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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Review

If you're looking for a lot of bang for your buck, the new Samsung tablet is certainly worth a look.

May 11, 2012
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Science Introduction

Let's explore the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0's raw performance, candela by candela.

Screen Performance

Not a great contrast performance, but a fair DPI.

Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is built around a 6.0625 x 3.5625-inch screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, the dots-per-inch of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is 169, which is about average for a tablet. While the screen size is smaller than what many people are used to in a larger tablet, it allows the tablet to shed some weight and make the unit easier to hold for longer periods of time.

With a black level of 0.33 cd/m2 and a peak brightness of 373.3 cd/m2, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has an impressively wide contrast ratio, but ultimately lags a bit on peak brightness. While this does mean that your screen will maintain a lot of detail in shadows, you will have problems when you take the tablet outdoors.

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 also struggles with producing a color gamut that matches up well against the rec. 709 standard. In particular, you'll notice that reds and greens are undersaturated, while blues are wildly shifted to a more cyan color.

Reflecting between 7.8% and 12.4% of all light shone on its screen, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 does not reflect as much light as many of its tablet brethren, and in fact is much better in this regard than most. While the reflection pattern is still sharp and quite annoying, it's slightly less of a problem.

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Battery Life

Poor battery life

With the backlight cranked to 11, all wireless turned off, and additional processes terminated, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 only manages to last 5 hours and 19 minutes while playing back a video file, and has trouble cracking 5 and a half hours reading eBooks. This is quite a poor showing, but it's not terribly surprising given the size of the unit, and the somewhat high peak brightness. This is just a point to consider before buying.

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