Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) review

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2

Not the most luxurious of tablets, but strikes a good balance between performance, price and usability

Price when reviewed 

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Normally it takes something pretty special to get us really excited at PC Pro: a new display technology, a significant step forward in integrated graphics, or a dramatic update to a staid operating system.

With that in mind, you might think the diminutive Samsung Galaxy Tab would come pretty low down the list, but that's far from the case. Samsung's new baby is breakthrough product: the first Android tablet from a big name manufacturer to launch in the UK at under £200, and we're very excited about it indeed.

And the good news is that, as well as being very cheap, the Tab 2 7.0 is also very usable. That's largely thanks to the combination of dual-core 1GHz TI OMAP 4430 processor, 1GB of RAM and Android 4, which results in hesitation-free menu and homescreen navigation, and fluid web browsing.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0)

It's the same processor, in fact, as in our favourite compact tablet, the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition, (although clocked 17% slower), and it's accompanied by the same PowerVR SGX540 GPU. Angry Birds Space was perfectly playable on it, as was the demanding Shadowgun, but we didn't experience perfectly smooth frame rates.

In performance tests, the results give substance to those impressions, with the Tab completing the SunSpider JavaScript test in 2,235ms and a gaining a respectable score of 2,790 in Quadrant.

With a tablet, overall usability is as much about the screen as CPU grunt, though, and here the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) scores another hit. It’s an area in which cheap tablets typically struggle, with their displays afflicted by poor viewing angles and low brightness.

The Tab 2 (7.0)’s plane-to-line switching (PLS) display bats such concerns effortlessly aside, recording a top brightness of 387cd/m[sup]2[/sup] and a contrast ratio of 968:1. Viewing angles, meanwhile, are fine, with colours hardly changing as you shift position horizontally and vertically. It’s a perfectly competent display.

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Warranty1 yr return to base


Dimensions122 x 10.7 x 193mm (WDH)


Primary keyboardOn-screen
Screen size7.0in
Resolution screen horizontal600
Resolution screen vertical1,024
Display typeMultitouch, capacitive
Panel technologyPLS

Core specifications

CPU frequency, MHz1,000MHz
Integrated memory8.0GB
RAM capacity1,000MB


Camera megapixel rating3.2mp
Focus typeAutofocus
Built-in flash?no
Front-facing camera?yes
Video capture?yes


WiFi standard802.11n
Bluetooth supportyes
Integrated GPSyes
Accessories suppliedMains charger, USB cable
Upstream USB ports0
HDMI output?no
Video/TV output?no


Mobile operating systemAndroid 4.0.3

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