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Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 V3

An average 7in tablet, where slow performance offers users little incentive to choose it over the Nexus 7.


Solid build quality, decent battery


Slow, screen isn't great, Touchwiz user interface

Overall Rating:

3 Star Rating: Recommended

Price: £200

Manufacturer: Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is a shrunken down tablet that targets the same affordable market as Google's flagship Nexus 7 tablet, retailing for a modest £200.

Design and build
Visually the Galaxy Tab 10.1 looks incredibly similar to the Nexus 7, featuring the same rounded edges and metal finish polycarbonate lining along its edges.Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0-side

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 also has incredibly similar dimensions to Google's flagship tablet, measuring in at 194x122x10.5mm and weighing 345g. The Nexus 7 by comparison measures in at 197x120x10.5mm and weighs 340g. The only factor differentiating the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 from the Nexus 7 is that it has a smooth rather than textured back.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0's build quality is one area we were seriously impressed with. The tablet feels reassuringly solid and top end, even when compared to the Nexus 7 and its own big brother, the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1.Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 back

Despite being built of plastic, the Tab 2 7.0 feels incredibly sturdy and we're confident it could survive the odd bump and scrape. This feeling is in part thanks to the fact that unlike Samsung's larger Note 10.1 and Tab 2 10.1 tablets, the Tab 2 7.0's rear casing doesn't have any give and doesn't bend when pushed down.

Its finish also feels fairly scratch proof, especially when compared to the Nexus 7, which has a tendency to chip.

Processor: 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 dual-core
Display: 7in 1,024x600 Plane Line Switching (PLS)
Storage: 8GB or 16GB, storage
Camera: 3MP rear-facing
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
Ports: MicroSD
Operating system: Android 4.03 Ice Cream Sandwich
Dimensions: 194x122x10.5mm
Weight: 345g

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Alastair Stevenson

Alastair has worked as a reporter covering security and mobile issues at V3 since March 2012. Before entering the field of journalism Alastair had worked in numerous industries as both a freelance copy writer and artist.

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