Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: spot the difference

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) vs Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus: spot the difference
Announced just a couple of days back, the ever so weirdly named Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) was introduced as the successor to the first Samsung tablet - the Galaxy Tab from 2010. While we're all good with that, we can't help but ask a question here:

"Wasn't the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, released at the end of 2011, supposed to be the original Tab's successor?"

Well, we thought so, until Samsung came out the other day and announced what is basically the same device, but loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich... By now, you've probably already guessed what our major concern here is - could this possibly mean that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, a tablet released just a few months ago, may not get an update to Android 4 Ice Cream Sandwich? Because, if it doesn't, this will instantly take Samsung's device support to a whole new lousy level.

The last thing we want to do is to start a panic here, and thankfully, the manufacturer has already announced that the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is on the list of devices to get updated. However, the strange thing is that in case the Tab 7.0 Plus does indeed get an update to ICS, the new Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) won't make much sense. If we take a look at the specs of both devices side by side, which we'll do in a while, it immediately becomes clear that there's not a single substantial thing to separate these two... except for the OS version, of course.

Samsung is notoriously slow when it comes to issuing the updates for its devices, but we really hope that it hasn't shed its plans to update the 7.0 Plus altogether this time. Here's the promised specs comparison between the two 7" tabs, and the original Galaxy Tab, just to make things a bit more interesting...

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Samsung
Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus
Samsung Galaxy Tab
Platform Android 4.0 Android 3.2 Android 2.3
Display 7.0”, 1024x600
7.0”, 1024x600
7.0, 1024x600
Thickness 0.41" (10.5mm) 0.39" (9.9mm) 0.47" (11.98mm)
Weight 12.13 oz (344 g) 12.17 oz (345 g) 13.40 oz (380 g)
Processor Dual-core, 1 GHz Dual-core, 1.2 GHz Single-core, 1 GHz
RAM 1 GB 1 GB 512 MB
Rear Camera 3MP,
720p HD video recording
720p video recording
720x480 video recording
Front Camera 0.3MP 2MP 1.3MP
Storage 32GB,
Connectivity HSPA+ HSPA+ HSPA
Battery 4000 mAh 4000 mAh 4000 mAh


So, not much of a difference up there, right? Okay, guys, let's see what you think - does the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) make any sense to you?

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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
GALAXY Tab 7.0 Plus
  • Display 7.0 inches
    600 x 1024 pixels
  • Camera 3 MP (Single camera)
    2 MP front
  • Hardware , 1GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDHC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 4.1.2



21. niyamkaime

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 03, 2016

i found a very nice artical at about android 7.0

20. Jack2012

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Saw the galaxy tab 2 in a shop today and question marks rose...why has that tab ICS and my galaxy tab 7.0 plus not? Saw the price and looked at the specs. The salesman didn't know the difference. How will most customers know? It's a confusing policy. I think it can create a lot of unsatisfied customers. Still to compare the tab with the iPad is ridiculous. That costs more and has a different system. I chose the Samsung for it's size and system. Not for the Brand name. I also tried the Acer tab before: cheaper, But thicker, bad battery life and awful screen. Think that the 7.0 plus is not such a bad choice....

19. rjones33

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

So disappointed with my Tab Plus. Every time I use my wife's iPad2 I cringe at the quality of what $350-ish got me. If Samsung doesn't offer ICS for this tablet FAST it will be the last Sammy device I own for the very foreseeable future. I agree with thelegend6657. QUALITY not quantity. Such a simple idea but I guess so difficult to execute.... sad face... rj

18. TMobileRep_52_SwaaaG

Posts: 40; Member since: Oct 03, 2011

Its a mid-range tab, whats so hard to understand here?

17. A.aoudi

Posts: 125; Member since: Feb 14, 2012

Although i really like Samsung but this is seriously confusing me i mean. The galaxy line is really huge and they keep adding unwanted products. why cant they just give the honeycomb product an update or release the same product with honeycomb instead of giving it a new name

15. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

My guess is the Galaxy Tab 2 will be coming in at a cheaper price, every time I go to an electronic store I hear complaints about how Samsung's Galaxy Tab Plus is more expensive than the other 7" tablets. I think it is the best 7" tablet but for the price difference I would probably go with a bigger tablet myself or a cheaper 7".

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

couldn't take the ipad down.. so now they are aiming for the kindle fire....

16. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

who said a company could only have one target? ;P

10. thelegend6657 unregistered

quality not quantity samsung . Dissapointed in you

7. Mr.Best

Posts: 79; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

That makes no business sense! It's wasted production...they could've simply updated the Tab Plus to ICS.

11. Sam_K

Posts: 32; Member since: Feb 03, 2011

I agree. Samsung shouldn't have spent the money to design and produce the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 that's almost identical the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus. How much money will Samsung actually save by going with a slightly slower dual core processor, no LED in the rear camera and a lower resolution front facing camera? I understand that when you're talking about millions of units, every dollar saved in production cost can improve profitability however Samsung had to spend money designing the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and creating a new production line for it. With economies of scale wouldn't it have been cheaper just to increase the production of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 plus and simply update it to ICS?

4. thinking

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 19, 2012

It'll be cheaper and has ICS. But perhaps they could have upgraded 7plus to ICS instead.

9. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

yup, the price point is the difference. the galaxy tab 2 is launching at $450 in sweden. sweden always charges much more than we pay in the states. i expect it to launch here for $300-$350

3. nightmare

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 25, 2011

Samsung tab 2 is samsung's answer to the kindle fire.why is it so hard for people to see that

5. Muhannad

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 20, 2011

It's slap to the face to people who just bought the Galaxy Tab 7.0 1, kinda like what Motorola did to early DROID Razr buyers by releasing the MAXX.

12. Ray.S

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

Why not just discount the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus then? I can't see why they won't be able to sell the Plus for $200 (btw, the Plus now sells for about $320-$350 on Amazon), while it would be a-ok for the Galaxy Tab 2 to be priced so aggressively? After all, they are almost the same devices.

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

the Tab + could've done that just as well.

2. MalakiMills

Posts: 257; Member since: Jun 15, 2010

Doesn't the galaxy tab 7.0 plus have a super amoled screen?

6. 3Zs

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 14, 2008

no thats the galaxy tab 7.7, looks like sammy's is releasing the same number of tablets as its phones now, kinda stupid imo

1. jasongohjr

Posts: 75; Member since: Sep 26, 2011

The galaxy tab plus has better specs. well kinda -.- lol wad happen to Sammy ;S

8. theoak

Posts: 324; Member since: Nov 16, 2011

I would go for the Plus. It has better camera and faster cores. Yes, it is Android 3.2 ... but its faster cores should make for a better experience I would think.

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