BARCELONA: With Samsung adding yet more tablets to its ever-expanding range, V3 managed to get its hands on the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 running Android Ice Cream Sandwich.
The Tab 2 retains most of the design and traits that made the original Galaxy Tab popular with enterprise users and consumers.
However, in terms of looks, the Tab 2 isn't the sexiest and slimmest in the Galaxy range and we prefer Galaxy Tab 7.7.
Samsung hasn't gone over-the-top with the specifications on the Tab 2 either, in a deliberate attempt to keep the price of the device as low as possible to try and entice first-time tablet buyers.
The main area where costs have been saved is the 7in display, with Samsung shipping the Tab 2 with a 1024x600 resolution. This is not as good as the Super Amoled screen with 1,280x800 resolution found on the Tab 7.7.
However, under the hood Samsung has not skimped on components. The Tab 2 is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor, has 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is a micro SD slot that allow users to boost storage by another 32GB, which is always handy.
We found performance to be smooth, although not as quick as the quad-core powered Transformer Prime.
Samsung has also pre-loaded Android Ice Cream Sandwich onto the tablet so it is capable of offering the most up-to-date software experience of any tablet which is important as Apple gears up to unveil the iPad 3.
The 3G device also retains the ability to make calls so you can use the device as a smartphone if you wish, although using a Bluetooth headset is probably best though to avoid getting strange looks.
HSPA+ network connectivity of up to 21Mbit/s, plus 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are also supported, but no LTE model is planned.
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