iPad Mini vs Galaxy Tab 2 7.0

Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 2.0 was at the top of the 7inch tablet market, but then Google came along to ruin the party! And to be honest, there’s not much to set the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 apart from the – much cheaper – Nexus 7 aside from some some useful custom apps, a very handy microSD slot and a 3MP rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Specs
Display: 7″ PLS LCD, 1024×768 (170PPI)
OS: Android 4.0 ICS
CPU: 1GHz Dual Core OMAP
Camera: 53P, 720@30fps [rear]; VGA [front]
Connectivity: WiFi, 3.5mm, microUSB, SD, Bluetooth
Battery: 7hrs

To start off with, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0’s 1GHz OMAP processor seems a bit dated when comparing it to the raw speed of the Nexus’ quad core engine. And even though its running Ice Cream Sandwich – and ready for a Jelly Bean update soon – it’s likely that the Nexus range of devices will always be on step ahead in this regard.

On the flipside, the Tab 2 7.0 surprises with a screen that’s better than the 1024×600 spec might suggest. With excellent viewing angles and more punchier resolution. The speakers are also really good and on-par with the Kindle Fire HD‘s and the microSD slots is a major especially since the Galaxy Tab comes pre-loaded with a plethora of apps and non-essential hubs.

To sum it up – the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 provides a solid choice, but can’t compete with the speedier processors and sturdier designs of the iPad Mini or Google’s Nexus 7.

The Verdict

The Galaxy Tab 2 builds on Samsungs impressive range of Galaxy devices and has plenty going for it – unfortunately the Google Nexus and the Fire HD both offer more, for a lot less cash!

Despite the Tab 2’s slightly low-res screen photos and HD mvoies still look great with vivid colours. Unfortunately the screens on the Nexus 7 and Fire HD are just that little bit better.

We’re big fans of Samsung’s music player and email app which the company introduced on the Galaxy Note 2. They pop up from the bottom of the display with notifications to keep you informed.

Whilst it could be mistaken for alumium from a distance the Tab 2 7.0’s chasis is in fact made from plastic.. It’s no iPad Mini, but it still manages to look like a classy, grown-up slate.

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  1. It looks nice and I love the specs

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