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An excellent budget tablet!
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi
Member Name: carl_lazarevic
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 WiFi
Date: 14/11/13, updated on 14/11/13 (45 review reads)
Advantages: very good tablet
Disadvantages: few, mostly related to size.
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.
Summary: At just £140 I find it to be a real bargain and I would rate it as one of the best value tablets.
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