Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 P3100 Review



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Samsung really kicked in into the tablet market with the release of Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Like the name suggests the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with a 7 inch display which is so-so. Nothing about this tablet wows me except……well yeah still nothing. The only word I have for it is “decent”.
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Design

The Tab 2 from Samsung is not an exception in terms of crafting the device. It is the usual plastic built that is old and boring, thought it was never exciting in the first place. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is minutely curved over the curves with a rather flat back. The glass that encases the display screen is pretty bad and easily prone to scratches hence a scratch guard is mandatory. The volume rockers are placed on the right hand side of the tablet with lock button on the top. It comes in black and white colours.

Display

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Display
Frankly the display is a huge disappointment. You can see pixilation almost everywhere, even with the icons on the home screens. The balance of colours is just bad with no real detailing. If you want a clear view of anything you need to display it on full HD so that atleast its standard and looks acceptable. But obviously full HD does not look full HD in this case. It is just overall- unusual. It has a 7 inch PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen display. It comes without IPS tech and hence does not have good viewing angles.

Camera

Primary camera on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a 3.15 MP camera which is kind of ok. Frankly the pictures come out really noisy and not recommendable for mere sharing on social networking websites. Front VGA camera is does a decent job when it comes to video calls, it actually doesn’t but you can’t ask for more. Otherwise, I have only one word for it- disaster.

Software

Your Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box but is upgradable to a good Android v4.1.1 Jelly Bean. It offers great customization options and navigates pretty easily. Google Play store has tons of applications for you to choose and explore from. Most of the applications are released over Android for free. It creates the best ecosystem for both users and developers.

Performance

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has a Dual Core 1GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM. More amount of RAM means more amount of apps open during multitasking which makes it more efficient and also faster. The touch response of the device is a problem otherwise performance wise it is pretty nice. The tablet comes with 3 storage options for internal memory- 8GB/16GB/32GB which is expandable to 32GB via microSD cards.

Final Thoughts

Look, the tablet is pretty decent and gives you an average features. Apple iPad Mini though a little more expensive provides a lot more features and performs much faster. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 has a lot to improve on. The user experience overall is so-so but if you really care, you are not going to like it.
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GENERAL 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100 – GT-P3100
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 – GT-P3105
SIM Mini-SIM
Announced 2012, February
Status Available. Released 2012, April
BODY Dimensions 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm (7.63 x 4.82 x 0.41 in)
Weight 345 g (12.17 oz)
DISPLAY Type PLS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 600 x 1024 pixels, 7.0 inches (~170 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
– TouchWiz UX UI
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jack Yes
MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal 8/16/32 GB storage, 1 GB RAM
DATA GPRS Class 33
EDGE Yes
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, HS
USB Yes, v2.0, USB On-the-go
CAMERA Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Features Geo-tagging, smile detection
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
FEATURES OS Android OS, v4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to v4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
Chipset TI OMAP 4430
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz
GPU PowerVR SGX540
Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM, RSS
Browser HTML5, Adobe Flash
Radio No
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
Colors Black, White, Red
– TV Out
– SNS integration
– MP4/DivX/Xvid/H.264/H.263/WMV player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA/AC3/Flac player
– Organizer
– Image/video editor
– Quickoffice HD editor/viewer
– Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Picasa
– Voice memo
– Predictive text input (Swype)
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 1190 h (2G) / Up to 1080 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 40 h (2G) / Up to 20 h (3G)

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