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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Tue Oct 09 2012, 16:33

Battery and storage
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is powered by a 4,000mAh battery and is available in WiFi models with 8GB and 16GB of internal storage. The tablet also features a microSD card slot, meaning users can upgrade its expandable storage with a maximum of 32GB.

The inclusion of the microSD card slot is a positive factor differentiating the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from the Nexus 7, where a lack of upgradable storage space is a problem given the device's media focus.

Testing the battery, we found that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 managed to last around nine hours on one charge while continuously playing movies, which is about what we'd expect from a 7in tablet.

Camera
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 comes with a 3MP rear-facing camera. Sadly, it isn't a pleasant camera to use and the results are underwhelming. We found that photos taken on the tablet were dull and blurry.

Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 test shot

Video taken on the tablet is slightly better, with it being able to record HD 720p at 30fps, though again the video suffers from poor colour levels, generally looking fairly washed out and lifeless.

Because of this we really wouldn't recommend using the camera on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 at all.

In Short
Overall, for £200 the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a decent tablet. It boasts a sturdy, visually pleasing design and decent battery life. The big problem, however, is that the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 isn't as good as Google's Nexus 7, which retails for the same price yet features a more powerful processor and a more up-to-date operating system. µ

The Good
Solid build quality, decent battery.

The Bad
Slow performance, screen isn't great.

The Ugly
Touchwiz user interface.

Bartender's Score
6/10

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