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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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Initial post: Apr 22, 2012, 3:53:35 PM PDT
Is it a simple task to move apps from your phone to this new Tab?
Posted on Apr 22, 2012, 4:41:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 22, 2012, 4:55:36 PM PDT
G. Rivas says:
Is Netflix in HD? Reading Epub files, does it have dictionary built-in without the need of the internet? How many fingers can you use at the same time? (for example, playing Fruit Ninja. I know the iPad can handle 5 fingers at the same time). And can you connect to private Wi-Fi using proxy information? Can you video out? (connecting it to the TV)
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012, 6:57:42 PM PDT
Very easy. Just go to the Market, now called Google Play, and look for your apps. If they are paid apps they will show up as purchased and you just tap "Install" to load it on your pad. Same with the free apps too. I have a number of Apps on the Amazon appstore and those showed up and I installed the ones I wanted. The nice thing is that you don't have to pay for an app twice. You can use it on both devices at no extra charge.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 22, 2012, 7:06:20 PM PDT
Sorry but I'll have to defer to others on those questions. I don't watch movies on my tablet so I can't comment on Netflix. I don't have any games that require more than one finger so I can't comment on that either. I believe there is a special video out cable as an option but, again, I don't use it that way so I don't know details. As far as WIFI is concerned I do see a peer-to-peer option and a VPN option but I haven't looked into those details. The user guide is VERY basic
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 23, 2012, 9:12:38 PM PDT
To answer a few of your questions:
Netflix streaming is very clear and crisp. It might not necessarily be in HD, but because of the small screen, it looks great. It's like taking a blown up pixelated image and shrinking it down until it becomes clear. I just watched an episode of Eureka and it looked flawless.
As for the dictionary, on the Nook app, looking up a word directs you to an online dictionary. On the Kindle app, you will download dictionary definitions on your first look up, but every other look up afterwards becomes instantaneous and appears within the app.
As for the video out, there are video out adapters that you can purchase.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012, 3:51:14 PM PDT
On the review on CNET, they say you can only use one finger.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012, 7:47:13 PM PDT
The Tab responds to two fingers for Zoom and pinch - no problem. CNET got it wrong or maybe it wasn't the Tab 2.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 18, 2012, 11:00:40 PM PDT
Actually I just returned one and I remember two fingers didn't do anything to the screen when I was at websites, etc. but maybe it was just me..?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2012, 2:16:10 AM PDT
I don't know what you guys are doing but I'm sitting here right now with my Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and using two fingers to zoom this web page and every other web page I've tried. I have also used two fingers to enlarge pictures and adjust the font size on docs and ebooks. It absolutely works with two fingers and you can see it for yourself at youtube dot com/watch?v=pKSwUQ5wops. If the link is dropped here just do a youtube search and the engadget review will demo it.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 21, 2012, 10:02:40 PM PDT
What about games? It certainly doesn't seem to be the best quality with games...?