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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

Samsung has fought hard to make the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 compete as a strong rival to both the Amazon Kindle Fire and Apple iPad based on size, price and features.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is a great operating system, which makes a tablet like this easy to recommend, and has helped Samsung build a strong contender in what could be a hotly contested space.

That doesn't mean we're going to let it off the hook, however. The disappointing screen, unrefined TouchWiz experience and dull response to your finger make this a contender, but not a champion.

We liked

There are plenty of sub-£200/$250 tablets around now, but few have the pedigree of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It's a fully-featured tablet, available on a budget, and that's been missing from the Android roster for a while.

We love the 7-inch size of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and it really was pleasing, enabling us to watch movies and play games where we felt our iPads and Asus Transformer Pads were just too big.

Media handling was fantastic, and the ability to drag and drop videos, music and pictures, and just enjoy them wherever you are is still one of Android's strong points, and long may it continue.

As devices mature, it's becoming clear that Android Ice Cream Sandwich is a fantastic OS, and it genuinely lifts the tablet experience to a level that can compete with the iPad. The extra features feel right at home on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, and make for an absorbing experience.

We disliked

Throughout this Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review, we've picked out a number of gripes that detract from what is a solid device. It's designed to be low-cost, so corners will be cut, but some areas stopped it from being a real winner.

TouchWiz is a good overlay on most devices, but here it felt vanilla and cold. We'd much rather have seen a plain Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich interface.

The screen was dull, lifeless and unresponsive, which made using the browser on the smaller screen difficult. This was also the case with reading websites, which was less comfortable on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 than on bigger 10-inch tablets.

Battery life is also slightly suspect - we'd have hoped for more when the screen is that much smaller than the larger tablets out there.

Final verdict

If the idea of a capable, portable, fun and comparatively low cost tablet appeals enough to you to make you part with £200/$250, then this is your tablet.

However, those who strive for the best experience, the sharpest screen and the most slender, curvaceous build will see that Samsung has cut corners.

It has kept costs down to offer something affordable to recession-hit customers, and still make a margin for itself, and to be honest, we don't blame it one bit.

Samsung just has to hope that Apple doesn't compete in this space with an iPad Mini, or we could see a case of history repeating, and end with total Cupertino-based domination of every form factor.

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