Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 review

A smaller version of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 review tries to build on the popularity set by the company’s best-seller Galaxy series of smartphones. How does the Samsung tablet perform and what is the final verdict? Let me break it down for you real quick:

Design

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Despite being built of plastic, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 seems sturdy and I’m confident it can survive the occasional bump and scrape. This feeling is in part thanks to the fact that unlike Samsung’s larger Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0‘s rear casing doesn’t bend when pushed down. Its finish also feels fairly scratch proof.

Screen

Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch screen

I found the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 display in review to be bright, with pure whites and a very good contrast. Unlike tablets in the same price range, the screen is of a great quality, making it ideal for presentations and reading in the outdoor.

Battery

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery. Testing the battery, I discovered that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 managed to last around nine hours on one charge while continuously playing movies, which is about what you’d expect from a 7in tablet.

Storage

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 sd card

Along side the internal 8 or 16 GB storage, the tablet features a microSD card slot, meaning users can upgrade its expandable storage with a maximum of 32GB. The inclusion of the microSD card slot is a positive factor differentiating the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from the Nexus 7. In the Nexus, a lack of upgradable storage space is a problem given the device’s media focus.

Connectivity

Chrome Galaxy Tab 2 7 inch

The tablet is only available with WiFi, so you do not have any 3G connectivity. It does however feature an IR port which can be used for both transfer and as a remote control for pretty much any device you have in your household.

Camera

Photos

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with a 3MP rear-facing camera. Sadly, it isn’t a pleasant camera to use and the results are not extraordinary. I found that photos taken on the tablet were dull and sometimes blurry. Considering this is a tablet designed for portability, the results are not surprising.

Video

Video taken on the tablet is slightly better, with it being able to record HD 720p at 30fps, though again the video suffers a little bit in the levels or colour, generally looking fairly washed out and lifeless. Under good lighting conditions it passes the mark, but it’s not recommended for indoor shooting.

Price

So let’s talk about the most important feature of this unit. It’s the price. Around $249 USD. That’s really a deal. Subtract the $99 worth of Dropbox you are getting for free (which takes the sting out of the 4.5GB thing I opened with) and it’s actually less than the Kindle Fire HD ($199 USD).

Wrap-up

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The Good

In this Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7 review I found it has a solid build quality and decent battery for the price tag. The screen looks bright and crisp.

The Bad

Slow performance, which can be improved with the latest upgrade. Camera isn’t great for indoor shooting.