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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
This is a short review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), which is available from Verizon Wireless. You can read our full review of the Wi-Fi model here.

Introduction:

A few months ago, Samsung introduced its Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wi-Fi only tablet, which came in at a reasonable $250. Now Verizon has started selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), but they are packing it with 4G LTE data capability, as well as a faster 1.2 GHz dual-core processor for $350, which makes it the least expensive 4G tablet for the carrier. But with other Wi-Fi only tables coming in at a lower price, such as the Google Nexus 7 for $200, you have to ask yourself if you need 3G/4G data connectivity, as the tablet will cost more and will require a monthly data plan.

Included in the retail package is the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) SCH-I705, wall charger with detachable cable, and user guides.


Design:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is simplistic and understated with its all-black appearance and plastic construction. Due to its compact size of 7.63” H x 4.82”W x 0.41” D and a weight of 12.2 oz, it is easy to carry around, comfortable to hold, and can even fit in some pants pockets.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is simplistic and understated with its all-black appearance and plastic construction. - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is simplistic and understated with its all-black appearance and plastic construction. - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is simplistic and understated with its all-black appearance and plastic construction. - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is simplistic and understated with its all-black appearance and plastic construction.


On its left side we find a microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot protected by a plastic cover, and on the right we have the lock/power key and the volume rocker, both of which you can feel with your thumb relatively easy. Becoming a standard with Samsung’s tablets, we find an IR blaster perched on the right edge as well, which turns the device into an universal remote. Its top side is occupied by a 3.5mm headset jack and microphone. Along the bottom edge are Samsung's proprietary 30-pin connector and a pair of stereo speakers, which are sufficiently loud, while the 3.2MP camera is on the back.

microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot on the left - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
Lock/power key and volume rocker on the right side - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
Top side - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review

microSD memory card slot and 4G SIM slot on the left

Lock/power key and volume rocker on the right side

Top side

Bottom - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
3.2MP camera is on the back - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review

Bottom

3.2MP camera is on the back




Display:

Just like the very first Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels. That translates into a pixel density of 170 ppi, which is nothing spectacular, especially since the Google Nexus 7 has a 1280x800 resolution display with a higher pixel density of 216 ppi. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) employs Samsung's very own Super PLS LCD technology, which does give some nice off-axis viewing angles. Overall, it all culminates into one pleasant looking display as it sports natural looking colors, but we still find ourselves having difficulty viewing it in direct sunlight.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1024x600 pixels


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posted on 27 Aug 2012, 06:25

1. hung2900 (Posts: 714; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


S4 processor! What a huge distance over the international version with only + $50 in price (3g international dualcore TI 4430 priced $300). It should be Tab 2 7.0 Plus (though it's a horrible name) rather than an LTE updated version only.

posted on 16 Oct 2012, 23:40

5. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


This device has an amazing feature set for the price point. I own the iPad 1 and the current iPad, and my beefs with them are lack of expandable memory and no flash. This little device has both, although you must download the flash app from the google store first for it to work. The IR blaster set up easily with my Sony TV, and I love the TV guide that is in the Peer app.

The Kindle app gives a very clear text display. There is photo editing and even a cute little movie making app on here! Polaris office is good. I love the keyboard because the numbers are set above the letters like a regular keyboard. Dictation works great. No problems with WIFI here. My only disappointment is that the screen display lacks the vibrant color of other Samsung devices, but some people might prefer that.

The display is adequate for most purposes, and you can set the font size to large, which helps with text. Pinch and zoom is smooth. The only app I find unacceptable is Facebook for Android. The text is very small and fixed. You cannot zoom it, so I can read it easier on my phone than on here. It looks better by going through the web browser, but still won't zoom. Other web pages are easily enlarged.

There is a slight lag sometimes while scrolling, but you can open multiple pages with tabs, which the original iPad lacks. The speakers and volume are better than you will find in most laptops and netbooks and other tablets. Screenshots are so easily done that you have to be a little careful not to hit that button accidentally. If you install the "active applications" or program monitor widget, you can monitor what is open, and shut apps down periodically to save battery.

Bluetooth works great, and will accept my Apple devices, but the Apple devices won't accept my Samsung devices. Unfortunately, it's my understanding that the adapter to load pictures from an SD card does not work with this device. I got the sleeve for the 7.0 and it fits well and doesn't add a lot of bulk. I just wanted something to protect it when I threw it in my purse.

*Note, I suggest check for best deal of this tablet before you will buy it at: Androidtabletbuy.wordpress.com/2012/10/17/samsung-​galaxy-tab-2-wi-fi/

For me personally, I prefer the 8.9 size and screen, but it costs more and does not have expandable memory.

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 08:19

2. slavytodorov (Posts: 31; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


SAMSUNG Nexus 7?!!! Serioulsy?!!!!!!!!!! :O

posted on 27 Aug 2012, 10:50

3. fenixsama (Posts: 31; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


no sms, call quality??

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 10:00

4. robocopvn (Posts: 155; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


OMG, S4 outperforms TI OMAP 4430 obviously !

I'm not familiar with US carrier, does Verizon run on GSM or CMDA can anybody tell me please ?

thank you !

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960, Dual core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1024 MB RAM
Size7.63 x 4.82 x 0.41 inches
(194 x 122 x 10 mm)
12.2 oz  (346 g)

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