Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0): is this the Kindle Fire killer?

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0): is this the Kindle Fire killer?
The Nexus tablet. The Google tablet. The Kindle Fire killer. The cheap, but good tablet. Which one are you really looking forward to? Since the Kindle Fire launched, we're waiting for an affordable tablet that will be just a bit better than the Fire to open the doors for first-time tablet adventurers and let us recommend it wholeheartedly.

Here's our list of modest requirements:
- it’s supposed to be affordable, not more than $250,
- it should run the latest Android ICS,
- we expect a dual-core processor,
- simpler, we expect no lag no matter what the processor,
- cameras for video chat would be welcome,
- we need more storage than on the Fire.

Up until now, the rumored Google Nexus tablet (or whatever Google calls it) was supposed to bring this dream to reality. Affordable and fully functional. These are the key words for the Google tablet.

But while the search giant supposedly delayed it until later in the summer, Samsung did not and is now bringing its own affordable solution on April 22nd. It's not made with Google's direct input, but it matches all our requirements. It's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) – a $250 Android tablet.

It feels non-plasticky, more solid than the Fire and kills it in every hardware department you’d imagine. Plus, you need to pay a mere $50 more to get it.

Here are the spec highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0):
- 7" 1024x600 pixels PLS LCD display
- 1GHz dual-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM
- 3MP rear camera supporting 720p video, VGA front camera
- 8GB internal memory, expandable via microSD cards
- extremely light, only 12.1 ounces (344g)
- Wi-Fi-only

The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) might have specs that wouldn't impress if it was priced at $400 or more, but it is quite unique among its $250 peers. The competition will surely respond – Google with its upcoming tablet, and Amazon with its rumored Kindle Fire successor in the summer. But for the time being, Samsung has the head start. Now, let us know - is this your next tablet? What's your dream list for an affordable tablet?

source: Samsung

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GALAXY Tab 2 (7.0)
  • Display 7.0 inches
    600 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
    0.3 MP VGA front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1
    Samsung TouchWiz UI



8. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

wait doesnt this have a infrared blaster?

12. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

yes it does have that..

7. ajac09

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

has great performance from reviews I've read for 250 bucks its a great price was thinking about getting the woman a kindle fire but this is MUCH better

5. belovedson

Posts: 1061; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Very good price for a tablet. I'm sure it will have reasonable performance.

11. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011 i have read the review and looks like it has almost the performance of galaxy tab 7+....

2. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i'm really confused with Samsung tablets. they can crush the iPhone anytime but they can't manage to do that with the iPad. I read the verge's review on this one and I read one sentence there: "Samsung can't beat the iPad, but it isn't trying to anymore." Why not? Please announce a worthy tablet along with the S3's announcement like a Quad Core Exynos 1080p HD Tablet with an S-Pen and LTE.

3. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I will "predict" the future for Samsung Tab series :) The Tab 7 will go down to around 200 within few months. Tab 10.1 will be around 350. They will launch 2 new models within next few months along with SGS3. Note 10.1 -- they are updating the hardware to quad core Exynos 4412. No change in screen resolution. Price will be around 500. Then they will have the flagship Tab (maybe around 11 inch). It will have Full HD or WQXGA 2560 x 1600 display with exynos 5250. Priced will be around 500-550. Let's see if my predictions are true :)

6. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

because people that want the ipad without lookin at the competition are different types of buyers. people that look at the competition pick android tablets a lot of the time. the tablet market is growing. By the end of this month android will have a larger share of tablets than iOS. Samsung does not need to compete with apple in sales. Thats the same misnomer as it is in phones. It has much more competition eating away at it from the android side than it ever will from apple. Both the fire and the Transformer have undercut and outsold samsung in the low and high end. Thats where they are focusing. They tried to battle apple head on with similar pricing and better specs and got their legs cut out from them by other android tablets. They are readjusting to make sure that doesnt happen again. Both lines are growing at a rate that seems to be independent of each other, though like usual android is growing much faster due to its open source nature.

9. bobfreking55

Posts: 866; Member since: Jul 15, 2011

i never saw it that way though, thanks. news just appeared that the Note 10.1 could be changed to another product. i think they could compete with the Kindle Fire, but I think it could be getting a little late since a successor is getting ready and a Nexus Tablet is also in the works. i'm hoping they compete in the higher end since the galaxy tab 10.1 really got a lot of attention when Apple was suing them all over.

10. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

the note 10.1 was the high end. it was supposedly going to share the same quadcore 4212 exynos chip the sgs3 was reported to have. Maybe this change is them switching it to the quad 5250 A15 exynos.. which is technically about 3-4x as powerful as an SGS2. impressive. :)

1. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

Absolutely, it may not be better in every way to the Samsung Galaxy 7.0 Plus, but for $249 and having Android 4.0 on it, there is no better tablet in the $249 and below price point to compete with it.

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