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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Dinky Samsung Ice Cream Sandwich tablet owns the mini tablet crown, but not in style

Our Verdict

A quality tablet in the seven-inch space that has just a few too many flaws to be easily recommended.

Product features

  • Screen Resolution : 1024 x 600
  • Processor Core : Dual-core (2 Core)
  • Rear Camera Resolution : 3 Megapixel

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For

  • Handy size
  • Great price
  • Decent performance
  • Classy look

Against

  • Dull screen
  • Unresponsive to the touch
  • TouchWiz is bland
  • Fiddly browser

We tested a range of apps and games, including making picture edits from our library, and we couldn't find the limits of the ARM-based 1GHz chip.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 scored a mediocre 5322 in our Antutu benchmark, which places it among the lower powered tablets out there. It's half the score of the Tegra 3-based Asus Transformer Prime, but just above the Kindle Fire, original Asus Transformer and Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in terms of performance power.

Games were universally fine, and Temple Run only suffered the occasional jitter during the game, which didn't affect our run. It ran smoother than on the original iPad, which shows that there's no shortage of oomph in this svelte seven-inch tablet.

As we already mentioned, this is not the photographer's camera, and quality of photos from the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 were way below par. Shots were grainy, washed out, bereft of colour, and this was before we enlarged them on a PC.

Normally we don't chastise tablets for poor photo quality, since it's the manufacturer's way of deterring you from looking foolish, but with the 7-inch form factor, we'd argue that photo quality is more important. You're more likely to record that opportune moment or once-in-a-lifetime memory, but with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, you'll have to settle for worse quality than on rival tablets.

Video is no different, and results were extremely grainy, especially in low light, although frame rates were excellent.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

When we listened back we were also disappointed with the volume. The speakers were quiet, with barely enough sound to fill a room. The Samsung Galaxy S3 goes louder, and while it's really not a bugbear for us, if you like to watch a movie or listen to music in a hotel room you should either invest in a mini-speaker set or buy a different tablet.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Of course, there's always the option of Bluetooth headphones - but we think a tablet should have enough power to give decent volume under its own steam.

Battery life

Battery life was distinctly average, and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 scored a mediocre 305 minutes in our stress tests. This involved streaming a looping, high definition UFO documentary (a cracking watch) from YouTube. We did find the battery drained fast, and you'll need to charge it every couple of days.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 packs in a 4000 mAH battery, which to put into perspective is almost double the size of the Samsung Galaxy S3, but substantially smaller than the Asus Transformer Pad 300. It's a pay off from the smaller form factor, and if you need the best longevity, it may be best to look to a larger tablet.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Green CompliantYes
Flash Memory Capacity8 GB
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
GPSYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyHSPA+, GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSDPA
Product FamilyGalaxy Tab 2
Cellular Network SupportedGSM
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformAndroid
ColourTitanium Silver
Operating SystemAndroid 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
Brand NameSamsung
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed1 GHz
Screen Size17.8 cm (7")
Screen Resolution1024 x 600
Standard Memory1 GB
Weight (Approximate)344 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Memory Card ReaderYes
TouchscreenYes
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
Display Screen TechnologyPlane to Line (PLS) Switching
WWAN SupportedYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 3.0
Cellular Generation3G
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution3 Megapixel
Height193.7 mm
Width122.4 mm
Depth10.5 mm
Screen ModeWSVGA
ManufacturerSamsung
Product ModelGT-P3100
Product NameGalaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G & WiFi
Product LineGalaxy Tab 2
Aspect Ratio128:75
Manufacturer Part NumberGT-P3100TSABTU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.samsung.com/uk/
Marketing InformationTab2

Your tablet buddy on the go

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) packs multimedia, communication & top Internet functionality in one highly portable personal device. Features include numerous multimedia-oriented Samsung hubs and applications and video call, video group chat. Powered by latest Android OS and connected to various networks for seamless performance and great all-round usability.

Package Contents
  • Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 3G & WiFi
  • AC Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year