Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 – Expandability at a Low Price
- New Samsung 7 Inch Tablet
The fully-featured Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) measures 7.6" x 4.8" x 0.41" and weighs only a little more than 12 ounces. The unit has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 PLS TFT display, 3-megapixel rear-facing camera and is priced at 249.95, approximately $150 less than its older brother, the 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus.
- 1GHz Dual-Core Processor
Samsung's new 7 inch tablet looks nearly identical to the earlier Tab 7.0 Plus, but a few subtle changes have been made to bring down its price. The 7.0 Plus (above), includes a dual-core TI OMAP 1.2GHz processor, whereas the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) uses a dual-core 1.0GHz processor. (teardown photo courtesy of ifixit)
- microSD Card Expandability
Memory expansion for the new Samsung Galaxy Tab is via a card slot that accepts microSD cards up to 32GB. Samsung also bundles the new tablet with a complimentary, 1-year Dropbox account with 50GB of storage.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
The new WiFi-only 7 inch Galaxy Tab comes loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich user interface with Samsung's TouchWiz overlay. The tab also comes outfitted with an IR blaster, making it an excellent media consumption device.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is powered with a 1 GHz dual-core processor and has a 4,000mAh battery installed, which should give you about five and half hours of video playback time. The unit has 8GB of storage built in and also a microSD card slot, which will allow you to expand the memory an additional 32GB. Buyers of this tab also get an additional 50GB of Dropbox space (1-year complimentary) with their purchase.
While this 7 inch tab is priced similarly to Amazon’s Kindle Fire or the Barnes and Noble Nook, it is one of the first new tablets to feature Google’s Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system already installed. Other than that, in many ways it is similar to the pricier, previously released Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, but it has a slightly slower processor speed than the Plus model.
Compared to Kindle Fire
Samsung has long been a leader in the Android tablet market, and the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 is one of several new Samsung Galaxy tablets coming out in 2012. The new 7 inch tablet looks very similar to the earlier released Tab 7.0 Plus, but has undergone a few subtle changes to bring down the price. In comparison to Amazon’s Kindle Fire, the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 is a little bit thinner in design and a few ounces lighter as well. With the Android 4.0 interface and TouchWiz installed, the new tablet offers more functionality than the Kindle Fire.
Those who want to be able to download the latest apps and media onto their tablet should definitely consider the more advanced Galaxy Tab 7 rather than the Kindle Fire. However, consumers who are not very tech-savy and only need a simple to use tablet to read books, search the Internet and use simple apps will likely be satisfied with the Kindle Fire.
With the new Galaxy Tab 7, the company has also tried to improve on some of the perceived flaws in the previous version. For example, the earlier version reportedly had issues with the microSD slot door getting stuck. The slot door on the version has been redesigned so that it’s now much easier to open.
This tablet isn’t perfect, however. Some users have expressed disappointment with the placement of the audio speakers along the bottom edge of the unit, making it easy to accidentally cover them up when holding the unit in landscape mode. The 3 megapixel rear camera is also not quite as sophisticated as similarly priced tablets on the market, although the cameras corner locations are nice, since they make it easier to avoid accidentally getting your fingers in the shot. By comparison, the first generation Kindle Fire doesn’t even have a camera!
A Good 7-inch Android Tablet
Overall, this new 7-inch Android 4.0 tablet is a good choice for those who are looking for a fairly inexpensive tablet but still want the ability to take advantage of the latest Android version, have expandable memory options, and the ability to use the latest apps. This tablet is competitively priced and an overall good choice for both Android enthusiasts and many new tablet users.
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