Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) costs too much for the mediocre performance it delivers. The Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) is a good deal at $250, offering a host of useful features for its budget price. But with the Asus Transformer Pad TF300 and Apple iPad 2 both in the 10-inch mix, the Galaxy Tab 2 loses out falling short in both performance and app selection. If you have to have a Samsung tablet, go for the 7-inch Tab 2, or hold out for the Galaxy Note 10.1, which is expected later this year. If you need integrated LTE, the Galaxy Tab 7.7 ($699.99, 3.5 stars) is one of the most elegantly designed tablets around, but it's also one of the priciest.
There are cheaper 7-Inch alternatives to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2, such as the Nook of the Kindle Fire, which you can hack to upgrade to Android 4.0, but this will void your warranty, and as it’s a hack, not all of the features tend to work as expected. Plus neither feature a webcam.
The overall computing power and the good built quality (display, audio) are largely sufficient to perform the usual tasks for work – email, calendar, web browsing, video conferencing – and for entertainment – social network apps, video and audio playback, drawing. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 is a fairly good choice for people who want to save $100 to $175 (32 GB models) on the purchase of a secondary computing device.
Verizon expands its tablet lineup this Friday with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, a new Android tablet with a 7-inch display and 4G LTE connectivity.
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