Samsung's Galaxy Tab line continues to expand, with the latest additions coming in the form of the Galaxy Tab 2 Series. The Galaxy Tab 2 Series is available in 10.1-inch and 7.0-inch screen sizes. While these second-generation models clearly borrow some design cues and other specifications from their predecessors, we were a bit surprised to find out that not a lot has changed from the first-generation models to the new Galaxy Tab 2 series, at least in terms of their internal components.
In fact, many of the key specifications of the first-generation 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab match that of the second-generation Galaxy Tab 2: there's a 10.1-inch WXGA (1280x800) display, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 1GB of RAM. The biggest difference between the two 10.1-inch Galaxy Tabs is price: The second-generation model costs $100 less than its older brother.
The story for the 7.0-inch Galaxy Tab is much the same: similar specifications, but the second-generation model has a price tag that's $100 lower. One key advantage both of the new-generation Galaxy Tab 2 tablets offer is the fact that they run on Android 4.0. Both tablets also feature an integrated IR blaster for universal remote capabilities. You'll find a Smart Remote App on the tablet that works with this blaster.
Although the Galaxy Tab 2 may not offer a lot of new features from its predecessors in the Galaxy Tab lineup, the lower price puts both of these tablets in the mid-range tablet category rather than in the premium category. Given the popularity of tablets and the fact that more people are generally interested in lower cost tablets, rather than a premium price tag, it makes sense that Samsung wants to compete in this space.
We have both the 10.1- and 7.0-inch models in-house for testing. The 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 costs $399.99 while the 7.0-inch model runs $249.99. Join us on the pages ahead as we take a closer look at what these tablets have to offer.
First, here's a quick hands-on with Samsung's new devices...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Specifications & Features
Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) Operating System Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Display 7.0-inch TFT display, WSVGA (1024x600) resolution 10.1-inch TFT display, WXGA (1280x800) resolution Processor 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 Memory 1GB 1GB Internal Storage 8GB built-in microSD card slot 16GB built-in microSD card slot Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 USB 2.0 Host 3.5mm headphone jack 30 pin IF connector integrated IR Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Bluetooth 3.0 USB 2.0 Host 3.5mm headphone jack 30 pin IF connector integrated IR Camera 3.2MP rear-facing VGA front-facing 3.2MP rear-facing VGA front-facing Size 0.41 x 4.8 x 7.6 inches 0.76 pounds with battery 0.38 x 10.1 x 6.9 inches 1.28 pounds with battery Battery 4,000mAh 7,000 mAh Battery Life Approximately 11 hours Approximately 14 hours Video playback approximately 7 hours Preloaded Software AllShare, Amazon Kindle, ChatON, Dropbox, Game Hub, Media Hub, Memo, Netflix, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, S Planner, Samsung Apps, Smart Remote, Screensaver AllShare, Amazon Kindle, ChatON, Dropbox, Game Hub, Media Hub, Memo, Netflix, Next Issue, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, S Planner, S Suggest, Samsung Apps, Smart Remote, Screensaver Price $249.99 $399.99