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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10-inch and 7-inch Review

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Samsung's Galaxy Tab line continues to expand, with the latest additions coming in the form of the Galaxy Tab 2 Series. The Galaxy Tab 2 Series is available in 10.1-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes. While these second-generation models clearly borrow some design cues and other specifications from their predecessors, we were a bit surprised to find out that not a lot has changed from the first-generation models to the new Galaxy Tab 2 series, at least in terms of their internal components.

In fact, many of the key specifications of the first-generation 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab match that of the second-generation Galaxy Tab 2: there's a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) display, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The biggest difference between the two 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs is price: The second-generation model costs $100 less than its older brother.

The story for the 7.0-inch Galaxy Tab is much the same: similar specifications, but the second-generation model has a price tag that's $100 lower. One key advantage both of the new-generation Galaxy Tab 2 tablets offer is the fact that they run on Android 4.0. Both tablets also feature an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities. You'll find a Smart Remote App on the tablet that works with this blaster.

Although the Galaxy Tab 2 may not offer a lot of new features from its predecessors in the Galaxy Tab lineup, the lower price puts both of these tablets in the mid-range tablet category rather than in the premium category. Given the popularity of tablets and the fact that more people are generally interested in lower cost tablets, rather than a premium price tag, it makes sense that Samsung wants to compete in this space.

We have both the 10.1- and 7.0-inch models in-house for testing. The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 costs $399.99 while the 7.0-inch model runs $249.99. Join us on the pages ahead as we take a closer look at what these tablets have to offer. 

First, here's a quick hands-on with Samsung's new devices...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1
Specifications & Features

Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)

Operating System
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Display
7.0-inch TFT display, WSVGA (1024x600) resolution
10.1-inch TFT display, WXGA (1280x800) resolution
Processor
1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430
1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430
Memory
1GB
1GB
Internal Storage
8GB built-in
microSD card slot

16GB built-in
microSD card slot

Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
USB 2.0 Host

3.5mm headphone jack
30 pin IF connector
integrated IR

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 3.0
USB 2.0 Host

3.5mm headphone jack
30 pin IF connector
integrated IR

Camera
3.2MP rear-facing
VGA front-facing

3.2MP rear-facing
VGA front-facing

Size
0.41 x 4.8 x 7.6 inches
0.76 pounds with battery

0.38 x 10.1 x 6.9 inches
1.28 pounds with battery

Battery
4,000mAh
7,000 mAh
Battery Life
Approximately 11 hours
Approximately 14 hours
Video playback approximately 7 hours

Preloaded Software
AllShare, Amazon Kindle, ChatON, Dropbox, Game Hub, Media Hub, Memo, Netflix, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, S Planner, Samsung Apps, Smart Remote, Screensaver
AllShare, Amazon Kindle, ChatON, Dropbox, Game Hub, Media Hub, Memo, Netflix, Next Issue, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, S Planner, S Suggest, Samsung Apps, Smart Remote, Screensaver
Price
$249.99
$399.99
 

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These dont have an old tegra 2 SOC, they used the omap 4430...

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Thanks for reaching out on this. Confirming with Samsung and have made temporary edits. Samsung is vague in terms of what they list for specs on the device.

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yeah pretty much anywhere you go all it lists is 'dual core processor' which is kind of unfortunate

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Android Tablets and Windows 8 tablets will be a good competition to watch out.

Will samsung come out with Windows 8 tablets soon ?

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I think I am going with the Galaxy 7". It seems like the best tablet for the price and I have shopped around.

Imho, I wouldn't want a Windows tablet. I don't really like the Windows 7 OS. I have 5 computers and only 1 is running Windows. Android is based on the Linux kernel and I have always had great experiences with both.

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hello members of Samsung if there is any chance winning am in

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Good review, but a bit dated now. I did a review of the tab 2 7.0 with more recent info at http://www.squidoo.com/galaxy-tab-2-7-inch

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I prefer Ipad mini

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