Review: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
After the original iPad was released, Samsung was one of the first companies to come out with a competitor. The Samsung Galaxy Tablet competed head to head with the iPad 2 in the second wave of tablet devices, comparing favorably. So how does the Galaxy Tab 2 compare with other tablets in the newest wave of tablet releases? Letâ€™s have a closer look. Key Specs For The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 RRP: $249.99 - $399.99 Release Year: 2012 Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display Size: 7 inches/ 10.1 inches Connectivity: Wi-Fi / Bluetooth Cameras: 5 MP/ 8 MP Battery Life: 7 hours/ 10 hours Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The Pros Speed: One of the strongest features of the Galaxy Tab 2 is its speed. Even though the processor isnâ€™t a powerhouse like that found in the iPad 3 or Asus Transformer Prime, it still handles itself well, offering a great user experience that doesnâ€™t suffer from lag. It may not be quite up to the high standards of the aforementioned tablet superstars, but then itâ€™s not carrying the same price tag either. Interface: Sure, the iPadâ€™s iOS interface is great, but itâ€™s not the only option out there. The interface offered by the Galaxy Tab 2 is an Android-based dream, being super easy to use and keeping the user experience smooth and enjoyable throughout. Sound: Most tablets suffer from poor sound, but the sound quality offered by the Galaxy Tab 2 in surprisingly good. It certainly beats its competitors in this area. Thatâ€™s because the speaker set up on the Galaxy Tab 2 is front-facing and stereo â€“ meaning there is one speaker on each side of the screen. The stereo sound improves the quality no end, which is a big plus for those who enjoy listening to their music without earphones. MicroSD Slot: Unlike many rivals, including the iPad 3, the Galaxy Tab 2 offers a microSD card slot. This is a great bonus for a device thatâ€™s got fairly small storage capacity on board. Having this slot lets you take the Galaxy Tab 2 from 16GB of storage to 48GB of storage â€“ a full 32GB more. 7â€ And 10â€ Version: To cater to those who like their tablets more portable, Samsung offer the Galaxy Tab 2 in 2 different sizes. The 10.1â€ version compares with standard tablets like the iPad 3, while the 7â€ version sacrifices relatively little to offer a much more portable experience. Display: Samsung usually offer high quality displays, and the Galaxy Tab 2 is no exception. Although itâ€™s not the best on the market, it still gives beautiful pictures that leave lots of its rivals in the dust. If the quality of display is important to you, thisâ€™ll satisfy. Size: For a 10.1 inch tablet, the Galaxy Tab 2 is small. When measured up against other 10.1â€ tablets the dimensions are noticeably different, and this makes it that bit more portable than its rivals. For those who find it difficult to carry a regular tablet around, this should help alleviate the problem a bit. Battery Life: The Galaxy Tab 2 has a decent battery life. Thatâ€™s important for any portable device, and it means you wonâ€™t be left with no power while out and about. More importantly, the battery compares favorably with rival products, so you arenâ€™t losing out on battery life by picking this tablet over another. Price: Itâ€™s impossible not to mention the price of the Galaxy Tab 2, which is low to say the least. It undercuts high-end rival products by anywhere from a third to a half of the price which they go for, making it the affordable option. If youâ€™re on a tight budget, this is a great choice. Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: The Cons Charge Time: Although the Galaxy Tab 2 has a long battery life, it suffers from a long charge time. While overnight charging will bring the battery back to full power, if the tablet runs out mid-way through the day youâ€™ll have to wait quite a while before itâ€™s got enough juice to take back out with you. Charging Cable: For some unknown reason the Galaxy Tab 2 comes with an especially short charging cable. This can be a source of real frustration, especially if you donâ€™t have any well-placed power points around your house. If you want to use your tablet while itâ€™s charging, the short charging cable will make that very awkward. Storage: Although the storage space is expandable thanks to the microSD card slot, the included storage space of 16GB is a little on the small side â€“ especially since thereâ€™s no bigger option. If you need lots of memory, you may have to look to a different tablet. Only Slightly More Powerful Than Original Galaxy: In order to keep costs down as much as possible, the Galaxy Tab 2 hasnâ€™t improved its hardware significantly over the original Samsung Galaxy tablet. Thatâ€™s the trade-off for the low price of this device, but donâ€™t expect any big surprises if you already own an original Samsung Galaxy. Faults: Unfortunately there are quite a high number of user-reported product faults. While itâ€™s often the case that these faults happen within the product return window, if they donâ€™t then you may have to pay a fair bit to have the tablet repaired. Is The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 Worth Buying? If youâ€™re sticking to a budget but still want a large-size tablet, then the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is a good choice. However, if you can afford to buy an Asus Transformer Prime or iPad 3 donâ€™t think youâ€™ll be getting the same quality when spending less for the Galaxy Tab 2.