Samsung has released a new edition to their line of 7″ tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2. It is somewhat of a downgrade from the earlier model hardware-wise, but is still one of the better mid-range tablets for the price, especially since it comes with Android 4.0 and has full access to the Google Play Store for apps and content.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 will be released on April 22nd. Right now it is up for pre-order on Amazon for $249. That’s a good price for the features it offers, but it’s too bad Samsung couldn’t shave an extra $50 off to make it the same price as the Kindle Fire and 8GB Nook Tablet—it would be the obvious winner at that price.
Even at $249, it is a better deal than the 16GB Nook Tablet and a number of off-brand tablets. But in a couple of months there might be an even better deal for Google’s and/or Asus’s rumored 7″ Ice Cream Sandwich tablets. It’s going to be an interesting summer for tablets.
Here’s a rundown on the Galaxy Tab 2’s specs:
- 7-inch TFT multitouch 720p HD screen (1024 x 600)
- Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
- 1GHz Dual-Core TI OMAP Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB Internal Memory
- MicroSD card slot for expansion up to 32GB
- Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n)
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 3 megapixel rear-facing camera
- VGA front-facing camera for video chat
- Samsung’s Media Hub
- Ports: 1 USB 2.0 (host); 3.5mm headphone and microphone jack
- Sensors: Accelerometer, digital compass, light, proximity
- Battery Life: 7-8 hours
- Dimensions: 4.8 inches x 0.41 inches x 7.6 inches
- Weight: 12.16 ounces
In addition to the usual Google apps, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 comes with a number of apps pre-installed, including Kindle, Netflix, Polaris Office, Dropbox (plus you get 50GB free storage space for a year), and Samsung’s apps and TouchWiz widgets.
So what do you think? A Galaxy Tab 2 for $249, or a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet for $199? The battle of the 7-inch tablets is starting to heat up.