Samsung have entered another smartPad into the market but this time at a smaller size. Coming in at around 7 inches this is more of an e-book reader size. As Samsung already have pads out at bigger sizes it’s questionable whether people will really want one that is smaller.
In a market though that features pads of all sizes including Google with it could be that smaller is better, it all comes down to what the customer wants. Samsung are releasing a pad that if it performs as well as it looks could become quite a popular choice.
Unlike the first Galaxy Tab, this second generation tab is no longer shiny and plastic. They have now gone for a brushed aluminium look. This design though is said to slightly encroach on the glass front which could be an issue for users. It is nice and shiny though.
The buttons are well designed and sturdy to live up to the needs of the users. The pad also shares many of the same characteristics of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and Note which is not a bad thing at all.
One of the biggest features that will be coming with the pad is Android Ice Cream sandwich. This will be a huge plus as it’s the latest Android release at this time. Another plus to this pad is S Suggest; this is an app that recommends Android apps to the user to fit their screen size. This is a feature that has not been confirmed for other Galaxy Tabs or their smartphones so is fairly unique to this pad.
The Galaxy Tab 2 screen comes in at a resolution of 1024x600p. The colours are nice and bright and hold up nicely when playing videos.
With a 1GHZ dual-core the Galaxy Tab 2 performs tasks well but is said to lack some responsiveness when it comes to some applications which can be a disappointment. It should be noted though that with early models of other Samsung models there was a level of sluggishness too but nearer to release these issues were taken care of.
With a mixture of both high end specifications and mid-range ones the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is pushed down to a solid mid-range tablet, just missing being seen as a good high-end choice. With a 3MP camera and choices of storage from 8, 16 and 32GB there is plenty to offer though for people who want a smaller alternative pad that fits easier in the hand.
With Ice Cream Sandwich adding a new level of power to the Android Operating System and it’s well made design and features this will be a rival to Amazon’s Kindle Fire and could point the way for smartPads that are smaller in design but just as powerful as alternatives like the iPad.