.
The $199 Wi-Fi Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.6 by 4.8 by 0.41 inches) packs a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1 GB Ram and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) which makes for a pretty fast and stable tablet. The small tablet weighs 12.13 ounces and while it is pretty similar to Samsung’s last 7-inch tablet (Galaxy Tab 7.0), the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 seems to have been designed for the sole purpose of showing off Android.
The design on Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-inch Wi-Fi version) isn’t a breakthrough, as Samsung kept the plastic gray slab and the Power, Volume buttons and IR-port on the right side of the tablet.
Being the product of Samsung and Android, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is pretty entertaining, giving users access to lots of apps and custom widgets. Pc Mag’s review for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 reads that the tablet was “seamlessly” while multitasking e-mail, music player, task manager and regular open apps.
Use the IR port to turn the tablet into a remote control.
Samsung Tab 2 (7-inch) runs MPEG4, H.264 XviD and DivX files at high res (1080p).
The battery life for Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 isn’t very impressive however, compared to the last 7-inch Samsung tablet. The 4,000mAh battery ran continuously for 5 hours and 48 minutes playing video, almost one hour less than Galaxy Tab 7.0.
The 3MP camera did well during tests, but PC Mag notes the images “lacked fine texture” and the 720p resolution and 30 frames per second videos “were extremely grainy”.
Samsung Tab 2 (7-inch Wi-Fi) isn’t a tech innovation, but it remains an elegant and fine tablet for $199 on Amazon. Pc Mag says you should buy it if you’re “looking for the best Android ICS experience in a small screen tablet right now”.