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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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PhoneArena rating:
7.5Good
Display7.0 inches, 1024 x 600 pixels (170 ppi) Super PLS LCD
Camera3.2 megapixels
Hardware
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus, Dual-core, 1200 MHz, Krait processor
1 GB 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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