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Old 04-13-2012, 11:00 PM
Craig Horlacher
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Default Samsung Wants Everyone In Your Family to Have a Different Galaxy Tab

<div class='os_post_top_link'><a href='http://gizmodo.com/5901142/samsung-galaxy-tab-2-a-little-better-a-little-cheaper' target='_blank'>http://gizmodo.com/5901142/samsung-...-little-cheaper</a><br /><br /></div><p><em>"And now there's the Galaxy Tab 2, with two models (7.0 and 10.1) that are very slightly improved, but not enough to justify a few hundred bucks."</em></p><p><img src="http://images.thoughtsmedia.com/resizer/thumbs/size/600/adt/auto/1334334240.usr309.jpg" style="border: 1px solid #d2d2bb;" /></p><p>There are two more tablets from Samsung that are not a lot different from the others.&nbsp; With the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 they are coming in at a nice low price point of $250.&nbsp; The 7.0 has a 1024x600 display and the 10.1 has a 1280x800 display - both are PLS (Samsung's form of IPS) LCD displays.&nbsp; Maybe the biggest change compared to previous Galaxy Tabs is that they both come with Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0).&nbsp; Samsung did add a MicroSDHC slot to both the 10.1 and the 7.0 models.&nbsp; They're also using TI dual-core processors which, while they're great, they're generally a little slower than Samsung's own Exynos processors that were in some or all older models.&nbsp; The camera's are nothing to brag about with a 3MP in the back and VGA in the front.&nbsp; If you're not sure, VGA was good in about 1992.&nbsp; At least the 3MP is good enough to do 1080p video which both tablets can record at 30fps.&nbsp; One interesting feature on both Galaxy Tab 2's that apparently isn't new to Galaxy Tabs is an IR port for controlling your home audio and video equipment.</p><p>Really, you'd think Samsung could have just put Ice Cream Sandwich on some of their older Tabs that haven't sold and lower the price but I guess "newer" is "newer".&nbsp; Lots of people love their Galaxy Tabs so maybe there is more of a market for these than it seems.&nbsp; What do you think?</p>
 
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Old 04-19-2012, 07:41 AM
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Smile Owner of "older" Tab 10.1 4G

I'm one of those older owners of Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 4G ... (had it a month!)

I admit that I wanted to have the 8.9 Tab (smaller form factor for reading), but I am also hooked on 4G, and since the 10.1 4G was free with Telus's TV plan (BC), I couldn't talk them into sending the 8.9
I did manage to get them to upgrade to the 4G version so I'm happy about that!

I love it... I wished it was a bit smaller, but a fantastic case (Wardmaster Zen Case) took care of that holding issue, and I've been really pleased with video recordings - especially in low light - with sports (lots of movement). The videos come out crisp, clear and sharp, in an indoor arena with very little light. the sound is picked up beautifully as well. Altogether a great experience.
Reading is great, especially with Kindle for android, and since it is 4G, I don't have to look for internet.
I now know when all my emails come through... since it chimes at me - with different whistles for gmail, telus, and hotmail, so I don't miss any.
Since I haven't got anything that uses ICS, I really don't know what I'm missing. It would be nice if they upgraded, but I don't think that it is a big issue. (I might be wrong... don't know)
I read on multiple small netbooks, and I find that 7" is ok, 8.9 great, and thought that 10.1 was good, but smaller was lighter, but I'm now finding that I like the 10.1 screen and don't have any issues with it. It is rapidly becoming my primary reading platform.
We have 2 of these in the family, WiFi only and 4G. I recommend them to anyone!

One final thought... The price for the new ones sound great! 250! how can you beat that? I do think that the 4 G is the way to go... but that is just my preference, and was easily added to my data plan, so wasn't a big issue.
Samsung has put together a great line, which ever one you pick up (according to your personal budget), and anyone of them will satisfy I'm sure! The case that you finally get is a big issue - I totally recommend Wardmaster's Zen Case from Amazon. It is attractive and really protects as well as supplying a stand.
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Old 04-19-2012, 06:07 PM
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One final thought... The price for the new ones sound great! 250! how can you beat that? I do think that the 4 G is the way to go... but that is just my preference, and was easily added to my data plan, so wasn't a big issue.
Samsung has put together a great line, which ever one you pick up (according to your personal budget), and anyone of them will satisfy I'm sure!.
True, for $250 you are getting a nice tablet. I think your overall feeling of the tablet seems to be what most people think who get Galaxy Tab's. They just like them! Thin and sleek, ports or not, the people who buy them are happy! Why not add two more to the family!!!
 
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