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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

By default, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 ships with Android 4.0's default browser, and little has been done to customise or change it. There are multiple tabs, as you would expect, and when you open a blank one, your most used sites are displayed as thumbnail images.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

The trouble with the 7-inch form is that it's not great for browsing the web. Held in portrait mode, web pages are small and unreadable, requiring painstaking pinching and zooming. It would help if the tablet defaulted to loading mobile versions, but it doesn't. In landscape mode you can only view a sliver of the rendered page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Part of this is due to the screen size, but it's also down to poor rendering of the site you're visiting. Forcing the smaller tablet to act as a smartphone online would really help, but that's a matter of preference. What we do know if that for rich web browsing, 10-inch screens still rule.

We're not big fans of the browser, and found it fiddly to use. The tabs were small, and the dull sensitivity of the screen made it near impossible to quickly close a tab. If you're working on a smaller form factor, it's even more important to have a more responsive touchscreen. We'd recommend downloading the beta of Google Chrome.

Rendering was smooth and quick, and we didn't see any of the bizarre loading quirks we found on the ICS-loaded Asus Transformer Pad 300. We were rarely left waiting for pages to load, and even embedded Flash content loaded seamlessly.

We weren't fans of the bookmarking system, which we found to be extremely counter-intuitive. You save a page by clicking the star, and then access your bookmarks using a small icon to the right. The main screen is taken up with lots of pre-determined folders, and we don't like being told how to organise our bookmarks. New pages were then tacked onto the end of the list, which means you'll be scrolling down to find them.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

You can quickly start an incognito browsing mode, by tapping the menu button in the top-right corner, and a new tab is opened without any fuss, enabling you to, ahem, shop for surprise presents or research mystery illnesses safely and securely.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Flash video was easy to set up, after installing the plug-in, which doesn't work out-of-the-box. We were then able to watch all kinds of web videos, which is liberating after months of using the iPad.

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