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Breakthrough Price & Value,
This review is from: Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7-Inch, Wi-Fi) 2012 Model (Personal Computers)
This is a brand new product from Samsung that breaks the $250 price barrier. There are a lot of tablets at or below this price but they are mostly very low end devices with slow CPUs, poor screens and built for non-US markets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 makes none of the compromises typical of this price point and provides the same kind of performance you'd expect from the rest of the Samsung Galaxy Tab portfolio. It's fast, slick, has a great screen and even has Android 4.03 (Ice Cream Sandwich). I do like the new operating system and adapted to it in minutes. In addition to front & rear cameras there is bluetooth and even an IR blaster so you can use it as a remote for your TV. It only took a minute to set that up and get a program guide downloaded. All the apps on my Gingerbread phone loaded up to the Tab and run fine on the ICS platform. I can't comment on battery life yet as I plugged it for the initial charge and setup and haven't run on battery yet. As far as WiFi reception goes, it picks up all the same signals at the same strength as my laptop so no problem there.
If you've been waiting for a 7" tablet with Android 4 your wait is over.
UPDATE: Now that I've had it for about 10 days I can report that battery life is very good. After being online for several hours the battery still had more than 70% remaining.
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012 11:06:08 PM PDT
I guess the answer to that would depend on the games you play. I play Air Control sometimes which works fine but perhaps the results would be different on a faster, action type game. I think performance should be equal to or better what you'd see on an Android phone.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2012 6:52:48 PM PDT
Amazon Customer says:
Temple Run, for one. I guess I'm comparing it to an Itouch, but really, if the difference is that much?
Posted on Aug 11, 2012 8:30:52 AM PDT
that part about low quality tablets below the $250 price point isnt true. look at the nexus 7 from google (its only $200).
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 7:16:23 PM PDT
Things change and prices drop. At the time I said that (you did look at the date, right?) there was no Nexus. In fact, the 16gb Nexus is the same price at $249. The Tab2 was the first to break the $250 barrier and it's good to see others following.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 7:22:07 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2012 7:41:11 PM PDT
I cannot update all my reviews every time a new product is released. I only update if there is something to say about the long term quality of the product. Anybody looking at the date of the review will understand that what was written was valid at that time and not a comment to be held for all eternity. In fact, what I said is still valid. You will note that I said 'mostly' rather than 'all' that are under $250 which is still true. I'm sure that will change in time.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 5:47:10 PM PST
Christina Hill says:
Very true Brucer you cant LIVE on here :P thanks for your thorough review i was looking at the Ipad2 vs. this and i think ive made my decision! Thanks so much!
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 13, 2012 6:25:12 PM PST
I think you'll be pleased with your choice - 6 months later and I'm very happy with it. It's completely replaced my laptop and I've been using at as a Kindle reader too.
Posted on Jan 28, 2013 3:12:28 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 28, 2013 3:15:19 PM PST
Star Bux says:
Nice that it has a memory card, so that you can transfer files between
a desktop and this portable device. However, somebody correct me if
the following comment is incorrect, but all these tablet computers are
as disposable lightbulbs : For they need to be recharged, and are not
simple plug-ins. Rechargeable batteries cannot be recharged ad infinitum,
but have finite lifespans. Wherefore, at some point, you will attempt to
recharge your tablet computer and will find that it cannot be recharged -
anymore. Hence, you will have to toss it out, like a burnt-out lightbulb.
Do you see a flaw in this logic?
Like a rubber band, or a spring, a rechargeable battery can only be
recharged ("stretched") soo many times, before it "breaks" (can no
longer be recharged).
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 28, 2013 3:41:29 PM PST
True. But that doesn't mean that once the battery dies, the tablet is forever dead as well. You can either a) replace the battery or b) plug it in to do anything. As long as the tablet is tethered to its charger, it will turn on, regardless of whether or not the battery can still hold a charge.