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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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Screen

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is built around a 6.0625 x 3.5625 inch LED backlit LCD screen with a resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. While this is a relatively small screen, it gets the job done, and the resolution is appropriate for its size.

Front Image

Indoor & Outdoor Use

A common problem with LCD screened tablets is the fact that not only are they super-reflective, but they also rely on a backlight to make their image seen, and that can be problematic in the direct sunlight. Not only are reflection patterns difficult to see through, but the backlight isn't strong enough to make the image seen in direct sunlight. You're better off trying to minimize your time in the sun with this tablet.

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NOTE: The images above are shot with a variety of lighting sources, which may cause some color shift.

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Legibility

Because the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has an above-average pixel density, it is able to recreate images with a good level of detail, even when viewed from up close. Below are some microscope shots to compare tablet screens.

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Reflectance

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus reflects a crazily high amount of light, making it a very bad choice to take with you outside, or even in a well-lit area. The situation is also exacerbated by the fact that the reflection pattern is also very sharp and distracting.

Screen Size & DPI

While the screen size of the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus is very small compared to many other tablets (3.5625 × 6.0625 inches), the resolution (1024 × 600 pixels) affords it a higher-than-average dots per inch (DPI) of 169. While it’s not as huge of an improvement on resolution as say, the new iPad, it’s still a nice bump if you’re watching movies on this thing.

Blacks and Whites

With a black level of 0.24cd/m2 and a peak brightness of 237.51cd/m2, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a decent contrast ratio of 990:1, but will disappoint in other areas, specifically when you take it outside. While this performance is okay for a mediocre television set, it’s fairly bad for a tablet, which is meant to work well in several different lighting conditions.

Color Gamut

Like most tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus has a fairly poor color gamut, with undersaturated reds and greens, and a hugely shifted blue value. While compared to an HDTV, this is a poor performance, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does an average job compared to other Android tablets.

Color Gamut Chart

Battery Life

While the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus does fairly well in other areas, battery life is not one of them. With the backlight cranked to 11, all wireless turned off, and all additional processes terminated, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus only lasts 5 hours and 29 minutes playing video, and 6 hours 22 minutes reading an eBook continuously. Normally we’d tell you that you can improve the battery life by switching the settings around to dim the backlight, but because the peak brightness is so low anyway, you might find that you can’t squeeze a lot more life out of your battery without making the screen too dark. WiFi will also reduce battery life.

Battery Life Chart

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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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