The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is Samsung’s latest entry in the tablet market to compete against Apple’s iPad. The number “2” means that it’s the second version of the Galaxy Tab, and the 7.0 means that the screen size is seven inches across (measured diagonally). Great. Big deal, the iPad is ten inches (well, actually 9.75 inches). What does the Tab 2 give me that I can’t get from an iPad?
Well, let’s take a look, shall we?
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review
Comes with Android 4.0-Ice Cream Sandwich
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, as the operating system. This is the Android operating system written specifically for a Tablet. All the other versions of Android for tablets have been modified versions of cell phone operating systems. This means that several stability issues have been remedied.
Samsung also loads it up with a number of value added applications, such as TouchWiz, which is the proprietary Samsung user interface for touch screen-enabled devices. It also comes with L!ve Panel, a customizable piece of the interface that groups your most commonly used apps together for easier access.
Need More Storage? Buy a New Micro SD Card Instead of a New Tablet
Unlike the iPad, when you buy a Tab 2, you get 8 GB, 16 GB or 32 GB of internal flash memory, but you can add as much as you want if you need more storage capacity. All you need is another Micro SD card. It supports up to 32 GB. Since it has a USB slot, you can buy another 64 GB Micro SD card and a USB card reader and have access to all 96 GB any time you need it without having to eject the card in the internal reader.
Even better, when you want to move things around between laptop/desktop/phone/tablet, you don’t need any special applications running. You just connect the USB cable to the tablet and the other device and transfer away. With a laptop/desktop, you may have to wait for drivers to load, but if you’re moving things between the tablet and an Android phone, you won’t even have to wait for that.
Display Has the Same Resolution as the More Expensive iPad
Even though the display on the iPad is almost three inches larger than the display on the Tab 2, they have identical display resolution: 1024 X 600. The Tab 2 is also capable of playing and showing movies in full 1080p HD at the industry standard of 30 frames per second (fps).
Going a step further, you don’t need to perform any confusing video format conversions to be able to watch movies on it. The Tab 2 has native support for a wide range of video formats including:
It also supports the Mpeg 4, H.264, H.263, VC-1, Divx, and OGG video codecs, as well as a few others. For the music aficionado, the Tab 2 also supports all major audio formats, including lossless formats.
Native Support for Business
Even though the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 can play any type of music or video file, it was actually designed to make business more productive. It supports secure access to corporate networks through a virtual private network (VPN) and has hardware encryption to keep your data and your company’s data safe.
You can easily configure the Tab 2 to connect to the following business applications and servers:
- Microsoft® Exchange Active Sync
- Polaris® Office
- Cisco WebEx
- EAS IT Policy
- Sybase Afaria
- Corporate pop3 and IMAP mail servers
Multiple Connectivity Options
You’ve got multiple options for connecting to the Internet with your Tab 2, depending on which version you buy. No matter which version you choose, you’ve always got a reliable 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi receiver built into the unit that you can use.
You can also connect using a cellular network. You choose 2G or 3G GSM or 3G HSDPA/CDMA. If you go with either of the GSM models, you’ll need to pick up a Mini-SIM to connect and identify with the cellular network. Even better, the Tab 2 works as a crystal clear cell phone, also. You can use the built-in microphone and speaker, or use the Bluetooth 2.0 connectivity.
The Reviews in a Nutshell
The reviews on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are mixed. Some reviewers say you should hold out for the Google Nexus, because it has a bigger screen, but the Nexus only has 2G connectivity. This means the Tab 2 will have faster Internet connection speeds. I didn’t see any reviewers saying they preferred the iPad over the Tab 2, which isn’t surprising to me. With a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of only $250 for the 32 GB 3G GSM model, the Tab 2 really can’t be beat.