Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 (8GB)
Manufacturer: Samsung Part number: GT-P3113TSYXAR
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CNET editors' review
price range: $169.99 - $224.84
- Reviewed by: Eric Franklin
- Reviewed on: 04/13/2012
The good: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 delivers a mostly pure Android 4.0 experience for only $250. The tablet also trumps the Kindle Fire in extras by including dual cameras, expandable memory, and TV remote-control functionality.
The bad: The screen doesn't look as pretty as other PLS displays, and its camera performance is lacking compared with other tablets in the line.
The bottom line: The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 offers an excellent value and a full Android 4.0 experience that no other tablet can currently match for the price.
Not perfect, but good value for a capable tablet
by Miguel-Mcdonald on July 9, 2013
Pros: Built-in speakers, bright display, subjectively realistic color, excellent form factor for travel, came with android 4 ics, smooth video playback
Cons: Un-removable bloatware, unable to move apps or data to external SD card, should come with 16gb internal storage, touchscreen sometimes slow to respond, battery life with WifI on could be better, shortage of compatible accessories
Summary: I wanted to replace my first-gen iPad with a 7" tablet. My choice came down to this device and the Nexus 7. Samsung won for one simple reason: the micro ...
Summary: I wanted to replace my first-gen iPad with a 7" tablet. My choice came down to this device and the Nexus 7. Samsung won for one simple reason: the micro SD slot. If you have any desire to carry video around to watch where you can't stream, you need storage space.
The Gtab is lighter than the iPad -- though hardly lightweight, especially when compared to a Nook Touch -- which makes a difference for extended reading of e-books, or reading while lying down. Being a smaller device, it's also easier to travel with; it doesn't take up as much room in a carry-on and it fits in a coat pocket (or even a cargo pocket in my shorts!). The micro SD card slot means I can carry more videos to watch on a plane, though the battery life for video isn't as long as I'd like. Battery life while streaming Netflix via WiFi is even less; it's good for 2 - 2.5 hours and then it's time to recharge.
I don't understand complaints I've read about the screen and its resolution. The screen is bright (turn off the auto brightness adjustment and do it manually), colors look reasonably good, and playback is smooth. Any artifacts I've seen in videos come from the videos themselves, not the screen. It's a 7-inch tablet; how many more pixels do you need?
Small speakers don't sound particularly great, but these are at least good enough to let someone else listen with me on occasion. Sound through good headphones is quite good.
The Gtab is good for reading, too; the size makes it easier to handle than the iPad. I've had some issues with certain e-books, but they're from the e-book or the reader app, not from the tablet.
I'm not happy about the lack of an adapter for video out so I could watch purchased movies/TV shows on my HDTV (although reading elsewhere indicates that you can't port DRMed material on any of the Tab devices to a TV through Samsung's HDMI adapter (which is not compatible with this device)). For that matter, not happy with the custom connector in the first place. A mini- or micro-USB connector would have made life easier all the way 'round. There also appears to be no docking station of any kind that's compatible with this particular device. (Seriously, Samsung? You have other tablets with the same type of connector, but you changed the pin-outs or something on THIS device so that it can't be used with any of the accessories that work with them?)
I'm glad that the Gtab came with Android 4 installed, so I didn't need to wait for an upgrade (the Gtab recently upgraded itself to version 4.0.4). However, I'm not happy that there is so much bloatware preinstalled, and no way to remove it without rooting the tablet. I also dislike the fact that there is no way to move apps -- or data that they download/install -- to the external SD card without rooting the tablet. Some apps can't even see the external card (which, I realize, could be the fault of the app rather than the tablet).
Given that Samsung has locked down so many things to internal storage, it would have been nice to have a 16gb device available. I'd have paid an extra $50 for that. Instead, I'll get around to rooting the tablet one of these days so I can ditch stuff I don't use and move data (downloaded videos and books) to external storage. For now, though, the combination of price, usability, and form factor means that I'm fairly happy with the Gtab.
Note: If you're switching to the Gtab from an iPad, and want to continue using iTunes for organize your music, get the iSyncr WiFi app. You may have to create special playlists -- iSyncr doesn't support picking & choosing songs/videos, it just grabs the whole playlist -- but this is the best iTunes tool available on Android right now, lastly before you will purchase this Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7-inch version, I suggest you have to check for best price at: wifi-tablets.blogspot.com/p/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-7-inch.html
Thank for reading, and I hope this review is helpfuls.
11 out of 11 users found this user opinion helpful.
It fits in my pocket!
by ImEnriquez on May 4, 2012
Pros: + Screen is good! Everything looks clear and sharp
+ Touchscreen very responsive, minimal delay in opening apps
+ Speaker sound is pretty good
+ Fast browser
+ Easy setup
Cons: - Needs a dedicated cable for charging
- Camera no digital zoom, video is so so
Summary: Good evening, This is my first dive into the tablet market, I have over the years played around the the various kindles, nooks, android, BlackBerry and the Ipads, they for ...
Summary: Good evening, This is my first dive into the tablet market, I have over the years played around the the various kindles, nooks, android, BlackBerry and the Ipads, they for the most part were very impressive except for the price. and I wasn't about to contract a 4g account on one of these.
So being a owner of a iPhone 3g, HTC EVO 4g, and my current Samsung Exhibit 2, I felt I needed a bigger screen for my aging eyes, This device does the trick and its easily portable one of the main reason I chose this over a Transformer.
My views of this device through the eyes of a previous user of a Iphone and a Android phone, out of the box it appeared as a large hand size smart phone, the button inputs seem to be it the right place, the back is a little slippery, this must a Samsung thing, my exhibit 2 sometimes is like trying to hold a wet bar of soap, . I didn't have any problems syncing my Google account.
I did manage to get the peel remote to work with my U verse, Samsung TV and RCA 5.1 stereo, I think the interface is a little quirky, the controls are strange and a little cumbersome, it also has a bunch of program suggestions, none that I like. I'm sure in time there will be better apps out there for the IR blaster.
speaker sound is pretty good, you will probably want to use headphones or ext speakers anyway. The camera is sub par, it does have rapid shoot, and panorama that works really well, sorry, no digital zoom. at least I could not find that setting, the video is so so, grainy and dark nuff said
I had pretty good luck with the battery, watched 5 episode of Lost on Netflix, downloads apps surfed the web etc, my data usage for that day was about 5+gigs and I had about 27% battery left.
I'm actually a fan of the power connector only because I broke off the power socket on my EVO 4g with the mini usb plug, so i will side with the world of physics and go with more surface area contact the less chance of being snapped off.
Apps: youtube works just fine, easy to navigate the tube, I use Waze for GPS, works perfectly, no probs with slacker radio or netflix, but beware HULU is not supported on this device, like about half of the other android devices out there, works on my evo but not on my exhibit? .... the S calendar is awesome, I use Jorte on my phone but I think this is a little bit better.
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No major gripes with this device. it suits all my needs.
10 out of 15 users found this user opinion helpful.
Fantastic tablet for the price!
by Rayenna53 on April 23, 2012
Pros: Excellent number of features, better screen than an original iPad, text was good with setting "large" for font, and very crisp in Kindle app, video played well, dictation is great, IR blaster easy to set up with my Sony TV, but channels not accurate.
Cons: I prefer the size of the 8.9 Galaxy and like its vibrant colors, which are muted in this tab. However, this one is superior in features and price to that tab.
Summary: You really can't go wrong with this tablet. Samsung only seems to be getting better and better, and I wish Apple would get off its high horse about flash, ...
Summary: You really can't go wrong with this tablet. Samsung only seems to be getting better and better, and I wish Apple would get off its high horse about flash, and also give us expandable memory (which will never happen as they make hundreds more by adding fixed memory). The number of features on this tablet are simply amazing for the price point. I also have the new iPad, and other than the better screen and larger size which makes viewing easier, this little gem beats it in features for me just by having expandable memory and flash. My 16 GB iPad only has about 13 GB of available memory because of preloaded software. Since I have the Galaxy S2 phone, the learning curve was not too steep. I don't care about cameras on a tablet, especially a large one. Too awkward. I'd rather use the phone.Forgot to mention that the speakers are surprisingly good for such a small device. Much better than most small laptops and netbooks.
Updated on Apr 23, 2012
5 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
Just one deal breaker
by agsn on April 16, 2012
Pros: This is a very good dimension/weight balance for a 7 inch reader style tablet.
Cons: The screen resolution is unacceptable.
Summary: The screen resolution is unacceptable. 1024*600 looks good only on the phones. At 7inches this device should be able to act as a reader, where you do not have ...
Summary: The screen resolution is unacceptable. 1024*600 looks good only on the phones. At 7inches this device should be able to act as a reader, where you do not have to zoom in to read text. This resolution is good for watching movies, photos. But for browsing and reading (which this device size primary functionality), you end up zooming in (not because the text is too small but because the resolution is so bad that the text looks smudged).
The screen resolution for 7inch should be a minimum of 1280*800, so that you do not constantly have to use the landscape mode to read any thing. I some one releases a 7-7.5 inch 1280*800 screen thin and light tablet, I am sold as that would be the most practical second device that you can carry in addition to a phone. In my personal opinion any thing bigger and u may as well carry a thin and light laptop.
4 out of 5 users found this user opinion helpful.
The best tablet for $250....until the Nexus 7 came out.
by Concept on August 7, 2012
Pros: o The 7" size is perfect for traveling with a tablet
o The screen is great
o The speaker is loud for its size
Cons: o The rear camera sucks, but why are you taking pictures with a tablet
o The front camera is terrible but skype works good enough
o Needs a dedicated charging cable and has to be plugged into the Samsung wall charger
Summary: Hands down this is the best $250 I've spend on tech in the last 5 years. I love the size, and it works flawlessly. This was the best tablet ...
Summary: Hands down this is the best $250 I've spend on tech in the last 5 years. I love the size, and it works flawlessly. This was the best tablet anyone could buy for $250 for about 4 months. Better than the kindle fire, Nook, Lenovo ideapad, or any other cheap tablet you could find for less than $350. But now the Nexus 7 came out and I simply can't recommend the GT2 7.0 anymore. For $50 less than the GT2 7.0 you will have a better screen, better processor, better OS support, Jelly Bean 4.1, and a better front camera. Everything else is basically the same and you'll save $50. The only advantage the GT2 7.0 has is the fact that it has a rear camera. But if you're using your tablet to take pics, you need a better camera on your phone. Needless to say, if your budget is $250, get a 16gb Nexus 7 and you won't be sorry you did.
I won't upgrade to a Nexus 7 simply because I'd take a loss on the GT2 7.0 only to buy basically the same product all over again that is only about 25% better than the product I already own. It would be like trading in your 2011 model car on a 2012 just do you can get bluetooth and push button start. Yeah, they are nice to upgrades but not really worth taking a loss on. If someone offered me $250 for my GT2 7.0, I'd take it but it's not going to happen with the Nexus 7 out there.
Anyway, if you already own a GT2 7.0, you have a great little tablet. Use it for a year and then give it to your kid.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awesome!, especially for the price.
by bp1219 on March 18, 2013
Pros: Perfect Size, great speed, better than average display, Android Jelly Bean, expandable memory. Great for business or gaming. Great reading books, e-zines, e- papers, emails, etc. 8gb internal memory. Expandable memory, (up o 32gb) for media.
Cons: Would like to have micro USB instead of proprietary Chg/sync cable.
Samsung installed bloatware. You will have to adjust settings area to disable much of it.
Can't move programs to expandable memory.
Everything above is very minor
Summary: For a tablet under $200.00 it is an awesome tablet. Very well made. If you are used to the Android operating system there will be a minor learning curve ...
Summary: For a tablet under $200.00 it is an awesome tablet. Very well made. If you are used to the Android operating system there will be a minor learning curve as it is slightly different on a tablet. Only real negative is the Samsung bloatware and charging cable. I picked up a new extra OEM charging/ sync cable-plug from eBay for under $5.
I guess the bloatware is how they keep the price low. You will need to adjust some settings such as not letting unknown sources download. You can turn it on if you want to install from anything other than Google Play Store. The expandable memory is for storing media. You can't move programs to the expandable memory. The system will use a chunk of the internal memory but 8gb is a lot and should be more than enough for tons of programs. Highly recommend this tablet especially for the price
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not a Bad little tablet!
by kpk54 on April 23, 2012
Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0
Cons: None at the present time...
Summary: Found it to very acceptable. Doesn't do every a larger more expensive tablet will do. But for what I paid ($ 249.00) it's not a bad working tablet. ...
Summary: Found it to very acceptable. Doesn't do every a larger more expensive tablet will do. But for what I paid ($ 249.00) it's not a bad working tablet. For anyone complaining about it... Come on! What were you expecting for that price??? i'm a very satisfied customer. Don't find the clarity of the screen that bad. i've seen worse on the more expensive tablets.
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
by iheythere on April 15, 2012
Pros: expendable memory, size, fits into jeans back pocket, weight
Cons: there are no cons.
Summary: I got a year ago original Samsung Tab7. It's a great toy/tool. This new one - Tab 2 7 - is even better. (I also have Samsung Galaxy2 ...
Summary: I got a year ago original Samsung Tab7. It's a great toy/tool. This new one - Tab 2 7 - is even better. (I also have Samsung Galaxy2 phone. No complains whatsover.)
1 out of 1 users found this user opinion helpful.
good buy for the money
by JynX222 on September 12, 2012
Pros: compact, travels easy, expandable sd slot, google play ap that kindle does not have, docking station and you can buy a keyboard if you wish.
Cons: my aps will lock up and I will have to restart it. sound for music is not that good.
Summary: great buy for money. lots of pros compared to the cons.
Summary: great buy for money. lots of pros compared to the cons.
Great tablet all around!
by honakergreg on July 20, 2012
Pros: responds well to touch or stylus , pre-loaded apps are cool , but my favorite is the infra - red remote control .it's on the android platform , which has loads of practical apps and cool games.The tegra 2 processor is strong and can handle itself .
Cons: wish it had the tegra 3 , other than that , i am pretty optimistic about all aspects of this powerhouse samsung has given us at agreat price!!
Summary: Great on the go , easy to hold , operate and become accustomed to its general operation.Great display , graphics and multitasking is a breeze.Very close to , if only barely not , ...
Summary: Great on the go , easy to hold , operate and become accustomed to its general operation.Great display , graphics and multitasking is a breeze.Very close to , if only barely not , a laptop replacement.Get one and you WONT be dissapointed.Samsung is a leader and an innovator .
- Manufacturer: Samsung
- Part number: GT-P3113TSYXAR
- Description: The lightweight, 7.0" Galaxy Tab 2 is truly designed for life on the go. With the dual-core processor, you'll have enough multitasking power to check email, surf the web and download a movie, all while playing a game. And at only 7.63 inches tall, it will fit anywhere - even in a pocket. Download entertainment fast and smoothly from Media Hub, Netflix and YouTube. Control your TV, DVR and DVD with the integrated infrared (IR) blaster and preloaded Smart Remote. The Smart Remote learns your preferred programs and offers more personalized suggestions in an easy-to-use visual format. When you're not watching TV, choose from millions of e-books and magazines on preloaded apps, such as Amazon Kindle for Android. And read on a screen full of rich color, blacker blacks and crisp text. Smart, responsive and intuitive. That's the Android platform. It's also enhanced with TouchWiz, letting you customize your interface to your preferences. You can take screen captures, edit them and share with contacts. And Clipboard stores both text and images that can be cut or copied and easily pasted into messages and documents.
- Type 7 in Plane to Line Switching (PLS)
- Display Resolution 1024 x 600
- Touchscreen Yes
- Operating System Android 4.0
- Processor Clock Speed 1 GHz
- Number of Cores Dual-Core
- Flash Memory 8 GB
- RAM 1 GB
- Supported Flash Memory Cards microSD
- Max Supported Capacity 32 GB
- Cellular Technology 3G
- Cellular Protocols HSPA+
- Band UMTS 850/900/1900/2100
- Wireless Connectivity Bluetooth 3.0,
- Rear-facing Camera 3 megapixels
- Front-facing Camera VGA
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Software Included Google Maps
- Supported Digital Video Formats MKV,
- Audio Microphone , Stereo speakers
- Supported Digital Audio Formats WMA,
- Type Touch-screen
- Preloaded Software Google Earth,
Expansion and Connectivity
- Expansion Slot(s) 1 x microSD
- Interfaces 1,
- Technology / Form Factor Lithium ion
- Capacity 4000 mAh
- Color Titanium silver
- Sensors Proximity sensor,
Ambient light sensor,
- Features Expandable storage ,
Front camera ,
Dimensions & Weight
- Width 4.8 in
- Depth 0.4 in
- Height 7.6 in
- Weight 12.1 oz
Specs: 7 in Plane to Line Switching (PLS) - Yes,
4.8 in x 0.4 in x 7.6 in,
Specs: 7 in,
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich,
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