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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review: Take two

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review: Take two - read the full textIt seems that Samsung have taken it upon themselves on literally making a tablet for everyone. With all of the Galaxy Tab variants out there, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 it seems like systematic attempt by Samsung to put a unique tablet variant in the hands of every living person on the planet...


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i like this handset .
what is next.....????????????????

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  • 2012-07-19 21:30
  • 2ZYC

Camera lacks in tab2!!!

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  • 2012-07-11 16:07
  • rKfi

Unless you prefer your internet experience to be text-only with NO audio or video or interactive functions beyond text links and youtube-mobile, I'd stay away from the new nexus and android4.1

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  • 2012-07-07 23:31
  • RbqE

Of course, the best 7" tablet is still the Samsung 7.7 (P6800).

- bigger 7" screen (AMOLED +)
- Higher resolution
- 2.6mm thinner
- lighter (just)

on the down side it is 10mm wider and a bit dearer.

I was going to get the Nexus 7 but am glad i spent the extra and got the Tab 7.7

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  • 2012-07-07 09:05
  • vuxI

Has GSM Arena discontinued doing any of their lab tests such as measuring audio quality or display tests?

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  • 2012-07-06 03:09
  • vxtJ

I would have purchased a tablet by now if the primary thing it was meant to do (browsing) worked better. The Android project has said time and time again that they have no interest in creating browsing functionality comparable with that available on a desktop.
I have tried several sites and games that don't work on Android. What would be the point of buying a tablet for better internet use when it has no more functionality (apart from being larger) than my phone.

Anything simple like this is a no go.

imo Android on a tablet is a Fail.

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  • 2012-07-05 04:00
  • vxKC

hey all.. i took this tab 1 month back....really enjoying.....

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  • 2012-07-04 19:41
  • rJnF

> In reply to Niall @ 2012-07-04 09:09 from K7gP - click to read@Niall.

Good point.

I didn't fully understand your contention. That said, keep in mind that this tablet is first launching in Australia, Canada, UK and the USA. In these places, wifi is pretty common. And most initial purchasers are also likely to be carrying smartphones that are capable of tethering/mifi.

That said, if you absolutely need 3G and substantial storage (I don't know what people do on a 7" tab that requires more than 16GB of storage) then maybe there's a use case here.

Other than that though, if you don't absolutely need those things, what's the point? We are talking a substantially worse screen than the Nexus 7. And a substantially worse processor. These are arguably the two biggest factors in your tablet experience. I don't see the point in accepting compromise here unless you absolutely need 3G and/or microSD.

For the average person, mifi and Google Drive's 5GB is more than enough to overcome any limitations from the lack of microSD and network connectivity.

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  • 2012-07-04 16:53
  • xVDS

fail & i dont know why samsung would release it

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  • 2012-07-04 09:26
  • nTpT

> In reply to Lupo @ 2012-07-03 16:41 from xVDS - click to readWell that is if they would sign up for a plan at all. That is why I mentioned the "pre-paid" crowd. In other parts of the world, you can just get a prepaid internet SIM card and just buy "prepaid load" to have internet access. No signing up for a plan needed. You only pay for the minutes or hour you used and you have internet anywhere there is phone signal. This is quite common.

And being that internet is charged by the time, cloud storage is out of the question. That is why microSD is still essential to them.

That said, for my needs personally, a nexus 7 will do since I have a portable mifi device. But wouldn't mind a tab2 or tab + if the price is right.

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  • 2012-07-04 09:09
  • K7gP

Just bought this tablet yesterday. It's my first Android device. I am very pleased so far. I love the way a 7inch tablet fits in your hands. ICS is a great OS. Smooth and full of options. A+ tablet especially for a first time tablet buyer.

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  • 2012-07-04 08:05
  • 4wS9

i believe nexus will have a 3g upgrade and I hope it is still around a good budget. price may jump a $100 more.

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  • 2012-07-04 01:32
  • YT@2

Tab all the way. Google no flash and no SD. This is for Mr crapple man, got a friend at work with a crapple 64g iPhone and his charge port took a dump and know way to get 50g of pix movies and other things off his phonewithout shelling out $100 for online storage . SD card is paramount

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  • 2012-07-03 23:00
  • FFh@

I bought this tab for 19300.A cheap tab from Samsung with icecream sandwich.I like the internet experiance and gaming still no lags experianced.....hope u would buy it

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  • 2012-07-03 18:32
  • 7jWd

> In reply to Niall @ 2012-07-03 07:55 from K7gP - click to readActually, outside the USA, tablet owners are even less likely to sign up for a second data plan. It's mostly a first world thing to be able and willing to pay for multiple data plans.

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  • 2012-07-03 16:41
  • xVDS

This has fail written all over it.

Here's my bet: Google will sell more in pre-orders in the first week than Samsung will sell in total for these.

The complaints about the Nexus 7 are irrelevant. Limited storage? Hasn't stopped the 16GB iPad from selling. No MicroSD? Guess what? The entire iOS lineup doesn't have any. Neither does the Nexus lineup (except the Nexus One). Hasn't stopped those sales. People are going to have to get used to the idea that the Nexus lineup will never carry MicroSD again. They are Google Experience devices and part of the Google Experience is emphasis on Google's (mostly cloud based) services.

As for this tablet, there are two things that should kill it from consideration:

1) screen resolution/pixel density
2) VGA Front Facing Camera
3) Horsepower - terrible processor.
4) Price

Given all that, is it really worthwhile to pay more than what a Nexus 7 would cost just so you can get MicroSD?

The main purpose of a 7" tablet is content consumption. And the biggest impact on content consumtpion comes from the screen. A poor screen, just ruins it. When you can get a screen with 215 ppi why would you go with 170 ppi? That's a 26% difference! It's not even close.

Another significant purpose of a small tablet is video conferencing. The Front Facing Camera matters. VGA in the front? That's horrible. The rear camera may be great. But how often will you use your rear camera on a tablet?

Next. Look at the way the Nexus 7 was designed. The larger bezels at the top and bottom were intentional according to Matias Duarte. He pointed out that the size of the Nexus 7 is similar to an old Sega Game Gear. It should have similar ergonomics in landscape mode. Clearly, the Nexus 7 is being aimed at game developers. And when these games come...the Galaxy Tab with its pathetic processor won't be able to handle/support them.

The Galaxy Tab 2 is yet another sad attempt by Samsung to try and make Apple-like margins in the 7" tablet segment. It's not going to happen. And it actually holds back Android tablets as a class. Really, if Samsung wanted to, it could offer a more capable device than the Nexus 7 (and overcome all the Nexus 7's MicroSD, 3G connectivity, etc.) for around $250. They could still rake in a decent profit margin. But they didn't. The pathetic specs leading to an even worse value proposition for the Galaxy Tab 2, is exactly why Google had to launch the Nexus 7. Hopefully, the Galaxy Tab 3 finally offers competitive specs.

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  • 2012-07-03 16:35
  • xVDS

Google nexus has mini usb,so memory should be expandable with OTG Cable,apart frm sd card slot this galaxy tab has no advantage over google nexus 7 whatsoever

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  • 2012-07-03 15:29
  • KhuL

No comparison, g-tab2 supports full desktop internet with flash while the nexus is limited to old fashioned mobile sites and crippled desktop that's missing 70% of online media

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  • 2012-07-03 08:06
  • RbqC

> In reply to marcovchb @ 2012-07-03 05:42 from 8yHU - click to readThat is right if you are living in the USA with high speed home wifi. It is different in some parts of the world where internal storage is more important than cloud storage (cloud storage to some is more$$$ per kilobyte). And where you don't have wifi in all places the SIM card is essential most specially for the pre-paid internet access crowd. But you are right, these mostly do not apply in the western world. :)

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  • 2012-07-03 07:55
  • K7gP

> In reply to Anonymous @ 2012-07-03 04:48 from K2I@ - click to readActually for the same price of a Galaxy tab 2 you get a Nexus 7 of 16gb, meaning at least 12gb space for apps and caching streams, since nexus is a Home device for content consuming, you use it with wifi so there is no restriction on your data, you can stream all your music, videos and movies, so there is no need for a sd card. Because of the same reason its stupid to have a sim card on this, you dont want all this streaming with a 3g connection, unless you want to pay a big bill to your carrier. I will pick Nexus 7 over Tab 2 when its out, but that's just my opinion. If I want phone calls, back camera I will use my Galaxy, and if I'm out and want stream on my tablet then I will hotspot wifi to it. I have 10000 songs on google music which I stream from my 16gb phone, so please don't bring excuses about internal memory, I will pay $250 for a Nexus happily. Screw the SD card!

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  • 2012-07-03 05:42
  • 8yHU

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