Product Type: Samsung Tablet PCs / eBook Readers
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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Member Name: spiritwood
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0
Advantages: Fast, stylish, perfect size for the hand, great price, tons of apps, not made by Apple!
Disadvantages: The hassle of prising it from the hands of your offspring...
Moving on several years and technology has of course moved faster than the speed of light, and we have a wealth of choice in our homes enabling us to stay connected to the net. Before I wrote this review I sat and counted all of the devices in my house with internet connectivity and was amused to think back to how tethering was seen as cutting edge. I use the PS3, other android tablets, several smartphones, laptops and a desktop to connect to the net, but my favourite little gadget has to be my Galaxy tab.
The Samsung Galaxy tab 2 7.0 is the perfect size for your hand (7" although Samsung also offer a 10" version), is fast even when downloading a million annoying games for your equally annoying child, looks great, is not overpriced or over-hyped like Apple products and is user friendly. It is smaller than the ugly iPad therefore more portable. This tablet runs on Android 4.0 (Ice cream sandwich) and in my opinion kicks most other tablet devices to the curb.
There is nothing clunky about this, it has a slim profile and curvy corners. The front is black and the back is a gun metal silver colour. Samsung do a white version too but we have learned the hard way to avoid white anything in this house, due to muddy pets and a messy child. The casing is simple and somewhat minimalist, with just the on/sleep/wake up button and a larger volume button seated next to it. There is a standard 3.5 jack at the top and a longer thin jack at the bottom for your charger. You will also find the little MicroSD slot on the left side. It is lightweight but not flimsy and it feels well balanced to hold and use. At 344g it is around half the weight of an iPad, making it easy to read with one hand whilst making playdoh turtles with the other (don't ask).
There are five home screens on the Tab, which you swipe from left to right to access. These screens hold preloaded widgets for time, weather, music etc and are easy to customise with your favourite widgets or apps, all available in the Google play store via a shortcut. The main screen function shows a lot of shortcuts such as a web browser, settings, play store etc, and it is easy to find your way around. Much of the stuff that I use everyday was pre-loaded (Youtube etc) which saved time. It is also easy to rearrange folders, combine folders etc should you wish to have a tidier front screen.
At the bottom of the tab screen you will find a home icon, a back icon, an up arrow and a screenshot function which is very handy. These are all in a muted silver colour and are all part of the touchscreen.
The touchscreen is super responsive and easy to use. You get the standard qwerty layout complete with an "@" and numerics at the top, no annoying pressing shift here to access the numbers. The typing is fast and does not lag. The touchscreen automatically pops up when you tap a search bar or need to fill in a form etc.
The tab features a dual core processor and comes with 8GB of RAM. There are various storage sizes available, all upgradeable via microSD (up to 64GB). I will list the specifications at the bottom of the review as I would rather talk about my experiences with this little wonder. I have found the tab to be fast and efficient, it does not lag or hang when watching movies/iPlayer etc, even when I am downloading other apps. I live in the sticks and our phone lines are rubbish, yet the tab gives me a great surfing speed (they have not invented cable where I live) enabling me to do everything that I could want to do online. Setting up the wifi was a doddle and I was connected in minutes. The tab also has bluetooth connectivity.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 features a 1024 x 600 screen with bright and clear colours. The contrast is excellent and it does not strain my eyes, even when used for hours at a time. The viewing angle is good no matter how you are looking at it, and it automatically turns the page round according to how you are holding the tablet. This feature is quick so you have no annoying waiting about for it to change.
The touchscreen function is highly sensitive, initially too much so when I started out on the tablet. In the beginning I found that it was too easy to hit the wrong link by just brushing the front. Partly this was my fault, I hate touchscreens and have avoided the damn things on phones very deliberately. Therefore there was a certain amount of learning curve involved but now I can happily tap away without hitting the wrong thing, unless I am very worn out in which case it becomes a wrong page free for all....
There are two cameras as standard on the Galaxy Tab, the rear one for taking pics and a front lens for Skype/video chat. Although you will not get the quality of pics from this as you would a decent digital camera, the pictures are reasonable considering that the rear camera is only 3 megapixels. The tab can also be used for video, and shoots 720p videos which can be edited within the tablet with a pre-installed app. The video function is sufficient for everyday purposes and does not lag.
The battery life is very good, I tend to get around 11 hours out of it when surfing. Obviously I get less when watching iPlayer or films. I let it run down completely sometimes before I recharge it, but most of the time it is plugged in and ready to go.
The tab has many pre-loaded functions and apps for power management, task management, and voice recognition too which is great. There are thousands upon thousands of free apps (and paid) via the Google play store which is easy to find via the shortcut and very intuitive even for newbies. These apps encompass games, productivity, the kindle app for e-reading, office suites and all manner of fun and frivolous gadgetry. My favourites are the virtual instruments which are superb in their tone and application. I also love some of the radio applications (Tune-in radio is great), which allow me to tune in live to reggae in Ghana and Haight Ashbury radio for some 60's hippy action....
The inbuilt speakers are good for video and radio, but if you want to make some noise then invest in a little mini speaker. The tab has a standard 3.5 jack on the top for speakers or headphones. I use two micro pop-up speakers which I "daisy-chain" together. This makes more than enough racket for the enjoyment of said reggae or flower-children.
CHARGING AND ACCESSORIES:
The tab came with a USB charger which slots cleverly into a mains plug. I tend to charge mine via the mains as USB ports are always busy on the laptop. There are chargers available on Amazon and the like, for the car via the cig socket. On Amazon you will also find lots of extra bits that can make your tab even more user friendly, such as the little USB keyboard cases (which mean you can type "old school" as opposed to touchscreen- much better for longer conversations), tablet cases and stands, screen protectors and skins etc.
I have already mentioned the camera, but I think that this is an issue with most tablets. I have no complaints about this tablet apart from the fact that I have to grapple it from my daughter quite often, even though she has her own tablet! I love this tablet, it is nippy and great fun, portable and stylish. It is also a bargain compared to the grossly over-priced iPad and you can pick up the tab for just £ 138 on Amazon ( white, 8GB version). The 16GB version is £194 currently.
* Product Dimensions: 1 x 12.2 x 19.4 cm
* Screen Size: 7 inches
* Processor Speed: 1 GHz (Dual core)
* RAM Size 8 GB
* Computer Memory Type: DDR3 SDRAM (MicroSD)
* Connectivity: Wireless: 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n/ Bluetooth
* Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
* Lithium Battery Energy Content: 4000 milliamp_hours
* Lithium Battery Weight: 300 grams
I consider this tablet to be a total bargain. The 10" one is even more spectacular although obviously not as portable, nor could I justify the price at the time. It does everything an iPad can do plus looks better.
If you are looking for a reliable, fun and fast tablet then this is a very good choice.
Summary: Brilliant tablet with lots of functions and a great price.
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