Design and Hardware
Dimensions: (WxDxH): 193.7 x 122.4 x 10.5 mm and weights 344 grams; Processor: TI OMAP 4430Dual-core 1 GHz; GPU: PowerVR SGX540; RAM: 1GB; Storage: 16GB (availabe user: 11GB)
The design of tab2 7″ looks similar to Galaxy Tab Plus 7.0 which slim and lightweight in hand. Tablet which CnwinTech test comes with a white color on the back and black on the front frame.
On front side Tab 2 7″, besides there is a 7-inch diagonal screen, you also will found earpiece, sensors, cameras and Samsung logo. Unlike tablet with OS Honeycomb, Tab 2 7″ is not equipped with a physical button below the screen.
To turn on this Tab 2 7″, you can press the power button on left side of body that are adjacent with volume control buttons. The upper part of Tab 2 7″ sitting sweet 3.5mm audio port and a mic. At the underbody there is a multifunctional port, two speaker holes and mouthpiece for phone calls. While for SIM and memory card slot, Samsung put it on right side of body.
Interfaces and OS
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3, TouchWiz UX: 7 Homescreen, Notification Area, etc.; 7" PLSLCD capacitive touchscreen 600 x 1024 pixels ~ 170 ppi 16M colors
Armed with the latest Android OS Ice Cream Sandwich, Tab 2 7″ polishing display with TouchWiz UX user interface that presents 7 homescreen that you can fill with widgets, application shortcuts, wallpaper, etc. as needed.
Not much different from the Honeycomb, the main page of Tab 2 7″ decorated with a row virtual keys back, home, recent apps, screenshots and arrow. Difference if in older OS, you can only see applications that run in background, while here you can also close running applications simply by sliding an application icon to the side.
At lower right corner of screen there is a notification bar, while in upper left hand corner you will find a shortcut to access the Google search box. To enter into menu, you simply touching top right corner drawer section. Menu icons arranged with 4 x 6 formation as well as horizontal grid format.
Camera and Video
Rear camera: 3.15 MP, 2048x1536 pixels, Fixed Focus; Front camera: VGA
To supporting images preservation, Samsung equip Tab 2 7″ 3.15 megapixel camera with fixed focus which unfortunately has not been equipped with flash lights.
A myriad of additional settings such as self portrait, shooting mode, scene modes, exposure value, timer, effects, etc. have been embedded also by Samsung.
For picture results itself, quite clearly when outdoors. However, BGers will see a lot of noise when used to take pictures object in room. Even so, it is thus not a problem considering tablet functions are more used to playing games or typing.
While for recording moving objects, Tab 2 7″ have supported 720p HD-quality video (1280 x 720 pixels) with a various settings such as self-recording, recording mode, exposure value, timer, effects, resolution and etc.
Audio: AAC, FLAC, M4A, MP3, OGG, WAV, WMA; Video: AVI, DIVX, FLV, M4V, MKV, MP4, WMV
With about 11GB storage space it has, actually you can freely store your video and audio collections without having to rely on adding microSD memory card. However, Samsung still providing such memory slot on the left side body. By using a USB converter that is purchased separately, you can even use it to read flashdisk.
Default music player tab 2 7″ categorize songs stored by album, artist, genre, folder, composer, and year. You also can using equalizer as well as effects CH.5.1 to listen music.
While for video player, tab 2 7″ able to play various video formats up to full resolution HD1080p. CH.5.1 effect is also present in its video player. Thanks to dual-core processors that used, Tab 2 7″ can easily play MP4 video resolution 1080p that CnwinTech get from YouTube.
Phone and SMS
In the communications sector, Tab 2 7″ is still equipped with the ability to make phone calls and send sms.
Embedded contact list consists of two panels, namely the right panel that displays contact name as well as the left panel containing contact details like phone numbers, mobile, email, address and so on.
While to send a sms, there are two panels on the left side that displays text as well as contact details on right side message content that appears in chat mode.
Internet and Connectivity
GSM/GPRS/EDGE/UMTS/HSDPA 850/900/1800/1900/2100 HSDPA 21 Mbps. Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi hotspots, Bluetooth A2DP
Surfing the Web with Tab 2 7″ feel smoothly because 3G HSDPA connection support as well as Wi-Fi. You can use HTML Android Browser to start surfing and also have supported flash player.
Unfortunately not like Tab 7 plus that can open 22 tabs at once, or Tab 7.7 that able to open 16 tabs, Tab 2 7″ browser can only open 8 tabs.
For Data transfer purposes, Samsung only equip Tab 2 7″ with a data cable that unfortunately using a special port Samsung rather than a micro USB port such as tablets or other modern cell phones.
All Share, chaton, My Files, Games Hub, Photo Editor, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, Video Maker and Samsung Apps.
Besides has embedded with native Android application, Tab 7.7 has also been pinned a myriad of applications such as AllShare, Chat ON, Myfiles, Game Hub, Photo Editor, Polaris Office, Readers Hub, Video Maker and Samsung App.
By utilizing DLNA connection, you can use All Share to share multimedia content. While with Chat ON, you can chat with fellow users Samsung devices through internet network.
Office applications, Polaris Office were also present to support your work. You can open, edit and create a new document format doc, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Quadrant Standard: 2774, Antutu Benchmark: 5077, Nenamark 1:31.9 fps, Nenamark 2:24.8
The results of Galaxy Tab 2 7″ benchmark tests using Quadrant Standard Edition successfully get a 2774 score, well ahead from Galaxy Tab, Galaxy Nexus and Nexus S. Meanwhile, when using Antutu Benchmark, successfully obtained 5077 score. These acquisition makes it slightly adrift from LG Optimus 2X.
Whereas when tested using NenaMark 1 earned 31.9 fps points. Meanwhile, 24.8 points was achieved by Tab 2 7″ when tested with NenaMark 2. Points are only slightly adrift with Samsung Galaxy S first generation due to the same GPU embedded.
Carries a 1GHz dual core processor, Tab 2 7 “can deliver a decent performance. Come up with the latest OS Tab 2 7 “tablet is capable of playing its role as a favor entertainment features at a price that still friendliness in your pocket. Various improvement has been successfully carried out by Samsung to improve lack of previous Galaxy Tab series.
Plus: 1GHz dual core processor, Reasonably priced, Latest OS
Minus: Photos ordinary, less Connectivity, GPU similar with Galaxy S