All Access Weekly Exclusive: Hands On With The New 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
by Katie Linendoll April 12, 2012 at 11:00AM | Views: 0
Hey! Katie Linendoll here! As we all know, the iPad is the Goliath of the tablet world. Apple has 83% of the market share locked down and managed to move 3 million units of the new iPad in the first three days of its release, and they didn't even have to give it a name to do so. Personally, I like to call it Cameron. But that's beside the point.
The iPad's popularity would make it easy to overlook the other tablets out there, so let's take a look at one of them: the new Samsung Galaxy Tab 2.
The original Tab remains the leader in Android-based tablets, and after playing with the new model for a few days, I think it deserves to stay there. Samsung stated: "We strongly believe it's not a one-size-fits-all market." Which is clearly a jab at all the iPad-loving consumers out there.
The Tab 2 packs the expected features: 7-inch screen-size, 8GB (with microSD slot extra 32GB), 3MP rear-facing camera and 1GHz dual core processor. And Samsung has especially touted a few new features. The Tab 2 runs smoothly on Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of the Android OS. It also offers a free 50GB of storage space on Dropbox, a $99 value.
Interestingly, the Tab 2 is equipped with an IR Blaster that allows you to open a pre-installed "SmartRemote" app on the device desktop and control any nearby TV. Set-up on the TV only took a minute (and is not proprietary to Samsung TVs), but I'm not sure if the feature's user-friendliness will convince me to swap out my trusty remote.
I do like the 7" form factor though, and the added portability is key.
A final thing to consider is the price point. The 7-inch tablet retails for $249.99, which is $100 less than the original 7" tablet debuted for in 2010. A 10.1" (16GB) option will also be available May 13th, at $399.99.
Look for the Galaxy Tab 2 in stores on April 22nd.
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