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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Tue Oct 09 2012, 16:33

Screen
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with a 7in 1,024x600 Plane Line Switching (PLS) touchscreen display. When compared to the IPS technology used in the Nexus 7's 1,280x800 screen, we found that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is brighter and boasts superior contrast and colour balance.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Touchwiz

However, The Nexus 7's screen is significantly crisper and sharper, boasting far better resolution. This meant that switching from the Nexus 7 to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 was painful, with its screen looking significantly blurrier.

Performance
Samsung has configured the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with a 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core processor that pales in comparison to the Nexus 7's 1.2GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 chip.

Testing the device, we found that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 feels fairly slow. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 can struggle to perform even when doing basic tasks like navigating through menus and web pages, where it regularly stalls and chugs. The same is true when running apps and streaming video with the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, where again the device regularly stuttered.

Operating system and software
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 softwareThe Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 runs Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS), not the most recent version, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

This means that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 doesn't have Google's Project Butter update. Project Butter is buffering software loaded into Android 4.1 Jelly Bean that works to create a smoother user experience, removing a number of software issues that hampered Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich devices.

We're thinking that these ICS software issues could contribute to the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0's less than stellar performance.

Samsung has also put its Touchwiz Android skin on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. This means that the tablet comes with a number of custom widgets and Samsung apps preinstalled. We're not the biggest fans of Touchwiz, as we find its widgets generally make the interface feel fairly busy and difficult to navigate.

 

 

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