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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview

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Our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Review is now published - click here to read it.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Introduction:

When the very first Samsung Galaxy Tab was released, perhaps not everyone imagined it paving the way for a plethora of other Android tablets made by the Korean company. Yet here we are, almost a year and a half from that day, and the manufacturer's family of tablets is steadily growing, with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) being one of the latest slates to join the party.

We spent some time with it at MWC 2012 and walked away with mixed feelings about it as it was not too bad of a device, but nothing impressive either. Now, however, it is time to get a bit more into detail. What we have our hands on today is a prototype Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) unit, so check out our preview to learn more about it.


Design:

Although it is constructed entirely out of plastic, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) feels well put together and we are pretty happy with its design. It has a glossy rim around its edges and a matte back that is practically immune to any visible fingerprints. At 344 grams, the tablet is definitely one of the lightest in the 7-inch category, and with a thickness of 10.5 millimeters, it doesn't feel overly thick. Additionally, the device’s weight has been distributed pretty evenly so it is comfortable to use regardless of the position you are holding it in.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) feels well put together - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) feels well put together - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) feels well put together - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) feels well put together


Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview

On its left side we see slots for microSD and SIM cards protected by plastic covers, and on the right we have the lock key and the 2-button volume rocker, both of which you can feel with your thumb relatively easy. Its top side is occupied by a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack and a secondary microphone for noise cancellation. The primary one is located on the bottom, along with Samsung's proprietary 30-pin connector and a pair of speakers, which are sufficiently loud.

microSD and SIM card slots (left) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Lock key and volume rocker - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Charging port and speakers (bottom) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
3.5mm jack (top) - The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview

microSD and SIM card slots (left)

Lock key and volume rocker

Charging port and speakers (bottom)

3.5mm jack (top)

The sides of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)


Above the tablet's display we find a tiny VGA camera that should satisfy your video chat needs, and next to it we have an earpiece. Yes, unless your carrier forbids it, you will be able to make phone calls using your 4G-capable Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) tablet. Just be prepared to suffer the consequences of doing so for you would look pretty darn silly should you place a call in public.

Front-facing camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Rear camera - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Back - Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview

Front-facing camera

Rear camera

Back



Display:

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview
Just like the very first Galaxy Tab, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) sports a 7-inch (d'oh) display with a resolution of 1024 by 600 pixels. That translates into a pixel density of 170 ppi, which is nothing spectacular, so don't expect everything on it to look silky smooth like on those high resolution tablet displays. There is one important detail that we have to point out, however, namely that the device's display has been made using Samsung's very own Super PLS LCD technology. As a result, it should be brighter, with better color reproduction, and superior viewing angles as compared to standard LCD displays, at least in theory.

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posted on 27 Mar 2012, 09:12 1

1. NOKIA.8800.ARTE (Posts: 100; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


SAMSUNG U CAN DO BETTER THAN THIS....
W®A®K®E®U®P

posted on 27 Mar 2012, 13:09 1

2. twashington4 (Posts: 81; Member since: 24 May 2010)


Leave it to Samsung to release a device inferior to it's predecessor and and try to throw everybody off by adding a 2 at the end. Pathetic. They have to release this at less than the current price of the current Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It's essentially the same freakin' device!!

I know what's going to happen though...they're going to let the stock of the Tab Plus just go completely out and at night swap the Tab Plus display model with this one and leave the same price there. No one will be the wiser.

posted on 19 May 2012, 23:49

3. medalaster01 (Posts: 40; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


I bought this tablet for19,200 INR considering its features its pretty cheap and lasts real long no battery, well their is some lag in the interface but i can live with it since all the apps in play store can run in this!!

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Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera3 megapixels
Hardware
Dual core, 1000 MHz
1024 MB RAM
Size7.63 x 4.82 x 0.41 inches
(193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm)
12.13 oz  (344 g)

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