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This is my second tablet purchase (after the kindle fire tablet) and much prefer it, in fact I'd go as far as to say I LOVE it!
It is a good size - sits nicely in one hand for reading and equally comfortable to hold in two hands to type with the QWERTY keyboard (standard keyboard comes installed and is a great little keyboard with a brilliant auto suggest function for spelling / typing errors), it also has a decent internal memory as well as a micro sd slot for additional memory :-)
Having used Samsung mobile phones for the past five or so years, I love the ease of navigation and the similarities between the two devices.
Another benefit of the device is that it uses Google Play store (on Android platform) so is not as limiting as 1) the Amazon Kindle store (definite massive drawback to the Kindle devices) or 2) the Apple Store (I am a self confessed hater of the Apple corporation!) And you can also copy your apps over quickly and easily from the Google Play store to this device from apps already downloaded to your android phone (doesn't have to be a Samsung Mobile, but again, I would personally reccomend one!)
The screen size is compact enough to be portable, yet large enough to catch up on the latest films or on demand soaps - whatever floats your boat! - all on a great quality screen with good sound quality and volume capability.
Front and rear cameras offer the option of taking photos with a large display of the image as well as the front camera for taking photos of yourself (should you wish!) or for use with apps like Skype or Facebook chat. Definitely a selling point!
To top it all off, last point (but not least) the price. It is now, what I would call a "budget" tablet, with many much more expensive options available out there, however, for my purposes at least, this little tablet ticks all the boxes. I wanted somethingnot to replace my mobile - or my laptop - but to use alongside these devices. It works well syncing my calendar on Gmail, emails (I use Gmail for this too, but can sync most email providers) and photographs, music & other files.
My partner had wanted a tablet for a while and leapt at the chance to get her hands on one for free. She got this Samsung galaxy tab 2 when he son upgraded his mobile phone. She got it just after Christmas when money was tight so knowing she got it for free was great.
I personally had never understood why people wanted a tablet when most people have a laptop or a desktop computer at home, and most people also have a smartphone. So I couldn't quite see why people wanted tablets so much. You have your mobile phone for on the go when you want to use the internet or play a game and a laptop for when you're at home.
This tablet has a 7 inch LCD screen which makes its screen far superior to that of your average smartphone. Pictures, games, apps, the internet and everything else look great on the screen. The screen display can be to brighter or darker depending upon where you are using it and under what conditions.
It comes with a large amount of internal memory as well so you're not likely to be running out of space anytime soon. It comes with 32GB of memory. So you will have plenty of room for all your pictures and songs. The tablet includes a 3MP rear view camera. So the camera on your mobile phone probably is a better quality camera. The camera has 3 shot modes single, smile and panorama. It also has the same photo effects as your phone none, negative, grey scale and sepia.
My partner and her children get a lot of use out of this tablet. Her youngest daughter will quite often play games on the tablet for a couple of hours a day, her eldest daughter (even though she has a tablet of her own) will quite often use it for an hour or two, but my partner gets a lot of use out of the tablet probably 3-4 hours a day. She charges it up when she goes to bed and it will last for about 8-9 hours before it needs recharging.
I don't know whether this is a common fault with tablets or whether its just our one, but my partner will regularly complain about her tablet freezing or being too slow in its functioning. But despite this fault I don't think there are any other complaints.
Like all Samsung products this is a tablet that functions on an android platform. And it is a very nice tablet. It's small enough to use out and about on the go, but with a large enough screen for you to enjoy using it. It weighs less than a bag of sugar so you won't complain about carrying it around and weighing you down.
This is a tablet that I would recommend for those who are searching for one. Samsung are cornering the market with their phones and tablets. The Samsung galaxy tab 2 is a great little item.
For Christmas I decided to get my son a decent branded tablet. I had bought him a very cheap one imported from the US for his birthday just to see how he got on with one and if it would be a good investment to buy a better one for Christmas. The brand I opted for was the Samsung Galaxy tab 2 7" even though the tab 3 was out and of course larger options too. I felt for an eight year old that the tab 2 was a fine investment and this is my review of the product.
The Samsung Galaxy tab 2 cost me £139.99 from my Very catalogue before Christmas. It costs £129.99 on amazon currently so the price isn't that variable it seems. The tablet came packed in a white cardboard box which features the Samsung brand logo, the product name and a picture of the tablet. There are a few little snippets of information included on the box such as this is a wifi enabled product, that it has a 3MP camera and that it is powered by android for example. I chose the 8gb silver tablet for my son based on the fact that you can add further memory space to the device via a memory card.
Inside the box came the tablet itself, a charger which needed assembling and instructions for use. I have to say that I did find the charger a bit of a faff to put together inititally for charging but I think that is more down to me thinking why the heck do I need to assemble a charger?! The lead for the charger is also the cable for attaching the tablet to your computer for backing it up and things. This seems to be quite common place now.
The charger itself is sleek I have to say. I wasn't sure what I was expecting but compared to the cheaper one I bought for my sons birthday this is amazing to look at. It screams Samsung, style and expense in my opinion. As I mentioned I bought the silver one as opposed to white and I do think this adds to the sleek look of the tablet. Although it only has a 7" screen I think it is a great size and I doubt I would go for anything bigger for myself if I was in the market for a tablet unless I went for an iPad I suppose. The screen features a a black trim all the way around which really makes the colours on the screen stand out and I think the resolution on this is great. There are no issues when playing on any app, taking photos or whatever on this with the way it looks.
Now I charged this before wrapping it for my son for Christmas so that it would be ready to go when he opened it. As such I also wanted to add some apps and things to the device and this is really easy. Switching on the device is as easy as pie as you just press and hold the power button on the side of the device. You will need to run through a small set up on the tablet doing things like adding wifi before you can really get going on the device. You need to go to the google play store to search for any apps that you want to put on the device and downloading them is as simple as just clicking on the screen. What I did struggle with a little more was putting apps on to certain pages on the pages where I wanted them purely because I am used to an iPhone and so I needed to go on to you tube for a turorial on how to do this! Anyone already familiar with android devices will not have any issues at all! There are six pages free for adding apps so there is loads of space if you wanted to organise them in terms of games, work things or whatever.
This tablet is basically as functional as a laptop or PC in my opinion in terms of the things that it can do. You can access and send emails, go on the internet, play games, take photos and things. Most of these things are preinstalled on the tablet as well so there isn't a massive amount of setting up to do. Once you add your email address and things you are pretty much good to go. I find that the tablet touch screen is really responsive either when using a stylus or just your fingers and it doesn't lag or freeze often at all. Once it has frozen and wouldn't budge at all including when we tried to power it off and I was panicking thinking it was broke but we found a way round this by looking online.
The tablet features a 3MP camera which is both front and back facing which makes it great for being able to take pictures whilst you are out and about but which is also useful for snapchat and taking selfies! My son doesn't use the camera a massive amount but I think come Summer when we are out and about more he would certainly be more interested in using the camera to take pictures on days out and things. I think it is a decent enough quality camera for this kind of device. I suppose we are used to better ones these days but for my sons needs this is perfectly adequate. He also uses the camera sometimes to Skype his Dad and finds it fit for this purpose.
Charging the tablet is really easy and it doesn't take a massive amount of time for it to charge. I have to say that I am impressed with how long the battery does last on it. My son has a habit of not powering off the tablet but after a very short time it will lock the screen and go in to a low power mode which helps preserve the battery. My son tends to charge it maybe every few days, more over the weekend if he has been on it loads but it certainly lasts much better than his old tablet.
Another thing that I like about this tablet is the way that is is so portable. Being a 7" screen tablet it is around the size of a paper back book but obviously much thinner. Even in it's case it fits neatly in my bag should we want to take it out somewhere with us but it is also a nice size for my son to just carry it to my parents when they are looking after him if I am working. The fact that it is so highly portable is a massive plus I think when it comes to this product.
I have to say that I would absolutely recommend this tablet to anyone really. It looks great and is really sleek in its design but more importantly than that it is a really functional piece of equipment. It allows you to be able to send emails, type documents, calculate things, take pictures, store pictures, edit pictures, play games and so much more! It really is an all rounder and something which I think would suit those younger technology fans such as my son but which would be just as suitable for someone like myself, or my parents for example so it is a great all rounder. I think the price for the tablet is fair too so it is one I can afford to give all five stars to on this occasion.
Thank you for reading my review!
I purchased my Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 at the start of this year (2013) and it gets plenty of use every day from all members of my family. I have the white version, although a black version is also available. I bought mine from Tesco at the price in the region of £170, but they have dropped in price quite considerably since then, and they are readily available for under £140.
Having been a mainly apple user before, i was a little worried how i would find the switch to the android software that the Samsung Galaxy uses, but it was very easy to pick up and i was impressed with the amount of apps available to download.
We use our tab mainly for browsing the internet and playing games in the form of apps. As a much cheaper alternative to something like the iPad this tablet computer suits our needs very well. Although because of the small 7 inch screen i do sometimes struggle with the small size of the keyboard and get fed up of making lots of spelling errors, so if i know i want to write a large amount of text i do tend to find myself turning on my main PC instead.
The tab has been very reliable, the camera is used frequently and although it struggles if light levels are low or if the photos are to be printed on 6x4 or larger, they are great quality for quickly taking a photo and uploading straight away onto somewhere like facebook. The size of the tab means it is portable enough to fit into my (large) coat pocket to take it out places. We do find that the battery needs charging overnight most nights, but then as it gets 5+ hours of use between our family in the day time this isn't surprising.
This is a review of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 wifi version. The one I have is in a dark, matte silver but you can also purchase in white (as dooyoo picture above). I have the 7 inch 8GB and was lucky enough to get it free with the purchase of a Samsung Smart TV via John Lewis approximately 2 years ago. You can get 6 slightly differing versions of this tablet...
7 inch 16GB 3G
7 inch 16GB Wifi
7 inch 8GB 3G
7 inch 8GB Wifi (ie this one)
10.1 inch 16GB 3G
10.1 inch 16gb Wifi
I do not recall John Lewis giving me a choice in the free gift I claimed at the time. Still, it's free so I 'm not complaining J.L.!
The tablet comes with an instruction booklet, headphones and a charger.
I have seen the price of this tablet vary from store to store. When it was new in 2012 the average price I found for it was £190. The tablet still seems widely available on and offline and I have seen prices (new/second hand) vary between £90-£140. I suppose the way in which this has devalued is not surprising however as the Samsung Galaxy 3 Tab has since reared its head. There are also rumours floating around the technological community about Samsung launching a new larger (12.2 inch) tablet.
This is a very slim and light tablet - weighing in at 300g! The design is simple and sleek, although as mine is all pretty much one colour it can be hard for the side buttons (on/off switch etc.) to stand out and I have to feel around the device sometimes to find them! The outer body of the tablet is a very strong sturdy plastic which through my use of it hasn't scratched or cracked.
The screen is also a hard plastic, although this is clear. I have experienced some very light scratching on the screen through my use but this is minute and has not yet effected my use of the device. As this is a touch screen device it is very easy to get fingerprint marks on the screen. I do have a habit of munching whilst on the tablet also so I have at times got the screen dirty. Whilst it is easy to clean with a dry cloth, I would of course recommend clean fingers during use!
*Ease of use*
Set up was easy peasy, I turned the tablet on (after charging of course). followed the instructions on screen and only took a few minutes. When I first got the tablet it was already installed with several apps too. It is generally very easy to navigate between different screens and you can have several apps open at the same time. Returning to the menu is very easy as you just tap the bottom half of the screen which will show you what you have running. If you leave the device for more than a minute or so (and don't have a video playing) it will go to sleep though which is a bit annoying.
The screen is generally very responsive, sometimes I have had minor problems with it responding but this has been down to my wifi connection and not the actual device. The processing speed is 1 ghz which is fair for a device of this size. When trying to change between portrait and landscape views (which you do by just turning the device around) it can take up to 20 seconds to recognise this changes, which in my opinion is quite slow. However the resolution on the screen is also very bright and clear and easy to see again considering this is such a small device.
The battery on this tablet is pretty good and lasts around 3 hours. After 2 years of use this seems to have retained it's power very well also. In the pack you get a mains charger for your tablet, unfortunately however you do not get a USB lead/charger which I thought was pretty standard these days - although USB leads don't come at a great additional cost.
The sound on the tablet is ok when you are in a room by yourself, however if you are in a room with others eg on a train, in a coffee shop I use the headphones as the sound is not strong enough to compete with background noise (I would also not want to annoy other people)!
Some of the functions you get with this tablet are -
Alarm - which is tried and tested and does the job, although I tend to use my phone
Calculator - again tried and tested and works
Planner/Calendar - you can set up alarms for events/appointments and attach notes to appointments via this - again this works although I do tend to use my phone for this
Face Unlock feature - unfortunately I have tried but failed to work out how to use this (answers on a postcard please folks). In theory however this sounds fabulous as it would mean being able to lock your device (and everything on it) from other people. It may also prevent sharing of the tablet however if there is not an override function.
Microphone and voice recorder - which you can use to dictate text. I have tried this although it does not tend to work well with regional accents.
Camera - there is a 3mp camera and video recorder on the device. In terms of quality, the pictures and films it produces are not great and it is very hard to find the flash on it (which you do really need). I see the camera as more of an extra therefore and wouldn't buy for the camera alone. It is quite nifty the way you can do self-portraits however!
The tablet runs via an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Operating System and as a such is app central (there are over 400,000 apps). Apart from using for the internet (checking emails, going on facebook, listening to music on spotify, reading reviews on dooyoo of course) the apps are the most exciting thing about the device for me. Some of the apps of course you need to pay for which I begrudge (unless it is a really really good app) but some of the free ones I have used and liked are as follows -
#Instagram - share photos and vids with your friends
#Whisk - recipe books
#Runtastic - exercise regime
You can also download kindle books by downloading the app and registering via Amazon. However one word of warning if you are using the device abroad you will need to ensure you are in a wifi zone in order to read - also the screen is not great as it does pick up glare from the sun.
*Wouldn't it be nice?*
Generally I think that whilst the price of the tablet is fair, there are some essentials (in my eyes) that you do not get with which would be nice to get with the tablet, these include-
A screen protector or case to prevent scratching and smudging of the screen in particular
A memory card
A USB adapter
A pen to use instead of fingers (thus reducing the smudging on the screen)
Whilst I wouldn't expect to get all this stuff for the price of the tablet, it would be nice if they had a 'tablet only' package and a 'tablet plus accessories' package in my opinion.
Generally yes, although it depends on what you want it for. If like me you want basic internet useage and to use it for apps then yes. However if you want a great camera, something you can film on and read books on I would shop around as the tablet lets you down in these areas. It gets four stars from me as it does what I want it to.
After trying my luck with the very budget Vimicron Supertab I decided that I would try to get something a little fancier for my next tablet. I quickly decided that my eyesight wasn't bad enough to necessitate a 10" Tablet, and settled on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7".
As a tablet this is a fairly sturdy device with enough built in features to satisfy the average user. Once again my primary concern was in the tablets ability to read PDFs and Ebooks so that I could use it to study everything that I needed to. I quickly found this to be even better for this use.
The 7.6" frame of the Galaxy is the perfect size for a reader on the go. The entire tablet is taken up by the screen with most front facing buttons working through the touchscreen. This means that the tablet can retain a small enough size to fit in my inner jacket pocket, and as such I can carry important books with me for studying on the bus. Obviously the drawback to this is that a smaller size means smaller text which can be difficult for those with poorer eyesight than mine. To be fair though I don't have the best eyesight and I never really struggle to read important books as the 1024X600 display renders them in a high enough resolution to keep things clear. Plus the zoom feature can help if I'm reading PDFs with a slightly smaller font. To be honest the only time I have had any problems is when reading comics through Marvel's Marvel Unlimited Ap. As these comics are already low resolution then you cannot zoom in on a picture and so double page spreads become unreadable. This is a minor fault however unless you really really want to read every word in a comic on a small screen.
In all other areas however the Galaxy Tab's screen works wonders. It's more responsive than the really cheap tablets and works wonders with the gentlest swipe of the fingers. I have been able to use the tab to quietly make notes during meetings, and even my wife Vicky (who has muscle degradation in her hands) can use this touchscreen without issue.
The weight of the Galaxy Tab is also a bonus as the fairly slim and compact unit weighs just ¾ of a pound so holding it for up to 2 hours is rarely uncomfortable. This is something that I regularly do at my meetings and so I was very pleased to discover that both the weight and battery life were able to easily accommodate this time frame.
This seems to be what the Galaxy Tab has been designed for. It offers very little in the way of extra features. There are no HDMI ports and just the one available port for connecting to your charger. It also comes with a fairly standard audio port for plugging in headphones or extra speakers. However there are otherwise no bells and whistles to this tablet.
That suited me just fine though. I was more than pleased that the tablet had duel touch functionality as this made gaming a sweeter prospect, and the download times of the wi-fi were more than fast enough to please.
If I had to nit-pick a few problems with the Galaxy tab I could find fault with the fact that it is sometimes difficult to highlight text. Due to the smaller screen I would find that occasionally the unit would confuse trying to highlight a portion of text with trying to change page (which you can do by tapping the screen on either side.) This, and the aforementioned comics scenario were the only problems that I encountered however.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7" has all of the bells and whistles you would want from an android tablet, but with a smaller portable size. At just £140 I find it to be a real bargain and I would rate it as one of the best value tablets around. Others would disagree and go with its larger cousin, but the price hike for the extra 3 inches is considerable.
My title says like a big mobile because I feel this tablet is just like my Samsung phone only larger.
I got this Samsung Android tablet free when I took out a new phone contract earlier this year with Carphone warehouse. I wasn't expecting it so was an added bonus really. I'm not really into all the latest technology and only got my first touch screen phone this year so this wasn't something on my wanted list but wasn't about to turn it down either.
These tablets can be found in many stores and online store varying from £100- £149.00 dependent on current offers available.
It comes in Red black or white and mine is the white model.
This was easy to set up and get Wifi set up and have it running.
To be honest my 7 and now 3 year old children seemed to get the just of using this a lot faster then me and frequently would show me how to get into a certain app. Bring back the commodore 64's they were so easy to play games on lol. I don't allow my kids too much time on it but do find alot of the games available are education ones which aid to their learning.
Now I can browse the internet on this and managed to download BBC iplayer app too so can also watch catch up programs on it and find the screen size just right with clear picture. I can set the alarm clock on it easily too which often comes in handy if my mobile battery is getting low that I have a back up alarm. My favourite thing to do on this tablet sad that it may seem is I play candy crush saga on it before bed instead of reading a book.
This is quite a light weight to hold tablet. I still got a cover for it to give it extra protection from scratches and any other damage.
The camera lens on this is on the back and taking pictures on it is very easy and good quality too. It lets you change the pictures to black and white or angle them differently. It can take videos too.
Some other features are that it has the all important Wifi for using the internet.
122.4 x 193.7 x 10.5mm Dimensions
4000mAh Battery Capacity
PLS TFT LCD Display Technology
1024 x 600 (WSVGA) Display Resolution
7.0" Display Size
3MP Rear Camera / VGA Front Camera
Shot Mode: Single / Smile / Panorama
Photo Effects: None / Negative / Grey scale / Sepia
The side of the tablet has the on/ off button and also the volume button. We have got the screen set so you swipe it to unlock it but there is also an option to complete the pattern you've chosen to unlock it too. The tablet has a screen rotation on it similar to my mobile where as if you tilt the tablet then the picture also changes to another angle, sometimes I found this annoying if was laying in bed with it and it changed so I'd change the tablet round just as the screen was changing back again but then I discovered a tab to stop the screen rotation so problem solved.
The only other problem I had one day which wasn't really a problem was that when I put it on the keyboard was set in Arabic letters as my other half had been using it and I couldn't figure out how to get English back on it, when I was shown you simply swipe the keyboard spacebar and it will change the language. The keyboard automatically pops up when you need to type like email or passwords as soon as you tap the area you want to type on. The letters are good sized and I don't find that I miss letters or tap others by mistake.
I don't know everything about this tablet but hope I've helped you understand some of it's capabilities on the things I use. I am not sure why everyone wants an ipad when this seems so similar.
You can set up the screen how you wish and put Apps or websites where you want them.
The screens are always clear and the colour fine but you can adjust it to make it dimmer or brighter if needed.
The battery tends to last a couple days and then gets charged up again, it lets you know what the battery % is at the top of the screen at all times so you won't get caught out.
Unlike the requirements for us men, the public want small when it comes to technology. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 meets that requirement as it feels really lightweight - it weighs nearly as much as a thin hardback book (though it's thinner). Its small size is wonderful for one-handed reading and slipping it into my pocket. It also comes packaged with an instruction booklet, a free set of headphones (for the regular 3.5mm slot) and a USB cord which doubles up as a charger.
The instruction booklet, sadly, isn't very detailed but it's sufficient to get you started. I advise seeking the full manual from the Samsung website product support page; it is easy to locate and fairly easy to grasp. The full manual generously provides information and tips on making the most of your device.
If you're unfamiliar with tablets, I recommend messing about, exploring its features for a while to get accustomed. If you've used Android mobiles before it shouldn't take you very long to learn.
The tablet is abounded with pre-loaded apps - and it also has access to Google Play Store and Samsung's own app store Samsung Apps. It features several music and movie players; e-Readers (including a Kindle app); e-mail and social networking apps, and an Internet browser.
It is equipped with TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor, clocked at a rather pedestrian 1GHz. We're used to seeing beefier processors now - I'm hearing about quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 - so that's not great. Still, that should be enough for the 7" tab to power through most tasks.
It has a 7" crystal clear HD screen (which can be portrait and landscape mode if you rotate the tablet). The screen is great for reading e-Books and watching films however I don't recommend prolific reading from e-Readers of any description because of the radiation exposure (which doesn't breach the SAR rating limit - though it is more than half way to it - but personally I get headaches from extended usage of phone, computer and tablet screen so I try to limit the amount of time I use it), not to mention the fact that real books are often somewhat cheaper.
I like that it's sleek and slick. I think the back is very attractive but the front is average. There's no Samsung trademark look about but that's not important to me. It feels strong so I definitely think it should last.
Above all, it's cheap. It's definitely one of cheaper tablets. £200 and below (usually below). Overall it's definitely worth the price.
Mine arrived charged so I could explore immediately. The battery doesn't take very long to charge and lasts a while (but battery life does always depend on how it's used). There are a lot of good accessories for this device, I recommend a screen cover. The rear-camera is an underwhelming 3 mega pixels. The speakers are weak, thin and tinny. They're fine for light, casual listening. Remember, though, this is a tablet, not a HiFi!
Installation and Noise? I'm not sure how to rate those. It's a hasty start-up and a silent machine, so..
The touchscreen is decent although sometimes the touch input can be a bit off slightly. The camera is decent although I have seen better cameras. The audio quality i can't complain about because it is about as good as most tablets I have listened to. I have had problems charging it. It turns on and off when charging from flat battery and it charges really slowly and uses power pretty fast depending on what processes it is doing. There are some good apps on the samsung store although I just stuck to the Android store. It had some issues with some apps but that is standard with Android apps. The Micro SD card is really difficult to get in and out of the slot unless you have long nails or something like a pen or flat head screw drive handy. Personally I would invest in an iPad. But overall it is a decent, but not the best purchase of tablets.
I'd been looking for a tablet for a while and I didn't want to spend the amount an ipad would cost. After some research and a lot of shopping around this the tablet I settled for. I got the white version and visually its like most 7inch tablets, sleek and compact.
If you use a samsung phone you will find this extremely easy to navigate as its just like a bigger version of their phones., although I'm sure even without previous knowledge of samsung you'd easily get to grips with it. All the usual apps you'd expect are already available to use from the time you turn it on and hook it up to your wi-fi (a really easy process) and there are a wide range of other apps available to download on google play store. There are some great apps available to keep little ones entertained on long journeys.
The battery life is good so using it away from home isn't a problem. The screen is very clear and the touch screen is sensitive enough for even little fingers to use easily.
The camera isn't the greatest but as tablet cameras go its about average. Its perfect for keeping in touch with friends and on the go but I can't imagine using it to write long documents as the keypad is fairly small and I'm forever making mistakes on it, that could be done to me though.
Overall its not a replacement for a laptop but its a great little thing to have for on the move and keeping in touch.
Having spent too many hours barking at the children to put their iPads/phones/laptops down and join the real world, I decided that I was better off joining them. I had considered buying a Kindle, or a Google Nexus, but the fact that both seemed to tie you to their products in one way or another pushed me towards Samsung, and I am delighted with what I ended up with. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has not exactly revolutionised my life, but i does mean that I can quickly look things up, check emails, catch up with the news, without having to move to the nearest PC.
It was easy to set up, and picked up our home wi-fi easily enough. It is easy to fill it with every app under the sun, and I actually spent some time last week removing some, thinking "why on earth did I download that?". As well as web browsing (the Chrome app works well enough for me), I have also added the Amazon Kindle app, which in effect turns the tablet into a Kindle - no more piles of books to pack when I go on holiday.
The screen is clear enough - I had considered going for something bigger, but to be honest this screen is fine, and any hard-to-read web pages can always be zoomed into. Typing can be a bit fiddly, but that's my fingers more than anything else.
Battery life is OK - I seem to get about ten hours or so out of a full charge - so it gets plugged in to recharge every few days, more when I am on holiday Kindle-ing.
One thing I hadn't expected is that I am using it for music. I have copied my large (15,000+ tracks) mp3 collection up to Google Play, and now I can plug the headphones in and listen to anything from there as long as I have a wi-fi connection. And if I am going somewhere where there won't be one, I can pick a few albums before I go to copy locally. So now I can leave the mp3 player behind as well! Plus there is an app which gives me the whole world of internet radio.
All in all, I am happy with the tablet. I am probably not the heaviest user (no games, no skypeing or anything similar), but it works for me.
Well what can I say... I love samsung I own the Samsung SIII and did have the s2 and also have this product aswell as the samsung tab. The tab 2 is really easy to set up when you first get it just write in date time and your email address if you want to, then pick screensavers that can move or even take a photo with its 3 megapixel camera which seems quite good quality, as you can zoom in and out and it has a flash. It comes in two colours black or white, is very easy and simple to use as my 3 year old can understand it! apps that i have downloaded all seem to work great! Would also like to add that i have movies on mine and the quality is really good- even though its only 7 inches I can still see the movie great and understand everything that is happening, the kids love watching movies in the car! Ilove the fact that you have 16gb of memory and then can add extra if need be as it has a memory card slot! Its worth checking all different shops to see who has it cheaper as you could save yourself alot of money!
I am a bit sad and all my gadgets have a name. I have a Samsung Galaxy S III mobile who I have nicknamed Samantha and a Macbook called Mackenzie lol. I bought this tablet (now nicknamed Samuel) mainly as it seemed a multi-purpose educational and travel device and my sister has one and I was increasingly jealous whenever I played on it! My daughter also loves playing on my phone and I had downloaded some really good games and apps which were actually helping her with her letters and numbers but she was becoming a bit of a pain in the butt constantly wanting to play on my phone! We also have an upcoming holiday to Barbados in August so it seemed a good buy as it will provide entertainment on the plane and when chilling on the beach as last time we went to spain my daughter was reduced to watching Peppa Pig and the Teletubbies on my tiny phone screen!
I bought this Tablet for £146 with the Wi-fi only, with 8GB memory and in Silver on amazon with the contribution of some lovely amazon vouchers (thanks Dooyoo!) and have to say I have become quite addicted to it and my phone hardly gets used nowadays!
So why do I love it???
This tablet was easy to set up, simply following about 6 steps from first turning it on and it was up and raring to go! This is great as one thing that really grinds my gears is a confusing initial set up process and trying to figure out what to do! I'd say within 5 minutes it was up and ready to use!
In essence it's a really the same as my mobile (Samsung Galaxy S III) but with a bigger screen and doesn't make calls, texts etc. It has a decent size screen coming in at 7 inches although I have to say I was debating for ages between the 7 and the 10 as it felt a wee bit small but due to financial constraints I knew the 7 inch was the one for us. The screen has really fab clarity and crispness and whilst not HD I honestly cannot say I have dramatically seen the difference so this has been perfect for me. The viewing quality of the motion pictures e.g. when I have watched TV shows on Netflix (I am addicted to The Mentalist at the moment!) is absolutely perfect - really just like my phone screen but bigger.
The feel of the tablet is really lightweight and not at all bulky and fits snuggly into my handbag and often I forget I have got it with me! It's really easy to hold in one hand if I am reading something online and I can multi task with the other hand. Being the 7 inch screen also means it is a small and chic size so my 3 year old can hold it and use it with ease and it doesn't feel too oversized.
Navigating around the tablet is easy and similar to my Samsung Galaxy S III mobile and pretty much the same as other tablets with a home screen, and apps located on different pages which one swish of the finger across the screen will introduce the user to all the different applications and functions. Google is always on the home page for quick searches and so is maps, internet and camera etc but this can be customised to everyone's personal preference.
Running on Android, the apps are easy to download and not too expensive, and I could replicate all the apps on my phone with ease by going through the list of apps in the Play store. It has a really good feature where you can get top apps for free and they all download immediately and are located straight onto the homepage. I did have a bit of difficulty at first as I forgot to set up my samsung account and couldn't get the apps to appear but after a bit of racking my brain I found what the issue was!
There is no USB port but the charger that comes in the box can be taken apart to plug the tablet into a laptop (or in my case a Macbook) and this can be an alternative method for charging the battery (although this takes AGES!) and I have been able to put music, and videos onto it for watching when I am out and about. I was also able to put in my old memory card from an old phone which allowed me to see and store videos and pictures I used to have so this also gives me a bit more internal space.
Connecting to WI-fi is easy peasy, and to be honest I have not had any major downside to not having internet internally on the tablet wherever I go.The Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system is fast and I have not experienced any glitches whatsoever.
Any downsides to the tablet??
Sadly not everything is perfect and this tablet does come with a few niggles. First of all it only has a 3.0 rear mega pixel camera which isn't the best and to be honest I didn't read about before purchase. I was a bit disappointed when I first went to take a picture. Even worse is the front camera at 1.3 mega pixel! I don't have Skype or anything but I do occasionally use Tango and doing this virtual phone chat on this tablet is a bit crappy to put it nicely! My mobile has an 8 mega pixel camera which is far superior so it's safe to say I haven't taken too many pics on this tablet!
Charging this device is also a bit of a negative as it takes a good hour or so for me to get it up to 100% and if I watch a couple shows or browse the internet for a solid half hour the battery decreases dramatically. Of course the fastest and most efficient method of charging is via a direct charger to the wall socket, as plugging it into my computer takes about 10 minutes to go up 1% and that's only if it's not even in use.
Also, the downside of a touchscreen is the speed in which the screen picks up dirt :( I am contantly trying to wipe away finger marks which make it look constantly grubby so I know I need to invest in a screen protector sometime soon! Alongside the screen issues are that it isn't clear black, meaning in sunlight I do have to shade this phone away from sunlight and squint my eyes a bit!
The memory of 8 GB is a bit small in hindsight, as on the first day I downloaded a few apps etc and already had only 3GB of memory left! Thank goodness for a memory card and fortunately I don't actually have too much on here at one time which takes up huge memory space so it hasn't been too much of a pain.
Any last points????
It comes in Silver and White, and can be bought with either 8GB or 16 GB memory. It is a fab tablet that I have loved using and even though I got such a speech about wasting money and it wasn't really a necessary buy I don't regret getting it! (Even though I didn't pay full retail price since I used 1/3 of it in amazon vouchers value). I mainly use it on tube/bus to work, and playing a few games and for my daughter to play games on it if we go on long car journeys. I really would recommend it, as it seems to be depreciating on amazon week by week, and for a really good tablet it's good value. Just don't get overly excited about taking any pictures on it!
Packaging and Accessories
The Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 2 comes in two colours black and white and im not sure if there are any other colours. I have the 8 GB white version which is Wi-Fi only I bought it in store and so packaging may be different. There are also two versions of the tablet that you can buy in terms of size, you can have an 8 GB version and a 16 GB version the 8 GB is cheaper than the bigger version, you can also expand the memory by a micro SD card.
The Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 2 comes in an all-white box which is actually quite strong and durable and so should be fine when in transport. On the top of the box there is a picture of the device itself and on the sides there is a just some galaxy tab 7.0 2 branding in silver writing. On the back there is some information about device itself such as the specifications and some of the features of the galaxy tab 7.0 2. The actual presentation of the box is very good and looks great and so the packaging is excellent and I cannot fault it.
When you take off the plastic strip that is holding the box together you can just lift the top of the box up and then you come to the 7 inch tablet itself, covered in a protected plastic cover that is easily stripped off. Underneath the device you have a small cover which has all of the usual books on how to use the device and the warranty information. Underneath that are the accessories which are all individually wrapped in a plastic wrapping and they come separated. You get a wall charger and a usb to micro usb wire that is used to charge and sync the tablet. You also get a pair of Samsung headphones. The wire and the charger are black but the headphones go with the tablet and are a nice white colour. Overall I think that the accessories that you receive and the packaging are excellent and Samsung have done a great job of presenting the Tablet.
These specifications are all from the back of the box that the device comes in.
1 GHz dual core processor
1 GB ram
2.0 inch wsvga 1024x600
4,000 mAh battery
3mp and vga camera
The tablet also comes in two versions of 8gb and 16gb versions mine is 8gb.
Build and Features
The entire tablet is white with white plastic and a small silver plastic that runs along the edge of the device. The top of the device has the headphone jack and nothing else, the headphone jack is a standard 3.5 mm jack and so the device should be compatible with most headphones. On the right side of the device is the lock screen button and also this works as the turn off button too and there is the volume rocker which is up and down. and on the left side there is a micro SD card cover which when you pop off shows where you would put an micro SD card , this compartment is shown to you from the back with a small diagram and that is all.
On the bottom of the tablet there is the port where you plug in the device to charge and there are also two speakers with a silver mesh. On the back of the Samsung 7 inch tablet there is the camera which is 3 megapixels and there is also a picture to show you how to input a micro SD card. On the front of the device is some silver writing which says Samsung and there is a 7 inch touch screen which takes up most of the front of the device, above the screen there is the front facing camera which is used for video calls and for taking pictures, you can record video with it as well.
The screen is very scratch resistant and is also good at resisting finger prints however after some heavy use you may need to clean the device as the fingerprints start to show up and can be annoying. The colour scheme is great and I think that the silver on white goes very well together, I think it makes the tablet look sleek and professional. The device is very strong and durable, I have accidently dropped the tablet one or two times and it has left no scratches or marks on the device at all. The tablet is 7 inches and I think that the way that the tablet has been designed has made it easy to hold in one hand. The plastic does mean that the tablet can slip more easily and also feels cheap , but it also means that it is lighter.
As I said the entire device is made of a white and silver plastic, there are many benefits to this but there are also some disadvantages. The plastic means that the device is finger resistant and scratch resistant, also it means that the device looks very sleek and cool, it is also durable and strong and has no flex at all. However when you hold the tablet it does feel and look cheap because it is made out of plastic and it is also easier to drop the tablet as the surface is quite slippery. You can get a case though to stop those problems. The design is very good and the only thing I don't like is the plastic. There are no buttons on the front of the device like past tablets, all the buttons are now touch buttons that pop up when you turn the screen on and click on something. The buttons are back, home, task manager and apps.
Interface and software
The interface of the tablet is very simple and easy to use. You can learn to use the tablet properly in a few days and if you have had an android device before you will already know the layout. All the buttons are touch buttons that come up on the screen, this allows you to go back, search for something and also bring up the keyboard. There is also a button for the task manager which makes it easier to close programs if you are not using them. The interface is very well designed and almost everything is done for you, if you click on a search bar or something like that then the keyboard will automatically come up and if you tilt the device to the side then the keyboard will automatically turn to the size and get bigger.
The tablet runs Android ice cream sandwich which means the tablet has many home screens and is very customisable, you can cover the home screens in apps and widgets that are fun and very useful. You get access to thousands of apps from the play store and also the Samsung store. Because it is a Samsung tablet you get some other cool things like s memos and other apps that are exclusive to Samsung tablets. Some of the new features of android is the new search function which allows you to talk and the Google search function will use voice recognition to search for you. You can also take a screenshot and it will be kept in your images for you to edit or delete.
All of your home screens have the ability to house widgets and apps for things like Facebook, twitter and other things. There is also a app menu which when you click on the button in the top right hand corner then all of you apps and menus will come up, this makes it easier to adjust you tablet and to find the right apps. Android is laid out so that the buttons are very easy to find and easy to use. There is too much to describe with the interface as there are so many buttons and different things with the tablet however the most important thing is adjusting the settings or finding files and things like that, theses settings are all found in the apps menu which allows you to change the tablet to your preferences. Overall I think the interface is brilliant and the custom things that Samsung has put on top of android gives a great customer experience.
Features/Sound Quality/ Other.
There are many features that come with the Samsung Galaxy 2 7 inch tablet and so I will only go over some of the best or the most useful. The sound quality actually surprised me as it is very good. The volume goes up very high and you only start to hear some distortion at the very high volumes. If you watch a video or a film on the tablet then you will easily be able to hear everything, the speakers are only small but they are incredibly clear and work extremely well, the Samsung tablet also supports many media formats so you can watch many different files and songs, I think that the sound quality is very impressive from such small speakers.
The Samsung galaxy tab 7 comes with 8 GB of internal storage but I think you can get a bigger storage version, also you do not get all the 8 GB because of other files and if you download apps and so on. One of the great things about the Samsung galaxy tab is it is compatible with a 32 GB micro SD card and so you can have a huge amount of storage for songs and films. You can also use the usb cable to sync the tablet to your computer so you can transfer files and charge your tablet from your computer, you can do this with most things now but it works flawlessly with the galaxy tab.
I have previously mentioned that the tablet comes with two cameras, the main camera which is located on the back which is 3 Megapixel and the front facing camera which is vga. the back camera can shoot hd video but to be honest I do not think that the camera is that useful if im honest because 3 megapixels is not enough to get a good enough picture. The front facing camera can shoot vga video so it is not HD but I think that it is suitable for what it does. In my opinion the cameras are not that good as there is no flash on the black and the picture and video quality is not great. The front facing camera is better and servers its purpose but I don't not use the cameras at all, however I like how Samsung have included the cameras and they are there.
The tablet does have built in Wi-Fi which is standard with most tablets now; this means you can use the tablet outside if you can get a Wi-Fi connection. There is a version of the tablet however which has 3g which means if you cannot get a Wi-Fi connection you can use the tablet however it is quite pricey compared to the WI Fi only model. The included in ear headphones that come with the Samsung galaxy tab7 2.0 are reasonably good, much better than some of the cheap headphones that come with some devices but far from the best. They are reasonably clear and go to a sensible volume.
There are so many good points with the Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 but I will start with the screen which is excellent. The screen is very bright and vibrant, the colours are amazing and the screen also has great viewing angles. The screen is great for watching movies and videos and you can see the screen even if the sun is on the tablet. The tablet is great for reading books and newspapers too as text are crisp and clear. The touchscreen is also excellent, there is no lag at all and the screen is very responsive, there are no problems with the screen at all.
As I have previously mentioned the Samsung tablet runs on Android the latest version available at the moment and the software is superb, it works well and there is no lag at all. There are so many things that you can do with android and the fact that Samsung included a few of their own apps and software bits is great and a big bonus in my opinion. I think that something else that should be mentioned is the way that all the apps work, an example is the music player that comes with the device is designed very well with the different colour schemes and it is very easy to use, and most of the apps are like that.
Another great thing about the tablet is the battery life, the battery is huge and can last for a few days with average use and a couple of days with heavy use, this is great as you don't keep having to waste time charging the device, also you can get apps and different things that help you save battery life and make it last even longer, I was very impressed with how long the tablet lasted on one full charge and shouldn't be a problem unless you are doing something that is very power drawing.
The Samsung galaxy tablet is very fast and does not have any problems with loading different apps and different things at the same time in fact the multitasking works brilliantly and there is even an option to close things to speed up the device even more. As I said the tablet has no problem loading games or any heavy power drawing things like that. The graphics on the tablet are also excellent, if you play a 3d game that is demanding the tablet has no problem loading everything and you can easily play any game without any problems.
One thing that I think that android and Samsung do exceptionally well is handling the updates for the device. If there is an update than a notification pops up on your screen and if you click update than it will automatically update and install it without any problems, also it does not destroy any of your information or anything like that. So far there have been a few small updates that are very quick but they are yet to upgrade the operating system to the next version so that will probably be a larger update which will take longer.
The price of the tablet is also something that I think is worth mentioning, the Samsung galaxy tab 2 7.0 is very cheap for a tablet with so many features I have seen the tablet in various shops at many different prices but all under the £200 mark, bear in mind that there are new tablets released each day and so the price may move down to accommodate with the new competition. I think that for the price this tablet is great and that Samsung has done a great job of making it affordable but still great quality.
The last good point that I will mention is how easy it is to find things that you have transferred to the device. Once you have put something on to the tablet you just go on to files and then you have everything that is on the device or a micro SD card in a huge easy to read list. This is a great feature in my opinion as it makes it so easy to find what you are looking for and you do not have to set anything up at all. There are many other good points that I could cover with this tablet but I have done the most important or most useful as I could continue on an endless list I will say that almost everything about this tablet has been thought of and designed brilliantly.
There are not many things that I would consider bad with the Samsung galaxy tab 7.0 however one thing that I think that could have been improved is the camera which is on the back, the pictures are alright but they are not amazing and also the video quality is lacking, the front facing camera works well and serves its purpose, also they could have included an led flash on the back too, I don't use the cameras at all really but it is something that if improved I would probably use them more often.
The other bad thing about the tablet is that if you have a micro SD card installed in the tablet you cannot put apps on it as the tablet will not recognize them. This means that if you have a 8gb version like me then you have a very limited amount of space for apps on the device itself. I have found out that apparently this is a fault to do with Samsung and I am not sure if there is a way of fixing it and it isn't a huge problem but there may be an update in the near future that sorts it all out.
The only other thing that can be a bad point is that the 3g version of this device costs considerably more and so if you only have the wi fi model and you do not have a Wi-Fi connection then there is no way for you to get the internet, this isn't so much as a problem if you are in your house or if you don't use the internet but if you are travelling and want to use the tablet with the internet then you can't unless you can get a Wi-Fi connection from outside. I don't travel with the tablet much but this can be a problem sometimes. I think that isn't such a big problem just that the costs is quite a bit more just for one small feature.
Overall I think that the Samsung galaxy 7.0 2 is a great tablet and I would definitely recommend it. The tablet has so many great features like the screen, the speed and the software with so much more. I think that Samsung has made an excellent product; the build quality is very impressive, and so is the specs and the whole tablet. I do think that there could have been some slight improvements like a better camera to see more use and maybe less plastic but you can only have so much for the cost and I think that the price for the tablet is excellent for what you get. I think that in a growing market this Samsung tablet is a great competitor and would rate it 4.5 out of 5 stars.
I would definitely recommend this device but if you are looking for a tablet I would say look around as there are so many tablets out now. I have seen a few tablets that are cheaper and that have better specs then the Samsung galaxy tab 7 2.0 so I would look around and read other reviews on newer tablets, as for this device though there is very little wrong with it and I find no reason why it shouldn't be recommend. I would also mention that as new tablets come out that this tablet may become cheaper and so that is something to think about to.
I would recommend this Tablet to Anyone as I think it is an excellent Product
Where to Buy
You can get this tablet in two colours as far as I know and they are both at around the same price. I have seen both the black and white versions being sold on amazon and other online retailers for around £193 and cheaper, And if you go in store to places like curry's or pc world then it is around £200 or around the same as the online retail prices.
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