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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Tablet Review

If you're looking for a smaller tablet that won't break the bank, the new Samsung tablet is certainly worth a look.

May 11, 2012
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Controls

Controls on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 are fairly standard as far as tablets go, using the capacitive touchscreen to interact with your device. There are a couple buttons on the top, namely the power button and volume rocker, but that's about it. Because the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 uses a Samsung-ized version of Ice Cream Sandwich (namely, by adding Touchwiz), all of the standard controls outlined in our Android Explored article are present.

Connectivity

Samsung did a fantastic job with its Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus in terms of connectivity, and they did not mess with that formula too much with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. For those of you wanting to dominate the living room with your tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with an IR blaster to control your home theater, bluetooth 3.0 to connect devices, 802.11n wireless, a microSD card sot for expanded memory, 3.5mm out headphone jack, and a GPS unit stored internally. All that adds up to one heck of a media maven, and should not leave you wanting for more.

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Battery Life

Much like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 does not last very long when the screen brightness is cranked to maximum, even less when the WiFi is enabled. For example, when the display is cranked to maximum brightness, and all wireless and additional processes are disabled, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 has trouble cracking 5 and a half hours reading eBooks or watching video continuously.

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While this can be a drag for those on a long flight, users that are hoping to use this tablet around the home will be happy to hear that the unit does not take long to charge fully, often regaining a significant charge within an hour or two. In contrast, the newest iPad takes almost 8 hours to charge fully.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Screen
  4. Battery & Controls
  5. eReader
  6. Music & Audio
  7. Movies & Video
  8. Email & Web Browsing
  9. Internet Apps
  10. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Comparison
  11. Apple iPad 3rd Gen Comparison
  12. Amazon Kindle Fire Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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