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Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab2 7.0 is an Android device with a 7-inch screen, from the second generation of Samsung's Galaxy Tab line of tablet computers. It was preceded in the market by the Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0. The Tab 2 is a full featured tablet with a very comfortable and attractive design and is being offered at a very economical price.
Design and Features
The design of the Tab 2 has been slightly altered from the previous iterations. It has a width of 4.8 inches, height of 7.6 inches and a 0.4 inch thickness, and weighs approximately 343 grams. The outer shell made of plastic wraps a bit onto the left and right bezel of the tablet. The sleep/power button and the volume rocker buttons, on the right side of the tablet, are a bit more pronounced as well as responsive. The IR (infra-red) blaster is also a little larger than on the previous iteration and allows you to use the tablet as a TV remote-control. The smooth rounded corners make it comfortable to hold and the titanium-silver colored back panel gives it a premium look.
The Tab 2 comes with a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front camera that are located on its upper left, while being help in landscape, allowing no unwanted contact with the fingers when snapping photos. The dual speakers, the dock connector, the headphone jack and the microphone pinhole are all placed intuitively on the tablet body. There is also an ambient-light sensor that is placed an inch from where the camera is placed on its bezel.
Besides the incredibly economical pricing, the selling point is that the Tab 2 ships with ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich), the latest version of the Android OS. The Samsung TouchWiz UI and custom apps from Samsung, such as Media Hub, Music Hub and Game Hub, are also included. Other apps as well as downloadable apps make this tablet quite enjoyable.
Hardware specifications of the Tab 2 includes the OMAP 4430 dual-core CPU with an incredible 1 GHz processing speed, RAM of 1GB and internal storage of 8GB along with its expandable memory of up-to 32 GB. This ensures minimal delay in launching apps and changing settings in the menu. Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, Wi-Fi support, accelerometer, digital compass and gyroscope support. The PLS (Plane to Line Switching) screen has a really impressive level of sensitivity. Gaming and video playback on the Tab 2 is also quite consistent, crisp and smooth. The two cameras, the VGA front camera and the 3.0-MP back camera, take decent average quality pictures. The battery life is also pretty decent allowing up-to 7.1 hours of video playback, according to Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 price in Malaysia, ranges from RM 814 to almost RM 1299 based on the small differences in the features. Nevertheless, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 price of RM 814 is quite adequate for a tablet that is full of features as well as carries the Samsung brand name that is trusted by a lot of people around the world.
Pros and Cons
- Pure Android 4.0 experience
- Expandable memory
- Dual camera
- TV-remote control functionality
- Camera performance not impressive
- Screen not as pretty as similar PLS displays