Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) To be Released April 22
The latest Google Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 OS based tablet offering from Samsung is its seven inch display Galaxy Tab 2. With a form factor similar to the original Galaxy Tab, the Tab 2 measures in at an amazingly thin 10.5 millimeters, comes equipped with a one gigahertz dual-core processor, a serious upgrade from its predecessors single-core processor, and one gigabyte of RAM. Available in 8, 16 gigabytes or 32 gigabytes models, the Galaxy Tab 2 has a screen resolution of 1024x600, comes equipped with the most basic of front and rear facing cameras, supports micro SD cards, and is capable of 3G connections through use of a SIM card. In a premier tablet comparison, the Samsung Tab 2 falls somewhat short with its modest set of specifications, but Samsung is apparently aiming for the Tab 2 to be a more affordable, entry level tablet.
Samsung’s president J.K. Shin, quoted in the press statement that accompanied the Galaxy Tab 2 release, "Two years ago, Samsung Galaxy Tab began to offer customers more possibilities on the go. Since then, Samsung has actively enhanced our tablet lineup with several tablets in different sizes." With the expressed intent of offering its mobile customers many options from which to choose, Samsung has increased its tablet lineup to now include models with screen sizes of 7 inches and 10.1 inches. Their multiple size strategy has upped the ante and is helping to make the small tablet and e-reader market very interesting.
With the Tab 2 clearly lined up to be a serious Kindle Fire competitor rather than trying to stand toe to toe with the larger, more full-featured iOS powered Apple iPad 2 or soon to be released iPad 3, Samsung has given potential Amazon customers reason to consider the Tab 2. Loaded with the standard Samsung suite of Hub services and applications including Music Hub, Game Hub, Video Hub and Readers Hub, the Tab 2 offers a wide array of multimedia access options. With thousands of music and movie download selections from which to choose, the Tab 2 will easily be the center of the audio and video universe for its users. Direct unfettered access to Google’s Android App store also gives the Samsung Tab 2 a leg up on its Kindle competitor. With almost a half-million applications available for download as well as music, books and movies, the Android Market has had over ten billion downloads to date, and nearly half of the downloads available today are free of charge.
Any tablet review that considers the Kindle Fire would have to place the Samsun Tab 2 at the top of the list. With fairly even matched hardware specifications, almost identical form factors, similar battery life, the two competing tablets would seem almost identical, but the Samsung Tab 2 out shines the Fire on several other important features. With the addition of both a front and rear facing camera, the option of 3G connectivity, double the RAM amount and up to 4 times as much internal flash storage space, the convenience of expanded storage space with external SD cards, and the enhanced flexibility of fully integrated Google Android capabilities, the Samsung Tab 2 has to be considered a much more versatile and adaptable tablet than the Kindle Fire.
The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is excpeted to be released on April 22, 2012 with a price tag of $249.
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