Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 vs. Galaxy Tab

While most tablet lovers are anticipating the iPad 3, Samsung announced their next generation tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2. There are two versions of this tablet, 7-inch and 10-inch, which is not surprising given the companies penchant for multiple screen models. Let us take a look at the Galaxy Tab 2’s improvements over the previous models.

Operating System

The Galaxy Tab 2 will be sporting the latest Android OS, Ice Cream Sandwich. They will be the first Samsung tabs to be shipped with ICS as the previous models were stuck with Honeycomb.  Most agree that ICS is better than Honeycomb so the Galaxy Tab 2’s interface is an improvement.

 

Performance and Display

Sadly, it seems the operating is all that is new. The insides of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 and 10.1 are the same on what you will find on the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. There’s the same 1 GHz processor and 1 GB of RAM.  The screen resolution of the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is also the same with the Plus at 1024 by 600 pixels. The 1280 by 800 resolution of the Tab 2 10.1 is also not new.

 

Connectivity

Nothing has changed much here either. You still have the choice between the 3G and Wi-Fi models with the 3G model reaching a max speed of 21 MB/s. The Tabs remain at Bluetooth 3.0 and the support for IR connectivity, like on the Tab 7.0 Plus is missing.

 

Looks

It’s kinda hard to believe that these two Samsung tablets will come out thicker but they are.  Although the difference is not that significant (0.04 and 0.02 inches), you will notice it because of the added weight. The Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 weighs 20.74 ounces while the original is at 19.9. Besides these, the length and the width remained the same.

 

Price

No prices are available as of now but we will give an update as soon as it comes out. For now, check out the prices for the older Galaxy Tabs.

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AmazonSamsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 16GB (Dual Core, Universal Remote, WiFi)

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used from: 319.99

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AmazonSamsung Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus 32GB (Dual Core, Universal Remote, WiFi)

Too Low to Display

used from: 362.89

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AmazonSamsung GT-P6200 Galaxy Tab 7.0 (Plus) 16GB, 3G, 3MP, 1.2GHz dual-core, 3.2 Honeycomb 7-Inch Unlocked World Tablet PC (B

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 20 15:57:34 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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AmazonSamsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 16GB, Wi-Fi)

Too Low to Display

used from: 320.00

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AmazonSamsung Galaxy TAB 10.1 GT-P7500 Wi-Fi, 3G, 16GB, 3MP Honeycomb Tablet PC

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used from: 519.99

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AmazonSamsung Galaxy Tab (10.1-Inch, 32GB, Wi-Fi) GT-P7510MAVXAB Tablet

$499.99

used from: $410.00

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 21 0:56:54 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

 

Verdict – Galaxy Tab 2 vs. Galaxy Tab

I really don’t know what Samsung is thinking when they released these versions. Aside from the upgrade on OS, there is really nothing new.  But if somehow, Samsung sells these models on a lower price as what others think then they could be considered. If you currently own a Galaxy Tab, there is no need to replace it with a Tab 2 unless you want to try Ice Cream Sandwich. But if you really want to try this new Android OS, you should go for the Transformer Prime.

Photo credits: Blistechnology

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