Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE Review
We’re glad to see that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, so you don't need to wait for an update from Honeycomb. Being a Samsung-made tablet and all, the manufacturer’s TouchWiz custom interface is present on the device, and it doesn’t deviate much from what we’ve seen previously – such as having access to the Mini Apps tray. In addition to the stock Android applications, it also includes Samsung’s AllShare, Media Hub and S Suggest apps, Let’s Golf 3, Monopoly, Polaris Office, and Peel Smart Remote, as well as Netflix and Verizon’s VZ Navigator.
Not surprisingly, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) comes with that great email experience that we’re fond of. Both the standard E-Mail and Gmail apps function the same, as they utilize a two-panel interface to provide us with easy organization.
Processor and Memory:
One thing that we found interesting is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) that is sold by Verizon comes with a Qualcomm MSM8960 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, instead of the 1.0 GHz dual-core processor that is used on the Wi-Fi only model, though RAM remains at 1GB. This extra processing power is not only present in the benchmark scores, but the device feels plenty quick – though not quite as fast as the Google Nexus 7 with its 1.3GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor.
|Quadrant Standard||AnTuTu||NenaMark 2|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) LTE||4211||5608||58.5|
|Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Wi-Fi
|Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1||5479||12722||58.9|
Also included is 8GB of internal memory, but there is only 4.3GB available to the user. Thankfully, you can install a microSD memory card up to 64GB in size if needed.
Internet and Connectivity:
After manually installing Adobe Flash onto the tablet, we’re able to enjoy the web at its fullest. Other features that make surfing the web more convenient include tabbed browsing, tap-to-zoom, and pinch-to-zoom. All in all, the experience is an acceptable one, since it’s able to maintain a good performance even when heavy Flash content is present. Of course, small text on web pages can look jagged due to the display’s resolution, but zooming in remedies that. Naturally, with Verizon 4G LTE data network, we were able to go some good speeds around the South FL area. Using the Speedtest.net app, it showed 12.04 Mbps download and 3.62 Mbps upload during peak daytime hours.
Included with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a mediocre 3.2-megapixel camera. It lacks auto-focus and an LED flash, so one shouldn’t expect much from it. Overall, its quality is flawed by over-exposure and poor auto white balance throughout all shooting scenarios. Moreover, low lighting shots exhibit a lot of noise and bland colors.
Surprisingly, its 720p video recording fares a bit better, as it’s able to maintain a steady shooting speed of 30 frames per second and produces average looking details – though, its audio recording picks up a lot of background noise. In the end, we’d only use the tablet to capture something in the event that nothing else more suitable is present.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Sample Video:
Just like before, the music player interface is nothing more than a rehash of what we’ve seen with Samsung’s TouchWiz for Honeycomb. No doubt functional at its core, but its presentation is lacking any visual allure. As for its stereo speakers, they’re good enough to deliver some acceptable tones without any hint of crackling.
Considered a natural thing nowadays, especially for any dual-core packing device, the tablet handles playing all our test videos, including ones encoded in DivX at 1920x1080 resolution. Of course, we’re pleased by its smooth playback and good-looking visuals, but we’re not particularly wowed by it, due to the lower resolution display. With the inclusion of the AllShare app, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) can stream stored multimedia content wirelessly to other DLNA compatible devices.
1. hung2900 (Posts: 648; 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.
5. Leonard-Davis (Posts: 4; 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.
2. slavytodorov (Posts: 28; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)
SAMSUNG Nexus 7?!!! Serioulsy?!!!!!!!!!! :O
4. robocopvn (Posts: 137; 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 !