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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Around £250 inc VAT

Manufacturer: Samsung

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a thin-and-light 7in Android ICS tablet. But can it distinguish itself from the inexpensive Android crowd? Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review to find out. UPDATED 7 JUNE 2012.

If you're after a small, lightweight budget Android tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in could be ideal. At just 345g, it’s one of the lightest devices in its class, and the elegant curves of its metal-rimmed body fit effortlessly into the hand. All tablet reviews.

One disadvantage of all this svelteness is that the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's grey plastic back cover is so smooth it can be hard to hold on to. You'll need a proper stand for hands-free use, since leaning it against something will invariably end in the Tab 2 sliding on to its back. Group test: What's the best Android tablet?

The 7in screen has a 1024x600 resolution, which looks sharp and offers great colours. Text is crisp and easily readable, but the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in tablet lacks the precision of the Blackberry Playbook 2.0's display.

Interacting with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in is a fluid experience, thanks to an accurate touchscreen and the inclusion of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Apps open quickly and you’re rarely left hanging while the dual-core 1GHz processor does its job.

The tablet's camera app utilises the 3Mp rear camera, with dedicated Panorama and Smile modes. Our test results varied, but were acceptable; the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's stills tended to offer better colours than video.

With access to the Google Play store, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in has no shortage of apps to download. All the social media regulars are present, including Facebook, Twitter and Google+, as are the various movies you can stream for a modest fee. We recorded a 7-hour battery life when playing video.

Games ran very smoothly on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in. 3D action shooters showed no signs of stuttering, and driving sims, played nicely thanks to the light body and responsive accelerometers. The Kindle app turns the tablet into a decent e-book reader, while a BBC iPlayer app lets you catch up on TV - although we couldn’t find a way of streaming in HD, which was slightly disappointing.

Although it's more expensive than the BlackBerry PlayBook 2.0, a two-year warranty helps to justify the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in's premium. Hunt it down online and you could pay as little as £200.

Read our original Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in review on the next page.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Expert Verdict »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 GT-P3110 (8GB) Scores 8.9 out of 10 based on 560 reviews
HSPA+ 21Mbps 850/900/1900/2100
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
7in WSVGA (1024x600) PLS TFT
Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Main (Rear): 3 Megapixel Camera, Sub (Front): VGA for Video Call
Video: Codec: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, VC-1, DivX, WMV7, WMV8, WMV9, VP8
Format: 3GP, ASF, AVI, MP4, WMV, FLV, MKV, WebM
Playback/Recording: Full HD@30fps, HD@30fps
Audio: Codec : MP3, AAC, AC-3, AMR, FLAC, MID, WMA, WAV, OGG
Music Player with SoundAlive
3.5mm Ear Jack
Bluetooth technology v 3.0
USB 2.0 Host
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct
Accelerometer, Digital compass, Light, Proximity
8/16/32GB User memory + 1GB (RAM). microSD (up to 32GB)
193.7x122.4x10.5mm
345g
Standard battery, Li-ion 4,000 mA
  • Build Quality: We give this item 8 of 10 for build quality
  • Features: We give this item 8 of 10 for features
  • Value for Money: We give this item 8 of 10 for value for money
  • Performance: We give this item 7 of 10 for performance
  • Overall: We give this item 8 of 10 overall

Samsung has done well to pack a fast, fun, and useful package into such a slimline case. The screen is good, but could be of a higher resolution, and the back cover is a little slippy for our liking. Overall, though, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7in has much to offer and is a great budget choice.

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