With Mobile World Congress 2012 in the past, now its the fun part, actually getting these new devices and playing around with them. One of those devices is the Galaxy Tab 2 series, or the second generation and the newest one to be released is the 7.0 model. This one is an odd upgrade and there are a whole bunch of reasons why. Read the full review after the break!
Let’s start off with something simple, hardware. The new Galaxy Tab retains its shape, size, and almost the same thickness, its a tiny bit skinnier, but overall it feels like the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Now the display is also unchanged, 7 inches, but the strange thing is the processor powering this thing is actually less powerful than the one found on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, the one on here is a 1 GHZ Dual-Core and the one found on the Plus is a 1.2 GHZ Dual-Core chip from Exynos. So thats a check off for the new Tab.
Also, in the camera department we suffer some downgrades as well, the rear cameras stays at the poor 3.2 MP camera, but thats not what we are angry about. The front camera has been downgraded to a VGA standard camera, no HD video calling what so ever, we are really hurt by that. We wish Samsung understood the word ‘UPGRADE’ and not downgrade.
The display on the Galaxy Tab is the same 7-inch 1024 x 600 LCD, but now there are several 7 inch tablets with 720P resolution so it feels out-dated. One thing we do like about the LCD is the ability to use in sunlight, now if you live in California where you have direct sunlight, it may be just a tad difficult but with some screen brightness adjustments we powered over these difficulties and that led me to finish the book I was reading. Amazing huh?
Colors on the new 7.0 just don’t pop us much as they do on the Galaxy Tab 7.7 or really any other tablet, they look washed-out in a sense, but web browsing and looking at photos won’t be noticed too much. It’s sort of standard in that department.
Now this tablet comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, to be specific, Android Kernel 4.0.4. Now this version of ICS comes with the new TouchWiz UX over it and its a refined system. Now TouchWiz is a hefty skin to run over Android but the Galaxy Tab handled it like it was nothing.
Navigating through the OS and UI was a piece of cake. It shows now signs of lag when you have tons of applications open, when your running hardcore tests, you can probably still web browse and have music playing. Its something done right, but I don’t think this is from Samsung either, I think its how good Google is with their software management system. Bravo Google!
Performance and Battery Life
Now the performance of the Tab is pretty important. You need something that is powerful enough to complete your everyday tasks efficiently. The Tab here will browse through the web, search through emails, watch videos, operate applications brilliantly. We have only had a few hiccups when zooming in and out of loaded websites, it just reformats the page and then your back to normal but we have experienced zero crashes of any application.
Battery Life is also something very positive here. The 4,000 mAh battery in the Tab is smaller than the slightly larger Galaxy Tab 7.7 LTE’s 5,100, but since theres no LTE draining, we got a good two full days before it shutting off early day three. Thats outstanding battery life, but for a WiFi tablet, what can you expect?
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an interesting upgrade, some upgrades are ripping out the old hardware and replacing them with even older hardware, it seems like Samsung is getting rid of their inventory at the factories with making these cheaper tablets, but hey, for $250, this thing will smoke the Kindle Fire. The Tab delivers an elegant performance for people on a budget and you also get Android 4.0 which is something. But if you demand the highest quality and the most performance, walk right past this one, don’t let it fool you.