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.
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.
Conclusion: If you've been looking for a good quality, name brand tablet that won't break the bank, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an excellent choice. It's a full Android tablet running ICS with all the trimmings that ereader tablets lack like dual cameras, a GPS and access to the Google Play Store for apps. If you want a general purpose tablet that can do it all, and don't crave the fastest CPUs, lots of internal storage and a 720p display, the Samsung is for you.
Pros: Latest OS, decent display and all the Android tablet trimmings at a budget price.
Cons: Small internal storage, decent but not very fast speed.
Conclusion: Above all, there’s no escaping the love surrounding the $249.99 pricing of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 – it’s just super affordable on any budget! Indeed, it’s $50 more expensive than the Amazon Kindle Fire , but the advantages are seen with its arsenal of cameras and full access to Android’s ecosystem. However, we’re still puzzled to find its performance a little bit on the sluggish side – but at least it’s never the point stagnant.
Pros: $250 price point, Android 4.0 ICS out of the box, Incorporates an IR blaster, Great battery life
Cons: Choppy performance, Same old TouchWiz UX experience, Not so great with its still shots
Conclusion: Other than some mild awkwardness in button placement, I can't really think of any other complaints about Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It's a very different experience for someone coming from the simplicity of the iPod/iPad/iPhone, and that is in no way meant to be a dig at either Apple or Samsung (or Google). I just needed to be a bit more proactive in downloading the necessary bits of software to do the things I wanted to do, and almost always for free.
Pros: VERSATILITY, with a wide variety of home theater-friendly applications, and beyond, Front and rear-facing cameras, Bluetooth, microSD card slot... and an IR emitter!, Android 4.0 operating system with Android Market and Flash support
Cons: Some apps slower to launch than others, Proprietary charging/data transfer jack, No 4G connectvity option (yet)