Summary: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a tablet of good quality but definitely not higher than the Tab 7 Plus, for which indeed has some features below. The positive note is certainly connectivity, optional 3G support, GPS, Android version and a good memory. Too bad for the lack of flash and the battery is not removable.
Excerpt: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an upgrade to the original Galaxy Tab with a faster dual-core processor, more RAM and the new version of Android OS (Ice Cream Sandwich). In addition, it also comes with a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera, VGA front-facing one, HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity, up to 32GB of built-in storage, GPS, and a memory card slot.
Pros: Verizon 4G LTE network is incredibly fast, 32GB microSD card included, Integrated kickstand works in portrait and landscape
Cons: Battery life is among the worst we�ve ever seen, No 4G LTE power toggle option, Kickstand in landscape orientation blocks microUSB port
Conclusion: This device is one of Samsung's undeniably vast number of tablets they've got on the market right this second. Compared to the Galaxy Tab 7.7, it's not nearly as impressive, but also not nearly as costly. This tablet is made to be inexpensive enough for anyone to afford while it keeps many of the features and elements that make a Samsung tablet experience one to look forward to.
Summary: We can see the differences between the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 and the incoming Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0), and they stretch beyond the from-box operating system, which makes us a bit more confident in Samsung’s forthcoming formal release of the new model.
Conclusion: Overall, for $350 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) from Verizon is a good quality tablet that offers the extra ability of using the carrier’s 3G/4G data network, instead of just being limited to Wi-Fi. The tablet has plenty of power under the hood with its 1.2 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor that runs Android ICS and Samsung’s TouchWiz UI without a hitch, but we do wish the display was higher resolution so text and images would look sharper, especially when viewing web pages.
Pros: Lowest price 4G tablet for Verizon, Android 4.0.4 ICS, IR Blaster
Cons: Screen resolution isn’t the best, Poor camera quality, Uses a proprietary 30-pin charging/data cable
Conclusion: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) may not be a big step forward on the hardware front, but it's a simple, elegant small-screen tablet that really shows off the polish and power of Google's latest mobile operating system for just $250.
Pros: Inexpensive. Ships with Android 4.0. Slim, lightweight, and well-built. Stable and responsive performance.
Cons: Average, aging components. Screen could be sharper.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review – Cheap Slate With Android 4.0 As Selling Point (Video)
6 July 2012
Conclusion: Overall, we give it an 8 out of 10 for design, 7 for hardware and 7 for OS and UI, for a total of 7.33 out of 10. I guess that our next Galaxy Tab model for review will be a quad core one, right?