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Interface and functionality:

Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, so you don't need to wait for an update from Honeycomb. Providing the processing power is a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz backed up by 1GB of RAM, and although the unit that we are previewing is not finalized, performance is fluid almost all of the time.

Samsung's TouchWiz custom interface is present on the device, but it is most likely not in its final form. In addition to the stock Android applications, the manufacturer has included the Gaming, Readers, and Music Hubs, which complement pretty much all of Samsung's current Android devices. Also, the Photo Editor and Video Maker apps may come in handy if you need to quickly do some basic image or video editing.


Something that might prove rather useful is the ability to capture screenshots at the tap of a button and draw notes on the image. You know, kind of like what you would do on a Samsung Galaxy Note. However, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) does not come with a stylus, so you use your finger instead.



Internet Browser and Connectivity:

Since the tablet's stock internet browser supports Adobe Flash out of the box, you should be able to enjoy the web to its fullest. Other features that make surfing the web more convenient include tabbed browsing, tap-to-zoom, and pinch-to-zoom. Text reflow did not work on our prototype unit, but we expect to see it added in the software's final version.


With the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) you can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi b/g/n, but a model equipped with a 21Mbps 4G HSPA+ radio is also to be released. For the times when you need to find your way around, the device comes with an A-GPS radio that can connect to Glonass satellites as well for improved localization.

Camera:

What we have on the tablet's back is a pretty basic 3.2-megapixel camera. It lacks auto-focus and LED flash, so one should not expect much from it. Still, the outdoor shots that we captured on our prototype unit look usable. Same can be said about the 720p test video that we captured. Of course, we will judge the camera's performance after we get our hands on a final unit.






Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Sample Video:



Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Indoor Sample Video:



Expectations:

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) does not really offer anything extraordinary in terms of hardware, but with a dual-core processor in tow and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, it should be good enough to satisfy the needs of an average consumer. Besides, the device is quite an improvement over the very first Galaxy Tab model, and when you put it next to the rest of 7-inch offerings that are available on the market today, it is shaping up like a pretty decent tablet.

However, now would be a good time to remind you that Samsung already released the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, which is nearly identical to the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0). That begs the question whether having the former device makes sense or not. Fortunately, that leads us to believe that the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) will bear a pretty competitive price tag, which might very well make it one of the preferred tablets of this caliber.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Preview:



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